Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
By Joshua Wood, LPC
Last updated on Feb 11, 2022
Puerto Vallarta is a very popular destination for expats, retirees and digital nomads. With a population of close to 300,000 (close to 500,000 in the metro area), PV is diverse and LGBTQ-friendly. Life in PV revolves around beaches, nightlife and recreation (golf and fishing are popular here). Temperatures in PV range from highs in the mid 80s most of the year to low 90s from June through September. Real estate tip: rent before you buy so that you can decide which of the many neighborhoods is right for you (Centro, Conchas Chinas, Southside, the Marina, Neuvo... the list goes on).
What do I need to know about living in Puerto Vallarta?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Puerto Vallarta, they said:
"We visited Puerto Vallarta for 15 years before moving here. I would tell my friend to visit at least 6 times, renting in different places each time. The areas of this city/region are quite different, so that person should rent in Centro, Southside, Conchas Chinas, Mismaloya, the Marina, the Hotel Zone, and even in Nuevo and Bucerias before he or she commits to anything long term. Of course, I would also advise my friend to start learning Spanish and start saving money. Most real estate transactions are in cash because interest rates are very high here. There are long term rental opportunities, if one is comfortable living with a certain amount of uncertainty about availability year to year. I would also tell my friend that, after buying our condo, we have never been happier or so free of financial worries. We love living here,"
remarked another expat living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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