Seaside Jewel, Snowbird’s Delight
Feb. 9, 2012, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is a beautiful Pacific coast destination offering a pleasant climate, an established expat community, international-standard infrastructure, First World medical care, and affordable costs of living and of real estate, making it one of the world’s top retirement havens.
Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
"Puerto Vallarta," writes Mexico Correspondent Lauren Stanley, "is located on Mexico's central Pacific coast, in the state of Jalisco. It's about a five-hour drive west of Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city and the Jalisco state capital.
"The city lies between the blue sea and velvet-green mountains that tumble down almost to the shore, and this setting is one of the first things you notice. As you walk along Vallarta's seafront, look down the cobbled side streets that debouche into the malecón.
"You'll see that these streets rise steeply to hills...sometimes within just a few blocks of the shore. These hills are dotted with homes and condominium buildings that offer sweeping views of the bay.