Puerto Vallarta is located in Jalisco, Mexico, and is the second largest city in this state. Described as a ‘balneario resort city’, Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination as well as being a lively city, with plenty of beaches and leisure facilities. Puerto Vallarta is even described as being ‘the friendliest city in the world’, as is noted on the sign as you enter the city. Expats living in Puerto will be spoiled for choice with sights and attractions in the city and will be able to visit places such as Bandera Bay, one of the deepest and largest bays in the world, Vallarta Botanical Gardens which are located in the Sierra Madre Mountains, as well as other sites such as Puerto Vallarta Zoo and the Los Arcos Marine Natural Area. The city is also home to a number of annual festivals and expats living in Puerto Vallarta will be able to enjoy these as well as the city’s lively nightlife, shops and bars as well as sample the local cuisine at the many restaurants in the city.
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The cost of living in Puerto Vallarta is low compared to a number of similar resort cities and is an attractive destination for people to live. Puerto Vallarta has an attractive climate, with hot summers and mild winters, with most of the rainfall occurring over the summer months. Getting around the city is easy thanks to a network of buses, whilst many opt to use taxis or get by on foot as opposed to using cars. The city is home to Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport which offers flights many destinations, especially to areas in the US, and Puerto Vallarta is also a popular port for cruise ships. Expatriates moving to Puerto Vallarta with families will find a number of schools in the area, as well as private schools such as The American School of Puerto Vallarta. Expats in Puerto Vallarta can benefit from joining InterNations, the largest global online community for expatriates, in which members can socialize, network, as well as share advice and information about aspects of expat life in a new city such as Puerto Vallarta.
The economy of Puerto Vallarta is highly reliant on tourism and therefore a large number of residents are employed in this industry, and expats working in Puerto Vallarta will be sure to find a number of opportunities in this area. Other industries present in Puerto Vallarta include agriculture, with the city being a producer and exporter of a number of goods such as flour corn, tobacco, watermelon and others, whilst livestock and fishing are also large employment areas. Other fields where an expatriate may find work in Puerto Vallarta include the commercial sector, particularly retail and other areas such as finance, healthcare and education. Expatriates wishing to find work in Puerto Vallarta will benefit from signing up to InterNations and networking with its member base which is made up of expats from over 190 nations from all over the world who may be able to offer help and advice. InterNations mission is, after all, to make expat life easier.