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Ep. 3: All Things Puerto Vallarta

Ep. 3: All Things Puerto Vallarta

Thinking about moving to Mexico? Look no further than Puerto Vallarta! On this episode, Jesse and Chelsea dive into everything you need to know about Puerto Vallarta before making a decision to move there. They’ll discuss lifestyle, cost of living, safety, and of course…real estate!

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…


  • How safe is Puerto Vallarta? [0:46]
  • Dining in Puerto Vallarta for every budget [3:38]
  • Transportation logistics and expenses of living in Puerto Vallarta [7:33]
  • What is the cost to rent and buy property in Puerto Vallarta? [11:01]
  • The lifestyle and beaches of Puerto Vallarta [20:51]
  • What convenience and luxury shopping options does Puerto Vallarta have to offer? [26:41]
  • What are the local and ex-pat communities in Puerto Vallarta like? [30:45]

Safety is a top priority


When thinking about moving to a foreign country you are unfamiliar with, one of the first questions asked is often about safety. Is it safe for me to live there? Is it safe to raise a family? Thankfully, when it comes to Puerto Vallarta, the answer is a resounding YES! Because PV is such a tourist destination, there is a greater emphasis placed on security in the area. The city actually has a lower crime rate than major U.S. cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Visitors and residents alike can feel safe walking the streets at any hour knowing that they and their belongings are safe.


Dining is affordable


Food is an essential part of life. That’s why it needs to be both good AND affordable. Fortunately, food is both of those things in Puerto Vallarta! Inhabitants of the city can enjoy typical North American grocery options like Walmart and Costco, while also frequenting locally run stores. On almost every street corner can be found small stores called abarrotes reminiscent of New York City’s bodegas. Any choice is middle-class budget-friendly, costing 2000 to 6000 pesos per month or roughly $100 to $300 USD. Eating out and enjoying the local flavor is also a delicious and financially prudent option. Puerto Vallarta is filled with delicious taco stands and full-service restaurants to satisfy your every craving. An average eating-out budget would cost about 4000 pesos per month, which is roughly $200 USD. Whether it’s local fare or a treat you miss from home, it’s easy to find and afford in PV!


Transportation is easy


A potential logistical nightmare when moving to a foreign country is figuring out transportation. Not so with Puerto Vallarta! It’s incredibly easy to get around if you don’t have or want your own vehicle. Bus fare is about 10 pesos ($0.48 USD) and they can take you anywhere you want to go in PV. Uber and taxi cabs are also safe and efficient transportation options to get around this tropical paradise. However, if you want to save a few bucks and help the environment, PV is very much a “walking city”. You don’t need motorized transportation to navigate it. For more information on renting and buying property in Puerto Vallarta, listen to this episode or visit the links below!

Resources & People Mentioned


  • Visit the website for Coldwell Banker La Costa!

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