Vallarta Real Estate: Love to Shop?

Furniture Shopping in Puerto Vallarta

There was a time we went to Guadalajara for furniture shopping; there were few choices in Puerto Vallarta. That has changed in the past few years and we are delighted to find many great options.

Start out by measuring the space in your bedroom where you imagine you’ll be sleeping. King size beds are lovely for nights when coolness is of primary concern. You must make sure you can fit in not only in the room but through the doorway, halls and whatever obstacles you may face. Delivery is usually same day. Shop around; prices are competitive. Colchorama is a great starting place and they have several locations. Cotton sheets are now available at CostCo and Sam’s; do diligent research and you will also find them in the big-box stores in Puerto Vallarta.

Don’t rule out Facebook’s Puerto Vallarta Buy Sell and Trade page when shopping for home furnishings; you can find unique offerings and some items that have come from outside of Mexico. Mano a Mano, the local circular or their online version has a wealth of classifieds in several categories. Brush up on your Spanish and/or peruse their English language section.  Both of these sources allow for bargaining and bartering.

Department stores such as Lans and Liverpool have inventory that usually changes with the seasons.  Their supply might not be huge but if you’re not in a hurry, ask to see their catalogs. You can always order.

Competitive stores abound in Puerto Vallarta…Harmonious Living; Julia’s; Ian’s; and Elements of Design all do custom made furniture. Blinds, curtains and accessories are also available from these vendors.  Bring pictures of what you have in mind (cruise magazines or take photos of something you like) and be sure to have the exact measurements of what you plan to order, including cushion depth, firmness.  These merchants have books with hundreds of fabrics; all colors, textures and prices.  In Puerto Vallarta you can have just about anything custom-made for less than ready-made.

Your realtor can help you find decorator/designers who will be able to put you in touch with high-end design and manufacturing companies, such as Costantini Design, for example. They will be able to help with lighting, floor coverings and accessories. Yet, we do find it fun to poke around town on our own, and there is still Guadalajara. We like to do a Tonala trip, at least once a year.

Que es cómo es.



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: Learn About Wages

How Much Do I Pay My Maid?

We hear this question a lot from newbies. It’s a fact that living in Puerto Vallarta is appealing for many reasons and one is that you can hire someone to do things you would normally do yourself back in The North. Not just maids (and yes, it’s okay to call them that) but gardeners and painters and all sorts of wonderful local people! You’re contributing to the economy in Puerto Vallarta two ways: hiring someone to do your job at home and spending money at the beach or other pleasure domes in your milieu.

We often find people facing a dilemma when it’s time to reach into their pocket to pay for domestic help. That grinchy feeling of not offering enough collides with the oh-my-god-I-don’t-want-to-seem-rich-because-I’m-in-fact-not. There are actually laws that do apply to hiring people who work in your home.

We recommend choosing a day of the week (or two) however many you need and agree with your new employee that these will be consistent. Legally they must be paid three times the normal wage for a holiday, so prearrange those. If you’re hiring fulltime, then you must give them one day off per week, usually Sunday, and you’ll be expected to give them one week per year paid vacation.

An Aguinaldo, sometimes mistakenly referred to as a Christmas bonus, is due at the end of the year to each employee, which is equal to two weeks of salary and is to be paid by the 15th of December. This allows time for your employee to do their own Christmas shopping, if they are so inclined but it’s good to note that not all Mexicans celebrate Christmas in Puerto Vallarta.

The suggested daily rate, according to Mexican law is $70.10/day (pesos). However, our survey tells us the consistent pay in Puerto Vallarta is $300- 350/day. You will be providing meals, water or other non-alcoholic beverages, and assist with transportation costs. Birthdays are always granted the day off.

In the case of severance, regardless of the grounds, if your employee has been with you for more than 28 days, they must receive an automatic 90 days of salary as a Finiquito.

This is all very basic but if you hire several people in your home, for example maids, cooks, mozos, gardeners, etc, you will most likely want to consult with an accountant and hire them to take care of all your wage and salary requirements. They can also explain health insurance and social security, which complicates matter but is the way to go if you’re planning on having a household staff.

Que es cómo es.



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: Some Tips

Four Things to Know About Driving in Mexico

Summer and fall are perfect for roads trips. We escape the heat of Puerto Vallarta and go east, north or south. There is so much to see and if we lived a dozen lifetimes, we wouldn’t see all of Mexico. We advise checking ahead to see is some mountain and coastal roads are closed, due to flooding and/or landslides. We prep the car ahead of time by having tires checked, all fluids leveled, wheels balanced and good sharp windshield wipers. It’s nice to start the trip out with a clean car, but it seems we trash it inadvertently while on our journey. Too much good food to eat at roadside taco stands.

First thing we recommend is don’t drive after dark. Lodging throughout Mexico is very affordable. Our favorites are the “no-tell-motels” where we can get an hourly rate. We used to blush when checking in but over the years we’ve realized that many people use these accommodations. They have high security and fenced-in parking lots.

Have cash (pesos) on your trip. Toll roads (cuotas) won’t take credit cards and you don’t want to find yourself in a line, with no cash to proceed. ATM’s are far and few between in small towns. Keep your stash of cash in several places in your vehicle and on your person for safety reasons.

Never pass up a chance to fill your gas tank. When we see a Pemex, we top off. Don’t risk running out of fuel. You will inevitably be rescued, no doubt, but it won’t be the best memory of your adventure, standing around in the heat, tediously uncomfortable. It’s hazardous, too, as some highways don’t have wide shoulders and little room to park for emergencies.

Be on the alert for animals. In many places throughout Mexico, livestock runs liberated; (that’s free-range, officially.) Cows especially will wander up onto the pavement, completely unaware of the danger they create for themselves and travelers. Horses are a little smarter and usually stay off the road but keep your eyes peeled for pigs, sheep, goats and the ubiquitous dogs. Topes are a huge hazard. Some are painted yellow or white, and leading up to them you may encounter ridged concrete that will warn you the big traffic bumps are ahead. Always slow down going through any inhabited place; don’t let an encounter with the law ruin your fun.

Que es cómo es.



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: The Reality Is..

Earthquakes in Puerto Vallarta

It’s time to talk about earthquakes again. We hit on this subject about once a year and this time we’re going to talk about what you need on hand. These are the essentials.

Water. Lots of water. This is probably the hardest need to fill. It’s also a tough one to find extra storage. However, in Puerto Vallarta you have the advantage of buying garafones. Those are the large bottles you buy from the noisy guy who yells AGUA and rings his bell to let you know he’s in your neighborhood. Get a couple extras and store them in a closet. Depending on how many in your family, we suggest a garafon per person. Once opened, save the cap so you can keep the water clean. Get a pump at Walmart so you can leave the garafon on the floor. Our first few years in Puerto Vallarta, these large bottles were made of glass, heavy and cumbersome. Now they are heavy plastic and much easier to manage.

Emergency kit. You can get one of these on Amazon, or Red Cross has a real nice one that comes in a handy backpack but you can also put one together for yourself. Important documents should go in this easy to grab pack, sealed securely in plastic. Property deed, passports, birth certificates, immigration papers and voting registrations; if you keep these things with your kit you’ll always know where to find them. Cash; ATM’s will not be working. A small AM/FM radio, with batteries and headphones; flashlights (we have a couple small, powerful ones and a large cluncky one that has several features); a whistle, like what policeman use (this will serve you well if you need to be found and no one can see you); matches (but don’t light them if you smell gas); dust masks (several, as they can get soiled very quickly); wet wipes; an emergency survival blanket for each person; a basic first aid kit; protein bars and other nonperishable goods that you can eat without heating or adding water. Water purification tablets (each tablet purifies 1 liter of water); a crescent wrench, which is a good thing to have for turning off valves like water and gas.

These are basic survival items. We always keep an extra remote battery charged up for our phone and for general purposes, we try to not let our phones get below 40%. We keep a fire extinguisher in our kitchen and another in the laundry room; highly recommended.

FEMA advice is to [Drop, Cover, and Hold On; Take cover under a sturdy desk, table, or bench, or against an inside wall, and hold on. If there is no desk or table near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch at an inside corner of the building.]

Que es cómo es.



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: The Bridge Less Travelled

The Footbridge in Puerto Vallarta

The first time we took a foot bridge was over the Rio Cuale in Puerto Vallarta from the once very popular grocery store Rizo, to the island. We’d been told this was a viable shortcut and were on our way to the Malecón, so it made sense to cut through and save some time. There are two very stable bridges over the river a block to either side but after all, a sunset and margaritas were waiting for us. No one was on the footbridge, so we had no idea the lack of firm grounding we were about to experience. We trotted out, in for a big surprise.

We were terrified, to say the least. It was the middle of winter in Puerto Vallarta and the river was a long drop down and certainly not deep enough to safely fall into. The boards that one had to walk on were uneven, very wobbly, and one was missing altogether, requiring a long jump-like step. With a death grip, we held the wire and wove our fingers through the fence, taking each step with great caution. About one third of our way, from the other side came a group of school boys wearing blue pants; black oxford shoes; and white dress shirts, pulled out and flapping in the breeze as they galloped towards us, laughing and jolly, forcing us to one side as they easily traversed their way past.

We managed to complete that trip unscathed, and throughout the years have become quite adept at going back and forth, sometimes carrying bags from the market. We have marveled at wizened old men and women who, sometimes with canes to complicate their trip, whiz by us. Women in high heels dressed to the nines leave us feeling foolish. Mothers with babes in arms, move smoothly behind or in front of us.

Over the years we’ve watched the footbridge in Puerto Vallarta fall into disrepair and consequently get renewed and put back in shape. This past week, we saw it completely crumble when the waters of the river rose until the battering the footbridge took was too much. We’ve been told it will be rebuilt, yet some have cried out to replace this icon of Puerto Vallarta with something safer and more secure. Once rainy season is over, we will keep an eye on this progress and hope the city sides with tradition. There are two perfectly concrete bridges on either side for the less brave.

Que es cómo es.



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: How To Budget For Retirement In Mexico

Retiring in Puerto Vallarta on Social Security

Are you thinking about making Puerto Vallarta your permanent home in the future? We know people just like you. After visiting this beautiful place, they believe it may be possible for dreams to come true; retiring on Social Security in the tropics. Moving to places like Indio Springs or Palm Beach is off the table in most cases because of the cost of living, but there are other warm locales where weather eases the bones. Can you live like a king? Maybe not, but who wants to do that… risking getting fat and narrowing one’s social circle?

There’s an abundance of information about how to go about filing for Social Security to get the best deal and we recommend doing diligent research; after all, this is your income for the rest of your life.  The internet is a great place for massive information and there are tons of books on the subject. Check Amazon.

It’s not necessary to live smack-dab in the middle of downtown Puerto Vallarta, where housing costs can be relatively high, but some people like being in the eye of the hurricane, so downtown might be the best choice for you. Many building communities in Puerto Vallarta share events and have regular meetings; you can participate or not. It’s your choice but it’s a great way to meet new friends. Plus the beach is walking distance, there are restaurants around every corner, and home is never far away.

On the other hand, living on the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta is an alternative we also recommend. It depends on your budget, of course. We’ve known many who have built homes in Puerto Vallarta with options for adding on, over time. There’s always an empty lot in any location. Having lived in and out of town, we know the bonuses and caveats to both so we might add that we love falling asleep at night in a quiet environment and waking up to songbirds in the morning. Everything else is the same; water delivery, garbage pickup and such. In the suburbs of Puerto Vallarta, we also get hawkers in the streets with cheese, bread, furniture, tamales and flowers, among other wonderful items for purchase. At Christmastime, we can buy a little Baby Jesus replica from someone coming door to door, or tiny woolen sheep for our Nativity.  Buses travel great distances for a nominal fare so no matter how far you move out from the central area of Puerto Vallarta, it’s never difficult to get into town or back again.

Regardless if you are retiring in extreme comfort or on a limited budget, you can fill all your needs… great food, warm weather, good friends and an amazing amount of fun and engaging entertainment and activities!

Que es cómo es.



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: Southbound Northerners

Snowbird Advice

Those of us who live in two countries, say Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and someplace in the North, feel like we have a foot in each country and sometimes it’s hard to remember what is where. We lived like this for a long time and have some hints to make life easier. Being a “snowbird” is wonderful but it’s a lifestyle that requires some adjustment.

You only have one passport (unless you have dual citizenship but that’s a completely different blog), so if nothing else, your passport is the Number One thing that needs to be packed when traveling to and from Puerto Vallarta.

You’ll want to have internet in both homes so be aware that you can call your company and request vacation mode for the times you’re in your other abode; same with your cable company and sometimes your phone, if you have a landline. You can also turn off some utilities so check with local companies to find out and have a fixed date to turn your electricity, water, gas, etc on, so you do don’t find yourself in the cold and dark upon arrival.

We know people who disconnect their car batteries but make sure you leave a note reminding yourself of this to avoid calling for help when all you need is a simple reconnection.

You’ve got two homes now so you can KEEP all those shoes, or neckties, or Grandma’s Collector Plates, or whatever you felt you needed to get rid of when you began to run out of space and decided to buy a winter home. Cut down on packing and have one of everything in both homes. Keep your baggage costs down by storing clothing in both places and remember to always have toiletries and simple household supplies on hand so when you arrive at either destination, you won’t need to be off immediately to the store. We always recommend at least one driving trip to Puerto Vallarta to cart larger items and this stands for back and forth, as well; TV’s, computer screens, microwaves, small pieces of furniture, pet supplies. Going North there are all kinds of treasures, including those big gorgeous copper pots!

We’ve always kept an extra set of keys for both homes in a special bag that consistently went traveling in either direction. This really helped and was the solution for scrambling to find keys we had grown accustomed to not having on our person for half a year.

Always have important documents copied and filed in both countries; these include papers such as Power of Attorney, banking information along with any trust or will documents, life, auto and home insurance.

Que es cómo es.



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: What A Month It Will Be

September in Puerto Vallarta

September in Puerto Vallarta is wet. It rains a lot and the humidity is probably at its highest during this time of year. Many people consider September the end of summer but in Puerto Vallarta, it’s not yet close to autumn. Even October can be very hot and humid, sometimes through to the first couple of weeks of November. September brings the wonderful lush environment that teems with life and sound, and provides livelihoods for many.

Arriving at the airport in September is like walking into a wall of heat, when one steps off the airplane. It keeps skin moist and supple, and we’ve been told it’s one of the main reasons people in Puerto Vallarta do not age as quickly as normal. Nature’s moisturizer really works. Step out of the shower and towel off, and within minutes, it feels like you forgot to get yourself dry!

September is a lazy time in Puerto Vallarta. Some businesses close for the month to give themselves and employees an annual break. People go to the beach, float around their pool, drink copious amounts of water and stay up late at night to enjoy the freshness once the sun goes down. Rain is also a very welcome event because though it’s wet, it cools things down somewhat.

Some call September in Puerto Vallarta Septihambre, which is a twist on the word hambre, which means hungry. This is because there’s less work and therefore less money, usually for those who need it most, since it’s not easy to salt money away when one is only making enough to get by. Because of this, we use our spare time and pesos to give to local charities this time of year. We help gather dispensas, which are packages that provide for families in need. They contain beans, rice, cooking oil, powdered milk, bottled water and dry good to make soups, as well as fresh produce and sometimes bag of oranges for the children. Local hospitals sponsor these drives and are always very pleased to accept donations.

Puerto Vallarta can be somewhat quiet in September but that’s largely the appeal for being here this time of year. There are less people and though some businesses are closed, the ones that remain open are less busy. Going to your favorite restaurant won’t mean a wait. The beach is always less crowded and service can be great, with waiters looking for big tips to compensate for Septihambre.

Que es cómo es.



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: Vehicle Choices

What Car is best for Puerto Vallarta?

There are a lot of opinions about what car to buy to get around Puerto Vallarta and from whom to purchase. We’ve done a bit of research on this and remind you this is a blog and not professional advice or promotional services.

We’ve driven many vehicles in Puerto Vallarta, originally a Chrysler Le Baron convertible; not a car we would recommend driving in any country. The Le Baron was pretty to look at, got a lot of attention but it was horrible on gas mileage, had basically no shocks and the suspension was terribly lacking. In spite of its looks, it was a real rattle-trap.

Our combi was probably our best car all around, and what we would recommend for anyone looking for a vehicle to haul everything from groceries to topsoil. A Jeep is good for this, too but we found the combi was much better on gas, among other qualities. What is a combi? We jokingly referred to it as a combination paper weight/boat anchor when we had problems but realistically speaking, it gave us every little trouble. It’s the quintessential VW Van. Once we lost our keys in a river and were able to hotwire it; when the fan belt broke on a long trip, we made a new one from polypropylene cord that got us back home again before it fell apart. With removable seats, we could turn it from a touring auto to a working facility in a matter of minutes. And it was easier to sweep out than a Jeep.

For a regular car, a vehicle we utilized for driving around town, picking up friends at the airport, grocery shopping, etc, our favorite was our Jetta. The abundance of storage room in the trunk is amazing and we could fit an enormous amount of suitcases, along with a bag of lemons, bottle of tequila and a few cold beers. It was fantastic on gas and the maintenance was very low.

Speaking of maintenance, have a good mechanic; always carry his card and store his number in your cell phone. When planning to purchase a vehicle, take him along and pay him for his time. Do some shopping ahead of time, know what you want and let him help you, once you’ve narrowed down your decision to a couple or three choices.

Mano a Mano is a good place to shop for used cars; it’s a small magazine found about town and also available online at manoamano.com. There’s an English section and bi-lingual ads. Used (semi-nuevo) and new car dealers are willing to work with you and, as anywhere, love to wheel and deal. Good luck!

Que es cómo es.



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: Popular Among Celebs

Celeb Spotting in Puerto Vallarta

We once had an International Film Festival in Puerto Vallarta and stars like Angelica Huston, her brother Danny Huston, Helen Hunt and others made appearances to promote films and hobnob with the hoi polloi. They were seen about town, strolling the Malecón, and attending receptions where they socialized but weren’t mobbed.

As most people are aware, celebrities originally put Puerto Vallarta on the entertainment map. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor had a shameless affair during the filming of The Night of the Iguana, destroying a number of relationships, in and outside of the institution of marriage. The glittery lure of Hollywood has always had an effect on common people and though some of the glitterati are aware and bathe in it, others simply want to be left alone and enjoy the beauties of Puerto Vallarta like anyone else that come to relax in the tropics.

There was a lot of chatter in 2005, when Hilary Swank appeared in Puerto Vallarta the week following her surprise Oscar win for Best Actress for Million Dollar Baby. She and her boy friend boarded a panga, disappeared down the coast for a refuge in Yelapa and weren’t seen again until seen leaving at the airport several days later.

On the other hand, Zach Galifianakis showed up in 2015, following his Hangover movie fame and was seen in every major hangout in Puerto Vallarta, gladly granting photos with fans (those who recognized him) and was seen drinking copious amounts of ….. water.

TV shows such as House Hunters International and Bachelor in Paradise have been filmed in Puerto Vallarta and in 2010, we were the Elimination Station for The Amazing Race, exposing our beautiful city to some minor personalities.

You probably won’t see a lot of these people unless you hang out at the airport and some, such as John Travolta, fly private planes, avoiding immigration and customs lines and check in at the main Aduana office next to the airfield. Punta de Mita, north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit, has private homes, bungalows at the Four

Seasons Hotel, and provides privacy and security for the rich and famous. Private yachts are often chartered by these folks so it’s not unusual to see them fleetingly sipping on micheladas on the beach at Las Animas but they don’t linger, especially if they’ve been recognized.

The cruise marina is well guarded when luxury cruisers are moored, such as Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen but word travels like lightening that they are “in town.”

If you have the dubious pleasure of running into someone like Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Ashton Kutcher or the likes, remember they are on vacation, too. Steal a photo from your camera, maybe…if you can be discreet but otherwise let them take pleasure in their time in Puerto Vallarta as you’re enjoying yours.

Que es cómo es.



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.