Linda Vasquez & Mark Jennings

Linda Vasquez & Mark JenningsStatus: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Retired

Where did you live previously:  California

What part of town do you live in:  Marina

Why did you decide to move to Vallarta:  I’ve been coming here on and off for years. My husband was taking early retirement and considering many locations outside of the US. Someone suggested PV, he flew down, fell in love with the place, the rest is history

What other places did you consider:  Costa Rica, Pananama, Chile

What were the main reason(s) you moved here:  The people, the climate, cost of living (in that order)

What are the top (3) things you have learned that you think might help someone moving to Vallarta now:  do your homework, get quotes from different moving companies, service your car before you drive down (need good shocks!), leave your stress behind

Bridgette Cunningham

Bridgette CunninghamStatus: Single

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Portland Oregon

Timeframe for a move:  12-18 months

Where else are you considering:  Nowhere, PVR is the only place I am interested in.

Why Vallarta:  I have traveled to many places all over the world, and every time I land in PVR, it’s the only place that feels like home.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  Finding a local rental for the first 6-12 months. I prefer not to deal with an agency.

Erika & Chris Schendel

Erika & Chris Schendel2Status: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Los Angeles CA. We are looking for a place to retire and I am looking at several places. I like to plane ahead!

Timeframe for a move:  6 – 8 years

Where else are you considering:  Charleston, SC & maybe some other cities in Mexico

Why Vallarta:  We’ve been there on vacation and liked it a lot more than Cabo San Lucas.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  We’d like to find out about daily/monthly expenses, should we rent or buy and the usual question about medical care. Should we start learning Spanish now? Do we have to pay taxes on Social Security and other retirement income. Just everything! It seems so overwhelming

Scott & Olivia McGrady

Scott & Olivia McGradyStatus: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  We live in Washington State. I am an aviation/airworthiness inspector and investigator at a large commercial airplane company. Olivia is a surgical nurse’s assistant. She was born in Mexico and has dual citizenship.
Timeframe for a move:  We just purchased a cozy little place in Palmar de Aramara. We plan to do some remodeling to spiff it up a bit, then we will start spending our winters there when we fully retire next year.

Where else are you considering:  Nowhere else

Why Vallarta:  We built a house in Ameca, Jalisco about 10 years ago. We spend time there every year, but we found ourselves visiting PV more often. We love the beach and vibe In PV.   Olivia has a lot of brothers, sisters, & cousins in PV along with our many nieces & nephews that are here as well. So it is ideal for us, and we always have someone to watch our place for us when we are elsewhere.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  We are looking forward to making new friends in PV as we settle in to our new home.

Mike & Linda Hayes

Mike and Linda HayesStatus: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Currently living in Austin, Texas. Mike is originally from Nebraska. Linda is originally from South Africa

Timeframe for a move:  Around 2yrs from now

Where else are you considering:  Ecuador

Why Vallarta:  It has been highly recommended. We are looking for a community of expats where we can make lots of friends and become an active part of the group and the community. We are both very friendly and outgoing and just feel that the USA is no longer where we want to be.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  We are trying to find out what is required legally for us to move to Mexico. We are trying to find out about real estate there, or whether it is better to rent. We are trying to find out how Social Security benefit payments work there. Would we be taxed on that money while in Mexico? Most importantly, we want to know what sort of medical coverage is available there.

Ana & Colin Lynch

Status: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Santa Monica, CA

Timeframe for a move:  We will be moving in December 2017

Why Vallarta:  My wifes family is from there and lives there currently.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  Just looking to meet some interesting people.

Julie & Roy Smith

Status: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Retired

Where did you live previously:  Los Angeles, California

What part of town do you live in:  Nuevo Vallarta

Why did you decide to move to Vallarta:  Weather and cost of living.

What other places did you consider:  None

What were the main reason(s) you moved here:  Affordable seaside living

What are the top (3) things you have learned that you think might help someone moving to Vallarta now:

  • Don’t drive down
  • Do your homework about Visas
  • It costs more than you think

Louis Kaufman

Louis KaufmanStatus: Single

Employed or Retired:  Retired

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Denver and Summit County, CO

Timeframe for a move:  No time frame. Looking where to spend some time in the winter, besides Florida.

Where else are you considering:  Where I already have a condo, in the North Miami Beach area.

Why Vallarta:  I hear good things about it. It’s a 3-hour non-stop flight from Denver to PV. I like being close to the water.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  Recommend areas I can look to possibly purchase a condo.

Victoria & Michael Gehrisch

Michael and Victoria GehrischStatus: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where did you live previously:  Sarasota Florida, Chicago IL

What part of town do you live in:  Mismaloya & South Bay

Why did you decide to move to Vallarta:  The beauty, economics and friends are planning to move there

Shannon & Bob Moore

Shannon & Bob MooreStatus: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Currently living in Dallas Tx

Timeframe for a move:  Considering 2 cities in Mexico. 1 of them is PV. Timeframe–Aug -Oct

Where else are you considering:  Belize

Why Vallarta:  I am self employed. My wife is a flight attendant so we can fly in/out for free. But we want a change and Mexico has always been a dream. I sold one of my businesses and can work virtually with my 2nd business.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  Looking for a place to live