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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.


Hot Sale 2024: Online Deals and Discounts Through May 23

The annual Hot Sale started May 15 and will run through May 23, with over 600 of Mexico’s largest online retail companies and e-commerce sites participating. Whether you're a seasoned online shopper or new to e-commerce, the vast selection of discounts and exclusive offers from top retailers makes this the perfect time to buy.

Puerto Vallarta Inaugurates Traveling Photo Exhibition

To celebrate Puerto Vallarta's 106th anniversary as a municipality and 56th as a city, on Monday, the Institute of Culture inaugurated a traveling photography exhibition in the Plaza de Armas. The expo showcases the city's history from its founding to present day.

How VKEP Sponsorship Transforms Vallarta Kids’ Lives

In the Volcanes community, a remarkable transformation has been unfolding over the past decade. At the core of this transformation lies the support of Volcanes Kids Education Program Scholarship sponsors who believe in the power of education to change lives.

Mango Season in Puerto Vallarta is Just Around the Corner

If you have a mango tree on your property, you know that soon you will have more mangos than friends! Here in Puerto Vallarta, we are inundated by mangos when the growing season begins in June/ July and ends in September. Mangos are not only deliciously juicy, but can be incorporated in a wealth of recipes.

Agave’s Deep Roots: Raicilla Art Exhibit at Vallarta’s OPC

On Thursday, May 23rd, the Oficina de Proyectos Culturales (OPC) kicks off its 10th-anniversary festivities with the inauguration of two captivating exhibitions - 'Raicilla Was the First: Art and Culture of the Agave and its Distillates' and 'Those From the Other Coast: the World of Raicilla.'

Mexico Celebrates ‘El Día de la Madre’ on Friday, May 10

Mother's Day in Mexico, or 'Día de las Madres,' is a significant day filled with love and appreciation for moms. Observed annually on May 10th, it is a time for families to come together and honor these exceptional women, expressing heartfelt appreciation for their pivotal role in shaping both families and society.

DACB Offers US Voter Registration Assistance at Hotel Mercurio

Democrats Abroad is helping US citizens in Puerto Vallarta Vote From Abroad for the upcoming 2024 primary and general elections. Trained VFA volunteers will be at Hotel Mercurio to help you navigate the FPCA process from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm on Wednesdays, May 8th and 22nd, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Celebrates Vallarta Pride 2024

Gay Pride in Puerto Vallarta is a time of celebration for LGBTQ+ and for people who honor diversity, equity, and inclusion! Your local chapter of Democrats Abroad joins in Puerto Vallarta's celebration by presenting a screening of 'Stonewall Uprising' at 2 pm on Tuesday, May 21 at Nacho Daddy.

The Beginning of My Ending in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This month, I signed up for Pam Thompson-Webb’s End of Life in Banderas Bay information talk at Hospital Joya. It was an informative event, and I was happy to learn that I had most of my affairs in order. I like to be prepared for everything in life, so logically, that includes my death.

May 2024 News from PuRR Project Puerto Vallarta

All the latest news from PuRR Project, Puerto Vallarta's non-profit no-kill feline shelter. Learn about the explosion of kitten in the PuRR nursery, this month's upcoming events, and the cats and kittens available every weekend at the PetCo Adoption Center.