3 Things That Everyone Should Know About Mexico
Though it is difficult to speak about Mexico as a whole, we believe there are three main things everyone should know about Mexico.
⇒Mexico is all about having a good time.
It sounds cliche, but people in Mexico really just want to have fun! It is a very laid back, relaxed culture (at least in Puerto Vallarta, anyway) and that sets the stage for a life full of fun, adventure, and laughter. Compared to Mexico, the United States seems so serious. We are all freaked out about the latest news story, rushing off to work, and keeping up with the latest TV show drama. We do not sense any of that in Puerto Vallarta. People are relaxed, calm, and in control. It is contagious and we love it!
⇒People are extremely friendly.
We can say that without a doubt, some of the nicest and most friendly people that we have ever met living in Puerto Vallarta. Locals and expats alike. Whether it was just a friendly smile, an unexpected conversation, or receiving help on the local bus, the friendliness of the Mexican people is truly amazing. If you treat people with respect, dignity, and maybe try speaking their language (even if it’s a terrible attempt), they may just return those favors with kindness 🙂
It is not uncommon for your neighbors to invite you over to get togethers, parties, or just to have dinner. That never happened to us in the United States.
⇒It is not as dangerous as you may think
First, let us say that before you travel, we recommend to check the U.S. State Department warnings about the area. Are there parts of Mexico that are dangerous? Yes. Are they the areas you are likely to travel to? No! Since living in Puerto Vallarta we have not ever once felt unsafe. In fact, the people are so friendly that if anything, we feel more safe in PV than we did living in Dallas! We are not so naive to think that there are not theives or dangerous criminals in Mexico or Puerto Vallarta. As always, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and we recommend that you do not flash expensive jewelry or pull large amounts of money out of your purse/wallet! Following similar rules is a good idea no matter where you are traveling to. Especially in the United States!
⇒Mariachi bands are a totally real thing
This may seem silly to some, but I thought mariachi bands were just something we had in cheesy Tex-Mex restaurants in Texas. Nope. They are a real thing and they are awesome! There is nothing better than eating at a restaurant and having the table next to you pay for a mariachi band play music (yep, we are those people). It is like being in a piano bar, except the piano bar is at the beach, the restaurants, or in the streets, and sometimes on your neighbor’s balcony!
Keep it Kinetic,
Greg and Hillary