We have found it doesn’t make a great deal of difference whether it’s high or low season in Puerto Vallarta. As with any city, anywhere in the world, we must take protective measures. There’s a myth that thieves target tourists and are more plentiful in the months we have a higher visitor count. This simply isn’t true. Desperate people work year round to support their habits and laziness. They can be very devious and manipulative. You usually expect a crook to appear bedraggled and distressed, but that’s the first mistake.
One of the most likely places to be a victim in Puerto Vallarta is in one of the big box stores, such as Wal-Mart. A nice-seeming person might distract you for a moment, asking if you speak Spanish or English or some other innocent question. They may also try to assist you with a heavy item you want to purchase or to tell you there is something on your back they are willing to help you with (like a bee or a glob of mustard.) It only takes a second. Before we go any further, let’s point out that this is standard practice in any large city and quite a few smaller ones… everywhere in the world. Without disparaging US cities, there are many where your life will be in more danger than your wallet.
Losing a wallet is a very exasperating experience. Here is what we recommend, in any season, as precautions: Don’t take more than you need when you are out and about. Carry a simple form of identification (best a photocopy) and the amount of cash you need for that given day. Some of us use credit and debit cards when shopping at places like Mega and Costco. If so, only carry the one you plan to use. Don’t take the whole kit and caboodle. We knew someone who had to cancel their Gap, Macys, Nordstrom, etc. You have no use for those in Puerto Vallarta so leave them at home. Use a small purse. Make sure it has a zipper or tight clasp and keep it closed. With a long strap, keep it on your shoulder and close to your body at all times. Gents, carry your wallet in a front pocket. Don’t ever, ever, ever plop your purse or personal items in the child carrier of the shopping cart, where it is prime prey. If you are stopped by someone who wants to chat, whether you know them or not, make sure you have your hand on your bag at your side. It’s simple, but many fail to follow these tips. Be smart; be secure!
Thanks to Boardwalk Realty guest blogger Adam Garcia for this article! (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.