The Pacific coast is a fairly safe region to visit, but there are certain issues that travelers to the area should be aware of before planning a trip.  There are also various precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a safe trip through Mexico.  Like always, common sense is the most important tool for staying safe.

            All of the areas along the pacific coast have some crime and petty theft.  But these situations can be avoided by following a few basic rules. 

            Avoid wandering around local streets while standing out as a tourist.  Although in general locals are friendly, some look for trouble.  If it is necessary to visit non-tourist areas, travel with a group.    

            Avoid wearing expensive jewelry, carrying large amounts of cash, looking flashy, or causing a scene.  Doing any of these is asking for trouble.   

            Avoid traveling alone at night.  This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed all along the Pacific Coast as well. 

            Valuables should never be left unattended at the beach.  Even leaving irreplaceable items in rooms is not a wise decision.  Instead, see if a security lock box is available.  If not, store the valuables with the accommodation’s front desk, but make sure to obtain an itemized receipt before leaving the valuables behind.

            Many people visit the Pacific Coast area for the water activities.  With this there are certain inherent dangers that go along with spending time in the water.  Visit the American Red Cross website for some useful water safety tips.