Trouble in Puerto Vallarta

August 27, 2010 on 2:55 pm | In Mexico travel, ThereArePlaces.com, Travel Safety, things travelers need to know, travel, travel warnings | Comments Off

August 27, 2010

It may seem like we are beating up on Mexico by releasing three “negative” stories in one afternoon. While the Mexicana Airlines bankruptcy article was conditioned by a news release from the airline, the other two articles represent the U.S. State Department’s concern over the deteriorating travel conditions in Mexico. We suspect that the Puerto Vallarta story below helped speed the general warning on travel in Mexico that was published today. In any event, we publish our blog articles to provide data that might help you can make informed travel decisons. Our publishing schedule is driven by our discovery of travel news, not by malice.

The U.S. Consulate General Guadalajara released the following Warden message on August 26, 2010:

“Yesterday, August 25, 2010, at approximately midnight, a hand grenade went off at a bar popular with locals in a residential area near, but outside of the main tourist district of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Information indicates this incident might be related to local drug rivalries. Several persons are reported to have serious injuries. Similar events in the past have been quickly followed by retaliatory events.”

“In reference to that warden message, the Consulate General now has specific, credible information that the subject locations of retaliation in Puerto Vallarta may be either La Vaquita Grill located at Lazaro Cardenas #567, 48290. El Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta, or the Mandala near the corner of Central and Margarita Maza de Juarez. ”

“The Consulate General strongly encourages U.S. residents and travelers Mexico to refer to the personal safety practices contained in the Travel Warning for Mexico dated July 16. Security updates are also available on the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City’s website at http://mexico.usembassy.gov/eng/eacs_MexicoSecurityUpdate.html.”

“For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, Travel Warnings, and health-information resources can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the United States and Canada or, for callers in other areas by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).”

“The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street; Col. Americana, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011 52 33 3268 2100; the fax number is 011 52 33 3825 1951. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145.”

“The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at: Paseo de los Cocoteros No.85 Sur, Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. Paseo de los Cocoteros #85; Sur Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011 52 322 222 0069 & 011 52 322 223 3301; the fax number is 011 52 322 223 0074. For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145.”

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