I have heard that princess cruises have cancelled their stop in puerto Vallarta because of increased drug related violence (gladiator fights) in Jalisco. Any locals there know if they are just over-reacting or if there has been increased dangers?
Simon, Yes. By all reports (and there're plenty on Ask A Nomad) Puerto Vallarta remains safe from major drug-related crime and pretty low down the scale on petty crime too. Have a look at some of the other answers in the Mexico section.
There is no evidence that the drug cartels are targeting visitors. Almost all the victims are drug dealers, gang members, law enforcement officials, city officials, investigative reporters and sadly some of their family members. Even if you count tourists accidentally caught in the cross-fire and injured, there are maybe half a dozen truly "innocent" tourist victims of the drug wars in the past 5 years. 22 million international visitors a year visit Mexico. There are an additional 50 million day-trippers who cross the US/Mexico border each year. The odds are very, very slim.
Obviously there are a few towns you should avoid if you want to lower the risk of being accidentally involved in violence.... Puerto Vallarta is NOT one of them. Enjoy the trip.
Phil about 8 years ago
Yes its very safe. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about Mexico regarding safety and tourism. This is my third time back in Mexico and honestly, I feel more safe here than I do back home in Seattle. Im currently in Puerto Vallarta, staying at Oasis hostel (www.oasishostel.com or feel free to check them out on facebook), and although its a 15 minutes away from Centro, I never have any concerns when walking "home". I find that the locals in this country are extremely friendly and helpful. I think Mexico is an absolutely gorgeous place to visit, its a shame that more people dont explore this beautiful country. about 8 years agoAnswered by margo via WorldNomads.com