After returning to the States several people have asked us what our favorite thing about living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was. This question is surprisingly difficult for us to answer because there was so much to love about our experience! However, I think we can narrow our favorite things down to 3!
I will start with the food. If you have never had tacos al pastor you have never lived! Don’t die until you have them! Seriously! There is even a vegan place in town (Veggie Table) that makes them if you don’t eat meat like Hillary! The great thing about Puerto Vallarta’s food is not even the food itself, it is the amount of high quality food options. You could go to pretty much any restaurant and expect to have really good food at a decent price! From tacos to German food, Puerto Vallarta has it all!
Normally we use and suggest TripAdvisor for finding great food options, but in Puerto Vallarta we would just walk around and randomly pick places to try. We were never disappointed. In fact, we enjoyed some of the places that aren’t even on TripAdvisor more than the highest ranked ones!
The second thing that makes Puerto Vallarta so magical are the people. Great food and an amazing beach are cool, but they would get old fast if they were surrounded by rude individuals. That is not the case at all in Puerto Vallarta. I have never been around nicer people in my life. We felt that anywhere we went people would go out of there way to help us and expect nothing in return. We lived in the neighborhood of Emiliano Zapata and our neighbors treated as if we were lifelong friends and neighbors. We have never felt that anywhere else in the world.
We are considering moving back to Puerto Vallarta just because of the people. We know we can find great beaches. Maybe even better ones. There are other cities with great food. We probably liked the food in Costa Rica more. However, we are really unsure that we could find a group of friendlier people! We didn’t realize how special a sense of community is until we moved there!
The food was amazing and the people were even better, but the best part about living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was being able to spend so much time together. When I say we did everything together, I mean EVERYTHING! At first this was a little overwhelming, but it really brought us closer together and stronger as a couple. We really cherished the time together. I am not sure we can go back to any other way of life long term. We both place our relationship with each other as a pretty high priority and traveling the world has enabled us to spend a tremendous amount of quality time together.
Obviously our favorite thing about living in Puerto Vallarta isn’t even particular to PV, but what I can say is that if you and your significant other are thinking of moving and living abroad, do it. Now. Your relationship will grow and improve like never before.
What else did we like?
- Our amazing view
- Not driving
- How cheap everything is
and so many more!
If you can’t tell, we are really missing Puerto Vallarta and we hope to return soon!
Keep it Kinetic,
Greg and Hillary!