Itâ€™s a common question for people considering coming to Mexico:
Is it safe? But ask any of the
over 50 000 Americans and Canadians who call the Puerto Vallarta region home for at least part of the year and they
will be happy to tell you about the safety of the Banderas Bay coastline.
Significantly safer from violent crime than other sunshine
destinations like Jamaica, Belize, the
Dominican Republic, Brazil, the Bahamas, St. Kitts and St. Lucia, Mexico, particularly tourist areas like
Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, is extremely safe for visitors. But many are surprised to learn that Mexico has a lower homicide rate than
many American cities including Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Buffalo, Cleveland,
Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Baltimore and even Washington D.C.
No expat living in Puerto
Vallarta will argue that there are parts of Mexico that are dangerous, but those parts are located nowhere near
beautiful Banderas Bay. In truth, the US State Department only warns
against travel in 4 of Mexicoâ€™s 32 states:
Tamaulipas, Durango, Coahuila and Chihuahuaâ€¦.all far from the warm, welcoming
shores of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
In fact, the AARP named
Mexico and specifically the Puerto Vallarta/Riviera Nayarit region
as one of the worldâ€™s best places for Americans to retire, and judging from the
tens of thousands of Canadian and American expats living in Banderas Bay, that distinction is well deserved.
To read more about Puerto
Vallarta from the AARP, click
To read more about safety
in Mexico, click here.
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Elengorn, click here.
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