Is Sayulita safe?
Is Sayulita safe? The short answer is absolutely yes! But given all the news reports on the gang violence occurring on the US/Mexico border, we’d like to provide some additional perspective and statistics to put your mind at ease. First off, the news reports are about issues occurring more than 775 miles away from Sayulita. This article gives some interesting facts about comparative distances: http://martocapuertovallarta.blogspot.com/2010/10/puerto-vallarta-mexico-is-safe.html (including the fact that Sayulita is about the same distance from the border as Denver, CO).
OK, so it’s clear that Sayulita is far away from the border, but is it safe? Let’s look at the hard numbers to find out. Based on 2009 FBI crime statistics, the closest big city to Sayulita — Puerto Vallarta — would be the 15th safest city in the US, comparable to Colorado Springs. From a crime perspective, Puerto Vallarta is safer than Austin, Portland, Seattle, Tucson, Denver, Boston, and San Francisco, to name just a few US cities. And Puerto Vallarta is safer than every Canadian city whose population is over 500,000: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and so on. These vacation destinations are enjoyed by millions of visitors – and Puerto Vallarta is more secure.
The most respected guide books also note the safety of our closest big city. According to Frommer’s, “Puerto Vallarta enjoys a very low crime rate. Public transportation is safe to use, and Tourist Police (dressed in white safari uniforms with white hats) are available to answer questions, give directions, and offer assistance.”
Sayulita is a small town, a 45 min. drive away from Puerto Vallarta. Typically, small towns are safer than big cities, and Sayulita is no exception. It’s very safe to walk the streets here at any hour of the day or night. Naturally, it’s a good idea to take normal safety precautions like not wearing wear flashy jewelry or displaying large amounts of cash, but Sayulita’s laid back, warm and welcoming atmosphere will soon put you completely at ease.
I’m sure some people will miss out on our wonderful beach town and the relaxing experience here at Villa Amor because they think the news stories about border violence apply to the whole country of Mexico – but nothing could be further from the truth. Come here and enjoy our amazing community. You won’t regret it!
If you want further detail, here’s where you can find all the statistics:
- FBI 2009 American crime statistics: http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/data/table_08.html
- Puerto Vallarta crime statistics: http://guadalajarareporter.com/news-mainmenu-82/regional-mainmenu-85/23307-jaliscos-top-crime-hot-spots.html
- Canadian crime statistics (CBC News): http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2008/07/17/f-crime-2008.html
- Frommer’s: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/puertovallarta/0152020157.html