The first question we ask when you are planning a trip to any destination, even more to Mexico, with all the negative media reports and what is actually happening. However, I consider Puerto Vallarta a safe destination, and I will tell you why in this post.
If are planning a trip to Puerto Vallarta, before reading anything about the amazing things to do to Puerto Vallarta, the spectacular sunsets from the Malecon, the beautiful beaches, and whatnot, let’s find out whether Puerto Vallarta is safer or not.
We are always worried about safety every time we travel outside our comfort zone, let alone when it’s Mexico, after all the news that we hear. I have stayed on the Riviera Nayarit for a month, walked around very often, exploring the territory, and mingled with locals and I wouldn’t really say that Puerto Vallarta safety should be a concern.
Then things happen, like anywhere in the world. You need to use some common sense and to know where you are going. Here some tips:
Is puerto Vallarta Safe?
I used to walk every morning on the Malecon and on the large beach that stretches along the city coastline. I walked around the narrow cobblestone streets and the Cuale island, the markets, and the malls and up to the Mirador (View point), I enjoyed amazing sunsets and a relaxed friendly vibe throughout the city, but most of all the Zona Romantica. I really felt safe anywhere I go. I don’t think Puerto Vallarta suffers any particular crime issues that concern other parts of Mexico. Obviously like in many other cities in the world, petty crimes and thefts can occur.
But nothing that some common sense can avoid.
- Therefore just as you wouldn’t walk around “drunk and naked” at home, you shouldn’t do it in Puerto Vallarta either.
- Showing off money and expensive gadgets is also not a great idea.
- Leave your diamonds and pearls at home. Here you don’t need them. The sunshine and great relaxed vibes will make you even more beautiful anyway.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Pay your bill, leave your tip, and smile.
- Don’t get involved in drug-related situations
- Don’t engage in useless discussions, be merry, and enjoy your vacation.
Is it safe to drive in Puerto Vallarta?
If you have followed me for a while you should know by now that I always suggest to rent a car and drive around as it is the best way to know a place and its secret corners. The more difficult to reach them the better they are, usually. Here my tips about driving in Yucatan, which could be applicable in Puerto Vallarta as well in some aspects.
A very important topic which I like to emphasize is NEVER EVER even think about driving and drinking or driving drunk. Just don’t do it. The consequences could be lethal. Besides the high fine, you will be taken to jail and left there for a while and the vehicle impounded.
There are many check stops, especially on the weekend but regardless, this is something you don’t want to do at home, let alone in a foreign country. Uber and Taxis are available 24/7 and they are cheaper than a car and a night in jail! or in the hospital.