Some properties can be seen HERE.
If you do move down and need help in furnishing your
place, be sure to check out my friend Brischa, she can save you a load
of money, see Professional
Electricity is charged at 3 different rates, depending
on usage, if you have to have Air Conditioning, you'll go into the
high bracket. See here for rate examples, it's not a constant price
We don't have piped gas, it comes in cylinders or, in larger buildings, there
is a static tank that gets refilled. Cost in June 2007 = 280 pesos for a
Water is about 12 pesos a cubic meter, that includes the sewage charge.
You won't get any heating bills.
The basic telephone charge is about 180 pesos a month this includes 100 free
calls (Note: Calls not minutes)
you pay per call over that number and for National/International long distance,
also calls to cell phones.
You can add DSL Internet Service to this for 350 pesos (that's for 1Mps service,
but it's seldom that fast)
Cable TV and Satellite TV are widely available. Two companies Telecable and
Cosmored take care of TV for from 175 - 300 pesos, depending on your plan.
Internet is from 220 pesos to 350 pesos, if you have a combination of the
two, it's a bit less. Satellite TV is provided by Sky,
Something you may not be used to, but will learn to love.
I love to cook but not washing up afterwards, my maid does that, she also
dusts, sweeps, mops and irons my clothes.
I pay her 100 pesos for about 4 - 5 hours work. I take my laundry to a wash
and fold place around the corner, costs about 30 pesos per kilo.
If you bring a car down it may sit outside your house
Parking is a big problem in any area close to the beach. Most of our roads
are narrow, cobblestone and, sometimes, quite steep. The local driving style
is a bit aggressive and for these reasons, unless you're living outside the
city area, a car is not very much use. We have an extensive bus system and
it covers the city very well. There are also bus lines that go to areas outside
of Puerto Vallarta.
Overall costs are similar.
Except for fresh produce, which includes meat, fish, vegetables and our wonderful
tropical fruits, these are usually lower in price and much higher in quality.
We have several large supermarkets, Mega, Comercial Mexicana, Soriana,
Leys, the original Gutierrez Rizo's, Walmart and Sam's Club.
Several Colonias (neighborhoods) have a Central Municipal Market, selling
fresh produce and household articles. These are great places to shop, some
prices maybe a little higher than the supermarket, but you get individual
attention, like, if you need an avocado to be used today, you can ask for "Un
agacate para hoy" -"An avocado for today" and you'll get a
nice ripe one. Variations "Un aguacate para mañana" - one
that will be ripe tomorrow. If you don't need a whole head of celery, you
can just tear off the number of stalks you need. Half a cabbage? no problem.
The same goes for the "Semilla" (literally 'Seed') store, where
you have a choice of rice, beans and many other dried goods in bulk, you
just put the amount you need into a bag and pay just for that. This is also
the place to find spices and dry Hibiscus flowers for making "Agua de
But, for the ultimate convenience, we have the "Corner Store" (not
always on the corner), seldom more than one block away. These small tiendas
sell a little bit of everything. I get my daily bottle of milk from the small
store just 1/2 a block away.
A wonderful selection of Mexican beers are available. If you buy by the case
(usually 20 bottles), it will be about 150pesos, NOT including the bottles,
you buy them the first time and switch between empty and full ones. Local
alcoholic drinks, such as Tequila, rum, Brandy, Vodka and Gin are reasonably
cheap, anything imported will cost you. We get some very good wines from
Northern Baja, Chile, Argentina,Spain and even Australian, but French and
Californian are expensive.
We now have several very nice, multi screen, modern,
movie houses, showing first run movies, very often in English with
Some local theater groups put on shows during the high season.
We have many first class Golf Courses, see Golf.
Local residents are always looking for excuses to have a party, make a day
trip or go to an eight ball pool tournament at a local bar.
Medical & Health:
We have several really good, modern, up-to-date hospitals,
a short list HERE and
many Doctors, Dentists and Specialists. Some of whom will take Insurance
Coverage from NOTB. For
more information, Click
Americare Advantage Insurance Group International. World Wide Health Insurance for ex-pats. Representing over a dozen insurance carriers, we can usually provide the lowest premiums with the best coverage. Phone US 414-431-8147, local 322-209-0642.
Mexican Health Insurance is also available at very attractive rates,
some only 20% of the NOTB equivalent.
Non traditional health treatments are also widely available.
In order to stay more than six months (the maximum on
a tourist visa) you will need to acquire a FM3 or FM2 visa. You will
also need this to open a bank account here. You can also import your
family belongings including a car, tax free, with this visa. For the
real lowdown on this, I'll refer you to my friend Rolly Brook's excellent
to Move to Mexico".