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If you’re a digital nomad looking to spend some time by the beach in Mexico, you may want to consider Puerto Vallarta. It’s been my nomad base for the past five years and I’m here to shed some light on finding long term rentals in Puerto Vallarta for digital nomads. But first, an introduction to my home away from home.
Why live in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is an up-and-coming digital nomad destination on the west coast of Mexico. While it’s been a hot spot for retirees, snowbirds, cruise ships, and the LGBTQ community for some time now, digital nomads are also falling in love with PV. And who could blame them? There are so many reasons to love living in Puerto Vallarta!
Located in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta has the ocean to its west and the Sierra Madre mountains to its east. It seriously feels like living in a postcard here
Although it’s not a very big city, it has all the amenities of one. You’ve got easy access to an international airport, big box stores, malls, movie theaters, and an abundance of cafes, restaurants, and bars.
Importantly for digital nomads, PV also has fiber-optic internet in many neighborhoods. There are several excellent co-working spaces and cafes to work at as well if you prefer not to work at home.
My wife and I have been teaching English online, having coaching calls, blogging, and uploading videos from PV for years now and have had very few issues.
Most apartment rentals in Puerto Vallarta come fully furnished and include all utilities except electricity. You’re also on the hook for drinking water (don’t drink it out of the tap!) and can easily get 20L gallon jugs delivered for a few bucks each.
Your electric bill largely depends on how much you use the A/C and it can get quite expensive in the hot and humid months of June-October.
Best neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta
The most popular neighborhoods for digital nomads in Puerto Vallarta are definitely Old Town (also known as the Romantic Zone), Centro, 5 de Diciembre, and Versailles.
All of these areas will have everything you need as a nomad. It’s also easy to get around on the bus (10 pesos per trip). Cabs are readily available as well and Uber works just fine here.
If you’re looking to be close to the action, Old Town or Centro is where you want to be. The 5D neighborhood is a bit more local and just a quick ride downtown, while Versailles is a more residential area. It’s quickly becoming somewhat of a foodie mecca in PV with lots of new restaurants.
How to find long term rentals in Puerto Vallarta
Once you decide which area you’d like to live in, it’s time to start looking for a place. If you’re just doing a trial run of a week to a month, there are lots of great options on Airbnb and VRBO. Many nomads start out on one of those platforms and then look for a more long-term place once they’re on the ground.
The first time we did a nomad stint in PV, I actually found a place on Craigslist. We booked through the host’s Airbnb link just to be safe and paid around $300 for that month.
Once we fell in love with the city and decided to stay, we extended our stay for another 3 months at the rate of just 4,000 pesos (about $200) a month. This was a few years ago, though, and prices have risen.
We ended up splurging a bit on a nice Airbnb for our last two weeks that year and befriended the hosts. They gave us their contact info and we ended up coming back for six months the following year.
It was during the low season (May-October) so we got a good deal. We had an ocean view in a well-furnished one-bedroom apartment along with a shared rooftop pool, BBQ, and bar. Our rent was 15,000 pesos a month ($700) and included a thorough weekly cleaning. We were definitely spoiled there!
These days, there are tons of Facebook groups dedicated to rentals in PV. Making a post in there with your desired area, price range, and requirements is sure to get several responses. I recommend not sending anyone money beforehand unless it’s through a secure platform like Airbnb or PayPal goods & services. While there aren’t a lot of scams in Vallarta, they definitely happen.
Here are some of the best Facebook groups to use when looking for accommodation in Puerto Vallarta:
- Puerto Vallarta Digital Nomads
- Puerto Vallarta Affordable Yearly Rentals
- Rentals in Puerto Vallarta for Locals and Long-Term Visitors
- Puerto Vallarta Yearly Rentals
- PV Bay Snowbird Rentals
Due to the pandemic, we decided to stay put in a comfortable place and actually spend a high season in PV. I hit the Facebook groups and looked at a bunch of places from Centro up to the Hotel Zone. Most were in the range of 12-20,000 pesos a month with everything included but electricity.
We settled on a shiny new condo in the Hotel Zone just a block off the beach. With two rooftop pools, a jacuzzi, and a gym, this was a great place to live during the era of social distancing. We definitely got the “pandemic special” here as our rent was only 20,000 a month. Places there are already going for 30-35,000 this year.
Finally, there’s the tried and true strategy of just hitting the pavement. Keep an eye out for signs that say “Se Renta” and take down the phone number. Of course, you might need a little bit of Spanish to pull this off. Many owners speak some English, but some don’t at all.
If you’re signing a 6-month agreement, which is quite common, you can definitely find a nice place for 15-20,000 pesos a month. It’s possible to find a decent studio for as little as 6-8,000 if you don’t mind being in a more local area and a bit far from the beach.
Whatever you decide to do, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your time in Puerto Vallarta so much that you want to come back. It happened to us, and it happens to a lot of people! It’s definitely the kind of place that just sucks you in. Be sure to check out our video about living in Puerto Vallarta for more information to help you out before your stay.
Once you’ve got your place to stay, head down to la playa and enjoy some tacos and margaritas!
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