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Survey Says Puerto Vallarta is Mexico's Safest City

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January 17, 2018

Puerto Vallarta is served by a city police force as well as a network of helpful tourist police who patrol the streets and neighborhoods to provide assistance for tourists as well as ensure general public order.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - There are always concerns when one travels, regardless of the destination. We take into consideration many factors about where we want to live, vacation and travel. Safety is the most glaring issue with tourists and homebodies alike.

Puerto Vallarta has felt safe to us since we first began to come here over three decades ago. As the city has grown, we've watched many changes but some things have remained the same such as our ability to move around without fear; feel safe walking the streets of Puerto Vallarta after sunset; sleeping well at night, knowing we are secure in our home.


Recently in the annual report published by the National Public Urban Security survey, Puerto Vallarta was named the safest city in Mexico. As recently as January Merida in the Yucatan was considered the safest place in all of Mexico but Puerto Vallarta has nudged her eastern sister out of first place.

In surveys conducted throughout the country among citizens age 18 and above, reports about security at ATMs (including those located on public highways as well as secure bank lobbies) were very favorable for Puerto Vallarta. People also feel safe while visiting their bank, which can't be said for some global locations. The Municipal Tourism Directorate concurs with these findings, which simply confirms what most of us have long felt about Puerto Vallarta.

This isn't to say that nothing ever happens here. However, you are more likely to witness an argument over a parking spot than an act of violence. Urban security addresses many issues and Puerto Vallarta has long had her finger on the pulse of where the dangers are.

Police presence on many levels keep the city safe, from the Federal, all the way down the ladder to the local tourist police, who focus on visitors and keeping the city streets secure. Locals are quick to help another in need and will gladly apprehend, using their civil authority, any potential criminal activity. Police and fire departments are very well trained and ready for emergencies. Hotel, restaurant staff and merchant employees are prepared for natural disasters. Homeowners know what to do, and what/when to gather; communication among extended family is strong in this culture.

Safety comes at many levels; we have felt security in Puerto Vallarta for many years and have no expectations of this changing. We are so proud to live in a city that has been declared as the safest city by a very reputable publication.

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