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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.


Puerto Vallarta: A Destination of Diversity and Inclusion

Puerto Vallarta is gaining recognition as a beacon of diversity and inclusion. The city's dedication to fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and respected is being acknowledged, thanks to its nominations in five categories at the 2023 LGBTQ+ Travel Awards Mexico.

Vallarta’s Guadalupe Church to Celebrate 102 Years in October

Known around the world as the symbol of Puerto Vallarta, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe will celebrate its 102nd anniversary from October 8-15, 2023. Events and celebrations include religious services, a Guadalupana Family Walk, cultural and musical performances, sporting events and more.

Procuring Art for Your Vallarta Home – Now That’s a CRATE Idea!

CRATE Interiors' full service art advisory, purchasing and Installation service helps Puerto Vallarta property owners and investors curate artwork, sculpture and local crafts from many regions. Their single point of contact assistance means they preview and preselect works to fit your décor needs and personal preferences.

AngelíCAT: Healing Banderas Bay Cats for a Better Life

Puerto Vallarta is home to countless animals that face dire situations, including abandonment, abuse, and neglect. Fortunately, there are a number of animal welfare charity organizations in the Banderas Bay area. Here, we tell you about Angelícat, a suburban refuge for kittens and cats in need of shelter and a new home.

Toys For Tots Sunset BBQ to be Held October 21 at Casa Karma

A Sunset BBQ to raise the necessary funds to jump-start the next round of funding for Toys for Tots Puerto Vallarta will take place on October 21 at Casa Karma. If good eats, drinks, and music are not enough to entertain you for an afternoon there will also be a local artists' sale and a live auction.

The Huichol and Their Art: A Cultural Treasure of Mexico

The Huichol people, an indigenous community residing in the Sierra Madre Occidental in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit, have long been captivating the world with their unique art. As we celebrate their artistic achievements, let us also remember the importance of preserving their unique way of life for generations to come.

Tips for Importing a U.S. or Canadian Vehicle to Mexico

If you are planning to move to, or spend the winter in, Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit, you may want to bring your Canadian or American vehicle with you. Importing a car into Mexico can be a complex process, but with the right information and proper preparation, it can be done legally.

Green Education: Puerto Vallarta Promotes School Gardens

To encourage environmental awareness and sustainable practices in Puerto Vallarta's schools, the Municipal Government has launched a pilot project known as 'Productive Schools: School Gardens.' This initiative aims to create school gardens, nurture sprouts, and educate students about medicinal plants.

Puerto Vallarta Charity BINGO Returns to Nacho Daddy

Come out to Nacho Daddy and play Charity BINGO every other Wednesday at 4:00 pm to raise money for Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic, a permanent facility in Puerto Vallarta that offers free services to those who otherwise would be unable to get their pets fixed.

5 Reasons Why North Americans Choose to Retire to Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has been a retirement haven for over 70 years. With its sunny climate, diverse culture, welcoming community, modern infrastructure, affordable real estate, and excellent healthcare, it's a top choice for retirees seeking adventure, relaxation, and a new place to call home.