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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.


The Jay Sadler Project A.C. 2022 Fundraising Activities

Each year the Jay Sadler Project A.C. hosts the Puerto Vallarta Chili Cook-Off and the Charity Music Festival as its two major fundraisers. All monies raised from ticket sales, sponsor fees, raffles, and Silent Auction, go directly towards funding our community activities for the year.

Puerto Vallarta Restaurants to Install Panic Buttons

Canirac, the Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Costa Alegre restaurant association, announced that they will be implementing the "You're Safe Here" campaign, which consists of Banderas Bay area restaurants acting as safe spaces for women that feel threatened, and the installation of panic buttons.

Pasitos de Luz Working with Love to Help Disabled Children

May news from Pasitos de Luz, a marvelous day care facility for children with special needs in the Banders Bay area. This non-profit organization provides children with various handicaps with a caring and loving environment, along with treatment for individual rehabilitation, nutritional meals, physical stimulation and therapy.

Puerto Vallarta to Celebrate ‘Navy Day’ with a Week Full of Fun

Mexico's port towns celebrate El Día de la Marina on June 1st to commemorate the nation's past and present naval service men and women. Here in Puerto Vallarta, this year's maritime celebration will begin a week before the main event, and will be divided into sports, recreational, cultural and social activities.

Comedian Keenan Steiner at La Catrina Cantina for Vallarta Pride

New York comedian Keenan Steiner brings his one-man show and stand up hour, 'XXL In Mexico,' to La Catrina Cantina during Vallarta Pride 2022. Opening for Keenan, will be comedian Mosves Shakarian, who’s been called ‘The Gay Armenian Lawyer.’ Don’t miss this hilarious show on May 27 & 28 at 7:30 pm.

2022 Memorial Day Stand Down in Puerto Vallarta

The American Legion is back in action and now has a new home on the 2nd floor of Murphy's Irish Pub on the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta. All veterans and their families are invited to join them on Monday, May 30 from 12-4 pm for a Memorial Day celebration at Murphy's, where the first hamburger or hot dog and soda or beer are on the house.

Mexico Requires All Expats to Get a Taxpayer Number by July 1

The 2022 Tax Reform requires all Mexican citizens and legal residents aged 18 or over to have a Registro Federal de Contribuyentes (Federal taxpayer registration, commonly referred to as an RFC), as of July 1, 2022. If you have a Temporary or Permanent resident card, or a CURP, you must get an RFC, whether or not you earn income in Mexico.

‘REARVIEW: History can look closer than it seems’ at OPC

'Retrovisor: La historia puede verse más cerca de lo que parece,' which shows part of the history of Puerto Vallarta through cultural events of the last 104 years reflected in a timeline that is still under construction, opens at La Oficina de Proyectos Culturales on May 28. The exhibition will be on display through December 17.

Puerto Vallarta has 19 Shelters Ready for Hurricane Season

Mayor Luis Alberto Michel Rodríguez and the chair of DIF Puerto Vallarta, María de Jesús López Delgado, have reached agreements with representatives of 19 buildings throughout the city that will serve as temporary shelters in case of any eventuality during the 2022 Pacific Hurricane Season.

Puerto Vallarta to Host National Youth Beach Volleyball

The 2022 edition of the National Youth Beach Volleyball Championship will be played in Puerto Vallarta May 27-29 at Holi Beach, where several courts will be set up. This event brings together the future beach volleyball stars of Mexico. Admission is free to the public.