A Few Words About Safety… The town enjoys a healthy economy and stable political system, and as such, crime is not common, but we always recommend using common sense. For anyone concerned about the recent news of escalating violence in Mexico related to drug cartels, please be aware that the vast majority of this has taken place in either the border towns, or near Mexico City—all areas that all are over a thousand miles from Punta Mita and the Puerto Vallarta. In fact, the Puerto Vallarta region is known for having one of the lowest violent crime rates in the country and the city government works continuously to keep both its citizens and visitors safe. The only exception to the above is last years violence in the city of Tepic, located approximately 166 km. north of Punta Mita, with shootings registered between rival drug gangs.
Hospitals: The following hospitals offer U.S.-standards service in Puerto Vallarta, and are available 24 hours: Ameri-Med Urgent Care, Avenida Francisco Medina Ascencio at Plaza Neptuno, Loc. D-1, Marina Vallarta (Tel. 322.221.0023; www.amerimed-hospitals.com); San Javier Marina Hospital, Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio 2760, Zona Hotelera (Tel. 322.226.1010), and Cornerstone Hospital, Av. los Tules 136 (behind Plaza Caracol; Tel. 322.224.9400 or 322.226.3700.
Intermedica provides both ground and air ambulance service. Tel. 329.291.5361