Moving to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Last updated on Aug 20, 2023
Summary: Many expats move to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and welcoming atmosphere. The city offers a wide variety of activities, from relaxing on the beach to exploring the nearby jungles and mountains. The cost of living is also much lower than in many other parts of the world, making it an attractive destination for those looking to stretch their retirement savings. Additionally, the city is home to a large and growing expat community, providing a great opportunity to make new friends and enjoy a unique lifestyle.
What do I need to know before moving to Puerto Vallarta?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Puerto Vallarta, they said:
"I would suggest renting in the 5 Diciembre neighborhood. It has excellent food market, Leys, and a short hike to fresh meat and seafood. If you want to try it out, I suggest you first spend a week or more in the exceptionally well run Grand Paramar small hotel on the beach," said one expat in Puerto Vallarta.
"Puerto Vallarta is known for its good-natured people and rich culture, making it a great destination for expats. There is excellent weather all year round, with an average annual temperature of 75°F. Mexico can be a very affordable destination for expats, so be sure to budget accordingly and considering local living expenses. It is essential for expats to familiarize themselves with the local culture before making a move. Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant and active city, so be sure to take time to explore not only the main beach area, but also some of the surrounding villages and attractions. Lastly, it is important to be aware of any visa or entry restrictions before making the move to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico," remarked one expat who made the move to Puerto Vallarta.
How do I find a place to live in Puerto Vallarta?
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.
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- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do expats in Puerto Vallarta appreciate most about the local culture?
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- Is there a lot of crime in Puerto Vallarta?
- Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Puerto Vallarta accepting of differences?
- What are the schools in Puerto Vallarta like?
- How are healthcare services Puerto Vallarta?
- What are medical services in Puerto Vallarta like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Puerto Vallarta?
- What are emergency services like in Puerto Vallarta?
- Will I need to travel to see a specialist?
- Are common prescription medications available in Puerto Vallarta?
- How are local medical facilities in Puerto Vallarta?
- As a foreigner living in Puerto Vallarta, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?
- What have your experiences during the pandemic with the local healthcare system been like?