Retirement in Puerto Vallarta

Mexican Cuisine

This stretch of Mexico’s Pacific coastline has already been developed to a high level. Life here can be comfortable and easy.

This isn’t developing-its world class living.
This is a lifestyle that is truly comparable to the best you could enjoy in southern California, if you could afford it. It’s a dramatic sight. Condo buildings hug the shoreline, towering above the yellow-sand beach, and brilliant blue Pacific.

The foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains loom above, the hillsides covered in white and brick buildings where it’s not lush jungle.

Thanks to the curve of the vast Bay of Banderas, one of the world’s largest, you can see development far down the coast.

You can find dramatically beautiful Pacific coastline lots of places. Much harder to come by is an already-in-placeinfrastructure. In this seaside city you aren’t buying for someday.

In Puerto Vallarta, you have the opportunity to buy a world-class lifestyle in a region with beautiful beaches and ocean views and plenty of golf courses, marinas, restaurants, and shopping.

Set on Mexico’s central Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta first gained fame in the 1960s, when it served as the setting for the classic film, Night of the Iguana, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In the decades since then this once quiet fishing village has grown exponentially into the world-class and world-famous vacation destination it is today, attracting travelers from around the world, as well as a large contingent of retirees and other expats—most from the U.S. and Canada.

The heart of PV is the Zona Romantica, also known as Old Town. It’s a pedestrian friendly zone of narrow streets and historic buildings mixed in with modern construction. Here you can find shops, bakeries, cafes, restaurants, condo buildings, and more within a stone’s throw of the water.

The outskirts of the town are modern, with large shopping malls, big box, stores, marinas, and large housing developments, including the showpiece Nuevo Vallarta residential and resort complex.

You can’t compare retirement in Puerto Vallarta with retirement in Salinas, Ecuador or Las Tablas, Panama, which are both emerging regions that don’t yet have international-standard amenities.

1. Easy access from the United States

2. Unbeatable locations on the Pacific coast.

3. The infrastructure, services, and amenities make it one of the most user friendly retire-overseas choices.

4. There is an existing, growing, and welcoming community of expats from all over the world.

5. An affordable cost.

Here is a sample monthly budget:

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  • Rent: $500 that will get you a nice furnished little house, sometimes with all bills included. Most include at least water and condo fees for gardening and garbage collection.
  • Utilities: $100 electricity should be around $30-40, a gas tank for cooking costs $30, internet is around $20 (more if you live in remote areas), phone around $10-20, and you don’t need heating, its almost always warm.
  • Food: $200 that’s for one person. You can buy street food for $2 a meal, local fruits, vegetable and meat are delicious. Expect to pay more for imported products.
  • Travel: $300 You can fly to most U.S. cities for under $500. I am accounting for two flights back home ($1,000/year), and around $200 a month to explore the country. You can travel well on $50 a day per person.
  • Staff: $300 A housekeeper charges around $25 a day. If you are older, you can find a nurse to assist you daily and around the clock.. This is a top reason people choose to move down here in retirement.
  • Transportation $50 I have already accounted for travel costs around the country, and in town you can get rides for $2-5 using Uber. You don’t need a car.
  • Entertainment $50 again, some of the restaurant costs will go under travel and food. A nice dinner costs $25pp and up.

Puerto Vallarta has Great Fishing

Vallarta Fishing

Discover World Famous Fishing Waters

Banderas Bay has an amazing erray of small tropical, prehistoric looking, to large game fish ranging from Red Snappers, to Tunas, Marlins and some bigger than you!

Discover these amazing fishing waters with a day long fishing tour of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay.

Fishing Calendar


Puerto Vallarta Retirement

Spend Your Golden Years in Paradise

With state of the art medical facilities and great hospitals spread through town, in addition to great restaurants, local services and living expenses at a fraction of the price of anywhere in the US or Canada, Puerto Vallarta is on of the most ideal places to retire.

Many will tell you that between the beaches and beautiful mountain side, Puerto Vallarta is Paradise !

Puerto Vallarta Beach Guide