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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.


Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebrates 100 Years October 12

Known around the world as the symbol of Puerto Vallarta, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Events and celebrations include religious services, a pilgrimage from the sports stadium to Los Arcos de Malec贸n, cultural and musical performances, and fireworks.

Vallarta Civil Protection and Fire Personnel Get New Equipment

Mayor Professor Luis Alberto Michel Rodr铆guez on Monday delivered more equipment, tools, and uniforms to municipal Civil Protection and Fire personnel, in order to improve emergency services and care for Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors, and to help them be better prepared to act in any emergency.

Help Vallarta Botanical Garden Maintain its Standard of Excellence

As you may have recently heard, The Vallarta Botanical Garden was awarded the prestigious 鈥淕arden Excellence Award for 2022鈥 presented by the American Public Gardens Association, North America鈥檚 most important public garden organization. Now is your chance to engage with us as we take the Garden to even higher levels of excellence.

Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta Sponsors PeaceAnimals Clinics

In early September, the Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta sponsored a 3.5-day PeaceAnimals free, mobile, spay & neuter clinic in Ixtapa, Conalep. From Wednesday, Sept 7 through Saturday the 10th, veterinarians Anthony Carrillo, Jesus Pacheco and Leslie Sandoval sterilized 128 dogs and cats, and $3,340 pesos in donations were received.

Mexico’s Congress Approved Eliminating Daylight Saving Time

With 445 votes in favor, 33 abstentions and 8 against, Mexico's Chamber of Deputies approved President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador's proposal to eliminate Daylight Savings Time. The initiative now goes to the Senate for discussion and vote and, if endorsed, will come into effect on October 30, 2022.

Tropicasa Realty: October’s Hot Property in Puerto Vallarta

Located in the heart of the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone, just 1.5 blocks from Los Muertos Beach, D鈥橰esidences 1B is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath condominium featuring a huge terrace with a side ocean view, open floor plan kitchen / dining room / living room, upscale kitchen, beautiful flooring, and parota throughout.

Puerto Vallarta International Cabaret Festival Returns Oct 13-22

After two years of absence, the Puerto Vallarta International Cabaret Festival returns to celebrate its fifth edition from October 13 to 22. The unique meeting is a space to celebrate, have fun, dare and criticize each other through comedy, music and acidity, sarcasm and ingenuity. All performances and activities are in Spanish.

October 2022 News from PuRR Project Puerto Vallarta

The latest news from PuRR Project, a non-profit, no-kill feline shelter located 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.

1st Feria del Caf茅 at Vallarta Botanical Garden Oct. 8

Love a high tea? The Vallarta Botanical Garden is putting a twist on this classic by hosting the first ever Feria del Caf茅 (Coffee Fair) on Saturday, October 8 from 10 am to 5 pm. Come out and celebrate Mexico's favorite bean brew at this coffee lover's event.

Puerto Vallarta Mayor Authorizes Joint Work Plan with SETAC

Puerto Vallarta Mayor Luis Alberto Michel Rodr铆guez recently held a public meeting with SETAC (Solidaridad Ed Thomas A.C.) staff, with whom he initiated a work plan to open a Sexual Diversity Office in L谩zaro C谩rdenas park, where there is already a permanent information booth for the LGBT Community.