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Nelson leaves no stone unturned in this collection of practical, honest, on-the-ground knowledge about Puerto Vallarta.

As baby boomers come of age, pockets of expat communities are blossoming throughout Mexico, with lush Puerto Vallarta topping the list as a prime destination for retiring and semi-retiring North Americans. A former marketing exec, Nelson has lived in "PV" for the past six years, entrenching himself in this Pacific Coast tropical enclave, and is using his authority to become the go-to guy for those interested in calling Vallarta home. As he writes: "The best way to learn about a place, I think, is to get to know the people who live there." While the cornerstones of this concise, easy-to-read volume include both statistical research and the author's expertise, the book's marrow is a wellspring of combined experience of some 14 expats from different fields and walks of life who have lived the city's evolution. From a medical specialist and lifestyle magazine publisher to several Mexico real estate gurus, the book captures professional and personal perspectives of Puerto Vallarta's longtime locals, some who have done quite nicely south of the border with their entrepreneurial drive. The one commonality that binds them? Each has succumbed to Vallarta's enchanting spell, many never to return to the hurried pace of North American life. Through their stories, answers from the most basic to advanced questions any potential expat might ponder are answered, from health care in Mexico, to working and investing in the country, and even sound predictions for Puerto Vallarta's future. In creating a book studded with both facts and local opinions, and in dispelling the myths about life in Mexico, Nelson has done a great service for anyone considering this country as a final destination. --Kirkus Discoveries

About the Author

Long-time expat Robert Nelson lived in the Mexican tropical paradise for seven years. He has closely observed the baby boomer generation during his over forty-year career as a marketing executive with global companies and had his own brand consultancy. He holds a master’s degree in mass communications from San Jose State University, where he was an adjunct advertising professor. He is also Co-Founder of myinternationaladventure.com, an online international relocation guide that helps international adventurers move, live and work abroad. You can find out more about Robert Nelson at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=231822549&trk=tab_pro. Well-known Puerto Vallarta artist, Ada Colorina provided the art for the book. More can be found out about her at her website, http://www.adacolorina.com
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (October 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439206864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439206867
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Diaz on October 11, 2012
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I have to say I'm really surprised at the glowing reviews for this book, as to me it sounds like they were reading something completely different. The book is certainly well written, and depending on what you're looking for I suppose the stories of the people profiled might be of interest to you, but as someone looking at making the move south in the next year I found it fairly useless. As far as describing life in PV let me sum it up for you: "it used to be better, and the traffic sucks." OK...

There was entirely too much space dedicated to these "adventurers'" origin stories, which may be of interest to some but wasn't to me. No disrespect to those people, but I think it's silly to think that whatever similarities our lives may have would be an indicator of how successful or happy I or anyone else would be making the same move. Also, these people are supposed to represent "baby boomers" and perhaps they do, but they also seem to hold on to the less desirable baby boomer characteristics and judge the location on that basis, whereas those are some of the very characteristics I'd like to leave behind. I love the story of the couple who felt constrained in their first, only 3,500 square foot PV home but then finally found happiness when they acquired their 5,500 square foot dream house! When I think retiring baby boomer, I'm not thinking I need a house anywhere near that big with all the overhead that comes with it--but maybe that's just me. Again, I'm not judging them, if that's what makes you happy then go for it, it just doesn't speak to me as a retiree.

Baby-boomers drove the bigger-is-always-better mentality that I consider to have become one of our biggest failings, with negative effects to people and the country as a whole.
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These are real stories. That's what is so great about this book. It has details of real lives of 14 Boomers who decided to live in a warm, sunny place.

A new retirement model can be seen among Boomers living in Puerto Vallarta. Living in Vallarta has meant working for most. Nelson gives "the good" & "the bad" -- which is good -- it's not overly romanticized.

Some boomers says they remain in "PV", as the locals call it, because the people are so "nice and friendly". Nelson covers their struggles, and their zig-zag paths: marriages end, mates pass away. Many were vacationers with "time shares" who decided to stop "sharing their time" in Vallarta and simply move there. There is great beauty: the foothills of Sierra Madres, gorgeous weather (same latitude as Hawaii), culture: art community, ecotours, whale watching and an inexpensive university.

If you want details and encouragement, this is the book for you!
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Anyone who is thinking about moving to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, or even visiting this lush paradise, will glean more incite into the real Mexico from reading this wonderful book than from any travel guide. The writer, Robert Nelson, draws us into the hearts and souls of the American and Canadian expatriots who live and work in this fascinating city on the Pacific Ocean. The individuals and couples he has introduced us to, make Puerto Vallarta blossom. He also treats us to the story behind the lives of these citizen adventurers, including their personal migration from disparate parts of the world. If you have ever thought of moving to a "city by the sea" Boomers in Pradise is a must read.
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I've been to PV many times and I still learned a lot from this source. Plenty of insight about what it is to like to live in Puerto Vallarta as an expatriate if you are considering moving there, or buying a home there for vacations. Helps to emphasize that this is not just a resort-location in the southern U.S. -- this is another country with other customs, laws and beliefs. If you are planning to consider Mexico as a retirement or vacation location, read it! Or if you want to understand more about the community and country, read it! Both entertaining and helpful.
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Been 40 years since I last visited Puerto Vallarta, following my tour as a Marine in Vietnam. It was the perfect antidote then and now, based on this wonderful depiction of life there today.

Mr. Nelson brings his subjects to life as we read about their very colorful lives prior to and follwing their moves to this now, world class city and resort.

You will get a great, first hand and very real depiction of life there today with all of it's opportunities and challanges.

If you have any interest in living or visiting the Mexican coast, this is an essential read!
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Very quick read. I liked reading about the people that have moved there, but it would have been nice to hear more about daily life and the areas in which the ex-pats live. More of a variety of people other than real estate workers would have been entertaining.
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