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Cost of Living in Puerto Vallarta

Cost of living in Puerto Vallarta is 66.03% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 382.03$ (7,032.82MXN) and for four person family at 1,357.66$ (24,993.40MXN) (without rent).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 80.00 MXN 60.00-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 325.00 MXN 250.00-350.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 60.00 MXN 51.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 18.00 MXN 12.00-25.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 35.00 MXN 25.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 31.67 MXN 30.00-35.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 15.00 MXN 15.00-15.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 11.33 MXN 9.00-15.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 50.92 MXN 43.53-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 24.72 MXN 22.68-27.22
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.26 MXN 4.99-11.34
Eggs (12) 26.06 MXN 23.00-30.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 38.96 MXN 36.29-41.63
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 34.78 MXN 22.68-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 65.77 MXN
Apples (1 lb) 14.29 MXN 11.34-17.24
Banana (1 lb) 4.31 MXN 2.27-6.35
Oranges (1 lb) 5.90 MXN 3.18-9.07
Tomato (1 lb) 5.75 MXN 4.54-7.26
Potato (1 lb) 6.79 MXN 5.40-8.16
Onion (1 lb) 6.12 MXN
Lettuce (1 head) 9.00 MXN 8.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 17.33 MXN 15.00-20.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 115.00 MXN 100.00-130.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 17.00 MXN 14.00-20.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40.00 MXN 30.00-50.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 45.00 MXN 35.00-54.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.50 MXN 7.50-15.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 367.15 MXN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 MXN 40.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 8.05 MXN
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 150.00 MXN 50.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 54.89 MXN 53.00-56.78
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 281,430.30 MXN 159,000.00-403,860.60
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 900.00 MXN 700.00-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 3.66 MXN 3.00-4.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 449.80 MXN 360.00-600.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 616.67 MXN 350.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.00 MXN
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 MXN 40.00-90.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 650.00 MXN 500.00-800.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 450.00 MXN 400.00-500.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 1,116.67 MXN 650.00-1,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 800.00 MXN 600.00-1,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,681.65 MXN 5,000.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,125.00 MXN 2,000.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,500.00 MXN 10,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 8,860.00 MXN 6,500.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,899.52 MXN 2,519.98-4,589.29
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,860.97 MXN 1,249.99-2,753.57
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 33,737.90 MXN 24,534.00-39,965.09
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.04 7.00-10.12

Prices in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

These data are based on 223 entries in the past 18 months from 48 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2016
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#Mark on Jan 01, 2016 :
I'm thinking of taking time off and going down to PV for about a year. I know enough Spanish
to get by with the basics, but starting to brush up. I have a pension of $3000.00 after taxes, so
I'm sure that'll be sufficient to get by. If any OEF vets spent time down there, please feel free
to respond to email or this site just so I can get your take on it. Thanks...
#Karen H. on Dec 30, 2015 :
Could someone tell me where I could go for a few months so I can see if puerto vallarta is a place to relocate. What is the process on this transaction?
#Godfrey on Oct 05, 2015 :
given the $$ of electricity, if you buy a small house is solar or other renewable an option?
#Barryjones on Sep 25, 2015 :
I'm friend lives done there and he told me to come down and live. I'm from Portsmouth nh.he said rents cheap n food also he has a job for when I get there so my question is it a safe and affordable place to live???
#barbara garner on Mar 09, 2015 :
Jason Seeberger, I moved down here recently, but have been coming for 30 years. I'm still learning, but am willing to help you out!
#JohnT in El Paso on Mar 03, 2015 :
Hey Bill (6/18/14), first, sorry about your injury and thank you for your service. I'm a vet too. I'm thinking of living in PV. I've visited 4 times with my MX wife and her 4 girls. My spanish is good (I only knew 3 words when I moved from Chicago to E.P. - tacos, burritos y enchiladas. I'm alone now and want to live in a spacious 1 BR somewhere around Uruguay (I think), higher up with a view. I don't need to be with gringos so a quiet MX neighborhood is desired (quiet? in MX?) I don't want a dump and I'm picky about things but I lived in Juarez for 5 1/2 yrs. I'm still self employed but do business over the telephone and Internet (100 mbps) with clients in USA and other places in the world. I want to slow down and get off the phone. The only real concern is finding suitable living facilities. I can detail more what I need on a later post. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
#bobbie douflas on Aug 23, 2014 :
i want to know about this city wabt to live there puerto vallarta w please help me okay
#bill on Jun 18, 2014 :
I lived in PV for 7 years. I would suggest you take a 6-8 month trip and make sure PV is where u wanna be. I was in the golf industry and spent a lot of time with retirees, both local and international. It was quite common for a member of my Golf Club to decide, after 6-8 months, that Mexico just wasnt for them. I STRONGLY suggest that you have at least a 50-60% profeciency in Spanish and are willing to take classes and become comfortable conversing/reading Spanish. 90% of the people who only lasted 4 months to a year did not bother to learn Spanish. PV is a wonderful town and the area is just beautiful. The true treasure, however, is the local people. Im from a small town in SW Virginia and spoke 0 Spanish when I first arrived in Mexico. I made it my business to learn Spanish and it made my time there special. Like a dumb azz I went back in the Military after 9-11 and was injured in Afghanistan. I hope to soon be back on the beaches of PV! Good Luck, keep an open mind and leave your watch at home, lol.
#jason seeberger on Mar 10, 2014 :
Im moving to Puerto Vallarta in June,I need someone to help me with the transition to move,I need a guidance rep.
#The on Nov 29, 2013 :
this is very good information. electricity must be a hot commodity in pv?

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