Russell & Kelli Wilbers

Status: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Semi-retired

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Conway, Arkansas

Timeframe for a move:  1-2 years

Where else are you considering:  Corozal, Belize

Why Vallarta:  Not sure yet

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  Just a go to site for info on possibly moving to PV

Pat & Bob Fields

Pat & Bob FieldsStatus: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Retired

Where did you live previously:  San Jose, CA

What part of town do you live in:  Downtown Centro

Why did you decide to move to Vallarta:  Friendly people, cost of living, great lifestyle

What other places did you consider:  Lake Chapalla

What were the main reason(s) you moved here:  To be near the water

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

August 17th Happy Hour @ Las Adelitas

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August 8th Happy Hour @ Club de Golf

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Catherine Matson

Catherine MatsonStatus: Single

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  I am currently living in Aticama, Nayarit, about 80 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. I have been here 3 months and will be here until October 15, when I am planning to move to Puerto Vallarta. I have lived in Costa Rica and am from Hawaii originally, and then California.

Timeframe for a move:  I will be arriving October 16 or so, staying probably at an AirBnb for a little while while I look for an apartment.

Where else are you considering:  Nowhere else.

Why Vallarta:  I want to learn to Scuba Dive, and I understand there is a good school there. I love the ocean and want to live as near it as I can. I love Mexico, but have been living so remotely, where there is very poor infrastructure and almost no services. I am attracted to Puerto Vallarta for many reasons, and am really looking forward to being there! Community events, both local and the expat gatherings are a big pull for me. It seems too that for a Mexican or Latin American city, there is a healthy gay and lesbian community.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you: I would so very much love to feel that when I come down Oct 16 I at least know a few people virtually! Just to have contacts upon arrival is a huge boon in a new place! I can really use any tips on apartment hunting, that would be big. And any suggestions on a place to stay the first weeks while I look for an apartment. But perhaps my biggest question right now is one that another soon-to-arrive person asked who is also someone that works online: Where is PV wired for the fastest internet? Does constancy and the upload and download speed vary by area? I don’t know if anyone sent her the speed tests she requested, but I also could really benefit from that information.

August 3 Dinner at El Andariego

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Luz Rodriguez

Status: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Mill Creek, WA.

Timeframe for a move:  Before July 2018

Where else are you considering:  No where since Trumpcare destroyed all other options.

Why Vallarta:  I have friends that moved or are going to move there.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  My co-worker just bought a place down there and met with you.  He suggested your site so we can get some questions answered. We want to rent for a year to see if we want to buy. Rent seems very reasonable. We just want some Americans to direct us in the right direction for safe housing.

David Hoyer

Status: It’s Complicated

David HoyerEmployed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Seattle. I have been to PV twice, three times once I complete a trip to PV in late October after the rainy season calms down, or at least starts to calm down.

Timeframe for a move:  As soon as 6 months from now, to 7 years from now.

Where else are you considering:  Panama

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  I’d like to meet some of you when I am down next October.

Jake & Iryna Ames

Status: Couple

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where did you live previously:  New York, New York

What part of town do you live in:  Marina

Why did you decide to move to Vallarta:  To start a holistic cancer clinic.

What other places did you consider:  None

What were the main reason(s) you moved here:  To start a holistic cancer clinic

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

  • Friendly people
  • Great culture
  • Great entertainment

Winona Dailey

Winona DaileyStatus: Single

Employed or Retired:  Employed

Where are you living now / where are you from:  Recently returned from working in China and am currently in Tucson Arizona.

Timeframe for a move:  I will arrive August fourth to start an information gathering trip. I hope to move around September.

Where else are you considering:  I have considered many places in the world. I have lived in Eastern Europe, Turkey , and China. I seriously looked into South America.

Why Vallarta:  PV seems to have all the things I love. First it is out side America. Health Care and Insurance is available and affordable. The Sun , The Sea, and an available expat community when I just want to socialize in English.

How can ExPats in Vallarta assist you:  I am most concerned about the internet connection . Where is PV wired for the fastest internet. I heard that there is fire wire in PV, but does the building infrastructure support it.? I work online and need to be able to have a fast reliable connection.. If I could get a few speed tests from different areas , it would help to narrow down the areas where I can search for an apartment. Also I will be searching for an apartment if any one knows an agent that handles rentals.