Puerto Vallarta: How Safe is Mexico?

10 January, 2020
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The United States has no travel advisories for News Orleans, yet millions of people travel there every year. New Orleans, a single US city, has triple the homicide rate per capita, than all of the entire country of Mexico. Orlando, Florida, the home of Disneyworld, has one of the highest murder rates in the USA. There is simply no comparison to any resort destination in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.

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The plain fact that so many ex-pats choose to live in Puerto Vallarta, over other suitable destinations in Mexico, is further proof of stability. These are principally retired, affluent, and a well-informed group. They have selected their retirement home carefully and many vehemently maintain its safety.

Texans are safer in Mexico than they are in Texas, thought they may defend their right to the death to say differently. This happens to be the case for all US citizens, who are less likely to face violence in Mexico than in any populated city within their home state.

Aggression and hostility in Mexico are mainly associated with drug crime and arms trade; statistics show that most of these crimes occur in border towns, far from tourist destinations such as Puerto Vallarta. Americans murdered in Mexico, according to FBI numbers, regardless of any connection to drug or gun trafficking, is less than half the US national rate.

We have chatted with travelers whose experience has been limited to a day trip to Tijuana, the quaint Mexican city that borders San Diego, California. We highly recommend extending such adventures further, noting that Baja California Sur isn’t even on the State Department’s warning list, along with most of Mexico, a vast country that is made up of thirty-one unique and magical states.

Millions of US citizens travel to Mexico, visiting all-inclusive resorts, small villages, mountains and beaches, history-rich Mexico City with its amazing museums and architecture. The unique culture, music, food, art, friendly and relaxed atmosphere are a delightful holiday and all are welcome.

According to the US State Department:  “There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.” 

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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