Cost of Living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Prices in Puerto Vallarta

Restaurants [Edit] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 70.00 MXN 54.50-100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 325.00 MXN 189.00-400.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 60.00 MXN 51.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 21.50 MXN 12.00-25.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 35.00 MXN 25.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 30.00 MXN 30.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 15.00 MXN 15.00-15.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 12.50 MXN 9.00-16.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 50.92 MXN 43.53-60.57
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 23.89 MXN 22.68-24.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 7.22 MXN 5.44-9.00
Eggs (12) 26.06 MXN 23.00-30.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 36.97 MXN 36.29-37.66
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 34.78 MXN 22.68-40.82
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) ?
Apples (1 lb) 14.29 MXN 11.34-17.24
Banana (1 lb) 2.27 MXN
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 7.50-7.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 332.09 MXN
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 45.00 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) 262,148.40 MXN 159,000.00-365,296.80
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) 474.83 MXN 360.00-600.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 649.30 MXN 350.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 12.00 MXN
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 45.00 MXN 40.00-50.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 766.67 MXN 500.00-1,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 500.00 MXN 400.00-600.00
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 800.00-800.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,064.79 MXN 5,000.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,833.33 MXN 2,000.00-4,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,333.33 MXN 10,000.00-12,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,325.00 MXN 6,500.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 3,607.37 MXN 2,519.98-4,151.07
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,773.32 MXN 1,249.99-2,490.64
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 28,871.40 MXN 24,534.00-33,208.80
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 9.04 7.00-10.12

These data are based on 222 entries in the past 18 months from 46 different contributors.

Last update: October, 2015

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8 Comments so far
#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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