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Thinking about making a move to Puerto Vallarta? You should be.
When I moved last year I never expected it to be a place I loved so much, but living there was pure magic. In this post, I’m sharing nine reasons why Puerto Vallarta should be your next digital nomad destination.
Why Move to Puerto Vallarta
Year-round warm weather
Puerto Vallarta enjoys a warm climate year-round, which is perfect if you’re like me and trying to escape the cold of Canada.
Yeah there’s a rainy season, but even then the city is still liveable. The best time to visit (or live) is from October to April during the dry season. The climate will be warm and dry, making it perfect for water-based activities and hiking.
Around May it becomes very hot, and in late June the rain typically starts. However, during the rainy season it usually pours in the late afternoon all at once, so you can still enjoy the beach earlier in the day.
If you’re someone who needs year-round sunshine to be happy, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect place!
Affordable cost of living
If you are working remotely for a company abroad, you’ll likely find that you’re able to live a fantastic lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta while even saving some money!
Your biggest expense is likely to be rent, but with a bit of work, you can find affordable long-term rentals. Groceries are very affordable, and eating out and drinking are cheaper relative to prices at home. There’s a lot of free things you can do in Puerto Vallarta as well.
Health and dental care in Mexico is also very cheap, especially compared to the USA. Many people come here specifically for dental operations as the savings can be that significant. Overall, most people say they save between 50% to 65% over their expenses in the U.S.
Ease of visas
Mexico is very generous with its tourist visas. Canadians and Americans get six months on arrival, and you can do a quick border hop and come back if you want to stay longer.
There’s also the Mexico Temporary Resident Visa if you want to stay longer than six months and not worry about visa issues. It’s initially approved for one year and then can be renewed for another 1 to 3 to a maximum of 4. After that, you can apply for permanent residency.
Disclaimer: A few people have mentioned to me that Mexico is cracking down on people overstaying and only issuing 15-30 day visas. This seems to be mostly happening at the Mexico City airport.
Don’t be afraid to try the street food either; it’s some of the best! You’ll find amazing taco stalls on almost every corner, just look for one with locals and you’ll be good to go. For just a couple of dollars, you can enjoy a fantastic meal!
Mexico has several different regions when it comes to cuisine so if you travel around the country, you’ll be able to experience the difference between them all.
I LOVE the nomad community in Puerto Vallarta. I found a great group of friends almost immediately after moving to Puerto Vallarta that I ended up traveling through Europe with afterward.
Puerto Vallarta has a fun and social atmosphere, so it’s easy to meet other people with events all the time. The easiest way to meet people is by joining some of the nomad Facebook groups where people post the events.
And as one of the top gay destinations in Latin America, Puerto Vallarta is a mecca for LGBTQ+ travelers.
Great base to explore other parts of Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is in the state of Jalisco, which has a lot to offer those who visit. It’s home to nine pueblos magicos, which are remote towns with traditional and unique festivals, food, and activities.
It’s an excellent base for day and weekend trips. Next to Jalisco is Nayarit, which is home to the popular beach and surf towns Sayulita and San Pancho. They are just an hour’s drive from Puerto Vallarta.
You can also hike or take a boat to the more remote towns of Quimixto and Yelapa, which don’t have roads going to them. Or for a completely different view, head to San Sebastian Del Oste and enjoy the mountain scenery and cooler temperatures.
Fast internet with co-working spaces and cafes
Of course, to be a good digital nomad destination you need good internet, and Puerto Vallarta definitely has that!
That said, it can be hit or miss so you’ll want to test out the internet in your apartment before committing to a place if you plan to work from home.
There are many co-working spaces and cafes with great Wi-Fi if your apartment doesn’t meet your needs, or you just want to get out of the house and meet others.
As a backup, you can get a SIM card in Puerto Vallarta with 4g internet. You can buy them at any OXXO (convenient store). I paid $25 for 8g of data with Telcel with unlimited socials.
Close to the United States and Canada
If you’re a Canadian or American who wants to be abroad but needs to go back home sometimes, Mexico is a perfect choice.
Traveling to and from the U.S./Canada is relatively easy with direct flights from major cities in North America to Puerto Vallarta, and it only takes a few hours. You can even drive your own car here! So going back and forth is not that difficult, especially compared to living somewhere in Europe or Asia.
If you love outdoor activities, you’ll love living in Puerto Vallarta. With miles of coastline and the Sierra Madre mountains as the backdrop, there’s no shortage of fun adventures to go on here.
If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, come during the whale-watching season to see a spectacular display of humpback whales and dolphins. Or go diving or snorkeling at Los Arcos Marne Park, where you can spot manta rays, sea turtles, moray eels, and more!
For an adrenaline-packed adventure, rent a jet ski and ride along the coastline, go on a zip-lining tour through the jungle, or ride ATVs up the mountains. It’s also a great place for surfers, as nearby towns like San Pancho and Sayulita offer some of the best surf conditions in Mexico.
These are just some of the reasons you might consider moving to Puerto Vallarta! Are you thinking about making a move yet?