It'd be foolish and false to say that there is no crime In Puerto Vallarta, there is, as there is in any other city of its size, but violent crime is rare and directed towards tourists is even rarer. The scary news you hear of Mexico is related to drug gangs and is centered mostly in border states with USA and cities like Ciudad Juárez, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, more than a thousand miles away from Puerto Vallarta. Read our specific article on the subject.
Recommendations while you are in the city, it'd be the normal common sense ones:
don't wave money around
don't wear all your gold and diamonds
don't act the ugly American
keep your eyes open
be aware of your surroundings, and
try not to behave like a fool, for example getting drunk enough to pass out on the street (easy victim).
Others would be:
don't do drugs
don't get involved with drugs and
follow the law.
... that's the best way to be sure nothing will happen, anywhere in the world.
Most visitors and regulars state they feel safer in the streets of PV than in their own hometowns, even at night.
So, despite what you may have read or seen on the TV and the warnings you may receive from well-meaning but ill-informed friends and family, the odds are that Puerto Vallarta is actually safer than the place you are traveling from, so just relax and enjoy your stay in the city!
Even though Puerto Vallarta is mostly free from hurricanes, it does not mean it's completely free from them, but they are rare events, something like once every 30 years or more. For details read more in our hurricane specific article .
During the 1930's and 40's sharks were part of an economic boom in the bay area, it was good for the pockets of the local businessmen that sold shark fins to Chinese retaurants around the world, not so good for the sharks that were all but extinguished. Furthermore the area is not known for dangerous species. There are no records of attacks in many decades, no one remembers any either. Read more in our sharks and Vallarta article .