Live in Mexico—Cheap, Huh?

Mexico on $5 a day? Sure, not a problem if you can survive on four cervezas during the day and sleep in a tent pitched somewhere in the woods during the night. Of course, if you live on the Mexican Riviera, you’ll only be able to afford a couple cervezas a day but you will be able to sleep on the beach! In 1997, we moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, known as Vallarta or PV by the locals, and inevitably,

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Considering Retirement but Short on Cash?

Attention all baby boomers; are you starting to think about retirement but your cash is tied up in 401k´s, IRA’s, pension programs, retirement funds, stock options, or your residence and you’re not quite ready to liquidate any of these assets? Have you been watching retirement properties continue to escalate in price and are concerned that the cost of your retirement dreams might be beyond your reach when you’re ready? Well, perhaps you’ll find the following information quite enlightening and hopefully

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Live in Mexico Without Spanish?

¿Donde esta el baño? ¿Como esta usted? That pretty well sums up two years of high school Spanish taken as a college prep course almost 60 years ago! Of course, why would anyone ever need to know Spanish having never met a Mexican, let alone thought about going to Mexico? My, how times have changed! After living in Houston for 25 years, we discovered that Mexico was only two hours away and that it had some very intriguing qualities to

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How Are Gringos Treated in Mexico?

Not all tourists that visit Mexico are treated the same. As an example, those that come to traffic or use illegal drugs are treated rather harshly in Mexico, resulting in terrible vacations while south of the border! Another one that’s probably not anxious to return to Mexico is Dawg, the Bounty Hunter. He was not treated with a great deal of dignity and respect, however he too might not have closely followed the Mexican laws as he handcuffed his fugitive

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Boomers May Soon Overcome Top Objection to Retirement in Mexico

As retirees and 22 year residents of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, it’s quite easy to extol the benefits of living in Mexico. Of course, not every part of Mexico is the same (as is true in the US or Canada); however, we can certainly vouch for Puerto Vallarta. With its beautiful climate and landscape of the Sierra Madres cascading down into Banderas Bay, its kind and friendly local citizenry, its proximity to the US and Canada, and its lower cost of

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Can’t Afford to Live in Malibu?

Perhaps you can’t afford to live in Malibu, but if you can afford to drive a Malibu, read on; you are about to be introduced to a lifestyle in Paradise equal to or better than Malibu at a fraction of the cost! In 1997, we purchased a beautiful, newly constructed villa located in the Sierra Madres overlooking Banderas Bay and El Centro, the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. During the first four years of living in PV, we doubled

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Afraid of Medical Care South of the Border?

Twenty years ago, the fear of needing emergency medical or dental care while south of the border ranked close to the fear of running out of gas while crossing the railroad tracks; both had you calling for spiritual guidance! In 1997, shortly after we moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, referred to as PV or Vallarta by the locals, a friend of ours elected to have a substantial amount of cosmetic surgery done here in PV. At that time, there were

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Want to Find Treasure in the Sierra Madres?

Do you remember the 1927 novel, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre”, which was about a couple of down-and-out Americans that joined up with a crusty old timer to prospect for gold in Mexico? It was later adapted into a film by John Huston in 1948, who returned to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in 1964 to film “Night of the Iguana”. The Sierra Madres have been and continue to be rich in mineral wealth containing vast deposits of gold, silver, lead,

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Puerto Vallarta & Lake Tahoe–The Best of Both Worlds

Upon retiring 25 years ago, we spent a great deal of time traveling the world in search for the perfect retirement haven. Twenty two years ago we selected Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as the location for our main retirement residence. Vallarta, located on the Mexican Riviera and only two to four hours from most major cities in the US, offers all of the modern day conveniences, numerous activities for retirees, fine dining and social life, and perfect weather for almost eight

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The Truth about Hurricanes in Mexico

As 22 year residents of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, it never ceases to amaze us when reading the negative and often blatantly dishonest publicity pertaining to Mexican resort areas. It usually has to do with drug related violence in one of the border cities. A couple of years ago, when cruise boats avoided the Mexican Riviera for more than 10 weeks, it was associated with the virtually nonexistent swine flu, and most recently, hurricane Jova, which was hyped as potentially wiping

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