As Canadians living in Riviera Nayarit and visiting Puerto Vallarta frequently, I can say our personal experience has been overwhelmingly positive.
Mexico safety is a hot topic that has continued and been debated in the media for years. The facts are there is crime in every country, but compared to many US and Canadian cities, you are actually safer in the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit areas. According to safety and security studies completed in 2010 and updated again in 2013 by an independent American research firm, Puerto Vallarta is actually safer than Anaheim, California. These safety studies didn’t just include the reported crime rates, they also interviewed residents, visitors, and businesses. These 2 cities were compared for both being Pacific coast tourist destinations with approximately 300,000 residents. Do you think twice about bringing your kids to Disneyland? According to Travelagentcentral, in 2014 the College Station Texas Police Department was hired to conduct a safety assessment and concluded that in general the Puerto Vallarta area is safe, and people feel comfortable walking around town without fear.
Like anywhere in the world, (and even your own city) it’s always advisable to use your head. Would you leave your purse sitting out by itself on your cart at home? Then don’t do it when you travel, either. Mexico is a country of nearly 2 million km’s, and 31 different States. Just like your home country, there are certain cities with higher crime, and certain areas within larger cities that you avoid going down dark alleys at 2am by yourself. The Mexican people are a friendly, family oriented, fun loving people.
Despite the overly dramatic depictions of Mexico that many times inaccurately generalize an event and report it sounding like the entire country, those that have visited different areas of Mexico know from first hand experience what it is really like. In 2014, Mexico Tourism Board reported a 6% increase in occupancy rates. For 2015, Mexico expects to receive nearly 40 million visitors, up from the 38 million last year.
Have you been to Mexico before? What has your experience been? As Canadians living in Riviera Nayarit and visiting Puerto Vallarta frequently, I can say our personal experience has been overwhelmingly positive.