Retire in Puerto Vallarta and Start Living the Dream

Would you like to retire in Mexico? Find the answers to some of the most common questions about relocating and retiring in Mexico.

Did you know that for the past 40 years Americans have voted Mexico as the best place to move or retire overseas? But they didn’t just vote, they packed their bags and moved here, making Mexico home to more American expats and retirees than any other nation in the world!

But what is it exactly that draws so many Americans south of the border each year? There are three things actually: Excellent weather, beautiful beaches, and a low cost of living.

It also doesn’t hurt that Mexico offers a plethora of fantastic living options, from colorful and historic colonial cities like San Miguel de Allende and Oaxaca to luxury beach towns like Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán.

Frequently Asked Questions About Relocating to Puerto Vallarta

If you’re considering retiring or relocating to Mexico, you probably have questions. To help you, we’ve answered some of the most common questions about moving to the area.

+ Question: What sorts of things are there for people to do in Mexico? - Question: What sorts of things are there for people to do in Mexico?
Many people of retirement age have a lot of time on their hands and they want to know exactly how they can spend that time. Well, rest assured there are plenty of things to do in Puerto Vallarta and other areas of Mexico.
 
To start, there are numerous charities to get involved with here in Mexico. From animal rescue to children’s causes and saving the environment, if you’ve got the passion, there is a project that needs your help.
 
In the areas where expats live, there are typically social clubs to join as well as homeowners’ associations that have activities throughout the year. And there are many retirees who find new hobbies like painting and sculpture. When you are surrounded with the kind of natural beauty found in Mexico, it’s hard not to be inspired to show your artistic flair.
+ Question: If I am relocating to Mexico, will I be able to bring my belongings? - If I am relocating to Mexico, will I be able to bring my belongings?
Many people of retirement age have a lot of time on their hands and they want to know exactly how they can spend that time. Well, rest assured there are plenty of things to do in Puerto Vallarta and other areas of Mexico.
+ Question: How hard is it to set up electric, gas, garbage, cable/satellite TV, phone, banking and pay bills? - Question: Setting up utilities in Mexico - How hard is it to set up electric, gas, garbage, cable/satellite TV, phone, banking and pay bills?
If the unit already has utilities, your real estate agent will probably make sure that the seller sings the forms to give you the rights of the contract of the electricity, telephone (and internet) and water; you can later change the name of the contract to yours. If you are not going to live here full time you will need a property manager to help you take care of your unit. This property manager can easily help you set up all utilities that have not been transferred to you. Many times, the same building property manager can help with this as well.
+ Question: Can foreigners work in Mexico legally? - Question: Can foreigners work in Mexico legally?
A work permit is necessary for foreign jobs in Mexico. To make the process easier, there are lawyers that specialize in this that can get it done for you. If you’d like, we can recommend a lawyer for you.
+ Question: Can I rent my property if I don’t want to live there full time? - Question: Can I rent my property if I don’t want to live there full time?
Renting your property in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas can be very lucrative. Most of the buildings allow rentals and you can rent directly using Airbnb or similar sites. You may also hire a rental company, some of which offer a property management service as well. This is probably a good idea because when you rent directly, you will still need someone that comes and does the check in and check out for you.
 
Relocating to Puerto Vallarta