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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.


Canadian Composer E. John Robertson in Vallarta this Month

The Instituto de Artes Musicales Puerto Vallarta (IAMPV) is honored to host the distinguished and prolific composer, John Robertson, in February 2023. John has traveled from Toronto to his former home to hear one of his compositions performed during the Orquesta Sinfonica Vallarta concerts on Feb 19 and 20.

Mexico Celebrates Constitution Day on February 6th

February 5th commemorates the signing of the Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos in 1917. Nowadays, the official observance is on the first Monday in February, which in 2023 is February 6th, so Mexican citizens can enjoy a long weekend.

Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad General Meeting, February 23

The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico will hold their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday, February 23 from 4:00–5:00 pm at the Incanto Theater, located at Insurgentes 109 on the south side of Puerto Vallarta. Following the AGM, DACB members will enjoy a happy hour and free hors d’oeuvres.

Online Auction Benefits Vallarta’s Free Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic

PEACEAnimals is raising money for the continuation of free mobile spay/neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta via an online auction Feb 5-13. Approximately 40 items are being auctioned off, from art and collectibles to gift certificates for hotels, restaurants, tours and salon services.

February 2023 News from PuRR Project Puerto Vallarta

How do you get tickets for the Pussy CAT concert? How many kittens are in the PuRR Nursery? Who is this month's Featured Feline? What do the PuRR staff and volunteers do with all that cat poop? Read the February PuRR Project newsletter and get the answers!

Jay Sadler Project Toys for Tots Program Delivered Over 4000 Toys

The Jay Sadler Project A.C. Toys for Tots program in mid-January 2023 successfully distributed over 4,000 toys to various Kindergartens from Lo de Marcos, San Sebastian, Cabo Corrientes, and one boat leaving from Boca de Tomatlan to Quimixto and finally Puerto Vallarta.

New Ticketing System Launched for 2023 What a Drag Event

Buying your ticket for Puerto Vallarta's most-anticipated annual show/fundraiser - What a Drag! - is now easier, thanks to Event Sprout. The US-based online ticketing platform has created a personalized ticketing system for the event, which is set to take place at 8:00 pm on Sunday, March 12 at Teatro Vallarta.

Mexico’s Multired Banks Offer Commission-Free ATM Transactions

HSBC, Scotiabank, Inbursa, Banregio, Banca Mifel and Banco del Bajío announced the launch of Multired, an alliance that will allow customers of these banks to withdraw cash and check balances without paying commissions. The Multired network will benefit more than 13.2 million customers and incorporate 9,352 ATMs.

Sale of Artwork by Carlina Cisneros at Galleria Dante

Selected art works by Guadalajara artist Carlina Cisneros are now on sale at Galleria Dante, the largest and most eclectic art gallery in Puerto Vallarta. The warmth and feeling of well-being that her paintings transmit and the different color ranges she uses are some of the characteristics that define her artistic work.

Puerto Vallarta Musicians Playing at 11th Annual Riverfest

The music line-up for this year's Riverfest is the best ever! The event organizers are pleased to welcome back some old favorites, and introduce some new acts that will be performing on February 25 & 26 at El Rio BBQ Bar, all for a cause close to our hearts - the children of Pasitos de Luz.