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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.


June News from Puerto Vallarta’s PuRR Project Shelter

The latest news from PuRR Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter just north of Puerto Vallarta that provides homeless cats and kittens a recuperative stay with the ultimate goal of adopting them out to loving homes sterilized, vaccinated and disease free.

Vallarta Abuelos Kicks Off Annual School Bag Project

The 'Vallarta Abuelos,' a group of Mexican and expat volunteers that focus on giving back to the community by helping underprivileged children, have announced the launch of their annual School Bag Project, which supports local kids who dream of continuing their studies in public schools.

Summer Maintenance Tips for your Puerto Vallarta Home

As the busy spring season starts to wind down and we make our way through May, the weather gradually starts to shift to a higher humidity index. Due to higher humidity and summer rains, it’s important to know how to care for your property during summertime.

Everyone Loves a Parade – and Puerto Vallarta Does it Right!

Nothing but great energy, good vibes and love filled the streets of Puerto Vallarta on Thursday, May 25, 2023 for the 10th Annual Pride Parade. With around 50 participants - from decorated motorcycles to extravagant floats and even double decker buses - it was colorful, flamboyant and a great deal of fun.

Puerto Vallarta Anniversary Celebration Schedule of Events

On Wednesday, May 31, 2023, our beloved Puerto Vallarta will be celebrating its 105th anniversary as a municipality, and its 55th as a fully-incorporated city, with a great celebration in El Centro. The commemorative program for this double anniversary will begin at 5:00 pm at Los Arcos del Malecón.

Photo Exhibition Showcases Puerto Vallarta’s History

'The Image and Memory,' a photographic exhibition and conference, will be held at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 29 at the Municipal Presidency. Learn about Puerto Vallarta's growth from a small fishing village to a world-class tourist destination through the eyes of four photographers who found their inspiration in this city.

Streets in El Centro Closed as Filming of ‘Acapulco’ Continues

Driving in downtown Puerto Vallarta has been challenging again this week as the cast and crew of 'Acapulco' continue filming the third season of this popular Apple TV series. Traffic and parking restrictions on Calles Matamoros, Hidalgo, Agustín Rodríguez and Juarez are expected to end at 8:00 pm on Friday, May 26.

21.5 Tons Collected During Vallarta’s E-Waste Campaign

The electronic waste (E-waste) recycling campaign that the Puerto Vallarta Department of Municipal Services held on May 3rd and 4th not only helped people get rid of 21.5 tons of electrical & electronic devices, but also raised citizen’s environmental awareness.

Puerto Vallarta Living: Understanding and Preventing Dengue

With Puerto Vallarta's rainy season approaching, the lifestyle experts at Timothy Real Estate Group offer tips for preventing Dengue, a flu-like illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, mainly the Aedes Aegypti – a day-time biter that lives in close proximity to humans in urban areas.

Tequila Don Julio and Gray Malin Introduce the ‘Agave Series’

Fine-art photographer Gray Malin traveled to the highlands in Jalisco to capture once-in-a-lifetime aerial images over Tequila Don Julio's iconic agave fields. Merging his passion for photography with a spirit of travel and adventure, Gray’s images capture the legacy of one of Mexico's most beloved tequila brands.