The extremely busy and potentially record-breaking Christmas holidays are just around the corner as Puerto Vallarta gears up to welcome hundreds and thousands of travelers.
From Puerto Vallarta International Airport to busy downtown streets and packed beaches, officials will be carrying out enhanced security operations this Christmas to protect travelers.
The operation, which was launched this week, aims to deter criminals from targeting travelers during the peak of the winter vacation period.
As Puerto Vallarta’s resorts fill up with travelers, here’s the latest on the city’s security efforts ahead of the record-shattering Christmas holidays.
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Winter – and especially the Christmas holidays – is the busiest time for Puerto Vallarta’s travel industry. As temperatures across North America start dropping, more and more travelers flock to enjoy Puerto Vallarta’s pleasant weather and amazing beaches.
But the arrival of so many visitors within a rather short period presents criminals with more opportunities to target wealth travelers. Even for a city like Puerto Vallarta, which is renowned for being one of the safest in Mexico, organized crime groups continue to operate in certain areas.
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That’s why authorities recently launched an extensive security operation that will last throughout the holiday period, ensuring the highest degree of safety for millions of travelers.
The operation, officially called Blanca Navidad (White Christmas), sees the deployment of more law enforcement personnel across Puerto Vallarta’s most popular locations.
Units from both local and state police as well as the coast guard have announced that they are taking part in the mission.
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According to Christian Preciado Cázares, the head of Puerto Vallarta’s tourism authority, the security operation will remain active throughout the hectic holiday travel period.
In a media interview, he added that Christmas – the 24th, 25th, and 26th – as well as New Years will see the highest number of law enforcement personnel guarding critical tourism hotspots.
Meanwhile, police will maintain a visible deterrence in the Marina Vallarta zone, which is home to a handful of popular resorts, shops, and attractions.
Travelers can also expect to see a large number of armed officers during the busy holidays in Puerto Vallarta’s busy downtown areas, including the old town and the Esplanade.
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Puerto Vallarta has made significant strides in decreasing crime levels, with those efforts making the Mexican Pacific city one of the safest in the country.
At a time when organized crime continues to plague parts of the country, Puerto Vallarta stands out as an excellent choice for safety-conscious travelers.
One of the principal reasons behind the city’s excellent safety is a proactive culture in which citizens and travelers regularly inform law enforcement of suspicious individuals as well as crimes.
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That’s why travelers are being asked to exercise increased precaution and notify police of any wrongdoing.
Although Puerto Vallarta remains one of the safest cities in Mexico according to the latest studies, it’s still important to keep a close eye on personal belongings, especially in crowded areas.
Petty crime and scams remain a persistent issue in the sun-soaked state of Jalisco.
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Travelers are urged to book private transfers to and from the city’s airport. Uber, which is legal in the state of Jalisco, is also a safe alternative to costly taxis.
When it comes to booking one of many exciting Puerto Vallarta tours, visitors should opt for reputable companies with at least a 4-star rating.
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