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Downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAmericans and other expats in Puerto Vallarta are treated very well. Puerto Vallarta is a tourist community. A lot of the foreigners who come to Puerto Vallarta are tourists so they are attended to like invited guests. Mexicans want to make sure that tourists have a good time so that they will come back and bring others.
 
Tourism is the number one business in Mexico. People from other countries come to Mexico to learn how to do tourism because Mexico does it so well. 
 
In Puerto Vallarta, tourism is a full package. They have anything that you would expect in any of the other tourist cities, whether on the coast or inland. Puerto Vallarta has everything in one place.  You've got the beach and ocean activities, but you also have the mountains and land nearby. There are the mariachi Mexican fiestas. There are also more adventurous activities like hang gliding, parachuting, zip lining, ATV driving, bungee jumping and horseback riding. 
 
Mexicans are very open and warm to foreigners. It's very common to find Americans and Mexicans bonding. People who moved to Puerto Vallarta or those who have been coming here year-after-year would have the same maid, gardener, or other people who would do odd jobs for them. These local employees have become family to these expats. Within a few years, the Americans or foreigners will say to the locals, "I want to help your son go to a good school, get a good career, and advance himself in life." This and happen all the time.
 
Puerto Vallarta has a wonderful community. The marriage between the cultures and languages is very good.  
 
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Barcelo Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingIn my personal experience, when you’re walking down the street and a Mexican national is coming towards you, they generally don’t smile first, but if you smile and say, “Buenos días,” or “Buenas noches,” they light up wish you a good day as they pass you. 
 
It goes to my philosophy in life that you get what you give, so if you walk around and you don’t smile or say hello to other people, then it can seem like where you are is not a friendly place. I don’t think you would find people who are friendlier and more genuine than the people here in Puerto Vallarta.  
 
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Zaide Brambila of Ai Real Estate Group – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingAmericans and expats in general are always welcome in Puerto Vallarta. The people here are not racists and expats are treated in a fancy way here. People in Puerto Vallarta have no resentment towards Americans. We like being around expats and they are treated like our own. We do not treat expats as per where they come from.  Rather, we see them as who they are. 
 
Puerto Vallarta is a tourist destination so there are so many different cultures living in the same place. You can meet people from all over the world here. There are a lot of Italians, which is why we have a lot of Italian restaurants. I have also met people from Brazil. There are a lot of Canadians and Americans as well. They have houses here and they live fine within the community. The locals in Puerto Vallarta are friends with the expats who live there, too.  
 
(Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)
 
 
Armando Contreras of Galvan Real Estate and Services – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
House and private beach in Nayarit, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingExpats in Puerto Vallarta, in general, are treated with the same respect that everybody deserves. Because expats contribute a very big part of the income of this area, Mexicans treat all of them very nicely.
 
This is not the case in general, but some expats (and thank God I have not met a lot of them) may tend to become a little too pushy and think that because they have more money, they can treat Mexicans a certain way. That is the only reason that I see why an expat would be treated in a bad manner by locals. 
 
Calling expats “gringo” is not a derogatory term; rather, it is a description. It started back in the days when Mexicans used to support the US in some military issues. The term “gringo” came from “green”, which is the color of the combat uniforms of the American soldiers, and “go” which is a common word used by the soldiers. So the Mexicans just called Americans “gringo,” because of the phrase “green go”. When a name is too difficult to remember, Mexicans name you by what they hear you say often or anything that they can relate you to.
 
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