I recently added a Frequently Asked Questions Section to our blog here and FAQ #1 of “Do you feel safe?” is for sure a hot topic! With his permission, I share with you all another answer and perspective to this all-important question by our friend Earl Miller who lives in San Pancho to the north of us.
“I moved to Mexico five years ago against the advice of many people from the area where I lived in the United States. I have had five wonderful years down here and will spend the rest of my life here. I am part owner of a hotel (Roberto’s Bungalows) in a little village called San Pancho about 30 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. We get visitors from all over the world come and stay with us and I can’t believe the stuff I hear sometimes from a small percentage of them when they are booking their time to come stay. Usually 99 percent of them are from the United States and are asking about how safe it is.
I came from a town in the Bay area in California and I loved it and it was a safe and wonderful community. The next town and the cities within about 20 miles were not so safe. Now living in the Bay area if you never read the news or watched TV you would think you lived in the safest place on the planet.
Well here is where the difference is. If you did read the paper or watched TV you would realize that within a few miles people are being killed and the cities are going to hell in a handbasket. They are trying everything that is possible, but they just don’t have the manpower or the funding to keep the cities under control.
Now for the good news…I have lived here for five years and traveled here by car from California and all around the area and never had a problem. The Cartel has yet to make me a drug runner or chopped off my head. When people start up with how dangerous it is down here I just ask for them to Google the crime rate in the town in which they live and the surrounding 30 miles or so.
It is just folks who really just watch the TV and read the news about the stories about the border problems. Remember that the reason for the crime and deaths at the border towns in Mexico is the fact that America has a drug problem. If everyone in the United States didn’t need drugs we wouldn’t have a problem with crime at the border.
Well take the border towns out of your vacation plans and come on down to the Riviera Nayarit coast and enjoy the weather and mostly the grace of the wonderful people of this country. They are pleasant and warm and wanting to help you in every way. Stop the crazy thoughts and get down here and see for yourself. This is paradise and we don’t have the crime that exists in the United States.
Oh I know some of you will read this and be saying oh yeah well I just heard that someone got killed in Mexico. For those of you who are always looking for the bad in everything please do us a favor down here, stay home.
1. If you don’t know the facts about the crime in Mexico, stay home!
2. If you believe everything you read or see on TV, stay home.
3. If you are not a loving adventure seeking person with a love of a beautiful people and beauty, stay home.
4. If you don’t want to explore and get to know the awesome people of this different culture of the world, stay home.
5. If you don’t want to feel the love and make lifetime friendships and surround yourself with the love of the Nationals and can’t step out of your comfort zone, PLEASE STAY HOME!
I really don’t want to sound like I think everyone from the United States and Canada shouldn’t come to Mexico. We welcome you all! The area in which We live was just chosen as the 6th best place in the world to retire and in Men’s Journal Magazine last month the second best kept secret world best beach.
This is just for the few of you that make all of Mexico sound like a dangerous place. I want you all to come and see the world with different eyes and an open heart. The people of Mexico are the most gracious people I have ever encountered. They want you to come and feel the love and share the beauty of their beautiful country.
Come and relax on the beaches, travel the country and see some of the most beautiful sites in the world. They welcome you with open arms.
I welcome you with an open heart and open arms.”
Many thanks to our Gentle Giant of a friend, Earl Miller, for allowing us to share this today on Los O’Gradys in Mexico.