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Vallarta Real Estate: Flora & Fauna

Animals You May See in Puerto Vallarta

We’ve been repeatedly asked by prospective visitors just what kinds of animals they are likely to see in Puerto Vallarta. It’s a jungle, of course, with mountains as backdrop, so the variety is quite amazing. Creatures in the midst of all the action of the city are slightly different from what shows up on the outskirts. With construction going on in the downtown/Romantic Zone, some small animals can be rousted out of their homes but normally scurry away as quickly as possible.

Ants are ubiquitous in any home in Puerto Vallarta, no matter the height, but they are nothing more than annoying. Cockroaches may show up occasionally and can be swept out the door. Spiders and scorpions might scare the jeepers out of someone but they, too can be dealt with using a broom or the old glass jar/cardboard trick and deposited in the great outdoors. Don’t step on them, especially in flip-flops; it’s risky and unnecessary. Geckos are your friends and they are in every home. Birds serenade us from sunrise with distinctive songs and chatter. Bats swoop around at night and take care of unwanted mosquitoes and other flying insects. Snakes are here but rarely sighted. Iguanas can be seen in trees and sunbathing on rocks and we have had them lounging around the pool. They scuttle off with sight of humans. Crocodiles in the Marina are not unheard of and we highly recommend keeping pets on leash, in general. We don’t know of any human encounters but are aware of two sad incidents involving dogs.

Speaking of dogs, there are many, and efforts on the part of those who have made Puerto Vallarta their home, along with the help of locals and some very compassionate veterinarians to limit reproduction, has lowered the population somehwat. Same with cats.

The coatimundi, known locally as a tejon, is a very common site in outlying neighborhoods, as well as the opossum (tlacuaches) and over the years we have seen a couple armadillos. You don’t have to go to the farm to see farm animals such as cows, horses, mules, chickens. It’s not unusual to find them in small pockets all over the city. Jaguar and ocelot are native to Puerto Vallarta but they won’t venture into town.

What we have learned about most of these indigenous creatures is that they live among us and we are not commonly aware of them until we move into their territory.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Sunset Weather

Cooler Weather is on its Way

We get asked this question often throughout October and November in Puerto Vallarta. “When is cooler weather coming?” Some of us are conditioned to weather changes in the climates we have come from, and our expectations for Puerto Vallarta can often be confused with what we have been accustomed. Mid October has many crying for a letup in the heat and humidity. Snowbirds are returning from the north and often met with a wave of heat they aren’t totally prepared for. It just doesn’t happen that soon. In all our years in Puerto Vallarta, we have waited impatiently with everyone else and often dread the heat in the kitchen for roasting our Thanksgiving turkey. It’s not a huge issue to Canadians, since they celebrate Thanksgiving much earlier and most haven’t even arrived in the tropics quite yet.

November in Puerto Vallarta is when we begin to notice clouds beginning to dissipate. By mid-November, chances of a cloudy sky are about 50/50, as compared to August 30, when the skies are typically at their most overcast and the chance of rain is usually imminent. Sunsets are spectacular as the seasons begin to change and photographers get their best shots of outstanding horizons.

The probability of a good rainstorm decreases exponentially starting in October, though the heat index and dew point can still be high, causing complaints and expectations. “Where is the rain?” is another thing we hear from those who gaze at the wispy sky in hopes of something to cool off the day, but those clouds disappear slowly and for some, agonizingly. By November 30th, even a trace of precipitation is less than 5% and the temperature is something to rejoice. Natural Christmas trees begin to appear in stores like WalMart and Soriana, the streets are decked with bells and faux piñatas and children are getting antsy for the holidays. By December, it is normally clear overhead and we look forward to several months of balmy days, cool mornings and breezy evenings.

The sun is still intense during the winter months and precautions need to be made to protect skin, kids and pets from overexposure. Plants need to be tended and water bowls for kitties and pups must be monitored. Water evaporates rapidly during the months when there is a lack of rain. Keep in mind that your own body should be replenished, as well and that alcohol dehydrates.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Moving To Puerto Vallarta

Why Move to Puerto Vallarta?

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In a recent survey of expats in Mexico, we found an array of reasons for people’s decisions to relocate to Puerto Vallarta. In the past several months, the usual list of explanations for making this life-change has grown. We share these points of view not to raise debate but simply to shed a light on what motivates a person to leave roots and replant.

The largest percentage in Puerto Vallarta seem to be retirees who look forward to stretching their fixed incomes; finding rent, food, transportation and entertainment much less expensive than the the states. Canadians are a part of this movement, as well though the Canadian dollar does not extend quite as far as the USD.

Climate is a big factor. The inventory expands to no longer needing to shovel snow or drive in it, to easing arthritic joint pain. We have friends in Puerto Vallarta who never go to the beach, wear long sleeves and complicated hats, with skin white as lilies; they have no desire to tan but simply wish to not be buried in several layers of clothing for half of the year. Being able to keep a limited wardrobe, including cottons, linens, swimwear and flip-flops has it’s blessings, not to mention the ease on the clothing budget.

Medical care and retirement communities that are springing up, not only in Puerto Vallarta but all over Mexico, have a huge draw for those who can no longer trust their medical coverage in the USA to take care of their needs.

One of the most fascinating, and truly sad stories, of which there are more than one, is that of a young family who found themselves left with few choices. It seems the father was undocumented; deported for dubious reasons; unable to afford legal representations, which could have taken years to forge through, and his wife and children managed to follow him back to his mother country. In Puerto Vallarta, with its fine education system, the children are learning the language, everyone is getting settled and finding all the wonderful things to love about their paternal heritage.

The political climate in the USA has turned many away from their homeland. These people exemplify the definition of ex-pat. They no longer can abide by actions of their own government and therefore have done an about-face and steadfastly stand by their position. This is not limited to North Americans; we have an influx of Brits in Puerto Vallarta, too, who have objected to Brexit and refuse to participate. Some claim they may return when and if conditions change but are just as happy to remain in Puerto Vallarta, where they manage to establish themselves with intentions of living happily ever after.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Whats A Person From D.F. Called?

Do You Know a Chilango?

We’ve met many people in Puerto Vallarta from Mexico City who commonly refer to the city as DF, which stands for Federal District (Distrito Federal). In the current term of President Enríque Peña Nieto, the name Mexico City was officially christened as such, but old habits die hard so when you hear someone talking about DF, they might be a Chilango.

A demonym is a tribal name or denotes national or racial identification. We all have one, like someone from England is English or from Canada is Canadian. In some cases, a demonyn narrows down to a locale, like a person from Liverpool is a Liverpudlian and someone from Honolulu is referred to as a Kānaka. A Mexican from Mexico City is called Chilango. It also refers to anything from Mexico City, for example food, drink or fashion… “belonging to Mexico City.”

Chilango is not a derogatory term though some use it in such a way to make it sound like Chilangos are pretentious and snobby. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our friends from Mexico City sometimes might seem more refined and in touch with excellent cuisine and the arts, but they are warm, generous and gracious people. It’s certainly true that coming to Puerto Vallarta has brought them to a small town from a big city. Imagine….Mexico City has a population of nearly nine million people. Compare that to Puerto Vallarta where we think we are bursting at the seams at less than a quarter million (230,000) and one can see how there might be differences between the citizenry.

Fresa is a slangy idiom for someone from Mexico City and it can mean a person who is preppy or conceited but we know people who are proud of the label. They even consider it a compliment to their sense of style, model of car, or political opinions. Fresa translates to strawberry in English so it’s meant to imply sweet, juicy and attractive, words that generally define a person as flattering and pleasing to the eye.

Whether Fresa or Chilango, we know many people from Mexico City and welcome them all to Puerto Vallarta, the home of the Pata Salada (person with salty feet)! Nicknames in Mexico are common and we love how a demonyn gives us a new view of geography, as well as the culture.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Whats A Person From Guadalajara Called?

What is a Tapatío?

Tapatío is much more than a salsa, which by the way is made and sold in the United States. Though it’s often thought to be a product of Guadalajara, it only represents this gracious city. The tagline “It’s a sauce that’s…very saucy!” is a compliment to the capital of Jalisco, the state of Puerto Vallarta. The world has received many gifts from Tapatíos and Guadalajara; they have a unique culture and their pride is well expressed in the representative song with lyrics that proclaim the soul of the provincial clean smell of a morning rose; the beautiful doves, a symbol of peace; the sweet smell of the earth; the mariachi, pottery and wonderful marketplaces. The song Guadalajara expresses a Tapatío’s love for his home. Tapatías, women from Guadalajara are known for their ojos tapatíos, large, bright and sparking, dark brown eyes, though we have met many Tapatas with blue eyes, as well as blond hair. A person doesn’t earn the name Tapatío by living in the city; one must have been born there, though many Jalscienses try to claim the moniker.

It’s not unusual to find Tapatíos living in Puerto Vallarta and many have vacation homes here; it’s a quick drive that gets shorter all the time, with improvements to highways and bridges. When we first moved to Puerto Vallarta, a trip to GDL could take as long as seven or eight hours!

Guadalajara is the second largest city in Mexico and a great introduction to the liveliness of a huge metropolitan city… a good first experience before a trip from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City. Guadalajara is an amalgamation of three separate areas, Zapopan, Tlaquepaque, and Guadalajara proper, and each is very distinctive with its own peculiarities and personality. They complement and blend against one another well. Aside from the traffic circles, it’s a relative easy city to get around when driving one’s own vehicle, though we have found extreme ease in the application of public transportation, with taxis and Uber even cheaper than Puerto Vallarta and none of the battles between the two that recently affected Puerto Vallarta.

The cuisine of Guadalajara is world renown and chefs are very competitive in their ingenuity and creativeness. Plan to have a few good Tapatío meals during your stay and make sure to hit the Chapultepec zone.

Mariachi Plaza is a must and you will find the real spirit of Tapatíos here. The best time to visit is in the late afternoon and we have booked groups for parties who are more than willing to make the distance to Puerto Vallarta for a fiesta. Not to be missed are the tonier neighborhoods of Tlaquepaque and Zapopan (the Beverly Hills of Guadalajara) and the amazing shopping district of Tonalá, where a flea market goes on and on. We have purchased many fabulous pieces of art here at shockingly low prices. The nightlife is also great, with nightclubs for all tastes and world-class music.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Local or Resident?

Are You a Local or Resident?

Let’s put this one to bed once and for all. So many people call themselves local after moving to Puerto Vallarta. You are not a local unless you are from here. It doesn’t matter if you have lived in Puerto Vallarta or anywhere else for the past two or three decades. You may feel like a local and some may even regard you as one, due to your immense wisdom regarding the community and surrounding area but you are still a resident.

It’s certainly not worth getting into an argument over, but it does chill the bones of friends of ours, who have lived in Puerto Vallarta since birth. We have a friend from Nayarit, the state north of Puerto Vallarta who has lived here for twenty years plus. He is Mexican, born in the Sayulita area and considers himself a local, whenever he goes to family functions for a visit…in Sayulita. He resides in Puerto Vallarta. He won’t make a big issue of it (Mexicans usually don’t) but he will perform a subtle eye-roll when he hears someone who moved to Puerto Vallarta a handful of years ago describe themselves as a local.

Are your privileges different? No, probably not, unless you’re eligible for ejido land. But you do have the right to feel proud of your heritage and likely not pleased with someone else sharing it undeservedly. You may know as much, even more about Puerto Vallarta, than someone who has lived here their entire life but that does not give you the right to upgrade yourself to their birthright stature.

A person from Puerto Vallarta is referred to as a Pata Salada, which is the same as a person from Guadalajara being called a Tapatio or someone from Mexico City being a Chilango. These are not derogatory terms and those who can claim so, do it with pride. Pata Salada translates to Salty Foot and though you might feel you’ve been in Puerto Vallarta long enough to qualify, you should consider yourself a citizen of the world who is lucky enough to call Puerto Vallarta home.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Taxi V Uber

Uber vs. Taxi

We have come to the conclusion over the past several months there is no argument regarding whether to take Uber or a taxi. This is completely a personal choice. There are Uber Wars, as some like to refer to the shouting matches that have happened between drivers, especially when Uber first came to Puerto Vallarta. Apparently there was some shoving, too, involving taxi drivers and their newly arrived competitors; nasty words and, we have been told, a bloody nose or two. Puerto Vallarta has grown to a size where there’s room for everyone. The taxi union has fought Uber with, so far, no conclusive results. Some hotels have posted notices discouraging patrons from using Uber but they have gone unheeded, and it’s a bit of a mystery as to who took the initiative to avail the public with this type of false information.

If you choose to use Uber in Puerto Vallarta instead of a taxi, it requires an app on your phone. This precludes some of our friends from taking advantage of the service because they either don’t have cell phones or they refuse to upgrade from the antiques that serve them well for everything else.

To avoid confrontations with taxi drivers, sit in the front seat with your Uber driver. The taxi drivers will have no idea you are in a service car, but simply riding shotgun with a friend.  There are mixed reviews on whether one can call an Uber to the airport, as well as being dropped off. We know many who have used the service for transport to and from the airport in Puerto Vallarta without problems. Your payment is made through the phone app, so there is no exchange of cash, which is a sure giveaway. If you feel inclined to tip, be discreet.

In our humble opinion, we see no reason to not make use of whatever service you choose. This is the new gig economy. We have weekly markets in Puerto Vallarta where locals and residents alike can sell their handmade crafts, food and services. What was once a farmers’ market is now a venue to share your skills, which can add money to your family’s coffers and enhance the community in which you live.

Airbnb, as an example of this new economic structure, through battles with taxes, advertising and other obstacles, will not go away; travelers love Airbnb and it helps home owners live a better life. What’s not to like?

Whether you take a taxi or an Uber, you are helping an entrepreneur who is being their own boss, as much as he or she is able.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Cooler Temps, More People

When Will The Temp Get Cool Again?

Once September passes and businesses that had been closed for the month begin again to open, people start coming back to town. The snowbirds from the north flock back via flights or long road trips. Streets begin to fill, and the beach comes alive again with more music, vendors, tourists, locals, and part and fulltime residents. New menus are posted; events are planned; umbrellas, cushions and hammocks are mended; boats go back in the water after fresh paint and repairs; guitars and mandolins are re-stringed; children are back in school. It is autumn in Puerto Vallarta. Why does it still feel like summer?

We have heard the complaints more times than we can count from people who can’t recall year to year. “When will it cool off?” “When will it be normal again?” and our favorite…”The heat is sticking around a lot longer this year.” The answers to those questions and statements is that this is normal; we simply refuse to remember that fall in Puerto Vallarta doesn’t really begin until around Thanksgiving. It’s the humidity and dew point, not the heat, which affects us. The average daytime temperature in Puerto Vallarta fluctuates between 70° and 90° Fahrenheit, which is 21° and 32° Celsius. The lows at night drop to between 57° and 72° (F); 14° and 22° (C). Rainy season starts in June and lasts through October, when it tapers off by the end of the month.

Comfort levels, when it comes to humidity, which stays relatively level throughout the year, are based on dew point. Dew point is what determines whether perspiration evaporates from the skin. This is why you feel so hot. Not the heat, the humidity but…the humidity combined with the dew point.  The lower the dew point, the drier and cooler you’ll feel. Dew point doesn’t change quickly; it’s a gradual process. If you have a sultry day, you are guaranteed to have a sultry night’s sleep. Puerto Vallarta, as many of us are aware, is impacted by an extreme cyclic distinction from winter to summer and if anyone asks you why it’s still so hot, you can tell them it’s the dew point. Rain has a profound effect on the dew point, so if it’s raining or rain is expected in Puerto Vallarta, you can count on being very warm. We’ve heard that the least muggy day of the year is January 24th on an average, whereas the most oppressive day usually falls around August 23rd.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Halloween

Halloween in Puerto Vallarta

When we first began to visit Puerto Vallarta in the early-1980’s Halloween celebrations were scarce. On October 31, a few people would show up at local clubs in costume and some got in the spirit. For the most part, Halloween was just another night in Puerto Vallarta. Kids were just beginning to catch on to the holiday and often the Malecón would have families showing off little goblins, princesses and we recall a little boy in a Superman cape, with a big red S handed-painted on his chest.

Over the years we have seen this spooky and fun celebration catch on, with both children and grownups in full regalia of haunting, superheroes and cartoon characters. Each year we are amazed and delighted with the el borate details people are willing to go to and the sophisticated makeup they don’t mind wearing when the weather has yet to have really cooled down. We love being out on this night to participate and observe. Everyone’s in a jolly mood, despite some of the mawkish and scary outfits. There are places in Old Town where you can have your face painted as a Katrina, the skeletal mask decorated with flowers and gems. Women (and men) dress up at Frida Kahlo and there are many Pancho Villas and Emiliano Zapatas wandering the streets, along with the Walking Dead.

If you sit in an outdoor restaurant, especially those down at the beach, children will accost you with loud voices, shouts of HALLOWEEN in their manner of trick-or-treating, which has been modified in Puerto Vallarta. Come prepared with a bag of candy, as you also will pass these little creatures on the sidewalks and they are expecting something in return for their efforts.

Carved pumpkins have recently begun making an appearance in Puerto Vallarta but we don’t recommend leaving them out on the front step, as we are wont to do in chillier climes. They will rot quickly in the heat, making a mess and smell; plus they’ll attract critters of all sizes, ants, raccoons and other unwanted pests.

It’s no longer necessary to purchase and pack costumes from up north. Puerto Vallarta now has its own stores, which supply all sizes, adult and children, with a multitude of themes, plus wigs, makeup and ideas, too! We have stopped into Disfraces Pillin in the Fluvial and can assure shoppers that they are ready for the masses. Get your Thriller on!

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.

Vallarta Real Estate: Getting A Ticket

Hands on the Wheel

We have learned it’s best to keep hands on the wheel while driving in Puerto Vallarta and eyes on the road. While cruising along recently with our visiting granddaughter in the back seat, we stopped at a light and pulled out the cell phone. Our intention was to let friends know we were almost to their apartment complex so they could come and meet us at the gate to let us in for an afternoon swim. The light turned green and we tooted on along, phone to our ear, waiting for someone to pick up on the other end. In the meantime, an ominous blurping sound interrupted our forward motion and we were forced to pull over and have a conversation with an office of traffic law, who had signaled us from his scooter.

There was no argument. I knew I had been caught phone-handed. I was issued to ticket that he said would be halved if I paid it quickly. At the police station. On the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta. This is painful, because one would much rather be entertaining the grandchildren at the beach. The ticket was $75 pesos so the final cost was $37.50 pesos, a pittance. However… we had to travel, altering our schedule with visiting family in town and go to Las Juntas to stand in a line in the hot sun to pay a silly ticket. It’s not the amount; it’s the inconvenience. This is about to change in the State of Jalisco.

Pending final approval, this new regulation is expected to be take place soon, considering that at least 55 citizens a day are involved in accidents as the result of cell phones. This includes drivers of all types of vehicles, their victims and pedestrians who are distracted while texting and phoning while walking.

The fine for driving in Puerto Vallarta, while being distracted by one’s cell phone is about to leap from a paltry $75 pesos to perhaps somewhere in the vicinity of ten times that much. It won’t simply cause irritation, it will pain the pocketbook, which is exactly what authorities intend. An impact needs to be made on errant drivers.

Puerto Vallarta won’t be caught off guard. This initiative will be accompanied by a PR campaign to inform drivers in Puerto Vallarta and the wider areas of Jalisco to be alert and put the phone away. We can’t argue with the sensibility of this motion.

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AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals that have, since 1956, gathered under laws and codes of ethics and conduct to create a reliable, trustworthy and efficient real estate environment in Mexico.

AMPI consists of separate autonomous sections all throughout the nation, as well as more than 4000 associates and affiliates. Each section is independent and has its own board of directors, only surpassed by a national board of directors comprised of twenty associates from all over the republic.

Developed over the years with the input and knowledge of its members, AMPI is much more than just a collection of offices. AMPI has been a solid and recognized institution in Mexico for the past 27 years. It was originally established in 1956 and was consolidated in 1980. AMPI is currently represented in all the principle cities and regions of Mexico stretching from Tijuana to Cancun.