The residents of Puerto Vallarta are a combination. Mostly, they are Mexican nationals who have grown up and lived here with their families, and whose ancestors have been in Puerto Vallarta since it was a village. There are also a lot of people in Puerto Vallarta who have come from Guadalajara because they decided that they wanted to have more of a relaxed lifestyle.
In Vallarta, you will see a lot of Americans. In Nuevo Vallarta, there are a lot of Americans who have decided that they want to retire and live here in Vallarta full time. In Bucerías and La Cruz, on the other hand, you’ll see a few Canadians because that is the area where they have chosen to build their winter homes.
The population really swells in Bucerías and La Cruz in the winter season. Residents of Bucerías and La Cruz are not just the expats who build their homes here, but also a lot of expats who come down for less than 6 months because they go back to their country. The Canadians, for instance, go back to Canada for their healthcare, so that it doesn’t expire or run out and they’re still eligible. We still see a huge swell of people coming in to Bucerías and La Cruz.
Europeans are also now starting to come to Vallarta, and we’ve got new flights from Europe coming in to Mexico. Primarily, you’re going to see a good healthy mix of Americans, Canadians, Puerto Vallartans, and Guadalajarans in the Bay of Banderas.
(Star Wars Christmas decorations found in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, pictured.)