How Safe Is San Miguel de Allende for Travel?

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel de Allende is located about 274 km northwest of Mexico City in Guanajuato state.

This city has vivid narrow walkways and streets.

Travelers come here to delve into the music, food and arts scene of Mexico.

Colonial city with a lot of baroque architecture and artisan shops.

Here is a lot of things to do: shopping for antique things, exploring the city’s Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel church, discovering handcrafted Mexican masks at the Another Face of Mexico mask museum.

Here you can meet artists work in studios throughout the city, and crafts, jewelry, and other folk art are sold along the streets.

Warnings & Dangers in San Miguel de Allende

Overall Risk


The city is safe enough, but you should be careful in crowded places and avoid bars after sunset.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transport can be safe if you do not use it late at night. Taxis are safe enough, do not catch them on the streets, use only a licensed service or take it from the app on your smartphone.

Pickpockets Risk


The risk of pickpocketing is high enough here. San Miguel de Allende has plenty of tourists, and travelers are a target for petty crimes. You should do not leave valuables unattended and keep especially important documents and things in the hotel safe.

Natural Disasters Risk


This region has practically no risks of natural disasters and is quite safe.

Mugging Risk


Mugging risk is medium in this area. Inattentive tourists can become an aim for robbery. You need to take normal security measures to protect your life and belongings.

Terrorism Risk


Due to gangs showdowns time from to time the city sometimes suffers from terrorist attacks. Check new in official news' source before a visit to San Miguel de Allende.

Scams Risk


In San Miguel de Allende you can meet scams with travel entry fees in popular sight, taxi cheat with the cost of the trip. Make sure you buy tickets in a licensed place.

Women Travelers Risk


Alone women travelers are not uncommon in the city. However, you must be careful on the streets, not to walk late at night and not to go to bars.

So... How Safe Is San Miguel de Allende Really?

But despite its allure crime index increase greatly in San Miguel de Allende in past years.

There is a home of the leading gasoline-stealing gang in Mexico, located just in an hour and a half from San Miguel de Allende.

And the very prosperous economy of San Miguel de Allende holds much interest for this gang.

Sometimes businesses have to pay protection money to another gang, so from time to time, the city suffers from gang showdowns.

However, compared with other cities of Mexico, San Miguel de Allende remains quite safe.

The new policy has priority to maintain safety, especially in cities that wish is attracted to tourists.

Violence and crime in the city mainly concern gang fights and rarely affect tourists.

As usual, you need to take measures for your safety, do not appear on the streets at night, do not get drunk in bars.

Public transport can be unsafe, you need to carefully monitor your pockets.

The occasional incident usually takes place late at night.

Most of the city center is heavily patrolled by armed police.

San Miguel de Allende visits a lot of solo travelers and women who travel alone are not a rarity.

Use common sense for protecting your life and belongings.

Useful Information

  • Visas - No visas required for tourist proposals to enter Mexico for many countries of Europe, US citizens and so on. You should have a valid passport and a tourist permit. The maximum possible of stay is 180 days. For a longer stay or other options, you should visit the Mexican embassy.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso - is the official currency in Mexico. There are one hundred Mexican centavos to every peso. The symbol for the Mexican Peso is $, so you can see MX$ or MN$ in banks and exchange points.
  • Weather - The best time to visit San Miguel de Allende is November through April. Temperatures in San Miguel de Allende don't vary too much. Less crowded time is from January to May.
  • Airports - Bajio airport - at Silao is the closest airport to San Miguel de Allende. It handles the domestics flight of the area of Guanajuato.
  • Travel Insurance - The medical travel insurance is required for travelers in any country as well as Mexico. On the border, any traveler may be asked by a customs officer to show insurance.
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San Miguel de Allende Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 15° C
Feb 17° C
Mar 19° C
Apr 22° C
May 24° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 22° C
Aug 22° C
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Nov 18° C
Dec 16° C
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15 Reviews on San Miguel de Allende

  1. Prison City/They Hate Americans

    SMA sucks!!! There are police everywhere, and before corona they put 118 cameras up on the street. They treat people like prisoners…and the locals hate foreigners and will tell you to go back to your country.

    You can NOT enjoy any cafes because they take your identifaication , they scan your forhead like you are a product on the shelf, an tell you to put on non organic chemicals on your sacred body….. There is a strong strong presences of Ex-CIA/assasins, and some MI6 here. Also, SMA has a strong history of witch craft and it is still strongly practices here. one foreign woman wrote a book on being attacked here by it and how the family separated her and her mexican husband and basically made her husband crazy. Shoppoign sucks because they watch you with camreas and ect………. Did I mention that they hate foreigners! The organic market charges higher prices for produce than they do in ERuope and CAnada.

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      Anonymous says:

      What a crock. It is beautiful, and has good food.

      1. Absolutely untrue. SMA is a magic, creative and friendly place to live/visit.

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        R. N. Hund says:

        It's just fine; Ignore the crazy lady

        Amen! I can’t believe you can’t flag comments here. That person needs to be in a psychiatric institution, not trolling the internet with their inane comments. Article is accurate. Facts. Not some totally schizophrenic idiot that can recognize CIA agents. And I’ll bet has never accomplished anything tangible. I’m really fed up with these crazies spewing their scree all over the internet.

        1. Ignore ‘Shelly’

          ‘Witchcraft’ ‘CIA’ and ‘they watch you with cameras’ are kind of a tinfoil hat tip-off. 😂😂😂

    2. Crazy

      I hope that first poster is seeing a psychologist.

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      Scott Giles says:


      Cray cray! Boo! And they have ghosts too.

    4. 😂😂😂 absolutely false info….. This review comes from an overly paranoid person who shouldn’t travel outside her front door. Please disregard EVERYTHING Shelly says about SMA, she obviously hasn’t a clue what she’s talking about! Shame on you Shelly for spouting such stupidity.

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    Irishlass7 says:


    My cousin has lived there for years and thinks for the most part it is quite safe. She wouldn’t live here alone, if she didn’t love it.

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    Ann Melancon says:


    We have been going to SMG for about 15 years .. we have never had ANY TROUBLE.. we sometimes go twice a year.. we’re not going this year because of the virus.. but as soon as we can we will arrange a trip.. we have made friends and look forward to seeing them each time.. we don’t stay out late at night.. and we get a private driver to and from the airport…we always stay very near the Jardin in walking distance from the hotel..

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      Ron Shamblee says:


      Can you advise where to ca to get a trusted driver

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    Allison says:

    Just Go!

    SMA is quite safe. It is a beautiful magical place full of lovely people.

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    Jose Luna says:

    Cartel activity and 100+ murders in 2020

    San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (Administrative unit: Guanajuato) – last known population is ≈ 72 400 (year 2014). This was 0.058% of total Mexico population. If population growth rate would be same as in period 2010-2014 (+0.91%/year), San Miguel de Allende population in 2020 would be: 76 465*. Current homicide (reported) is on track to be over 120 in 2020. This is a murder rate of 1 in 520 citizens of San Miguel . Kidnapping is on the rise as are all violent crimes though very few are reported or disclosed in crime figures. Let me put it in perspective. If SMA was included in US crime statistics of the cities with the most homicides per capita San Miguel De Allende would be number 1 on the list beating the top US city (St Louise MO) for homicide rate per capita by almost double. For those thinking of retiring I advise you not to believe all that city officials are saying about low crime numbers. How many of you would consider retiring to a small town in the USA with that is twice as violent as the most dangerous city in the USA. Not many takers I would guess.

    1. Study the videos and internet commentary and local English paper re safety risks

      Thank you. Other video blogs indicate the strong police presence and military guard tower outside the mall, and advise no movement after dark. I’ll retire to southern Italy, Puglia, instead…where the housing is actually cheaper than SMA, and Europe is fully accessible. Yes, it’s a magical city for a weekend, but likely to get riskier with time.

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        James Alcor says:

        High Murder Rates in San Miguel De Allende

        The local government try to hide the extremely high rate of violent crime in San Miguel De Allende. Cartel infiltration has happened and extortion and murder are a common occurrence. SMDA is now twice as dangerous as the most dangerous city in the USA. On track for 120+ murders in 2020. You have a 1in 500 chance of being murdered here. Armed robbery and home invasions resulting in murder is on the rise.

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