Retire in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Last updated on Sep 05, 2022
Summary: What is it like to retire in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? DATASENTENCE Retirees share their experiences living in Puerto Vallarta.
How do I meet people in Puerto Vallarta?
When we asked people living in Puerto Vallarta about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"Stroll the malecón in the evening, hang out at Captain Don's bar in 5 de Diciembre neighborhood, and at probably lots of bars in Old Town ("Zona Romantica")," added another person in Puerto Vallarta.
"Take a look at Incanto: https://www.incantovallarta.com/ I've attended several events there and have made friends in this environment via Bingo & Theater. The owner is a great and friendly host. Stroll within the calendar, as well, since you teach Improv. The current calendar looks like its still within the high season. This and many other options are available in Puerto Vallarta," remarked another retiree in Puerto Vallarta.
What is life like in Puerto Vallarta?
When we asked people living in Puerto Vallarta what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"For Mexicans, it is all about family. Many expats here are retired and spend their time golfing, socializing, enjoying the beaches, painting, or writing. Other expats are working in real estate or own businesses like restaurants or art galleries," said a retiree who moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
What do I need to know before retiring 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 retiree 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.
- What do I need to know before retiring in Puerto Vallarta?
- What do I need to know before moving to Puerto Vallarta?
- How do I find a place to live in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is the average cost of housing in Puerto Vallarta?
- How do I meet people in Puerto Vallarta?
- What should I pack when moving to Puerto Vallarta?
- Where should I setup a bank account in Puerto Vallarta?
- Will I be able to find a job in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is life like as an expat in your area?
- What do people like (and dislike) about Puerto Vallarta?
- What type of social life can someone expect in Puerto Vallarta?
- What is the social scene like in Puerto Vallarta?
- What advice to expats in Puerto Vallarta have about housing?
- What are medical services in Puerto Vallarta like?
- Are healthcare and health insurance expensive in Puerto Vallarta?
- Is the cost of living in Puerto Vallarta high?
- What are the visa & residency requirements in Puerto Vallarta?
- Why do people move to Puerto Vallarta?