Arriving in Puerto Vallarta

If you’re arriving in Puerto Vallarta for the first time, it’s good to know what to expect. This is a foreign country where a different language is spoken and customs are most likely not similar to your own. On the airplane, you’ll be given two forms to fill out. One is your Immigration information and it’s very important to fill this out correctly. There are two parts and both have the same blanks, though one is a tiny duplicate at the bottom, which will be returned to you when you check in upon arrival. An irritating hold-up is caused by those who’ve had too much fun on the airplane and you must wait your turn behind them while they complete the form, leaning against a wall or fellow traveler. Be sure to have your passport in hand. Once you’re stamped and herded through, put the returned piece of immigration form in a very safe place. You must have this to avoid delays in your departure.

We travel in and out of Puerto Vallarta a great deal and changes occur at the airport often enough to encourage us to be careful of unconsciously following the path we think is correct. Directions change and we aren’t fond of getting barked at my the authorities. We also don’t expect the “people-movers” (the rolling walkway) to work, because they never do.

The baggage carousels are to the right once the immigration challenge has been completed. It’s a good time to use the facilities, since we never know how long it will be before we have another chance. Inevitably, your bags will not be on the snaking conveyor belt that has been designated, so don’t be alarmed. (And if it’s not there? They will get it to you; we met someone this week whose luggage was delivered to her in the jungle.)

Customs is legendary in Mexico. The sophisticated method of punching a button to see what light you are blessed with is used at every port of entry. If you get a red light, don’t fret. Be polite, smile and allow the officials to rummage through your belongings. The more you complain, the longer it will take. It’s a random process and there are no spies watching through peepholes.

Once you are cleared or if you get the green light, you’re ready for the assault of the time-share sales brigade. Keep walking. This is NOT where you catch your taxi or bus, so if you see a sign for your destined resort, that’s all it is…a sign. It you stop to investigate, you will be roped into a presentation (90-minute/free-gift/takes-a-lot-longer-than-90-minute presentation.) You’ll be offered tequila shots by a handsome young man in a mariachi costume; ignore him and everyone until you make it to the terminal. There you will find your transportation and your escort into the sunshine.

Que es cómo es.


Thanks to our guest blogger Adam Garcia (opinions expressed are his own)


Here are a few of our guiding principals at Boardwalk Realty:

“First of all, we really want to get to know you,”   When we know you, we can tailor home tours to your tastes.”

Secondly, there’s the legal side of owning in Mexico. “Besides our own experience, we can save you a lot of time and money by offering you complimentary consultations with our partner attorneys.  The nuances of how you buy here can save you a lot of money when you sell. It’s important to know what you’re doing on the purchase so that when you sell you can best use any tax advantages. This service is free to our clients and can be invaluable.”

Both partners agree that the most important element of Boardwalk Realty is our ongoing service and commitment to our clients after the sale.  We are both passionate about protecting the investment and security of our clients.  “Our clients become our friends, we see them socially, and we treat them as we would like to be treated ourselves”, adds Mike.

Boardwalk Realty Puerto Vallarta represents buyers and sellers of real estate in the entire Bay of Banderas area, and will soon add a rental and property management division.