Hey Vallarta… What is That in the Water?

We actually have very limited reports of crocodile attacks in Puerto Vallarta. There’s a simple reason for this: crocodiles rarely attack humans.

Crocodiles are, however, very interested in four legged mammals and we are personally aware of incidents where pets were taken by these large prehistoric-like reptiles. It’s difficult to refer to such events as attacks. Snatch and dash would be more descriptive. Crocodiles don’t make a habit of hiding. If there’s one in the vicinity, they are sure to be noticed, but they aren’t super visible, don’t make noise and prefer to hang out just below the surface in the water. They’re primarily found in fresh water but have no problem drifting out to sea for a short cruise, especially during the rainy season. Crocodiles can be found inland by up to twenty miles.

Crocodiles are often mistaken for logs floating on the surface close to the shoreline. We’ve seen this strange phenomenon and can attest to the fact that from afar, it’s hard to distinguish. We can also say the main result has been a test of speed-swimming skills for those in the water; and for those on land, an assessment of foolishness in regards to photography proficiency. Remarks of “how big do you think he is?” are clearly audible, rather than statements making sense, such as “let’s put a distance between ourselves and that thing that looks to be about 16 feet in length.”

It’s interesting to know the only natural predators of crocodiles are the two-legged type. They have no other enemies on land or sea. Though they aren’t particularly swift when walking on land, they can swim up to speeds of 20 mph (30kph), especially if pursuing prey or escaping perceived danger. Mamas, of course, are more aggressive than male crocs, for obvious reasons. Though they do lay eggs, they are unlike turtles in that crocodiles must help their baby hatchlings out of the ground, digging a hole for their release. Baby crocodiles are about 8 inches (20 cm) in length and several can have a ride at once on mama’s back to the safety of water.

In Puerto Vallarta, there are two destinations for viewing and learning more about crocodiles, which we highly recommend. They are the University de la Costa Preserve, just south of Flamingos (where the huge golf ball can be seen from the highway). The other is the Estero el

Salado Sanctuary, just north of the large mall – Galeria Liverpool. Both are a quick turn off the main highway – Carretera Francisco Medina Ascencio.

Be wise and keep your pets on a leash when walking by the rivers or sea.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Hey Vallarta… Get Up To Date About Punta De Mita

Punta de Mita

Less than ten miles north of Puerto Vallarta, the community of Punta de Mita has become one of the most desirable destinations in the world for wealthy people seeking privacy and luxury. The Four Seasons Punta Mita is located here, as well as St. Regis Punta Mita, Casa Aramara and more than a dozen high-end housing developments. It’s also the location of Careyeros Hill, a prehistoric/archeological site, dating back to approximately 800 AD, long ago inhabited by humans.

The climate is quite favorable due to the position on the peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The Marieta Islands, to the west of Puerto Vallarta, can be reached in 15 minutes by boat from Punta de Mita. Forbes Magazine has ranked this area Number Two in the world for its rating of famous private residences in the tropics. The well-staffed (35 person) luxury villa Casa Aramara is very popular among the celebrity set.

The name Punta de Mita, translates to Tip of Mita, indicating ownership of one named Mita. Though it’s hard to say if anyone named Mita still lives on the land, without doing in-depth research, we’ve found that locals object to the shortening to Punta Mita, just as they do with the abbreviated PV for those unable and unwilling to pronounce Puerto Vallarta. But they were given little choice and many now refer to it in the shortened version.

Though Punta de Mita has been somewhat invaded by the rich and famous, it’s also become the home of enterprises like a global conference including well known Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, patrons and sponsors. Their intention is to connect the thought leaders of Mexico, North and Latin America, in an attempt to initiate a stable structure for mentoring curriculum. They have named themselves MITA (Mita Institue and Tech Accelerator), in honor of the locale and their ambitions. MITA hosts an annual Tech Talks event in Punta de Mita. They embrace equality, animal rights and encourage the unification of leaders throughout the Americas in the sphere of the entrepreneurial network, using panel discussions and social media. Groups like this will change the way we are viewed globally.

Punta de Mita and the surrounding peninsula, from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita, have a lot of offer in the way of sports and entertainment. Kite boarding and surfing are very popular on these shores and rental shops can help with lessons and equipment. The shoreline abounds with accessible beaches, even though there are some areas blocked off by the larger enterprises. Seaside restaurants in Punta de Mita, north and south, offer a variety of fare and prices. Bike rental shops in Bucerias and Sayulita are happy to help with bikes and the racks for your car so you can plan day trips. Horseback riding is available in Punta de Mita, as well, for those looking for a different pace.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Hey Vallarta.. Curva Peligrosa?

Just the phrase “driving in Mexico” can begin an endless discussion of passions and strong opinions. The sign Curva Peligrosa, posted on dangerous curves, sounds more like a tropical plant description or the name of a raging dance club. However, the toll roads leading to Puerto Vallarta are well marked; obeying speed limits, observing tope (traffic bumps) notices and heeding warnings is highly advisable.

Mexicans drive very offensively and when one takes skills learned in Puerto Vallarta back to northern homes, one is often complimented on abilities to slip and slide through traffic and park in spaces that look like they may require a crowbar to get out of again.

Whether planning a short trip or a journey that might take several days, it’s wise to check ahead for weather conditions. Driving in the rain means traveling slower and sometimes pulling over all together. Stormy skies should be treated the same as night driving when planning an excursion on the open road.

Mirrors, it should be noted, are not just for combing hair and checking makeup. Using side and rearview mirrors and being aware of what’s behind, as well as what’s ahead is not just prudent but saves lives. The knowledge of approaching and passing trucks and cars, not to mention oncoming emergency vehicles, keeps a driver well prepared. It’s constant vigilance.

When on a two lane highway, with no passing lane, a truck, bus or slow moving car in front of you may use their hazard lights, or simply flash a turn signal to tell the person behind them it’s safe to pass. This is a common practice and the driver ahead of you is just as interested in staying alive as you are; it’s also hazardous to hold up traffic.

Traffic police in Puerto Vallarta don’t tolerate the use of cell phones while driving. If you must answer a call or return a text, pull over. A ticket means going to the police station to pay a fine and in most cases to get your driver’s license back, which will have been confiscated at the time of infraction. Fines are not heavy but the inconvenience of taking the time to stand in line to be frowned at by a magistrate could better be spent having margaritas on the beach.

Driving at night is highly unadvisable not because of banditos, which exist mainly in Hollywood and thrilling novels. Slow moving trucks, vehicles without proper operating lights, potholes and ruts in the pavement and the dreaded topes are all perilous to the nighttime driver. Because of the lack of fences or retaining walls, there is often livestock on the road and one doesn’t see them coming around the curva peligrosa. Buen viaje and drive carefully.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


Hey Puerto Vallarta Don’t Curse the Cobblestones

Stones of all shapes, sizes and textures have been used globally since the beginning of architecture and construction. Houses, fences, churches, barns, corrals, roads, among other structures have put good use to provisions from Mother Earth. It’s an alternative to the use of other natural resources, such as trees, which must be destroyed to be utilized and don’t have the same endurance. It takes a long time to burn a rock.

We complain about bumpy roads in Puerto Vallarta and curse potholes that sometimes seem like canyons and always slow us down. That’s a good thing. We save on gas, from not rushing around and probably save a few lives in the process. There are children, pets and livestock who are thankful for the cobblestones, forcing us to take our time and be in less of a hurry.

Cobble comes from the base word cob, which actually means rounded lump in archaic English. It’s stone made round by erosion caused by water and these are retrieved from river beds and streams, as well as the ocean’s shore.

A road made with cobbles may be bumpy but it will not develop ruts. It does produce potholes, as we know but there will be no ridges to cause grief for your tires. Heavy mud is not a byproduct of cobblestones and in deep water, which is common during rainy season, your car will get better traction.

On roads in Puerto Vallarta, cobbles are set in mortar, which is also used for repair, something that must be attended to annually. Cracking, which is caused by movement during heavy storms and earthquakes, occurs only on pavement and asphalt. You’ll not see cracks on cobblestone streets.

Some people, especially tourists, like the quaintness and artistic nature of cobblestone streets. Though they seem valuable for historic reasons, they do have practicality. Since people who travel to Puerto Vallarta are not likely to pay much attention to motor vehicle/pedestrian laws, the cobblestones actually create a safety measure. People can hear cars and buses approaching on the noisy surface and avoid being run over. That’s a good thing, too.

For those suggesting paving over the cobblestones? This would lead to instant erosion caused by the heavy traffic in Puerto Vallarta and soon would be full of fractures and fissures.

Though we don’t have any personal experience, we do find it fascinating when witnessing women (and sometimes men) walk along cobblestones in perilously high heels. They do tend to make one feel rather awkward, tripping over one’s own toe, on perfectly level pavement.

Cobblestones in Puerto Vallarta are just as intrinsic to her design and personality as the stones that roll upon the seashore.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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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!

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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.

Hey Vallarta.. Oye, Güey?

Slang and cuss words throughout Mexico can vary from state to state and should be understood wherever you go, the beach, city or small village, Puerto Vallarta being no exception. It’s good, however, to know all the implications of what you’re saying.

The above is pronounced oh-yay way and basically means hey, guy or dude but it might mean cool or awesome or bugger off!, depending on the context and manner in which it’s said. Translated literally, qüey means ox, giving you an idea of how confusing slang is in Mexico, as it is in most countries. Gaining popularity in the US and other English speaking countries is the word dope, which means what cool, groovy, rad, bad (meaning the opposite of bad… very, very good) have meant to earlier generations. Whoever would have thought…?

You want to call someone a name by way of picking a fight? Use the label cabrón. It means male goat (cabróna for a female) when translated directly, but also, in Puerto Vallarta, is means of calling someone a dick or worse. On the other hand, it may be what you call your best friend as you wrap your arms around him in a bear hug and slap his back with affection. Essentially, cabrón has a much deeper meaning and goes back to Shakespearean times when it described the guy who was cuckolded by his wife. In other words, it’s meant to emasculate. And yet, it is still often used within a circle of friends, teasingly and with good cheer. Hey, cabron … got any naked pictures of your wife? You want some? At which everyone has a good laugh, including the victim of the joke.

Órale, sometimes used in conjunction with qüey falls into the same categories as the above, in that it can mean a varied number of things and actually may be used in just about any circumstance. Smacking the forehead and exclaiming as one reaches an empty parking spot Órale, someone stole my car! or Órale, I’ve got the day off, let’s go to the beach! or Órale, you’re looking good, sweetheart, can I buy you a margarita? On the other hand, Órale can also mean wtf. It’s one of those all encompassing words, like yeehaw in English. Imagine using the word wow or the phrase oh, boy to express joy or dismay. It’s kind of like that.

At any rate, if one is inclined to use slang terms in Puerto Vallarta, it’s good to know how one might be conceived, be well advised to know with whom you are directing your speech and be ready to have fun or run.

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It is the age of the hero In Puerto Vallarta

Grab Your Cape!

Sometimes we do become bored in Puerto Vallarta, believe it or not. Sipping margaritas on the beach, ziplining through the jungle, diving off the Marietas; at times we seek diversion. It is the age of the hero, with Marvel Comic Book characters on movie screens, beach towels and t-shirts; they give us inspiration.

Volunteering in Puerto Vallarta could actually be a full time occupation. There is no shortage of need. Animal rescue is huge here and it is easy to start a conversation in any bar or venue about the abundance of cats and dogs. There is the Acopio, a  city-owned shelter where help is always welcome; walking dogs, bathing, grooming. The cat shelter, Purr Project is also looking for fur-friends to assist with simple veterinary needs and giving attention to their large cast of felines. Both require very little knowledge; just the willingness to pitch in. Neuter and spay clinics are always willing to teach visitors and residents alike about their efforts to keep the population down and invite anyone who wants to join the cause. It’s fascinating and educational. Fostering animals is always appreciated, too. Many are up for adoption or have already been chosen and awaiting flight to their future homes.

Orphanages never run out of things when company come calling. They love donations but make sure you’re bringing only gently used clothing when donating, and check with them first about food wishes. Puerto Vallarta has orphanages associated with churches for the most part and it’s good to have a connection when planning to pay a visit.

Pasito de Luz in Puerto Vallarta is a daycare center for children with special needs. They appreciate anyone who has experience but it’s not necessary. Mexican families drop their children off in the morning at this great facility where they can stay for a short time or several hours. Spanish isn’t necessary; all that’s required is an outpouring of love.

Tutors are a special breed of people and schools welcome those with skills who are able to assist students. Spanish isn’t always a requirement either, since the schools are bi-lingual. Check with the individual institutions and if you’re truly ambitious, post your services on one of the many Puerto Vallarta Facebook sites.

Turtle farms in and around Puerto Vallarta love to share their projects and there are never too many hands during migration time. Check Google for the most recent opportunities and we have found that simply talking to people in shops and bars is a great way to find out about prospects for volunteering and it’s a good way to meet new friends, too!

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Vallarta Real Estate: Harbor Arrivals

Boats in Our Harbor

The cruise ship marina often has visitors. Sometimes yachts are huge, with heliports and large tenders to transport passengers from the boat to shore, or another vessel. Such luminaries as Bill Gates, David Geffen, Carlos Slim and other well-known seafarers have moored here in Puerto Vallarta, and managed to create mystery and curiosity, initiating the wagging of resident tongues.

When ships of foreign navies dock, their homelands are announced by the flag that flies off their bow and their presence can often seem ominous but it’s reassuring to know that any ship in the port of Puerto Vallarta has arrived with friendly intentions. As a matter of fact, these are intentional visits, meant to build on already well established good relationships. The Mexican Navy welcomes those with focus on exchanging professional goals. Regardless of comments and attitudes coming from the current administration in Washington DC, the Mexican and USA militaries, by virtue of being neighbors, have had an ongoing sociable interaction for decades.

Currently the amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego is visiting Puerto Vallarta and the crew will be working within the community on cooperative projects. This ship has recently returned from a deployment in the Indo-Pacific, Mediterranean, Horn of Africa and Middle East, where they spent seven months successfully performing maneuvers and activities. The USS San Diego is from the US 3rd Fleet and happens to be the fourth US Navy vessel to be named after the California city and saint, being the only ship harbored in her signature city in the United States. This ship’s mission is to transport and deploy combat and support elements from the Marine Expeditionary Units and Brigades. She can carry up to 800 Marines and able to act as a debarkation for air cushion and conventional landing craft. Some have mentioned she is odd looking but her shape and design define her purpose. The basic motivation is to promote stability throughout the Pacific area of operations, to advance peace and security.

These US sailors will be checking out neighborhoods of our beautiful Puerto Vallarta and we’ll be opening our arms to them, considering their assistance to the community during their stay. Make sure to say hello, tip your hat and let them know they are appreciated. They won’t always be in uniform but US Military aren’t too difficult to indentify. These men and women are learning about many cultures and ours will be one they shall remember with warmth and kindness.

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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.

Puerto Vallarta: How Safe is Mexico?

The United States has no travel advisories for News Orleans, yet millions of people travel there every year. New Orleans, a single US city, has triple the homicide rate per capita, than all of the entire country of Mexico. Orlando, Florida, the home of Disneyworld, has one of the highest murder rates in the USA. There is simply no comparison to any resort destination in Mexico, including Puerto Vallarta.

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The plain fact that so many ex-pats choose to live in Puerto Vallarta, over other suitable destinations in Mexico, is further proof of stability. These are principally retired, affluent, and a well-informed group. They have selected their retirement home carefully and many vehemently maintain its safety.

Texans are safer in Mexico than they are in Texas, thought they may defend their right to the death to say differently. This happens to be the case for all US citizens, who are less likely to face violence in Mexico than in any populated city within their home state.

Aggression and hostility in Mexico are mainly associated with drug crime and arms trade; statistics show that most of these crimes occur in border towns, far from tourist destinations such as Puerto Vallarta. Americans murdered in Mexico, according to FBI numbers, regardless of any connection to drug or gun trafficking, is less than half the US national rate.

We have chatted with travelers whose experience has been limited to a day trip to Tijuana, the quaint Mexican city that borders San Diego, California. We highly recommend extending such adventures further, noting that Baja California Sur isn’t even on the State Department’s warning list, along with most of Mexico, a vast country that is made up of thirty-one unique and magical states.

Millions of US citizens travel to Mexico, visiting all-inclusive resorts, small villages, mountains and beaches, history-rich Mexico City with its amazing museums and architecture. The unique culture, music, food, art, friendly and relaxed atmosphere are a delightful holiday and all are welcome.

According to the US State Department:  “There is no recommendation against travel to Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. There is also no recommendation against travel on principal highways in Jalisco between Guadalajara including the portions that cross into the southern portions of the state of Nayarit.” 

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1253.32
Area: Flamingos
Listing Agent: Marile Jurado
Agent Phone: 322-260-9689
Agent Email: marile@c21oceanrealty.com
Last Updated: January - 28 - 2020
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$299,000
Outdoor covered Seating Area
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1494.35
Area: Centro South
Listing Agent: Edward Padalinski
Agent Phone: 322-779-1235
Agent Email: edward@ronmorgan.net
Last Updated: January - 28 - 2020
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$175,000
CONDO Playa Los Picos 17, VALLARTA SUITES, Riviera Nayarit, NA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 860.8
Area: Bucerias
Listing Agent: Eduardo Moreno
Agent Phone: 322-100-0129
Agent Email: eduardo_moreno@coldwellbanker.com.mx
Last Updated: January - 28 - 2020
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$450,000
140 Avenida de las Garzas 1-2702, ICON Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 2
Square Footage: 1517.16
Area: Hotel Zone
Listing Agent: Sarah Elengorn
Agent Phone: 322-116-9730
Agent Email: sarah@elengornrealtors.com
Last Updated: January - 28 - 2020
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$159,000
861 Carr. Mismaloya Km #1 101, PERLAS DE LAS LOMAS 101, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 1
# of Bathrooms: 1
Square Footage: 850.04
Area: South Shore
Listing Agent: Sarah Elengorn
Agent Phone: 322-116-9730
Agent Email: sarah@elengornrealtors.com
Last Updated: January - 27 - 2020
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$846,000
466 Insurgentes PH12, SOHOPV, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1506.4
Area: Centro South
Listing Agent: Wayne Franklin
Agent Phone: 322-222-6505
Agent Email: franklin@tropicasa.com
Last Updated: January - 27 - 2020
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$955,000
466 Insurgentes PH11, SOHOPV, Puerto Vallarta, JA
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# of Bedrooms: 2
# of Bathrooms: 3
Square Footage: 1506.4
Area: Centro South
Listing Agent: Wayne Franklin
Agent Phone: 322-222-6505
Agent Email: franklin@tropicasa.com
Last Updated: January - 27 - 2020
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Vallarta Real Estate: Learn as much Spanish as you can

Be a Happy Expat

We know far too many expats in Puerto Vallarta who complain about bus noise, unfair taxi fares, potholes, barking dogs, crowing roosters and Banda music. You came here to live, you should adapt to all these things and more.

When we first moved to Puerto Vallarta, there were no Costco or Sam’s Club; not one restaurant accepted credit cards; our gay friends would not have dared walk down the street holding hands; waiters did not speak English, and the airport had a dirt floor. We didn’t have AC, ATM’s and certainly no Amazon.com. We were happy as a bear in the woods. Though we have seen a many changes, we’ve found that being upset about new things makes no one enjoy life.

Here are a few things we can suggest to our friends in Puerto Vallarta to make life perhaps not perfect, but definitely divine.

Get outside your comfort zone. If you haven’t done so yet, we recommend the hike on the trail to Las Animas. If you can’t hike, take a boat taxi, and visit all the villages on the south shore. Be daring and explore! Take the bus to El Tuito, Tepic or Guadalajara. Eat ceviche, the Mexican version of sushi; fish cooked in lime. Join a group of majority Mexican members and work on your Spanish. There are numerous clubs in Puerto Vallarta; Rotary; Lions; the Navy League greets ships, has a Toys for Tots program and a host of other events, of which the public is welcome. Play dominoes, bridge, learn to surf, ride a horse. There are so many adventurous things you can do and they don’t all require an athlete’s build. You’ve made the decision to live in a foreign country; don’t act like a foreigner. Live outside your own personal box.

Don’t bring your problems with you. You have a child or sibling who no longer talks to you? your ex-wife’s new husband wants to sabotage your relationship with your kids? your bankruptcy? you’re living on a pittance of Social Security? Don’t share these things with everyone you meet, especially in the bar! Talk about the good things in your life and consider the fact you made a decision to pull up your roots and transform your life. Dwell on that.

Learn as much Spanish as you can. Locals in Puerto Vallarta love to hear you at least try. My very own mother, at the age of 80, began taking Spanish so she could order her own food when she came to visit. I have always loved her for that and you should, too.

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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.