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lookinghard
5/27/2017 07:28 EST

My wife and I would like to spend 2-3 months renting a home in a safe community close to the ocean. January to March of 2018. we would prefer an area with some expats.
This way we can check out areas that
we could live! Any info and help would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS.

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nelsonokelmgmailcom
5/27/2017 09:23 EST

This is a standard reply that I use. My wife and I really love living in PV!!

Mexico Resources PV

My wife and I have driven extensively in Mexico. Primarily along the Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatan/Caribbean. Prior to moving to Puerto Vallarta, we re-visited the Caribbean. We wanted to be by the sea. We ignored many great inland locations.

The culture on the Caribbean is very different from the Pacific shore. Playa del Carmen (we rented a house there 3 times) is very commercialized and has been spoiled (in our opinion). Isla Mujeres is a great island that is also changing rapidly. Cancun is a zoo. Cozumel I have not explored much. The “flavor” of the Caribbean was not to our liking.

The Pacific coast varies greatly. The are trouble spots. The states of Michoacan, and Guerro (Acapulco), have significant cartel activity and I avoid. See: http://howsafeismexico.com/mexico_states_safety.html

Most of the tourist cities along the pacific are safe for tourists. Puerto Vallarta is in the state of Jalisco. The city has a special force of “tourist police” to ensure the safety of the ExPats and tourists. We have lived in PV for three years and love it. We have moved three times. It took a while to find the area of the city that we really love. There is a learning curve. We feel totally safe here.

PV is a town of approximately 300,000. There are areas that are touristy and others that are traditional (modern) Mexico. We have stores like Costco, Sams Club, Office Depot, Home Depot and others. I like to have these things available. There are also an unbelievable # of small stores and markets. There is something for everyone. The people are friendly and tolerant of the gringos. It is easy to get along with English, but most ExPats try to have the basic Spanish needed to exchange pleasantries. There is a large cruise ship harbor. Local pangas are available for sightseeing and fishing. I have been drinking the (certified) tap water for 3 years with no ill effects. Housing expense varies widely. From very Spartan to very luxurious (and expensive). There is a large ExPat community. We are full timers and have grown accustomed to the heat and humidity (which is not punishing in our opinion). There are also snowbirds who only lite from November to April. There are several ExPat groups that meet on a regular basis to meet and greet. PV is located at the northern end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and is surrounded by jungle. There are frequent celebrations and parades. The Mexican people love to celebrate. There is an EXTENSIVE public transportation system. You can take the bus to almost anywhere for 7 pesos. Many cabs. A vehicle is not required, but nice. We drove our Suburban down from Colorado. PV is VERY hilly.

Request to join the closed group https://www.facebook.com/groups/PVEverythingYouNeedOrWantToKnow/

The ONLY way to determine if, or where you would like to settle is to go there and spend time. Talk to ExPats. Most will be glad to help you.

Good luck.

If you have specific questions please contact me.

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giershift43
5/27/2017 09:44 EST

Sounds very good for me, especially if I do not need to deal with a car.

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sparksmex
5/27/2017 14:49 EST

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http://bahiadenavidad.blogspot.mx/

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bluewater1
5/28/2017 18:07 EST

Just a comment lookinghard, we chose the Caribbean coast so cannot be of any help but we love PV. While staying in PV we met many people who chose Sayulita to live. But we do love staying on the south side of PV and enjoying the ability to walk to the restaurants and other places there. A neat town - good luck and enjoy your research!

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lookinghard
5/28/2017 18:56 EST

Thanks so much for your input!! we would prefer a smaller city and I
have been attempting to find a reasonable monthly rental in PV and some areas both north and south,,.. I find the prices very high. should we rent a place for a
week, with the hopes of then finding a monthly rental for $1,000. or preferably less? or am I dreaming ? ( jan march ) thanks
for your help

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Khizer
5/28/2017 19:36 EST

Hi Hardworking ,

Look on Google TRAILER PARK / LAS AMERICA IN CHALULA .
If you like it contact me & I'd be happy to pass your contact info to the owner for your interest in renting. Or I'd give you his info. Best Wishes :)

ALEX

ALEXALIJUNIOR@GMAIL.com
+1-713-376-7860

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Khizer
5/28/2017 19:41 EST

Hi Lookinghard,

Sorry, I've incorrectly addressed you as a Hardworking.

ALEX

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Fredo63
5/28/2017 20:53 EST

Dec-Apr is high season & so are the rents. Come stay May-Jul the rents will be half of tourist season. You will also be able to experience both perfect weather in May, the dry storms of June & the start of rainy season in July which brings the jungle to life!

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JohnPS
5/28/2017 20:57 EST

Renting January thru March will not tell you anything about the summer heat and humidity, which I fpund a bit overbearing. on a July visit. And I lived several decades in the Mississippi Delta (also hot and humid), and over a decade in Palm Springs (about 15 degrees warmer, but without the humidity). I've also heard that due to the Mexican electric rate structure, that the cost of cooling a modest home can be outrageouS.

Me - I prefer Ajijic for its near perfect year-round climate and excellent community.. However, some may find it a bit slow-paced and not busy enough for their liking. Only reason we left was that the altitude was bad for my husband's COPD.

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MexJuan1
5/28/2017 21:13 EST

The heat in PDC, is oppressive if you're walking around town but, on the coast, near the beach where I live, there's always a nice breeze. The building I'm in has large trees also and in the shade of those trees relaxing in a hammock, it's 10° cooler easily. Another thing you need to look out for is the directional orientation of the house/apartment /condo where you will be living. My balcony faces East so, I get the, not so intense, morning sun and am in the shade all afternoon and evening. Makes a big difference inside too! Even in the heat of the Summer, I just use my Mini Split that's in the bdrm at night. I've come to love the heat anyway. With my osteoarthritis and neuropathy, the heat is good for my comfort level. All conditional and individual preferences, I suppose...

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lookinghard
5/29/2017 20:24 EST

thank you bluewater1

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lookinghard
5/29/2017 20:26 EST

Alex thanks for your help!

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Khizer
5/30/2017 00:44 EST

Hi Lookinghard,

You're most Welcome .
Alex : )

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Khizer
5/30/2017 00:46 EST

Hi Lookinghard,

You're most Welcome .
Alex : )

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sparksmex
5/30/2017 14:36 EST

If you have a Resident Visa and will be here a year or more you can find very good deals. I rented a 3bdrm - 2 bath place for 4000 pesos a month. Found a nicer one for the same price in Jocotepec. Just have to be here and ask around. Good idea to check Aug/Sep heat and humidity

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Khizer
5/30/2017 23:09 EST

Hi SparksMex,

Where is it & what Cities you found that good housing rental in 4,000 pesos . You may send me an email as well. Thx

Alex

ALEXALIJUNIOR@GMAIL.COM

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igualla
12/16/2017 11:28 EST

Buses will run up to Las Varas from points south From there you can take a shared van in to the beautiful clean beach of CHACALA. (think Sayulita 10 years ago). It has won a clean beach award for 4 years straight and has world class surf closeby. This is also a perfect area to consider a business with the changes coming in

www.nayarit4fun.com

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starkeeper
1/15/2018 12:27 EST

Hi , Im looking to rent a small house with a yard for my mom , age 85 , me and my little dog. in Bucerias ,,,Im not finding many realestate companies with house rentals for a year or more tho... any ideas??? Thanks so much for any info!!!

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Dharmadidi
1/15/2018 14:52 EST

There are a couple of facebook pages for Bucerias. Here is one: Bucerias / La Cruz : accomodation rentals
and another one that is everything you want to know. bucerias/la cruz literally everything

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bhemphill
4/11/2018 18:43 EST

Did you end up living in Mexico in 2018? If so, where?

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