The Fountain of Youth Rediscovered in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, the sleepy little Mexican fishing village that’s no longer sleepy or little is located at the same latitude as Maui, Hawaii. Being at that latitude, Vallarta experiences the same perfect daily temperatures as Maui from November through May averaging about 73°F. However Vallarta is much more hospitable for vacationing or retirement during those months because it experiences an average monthly rainfall of less than 0.4 inches, whereas Maui receives anywhere from 1.7 to 2.6 inches of rain per

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Want to Live Longer?

Life! Ah, there’s nothing we’d rather have! If only the condo salesman would have known that extended life was included in the selling price of the condo back in 1984. Thirty five years ago, while visiting Mismaloya, just south of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, we were approached by a super condo salesman. His pitch was that after making the original deposit, the rental income would virtually pay for the condo. We fell for it and bought the full ownership of two

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Revolutionary Prostate Cancer Treatment Comes To Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is home to the new and modern San Javier Hospital and the even newer Vallarta Medical Center (previously known as Cornerstone Hospital) and CMQ hospitals, all of which provide just about every kind of medical service available anywhere in the world. A fourth hospital, AmeriMed (now named Hospiten) has been in Vallarta about 20 years and it too offers numerous services. Hospiten currently has another huge new hospital that rivals the San Javier and Cornerstone Hospitals. As

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Retirement on the Mexican Riviera

Riviera; the word alone tends to conjure pleasant images of beautiful scenery, of calm serenity or relaxation, even of Paradise. By definition, Riviera is an Italian term originally from the Middle Ages for the coast of Liguria. The two divisions of the original Riviera, both of which border the Ligurian Sea and an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, are the Italian Riviera and the French Riviera. Retirement on either Riviera would be wonderful if you have seriously deep pockets, don’t

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Ready to Live in Luxury?

After a lifetime of hard work, isn’t it about time that you enjoy the fruit of your labor? By now, you should be ready to start living large, living like a king, living in luxury, or just plain living the “life of Riley”! James Whitcomb Riley’s poems depicted the comforts of a prosperous home life, while those using the term “living large” are referring to living with an extravagant or self indulgent lifestyle; able to pay for and enjoy a

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Pre-Boomer Lifestyle on the Mexican Riviera

First, let’s define Pre-Boomer; obviously it’s before Boomer! The Baby Boomer Generation is defined as those born after World War II; generally between the years of 1944 and 1964. Consequently, the average age of the nearly 80 million US born Baby Boomers is just now turning 65 years old. The Pre-Boomer Generation is typically defined as those born during the 20 year period prior to the end of WW II or roughly from 1924 to 1944. There were approximately 50

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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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