What’s the Cost of Living in Puerto Vallarta in 2023?

September 21, 2022
By TAO Mexico

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Puerto Vallarta’s a beautiful city located on the Mexican Pacific coast. As one of the top destinations in the country, it’s known for its stunning beaches, lush jungle, and vibrant culture.

The city, often shortened to PV or just Vallarta, is also a great place to live! Its cost of living is relatively low, there are plenty of activities to do, and it has everything you need to have a high quality of life.

If you’re thinking of moving to this lovely beach town, it’s important you know the cost of living, so you can budget and plan your new life in paradise.

In this article, we’ll talk about the monthly expenses that you should consider to live in this fascinating destination.

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Cost of Living in Puerto Vallarta in 2023

For foreigners who’ve come from the United States, Canada, and Europe, the cost of living in Puerto Vallarta is usually lower than in their cities of origin. 

Of course, the cost depends on your tastes, needs, and the budget you establish. But it doesn’t matter whether you want to live a life of luxury or keep it more on the modest end, Vallarta’s known for its welcoming atmosphere, and has every opportunity to let you live the way you want to live.

To help, we’ve put together a list of the essential expenses that you should take into account every month to live in Puerto Vallarta.

Utilities (Water, Gas, Garbage, Landline, and Internet)

These public and private services are crucial to living how you want to live in Vallarta. You can expect to be paying around 80 USD a month for them.


Electricity’s listed separately, since the constant use of air conditioning can considerably increase the bill. You can estimate paying around 150 USD per month for this.

Groceries for 2 People

In general, it’s quite affordable to buy groceries in grocery stores and local markets in Mexico. Here, with about 400 USD a month you can keep up a good stock.

Health Insurance

It’s important to always have a medical plan so you have access to doctors and hospitals in case of any illness or emergency. In Mexico, you can access quality private health insurance for around 80 USD a month.

Recreation (Restaurants, Bars, Tourist Sites) for 2 People

Of course, the cost here depends entirely on your tastes. Take somewhere between 500 and 600 USD per month as a reference, although it can be more or less.

We’d also like to mention that Vallarta has one of the best food scenes in the entire country!


If you have a car you plan to use around town, the cost of gas will depend on the model and the amount you use it. Take as a reference about 250 USD per month.

Mobile Phone Plan

You’ll find that in Mexico there are different cell phone providers, all with fairly similar costs. On average, you’ll be spending around 35 USD per month for this service.


Last but not least, in Mexico, it’s common to have a cleaning lady come to your house. This can cost you between 120 and 200 USD per month for 1 cleaning day a week.

In total, to live in PV, you can expect to spend approximately 2,000 USD per month for the services that we’ve mentioned.

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Are You Ready to Take the Plunge and Enjoy a New Life Near the Sea in Puerto Vallarta?

Vallarta’s one of the most beloved beach destinations in Mexico! Here, you can enjoy wonderful landscapes, outdoor adventures, and its incredible culinary offerings, which range from small local inns and street food to haute cuisine restaurants run by international chefs.

If you’ve decided that you want to live in Vallarta, or want to start looking at the real estate offerings in the area, at Tao Mexico, we’re here to help! We’re specialists in real estate in the top beach destinations in Mexico, and have exclusive luxury developments available in PV.

Get in touch with us! We’d love to meet you and show you the properties we have available in this beautiful paradise on the Mexican Pacific.

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