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Living in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

For many the thought of living in - or even near - a major tourist resort is about as appealing as a buying a condo in Disneyland. But here in Vallarta, the incredible natural beauty, combined with a small town atmosphere and the inherent warmth and friendliness of the local people, attracts foreign residents who enjoy the good life.

With a colorful blend of the old and the new, the Banderas Bay region offers an unrivaled combination of simple pleasures and sophisticated charms. Fine dining restaurants, art galleries, upscale shopping centers, internet cafes and nightclubs peacefully coexist alongside taco stands, street-side vendors and open air markets selling Mexican handcrafts, and strolling Mariachi bands.

But much of Puerto Vallarta’s magic is in the hearts of her people. Often described as “one big, happy family,” Vallartenses are known for their hospitality and for going out of their way to welcome foreign residents. And, since the Mexican people are extremely tolerant of different lifestyles, international residents and Mexican locals can live side-by-side in harmony – provided that the expatriate can learn to be creative and adaptable.

Puerto Vallarta is an unhurried refuge for people seeking more than just a beautiful beach. Those of us who choose to live here embrace the challenge of learning patience and understanding. Taking the time to “stop and smell the roses” along the road to becoming bicultural gives us the opportunity to grow – and to enjoy a more relaxed way of life.


Why You Should Continue to Support Vallarta Food Bank

The Vallarta Food Bank continues to expand as volunteers work to try to make a positive change in the community that goes above and beyond feeding Puerto Vallarta families struggling to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-founder Francie Nguyen gives us the latest news.

The History and Meaning Behind Mexico’s Flag

The Mexican flag is an unmistakable symbol when it comes to nationalism and, during the patriotic month of September, you'll see the flag waving high throughout the entire country. But do you know the story behind the image in the middle? Or what the three colors represent?

2nd Doses of Covid-19 Vaccines for Ages 18 and Up

Second doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine will be applied to people ages 30+ in Puerto Vallarta, Sept 21-24. In addition, second doses of Sinovac will be available for ages 18-29. Vaccines are available from 9 am to 5 pm at La Lija Sports Unit and the Naval Hospital.

SPCA Puerto Vallarta in Ruins: How You Can Help

Though the shelter was destroyed by the flood caused by Hurricane Nora, the Puerto Vallarta SPCA is continuing its efforts to save dogs. While they are back on site, utilizing the little usable space that remains, the dogs in their care require food and medical care.

Amazon Introduces ‘Made in Mexico’ Handicrafts Store

To celebrate the National Holidays, on September 16, Amazon announced the opening of the 'Made in Mexico' store that offers traditional Mexican crafts handmade by artisans. This platform is part of Amazon Handmade, an ecommerce category that opened in 2017 to sell unique handmade products.

Mercado Río Cuale Vendors Set Up Shop in Parque Hidalgo

As of today, Wednesday, September 15, almost 60 merchants from the Río Cuale market have 'set up shop' at Parque Hidalgo in downtown Puerto Vallarta. This relocation is temporary while the damage the market suffered, due to the overflowing of the river after the passage of Hurricane Nora, is being repaired.

Mexico’s Independence: The History of ‘El Grito’

Independence Day is probably the most popular patriotic holiday in Mexico. Since this year's celebrations have been cancelled as part of the state's ongoing efforts to curb the pandemic, we commemorate the occasion with a brief description of the historical events that sparked Mexico's war of Independence.

Sept is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – Support AFCC

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, set aside to bring awareness to pediatric cancer, which remains the leading cause of death by disease for children under 19. Here in Puerto Vallarta, Aid to Families of Children With Cancer is now assisting 22 local families. Learn how you can help.

The Vallarta Food Bank Needs Your Support

After 18 challenging months supporting the Puerto Vallarta community from the beginning of the pandemic and through the waves that followed, Hurricane Nora swept across our city and created an even greater need for the Vallarta Food Bank. Learn how you can help.

Pet Photoshoot Benefits Puerto Vallarta Animal Shelters

Grab your furry friend and head out to the Kiosko inside Plaza Marina on Saturday, September 4th to have a photo taken with your four-legged friend in support of two of the Puerto Vallarta animal rescue organizations that were affected by Hurricane Nora.