Moving to Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta at night.

A reader writes: Hello Everyone, I love The Peoples Guide to Mexico! To start out my name is Robyn, I am 36 years old and I work as a Psychiatric Nurse in Denver, CO.  My husband, Michael, was in an automobile accident two years ago.  He was hit by an uninsured motorist two years ago and has not been able to work since.  He has gone through three major back surgeries and the cold Colorado weather just debilitates him 5 months out of […]

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In Tequila News…

Forbes reports that tequila could be a good choice for people who want to drink AND lose weight. The study was conducted on mice. For a minute I was excited to imagine mice wearing tiny sombreros and drinking tiny tragos of Herradura, but then the author dashed my dreams: “Agavins, derived from the agave plant that’s used to make tequila, were found in mouse studies to trigger insulin production and lower blood sugar, as well as help obese mice lose […]

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The Temporary Import Permit Tempest

By Captain Elizabeth Shanahan Owner SG Boat Works Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico   A number of published news reports about the temporary import permit audit performed at twelve Mexican marinas by the Mexican IRS earlier this month have unnecessarily upset boat owners and disrupted normal business dealings in the marine industry. But the facts don’t support any hysteria. “Don’t worry about your boats,” Tere Grossman, spokesperson for the Mexican Marinas Association says. “I expect the liens to be lifted in […]

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How to be More Like a Local When Visiting Puerto Vallarta

Editor’s note: This is a guest spot from the enjoyable and well written expat blog Team Fuber, which is up for the “best expat blog award” at Expat Blogs. If you want to show your support for Jen and Sam, leave a comment at the contest site.   10. Take off your closed toed shoes; let your toes breathe and feel the fresh air (and get rid of that winter sock tan)! Seeing somebody walk down the beach in shoes […]

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Awesome Photos of Motorcyle Trip Across Mexico, Circa 1981

Illustration of restaurant from vintage edition of The People's Guide to Mexico

    We recently received an email from a reader, who politely requested to use an original illustration from The People’s Guide to Mexico in a blog post he was writing about his 1981 motorcycle trip from Canada to Mexico. Carl wrote back and told him “sure” and asked him to send us a link to the post. I must admit that I didn’t expect to have my mind blown by an awesome trove of photographs. As some of you […]

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See Puerto Vallarta in 1957

  Fellow traveler David Simmonds brought my attention to this montage of photos of Vallarta in 1957.  I must admit it actually brought me to tears. Despite some ugly architecture and way too many people, I’ve always thought that stretch of coast pretty much unparalleled in terms of natural tropical beauty. I wish I could have seen it then. (While looking for vintage photos of Vallarta to add to this post, I stumbled across an interesting blog post about how […]

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Hotels in San Sebastian, Mascota & Talpa?

Dear Carl & Lorena, Just read your info on your trip to San Sebastian, Mascota & Talpa. We have been to Mascota (by bus) & loved it. This February are planning on going to all 3 places. Could you please tell us what Hotel you stayed at in Talpa? Thanks & happy New year, Emma Brooks Carl replies:  Hello Emma Lorena and I haven’t stayed in a hotel in Talpa — and even if we had, I doubt that I’d […]

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San Sebastion, Mascota & Talpa

Lorena’s note:  a recent email reminded me of this adventure that Karen Kulik wrote about for the original The Peoples Guide to Mexico website back in Feb 2002.   Enjoy! After bumping into Lorena in Ajijic and telling her about our really special trip, she asked me write it up for the website. So here it is. Bob and I have both spent many years traveling and living in Mexico, spending time on land as well as sailing on his boat, […]

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Question from a Reader: Are Spanish Homestays Safe and How do I Meet People in Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta at night.

A reader writes: Hello, I am a 43 year old female from Canada and I am thinking of going to Puerto Vallarta to study Spanish for 6 weeks with Spanish Abroad. I would be going by myself and living with a family while studying.  Is this safe? Also, I know there are Canadians and Americans that are retired and living in PVR, is there a network on how to meet some of these people and make some contacts? Thank you. […]

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Question from a Reader: Furniture Stores in Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta at night.

Lynn says: My husband and I love Bucerias. We have recently bought a condo in this wonderful town. Now we need to figure out where to go to purchase furnishings. We have been warned that not all shopkeepers deliver what they promise – or what you bought. We are looking for contemporary furniture. We found a store called Artrel in Puerto Vallarta but cannot find out anything about it. Any advice and/or suggestions would be appreciated. Churpa: Thanks for writing […]

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