Puerto Vallarta Mexico Low Cost of Living

Puerto Vallarta Mexico Low Cost of Living
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Puerto Vallarta Mexico Low Cost of Living

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  This is Dan from Vagabond Buddha. This post is my Puerto Vallarta Mexico low cost of living guide. My mission is to travel the world and find the best low cost of living destinations. You see, I am not the typical retirement age yet. Plus, I may never retire because I enjoy working as a digital nomad. But, I do enjoy reporting the best low cost of living, live or retire cheap in paradise, destinations.

Luckily, I have been mostly a digital nomad since 2007. That means I don’t need to be anywhere in particular to earn money. So I earn US dollars but I spend them in beautiful places that are much cheaper to live. That means I don’t have as much pressure to work crazy hours in order to keep up or get ahead.

If you live a normal life, making just enough money to live will never allow you to retire early, if at all. But making just enough money to live, buys your initial freedom if you are a digital nomad. Most digital nomads are chasing the new economy. The new economy is based upon what is called passive income.

Passive income is a business that you set up initially with a great amount of time and effort, that continues to pay you for a long period of time, even if you only work part time, or travel like me. That is why digital nomads are attracted to the Internet. If you set up a web page that pays you $2500 USD per month, you can live like a king/queen in many countries around the world. $2500 per month buys a much better life in SE Asia, Eastern Europe, Mexico, and Central or South America.

Ultimately, you may decide not to settle down at all. You may never pick a permanent place to retire or live cheap. Maybe you will just decide to put all of my low cost of living, live or retire cheap in paradise locations, in a traveling rotation. Maybe you will end up like me.

This post has the low cost of living data for Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. About 2% of the Americans living in Mexico at least part of the year, live in Puerto Vallarta. Since there are about 1 million Americans spending at least part of the year in Mexico, that means Puerto Vallarta has about 20,000 expats who spend at least part of the year here. That does not count tourists who just visit for a week or so.

Above is the place where we are staying for a week in Puerto Vallarta Mexico for $26 USD per night. Click the “Best (and) Cheap Hotels” link above where we stayed. There is also a code with the possibility of a discount on this place. It is a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, fully furnished apartment with kitchen, ocean view, and a large terrace with ocean view.

Livability Factors: My livability factors are unlikely to be the same as yours. But I think it is important to discuss them so you can contrast your own thinking with mine. I like living in highly walkable, charming areas, with everything I need to have a good time, that doesn’t require me to have a car. I like cheap prices, great internet, great weather, a bunch of things to do, and an opportunity to socialize. I like to have a quiet place to go back to but I like to have people around me when I so choose. Here is how Puerto Vallarta stacks up under these requirements.

Walkability: Puerto Vallarta, old town romantic zone, is extremely walkable. We have literally only gotten in an Uber taxi once in 7 days. We bought so many groceries, we couldn’t carry them home. We also got on a local bus once to get up to Marica Vallarta for a day trip. We have walked everywhere else. It is so walkable that you would not need a car at all if you decide to live or retire cheap in Puerto Vallarta. As you can imagine, not having a car will help create low costs of living in Puerto Vallarta.

Internet: The best kind of Internet is when it works so well that you forget it is even there. The wifi connection in our Airbnb apartment is that good.

Food: Almost everything is here. Italian, Mexican, Vegetarian, French, Greek, Greek, American, Peruvian, Lebanese, Chinese, Indian, Thai, etc. Food is unlikely to be an issue for you here.

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Weather: Puerto Vallarta Mexico has amazing weather most of the year. The warmest month is August. The average high for the day in August is 93F or 34C. The average low at night in May is 73 F or 23C. It cools down at a little bit at night in the summer from the Pacific Ocean breeze, but some people need air conditioning at night to sleep comfortably. We are here in August and a fan is enough for us at night. The coolest month of the year is February. The average low at night in February is 61F or 16C. The average high for the day in February is 84F or 29C. The rainy season is June through September when it rains 7 to 14 inches per month (187 mm to 370 mm). There is not much rain the rest of the year.

Things to Do: This is a charming beach town of 200,000 people. It attracts visitors from all over the world including vacationers, snowbirds, and permanent retirees. There is a huge expat community here also. All of the ocean watersports are here. The romantic section has many international citizens including retirees and snowbirds. So the large foreign influence has diversified the types of restaurants, stores, and foreign products that have been able to remain profitable and stay open. There is also a Walmart near Marina Vallarta. There is not much live theatre, symphony, or dance here. There is an Expats in Vallarta Facebook page if you want to learn more about a specific thing to do.

Social Considerations: You will be able to make expats connections here but you will need to learn Spanish if you want to live a diverse interesting life here. The expats here seem to be more partial year visitors here than other places in Mexico like Chapala, Ajijic, or San Miguel de Allende. You will need to supplement with Mexican friends if you want to live a full life here year round.

Desire to Move Here: High. This place is perfect for me. It has everything I need to have a great life for 6 months of the year, October through April. The other 6 months, I would continue traveling the world. If I wanted to stay over the summer here, I would definitely get a place with AC.

Real Estate: I wouldn’t buy anywhere in the world, right away. If I picked the best place in the world, I would live there for a few years before making a purchasing risk. The rents are reasonable enough that buying could wait. I have posted a few places for sale at the bottom of this post, just so you could get an idea of prices. But I wouldn’t until at least one year of living here, and only after I was certain I loved it.

Here are my estimated costs of living one month in Puerto Vallarta Mexico, as a temporary visitor. If you rented a furnished apartment by the month, it could be cheaper. You can rent a furnished 1 bedroom apartment ranging from about 400 to 1200 USD per month depending on how modern and how close you want to be to the Romantic Zone. The below prices are for one person and do not include alcohol, tours, or AC. If you want an estimate for year round, plan on buying AC for 3 months of the year. For a 1 bedroom apartment that would be about $100 per month.

If you book my recommended flights, tours or accommodations, you will pay nothing extra, but we will earn a small commission.

Monthly Cost of Living, Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Mexico ($USD)

Expense

Cost

Low

Medium

High**

Apartment

$25.00

0

14

30

Moderate Hotel

$45.00

0

12

0

Backpacker Hostel

$30.00

30

3

0

High End Restaurant

$15.00

1

4

8

Neighborhood Restaurant

$5.00

30

44

48

Food Cart

$2.50

30

12

4

Subway/Train/Metro

$0.30

20

26

8

Bus

$0.30

20

10

0

Taxi/Uber

$5.00

6

10

20

Total

Per Month

$1,182.00

$1,350.80

$1,222.40

Total

Per Day

$39.40

$45.03

$40.75

For more information about how the above “Cost of Living Monthly Multiplier” works, please visit the bottom of this page at Vagabond Buddha.

Please subscribe if you would like to receive the costs of living estimates for our next Mexico stop. We are heading out of Puerto Vallarta tonight.

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This is Dan of Vagabond Buddha. Thank you for stopping by. The world is your home. What time will you be home for dinner?

Here are those real estate prices I promised:

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