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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.


Meet the Final Contestant for ‘What a Drag’ 2024 – David Jones

Grab your tickets now for What A Drag, set for March 3 at Teatro Vallarta. This week's spotlight introduces contestant David Jones, sponsored by Ryan Donner and Associates. David volunteered for WAD due to his alignment with its supported causes, including domestic violence, planned parenthood, and women's rights issues.

‘So, You Think You Can RISE’ Grand Finale Raised Much Needed Funds

Teatro Vallarta was buzzing with excitement as the Grand Finale of ‘So, You Think You Can RISE’ took place on Sunday, February 18. In addition to witnessing the debut of fresh local talent, the crowd pledged a total of $55,000 USD for the RISE Children’s Shelter, with a matching $20,000 from a local business that made it possible.

IFC Valentine’s Day Raffle Raised $97,500 MXN for Local Charities

The International Friendship Club's (IFC) 2024 Día de la Amistad / Valentine's Day 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser culminated with total ticket sales of $148,000 pesos. They conducted a live drawing at the IFC clubhouse on Valentine's Day which resulted in $74,000 pesos in prize money being distributed to three lucky winners.

Restoration of the Church of Guadalupe Dome: Progress and Plans

Father Arturo Arana López, parish priest of Puerto Vallarta's Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, proudly shared the good news: restoration work on the iconic dome is progressing well. Learn about the project's advancements, fundraising endeavors, and upcoming events shaping the future of this cultural icon.

Brandon Broadwell Takes the What A Drag Stage as ‘Barbie Q’

This week, the What a Drag spotlight is on Brandon Broadwell, a resident of Denver, CO, who, along with his wife, divides his time between Denver and Vallarta. Sponsored by Kim Kieler Properties, Brandon is set to dazzle the audience with help from his Fairy Drag Mother, Javier Martinez, a hair stylist at Thomas Simon Salon.

ANA’s Rock the River FUN-raiser at La Huerta BBQ, March 12

Mark your calendars for the Amapas Neighborhood Association's (ANA) Rock the River FUN-raiser, set to take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 2-6 pm at La Huerta BBQ (formerly El Rio BBQ). Come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of tasty BBQ, great dancing music, cold beers and margaritas, and lots of fun - all for a good cause!

Alexander A Salon Charity Fashion Show to Support Casa Esperanza

Alexander Daoud, owner of Alexander A Salon in Plaza Marina, is hosting his seventh live Charity Fashion Show at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa to support Casa Esperanza, our local shelter for at-risk women and their children. Save the date, Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 12:15 pm and join us!

Rich Jeanneau Shines as ‘Mama Rich’ in ‘What A Drag’ Fundraiser

What a Drag, set to be held on March 3 at Teatro Vallarta, will feature some of Puerto Vallarta's bravest straight men vying for the ‘Miss What A Drag’ crown to raise funds for the Casa Esperanza Women's Shelter. This week's contestant's spotlight is on Canada's Rich Jeanneau, sponsored by Elengorn Realtors.

How to Sweeten Things Up for Valentine’s Day in Puerto Vallarta

Chocolates are always a classic gift for February 14th and with Mexico’s rich and delicious chocolate history dating back to 450BC, it’s no surprise that Puerto Vallarta has some incredible chocolate shops. Here are some you’ll want to visit for your Valentine or to pick up a sweet treat for yourself.

Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club Fundraiser Promises Fun and Impact

The annual Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club fundraiser returns on February 29th with a night packed with entertainment, delicious food, and the chance to make a real difference in children's lives. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be the beloved BLOND GYPSIES, serenading guests with their special brand of music.