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will Oct 9th, 2002 06:48 PM

safety in Puerta Vallarta
 
So much is being written about the rise of kidnappings and crime in tourist areas of Mexico. Is Puerta Vallarta experiencing the same problems?

JRinPV Oct 10th, 2002 05:44 AM

Never has and probably never will.<BR>These problems all seem to be in large, heavily populated areas. Same difference as between South Central Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. You can wander home on foot here at 3 AM without any problems and I don't know if I'd like to do that in Santa Barbara. As a tourist in Mexico City your risk would be greater, just like in Miami.

Susan Oct 10th, 2002 09:26 AM

I've spent 14 vacations in Puerto Vallarta over the past 9 years. I have never heard of or experienced crime or even been hassled in any way. The local people are very friendly and welcoming, in my experience.

Safety Oct 10th, 2002 10:31 AM

I'll agree with the above posters. I feel much safer in PV that I feel in my home city. I've walked around PV at all hours of the night alone and never had any problems or even anything that made me nervous. I always use caution though and look around me and note my surroundings.

Kim Oct 27th, 2002 05:10 AM

I have been to Mexico so many times I can't remember, I have even just recently stayed for 2 months in Nuevo vallarta and your probably safer here than in your own home town. the Mexican culture people are very friendly and helpful.

loangalsal Oct 28th, 2002 01:49 PM

It is a VERY safe city! The worst &quot;CRIME&quot; in PV (in my opinion!) is that we American tourists have brought in Hooters, McDonalds, the Outback, etc!

Kelly Oct 29th, 2002 05:25 PM

I found Puerto Vallarta to be safe and the people very friendly. No problems at all. Have fun!


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