First, if tourists visiting Mexico is a good indicator how safe Mexico is, then it certainly is as 38 million people visited Mexico in 2017, 12% more than they year before.
But we cannot ignore the fact that Mexico does have a crime and violence problem, aggravated by the drug cartels. 23,000 people were killed in Mexico last year, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world. What needs to be taken into consideration is that Mexico is a very large country and there are places where the overwhelming majority of these crimes are taking place, but many areas where crime is no where near as common. Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid, recently stated that eighty percent of all destinations in Mexico are safe. And Puerto Vallarta is certainly one of those safe destinations.
As a country, the US government’s travel advisory system rates Mexico at a Level 2, which is the same as for Germany. Traveling to Mexico is fine, but tourists should exercise increased caution. They recommend that visitors:
Visitors and expats to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit should feel safe, as safe as they would back home, as long as they take the precautions recommended. Millions visit Vallarta each year and very few altercations are reported.