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Pros and Cons of Living in Puerto Vallarta

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jun 06, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico include the beautiful beaches, the vibrant culture, the delicious cuisine, and the friendly locals. The cost of living is also relatively low, making it an attractive destination for retirees and expats. On the other hand, the cons of living in Puerto Vallarta include the lack of reliable public transportation, the high crime rate, and the language barrier. Additionally, the infrastructure is not as developed as in other parts of Mexico, making it difficult to access certain services.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Puerto Vallarta?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Puerto Vallarta responded:

"The culture shock has taken two years to acclimatize to, and it's not over yet for me. However, people here laugh more, smile more, and sing more than in the United States. The narco violence reported in the news is completely overblown. Private medical services, which is why we moved here, are superior to the US and are 1/20 the cost," explained one expat in Puerto Vallarta.

"Expats and digital nomads living in Puerto Vallarta often appreciate the city's vibrant culture, beautiful beaches, and warm climate. They also enjoy the low cost of living, which allows them to stretch their budget further. On the other hand, some expats and digital nomads may find the language barrier and lack of reliable public transportation to be challenging. Additionally, the city's high humidity can be uncomfortable for some," said one expat in Puerto Vallarta.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood 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.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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