Since ex-president Felipe Calderon started the so-called war on drugs Mexico suffered a blow to its international image mostly due to higher levels of violence and an equal dose of sensationalist media coverage. 

Did you know that traveling to Mexico is safer than traveling to Bahamas, Brazil, or Jamaica? Or that Mexico is twice as safe for Texans than err... Texas itself? Or that Sweden has 61% more drug offences than Mexico? 

In the last few days, a new website called “How Safe Is Mexico?” has been going around in the social networks, it’s intended as an educational page and pretends to be a definitive answer to that all-important question for our destination of just How Safe Is Mexico?

So, let’s take a look at some of the most impressive statistics that this new website includes: 

- Mexico City is 4 times safer than Washington D.C. even though nobody is warning against going to visit the White House. 

- The kidnapping and rape rates of Mexico are substantially lower than Canada’s and yet the U.S. State Department hasn’t issued any travel warning for Canada. 

- Mexico City (9) and Mexico as a country (14), have both lower homicide rates than New Orleans (49.1), Chicago (15.2), Philadelphia (19.6), Atlanta (17.6) and Miami (15.4). Why is the U.S State Department not issuing travel warnings for Bourbon Street?

- When it came to homicides with firearms, the US ranked 7th in the world and Mexico 17th, (39.56 per 100,000 vs. Mexico’s 20.6). Yes, that means the US has 92% more homicides with guns than Mexico.

So, how safe are you feeling now at your home north of the border? We understand that you hear stories and you worry about your family, but these are facts and what these facts say is that Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, and the nearby area is as safe (or even safer) than your hometown…and here we have the beach, the golf courses, and the perfect weather all year round. So, it’s your call!