What a peso buys in Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias, Mexico

Some things  like tropical fruit are incredibly inexpensive. A pineapple is around 18 pesos, mangos about 20 pesos a kg, guava 15 pesos a kg, grapefruit 9 pesos a kg, apples and apricots are much more expensive 27 pesos per kg for apples and 39 pesos per kg for apricots.

Water is 13 pesos for 20L of Santorini or Ciel delivered to the door.

18 eggs cost 26.50 pesos and 1 Canadian dollar converts to 12.75 pesos.

Eating out varies but is much more expensive in Puerto Vallarta and the restaurants along the Malecon I find overpriced and have disappointing menus. The prices are virtually the same as Canada and sometimes more and the menu too often is unimaginative.

In Bucerias there are number of places which offer great value for money. The best by far is Luis restaurant, on Lazero Cardenas called Taco Lindas. It is rustic with an open kitchen and a personal service. Steak here is 50 pesos per meal. You can’t beat it. If you want to drink alcohol you have to bring your own though.

Ixta serves a great black bean soup for 45 pesos but you have to pay for hot water to go with the meal which ticks me off . The tuna dish is tasty but pricey.

Farmar is in Bucerias next to Evelyns and opposite the entrance to Royal Decameron. Carne Asada here is 90 pesos with tacos, salsa and beans to start and the broccoli soup is delicious. A large bowl with bread is 50 pesos. Service is slow at times. The breakfast here are great too.

Going to the bank: Each transaction incurs a fee so withdraw the largest amount convenient to reduce the percentage cost. Do not use a credit card for cash advances as this is extremely expensive. The usual cost of a withdrawal is 29 pesos depending on which bank it is.

Accommodation is variable in price. Some hotels charge outrageous amounts as much as 450 dollars per night which I think is ridiculous. One block from the beach in Bucerias is a hacienda where you can rent a modest room for 1900 pesos per month. There are other options too but there is no shortage of rental properties to choose from and one can certainly haggle over the price. Some folks stubbornly refuse to negotiate and prefer to keep the property empty rather can come down in price.

This is bargain season for buying in Mexico just now. Long term I think real estate here is a good investment as Mexico is the number one preferred retirement destination in the world.

The most expensive place in this part of Mexico, is Paradise Village and I recommend you avoid shopping there unless you have no alternative, or just have money burning a hole in your pocket!


About Charlotte Ortega

I am a family physician and writer.I am an active member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and I am coordinating this years International Writers Conference to be held in March in association with Los Mangos Library.Winters are spent in Mexico to escape the cold and the summers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am British born but have not lived in the U.K. since 1997. My blog is intended to inform would be travellers and those who view Mexico as a preferred retirement destination on every aspect of living in Mexico, the good and the other...My husband Humberto is Mexican and is a font of knowlege on the diverse cultural and social nuances which exist in this vibrant and colourful country.
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