Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?

Is Puerto Vallarta Safe?

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We use anytime we want to research and compare cost of living and crime/safety in different cities. However, as good as the numbers are, some people want to hear directly people that lived there. If that is you, keep reading:)

Hillary and I don’t exactly fit in anywhere south of the Rio Grande, so safety is always a major concern when traveling. We always try and do our research before visiting a new location.

Hillary and I lived in Puerto Vallarta from August to December. We can both say that we felt more safe there than we did in Dallas, Texas. We lived in an area that was a mixture of locals, expats, and vacationers, with locals making up the majority of the population.

I wrote about it in another post, but the people of Puerto Vallarta are the nicest people we have ever met!

For our safety, we always used our best judgement when going out. We tried to avoid walking around the city late at night, walking alone, or being unaware of our surroundings. We would do the same in any city though. So these precautions aren’t particular to Puerto Vallarta. We knew plenty of locals and expats alike that went out late at night and never had any issues or concerns.

Regardless of whether you are staying downtown or in a resort I do not believe that you should worry about your safety. We took city busses, a bus to Mascota, way too many taxis, and walked all over the city and never once felt threatened.

After a few hours of being in Puerto Vallarta you will forget about your safety and be in awe of just how nice everybody is! This of course, is dependent upon you being nice to them as well:)

Open your eyes and your heart and you will see that the same people that we demonize in our news are wonderful, caring people.

Keep it Kinetic,



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  • Ellis Veen

    Nice post. Some places have a bad reputation, but it is always good to hear about the reality. And like everywhere in the world you can do a lot yourself to take care. Someone who doesn’t pay attention could be robbed in the safest place on earth 🙂

  • Corinne Vail

    Greg, I say this about most places. They aren’t less safe than many cities in the US. Also, like anywhere, use good judgement. I like your tips.


    Living in Naples I know perfectly well that crime stats can ruin tourism and they don’t exactly represent how life is in a certain place. I’m glad you went anyway!

  • travelwithtarah

    I use daily to visit Puerta Vallarta every year with my family! I know it was a while ago, but I didn’t feel unsafe once! Such a beautiful place that I hope more people get to explore!

  • Punita Malhotra

    You’re so right…as travellers, we need to take our own safety precautions, irrespective of how dangerous or safe a city is labelled. Just by taking little extra care like avoiding walking at late night in secluded areas, one can be safe.

  • Vyjay Rao

    Most of the times a place is painted in a picture which is not actually true. You realize the true nature of the place as well as the people only when you go and stay there. I do feel people are the same everywhere, every place has its share of good and bad people.

  • I’ve never heard of that website, but might use it in the future. I still prefer to talk to locals and get a sense of the place

  • Brianna

    I feel like “danger” is such a subjective term. Some people feel more in danger than others due to the environments they have been brought up in. I’m sure that people who have been in Puerto Vallarta all their live feel no danger at all!

  • Thanks for the suggestion about the website- I hadn’t heard of it! I agree about using best judgment– go with your gut! I rarely walk alone at night in any city.

  • Stacey Veikalas

    I lived in Puerto Vallarta- well actually Bucerias 20 mins up the road from PV for 2 years. I never felt in danger or had any challenges. The people and the area are wonderful and friendly!