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Hello everyone
I am moving to PV with my mother (77) two girls (9 and 6) myself and my husband. We are hoping to get there on 1st Sept 2012 and get somewhere with a pool very close to Los Muertos (know of anywhere?) We are coming from Canada (Alberta).
I am really asking for help and recommendations.
I'm looking for: the best school in PV for the girls, a nice US doctor and dentist (as I don't speak Spanish - yet!). As you know, my head is spinning with questions. Where do I get local health insurance, who do I see about a FM3, can I just drive my SUV into Mexico ?
A lot of questions. Can someone just take me under their wing please ? Lol ........
Thanks you in advance for ANY HELP OFFERED
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Why would you think of moving to another country without knowing anything about it, I would suggest you read Rolly's book first, come and rent for awhile and see if the coastal area of Mexico is right for you and your family. Sept. is right in the middle of the hurricane/ rainy season where it could be 35C with 95% humidity. I included a link to Rolly's site so you can read a little before you arrive. Good luck.........


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Hello everyone
I am moving to PV with my mother (77) two girls (9 and 6) myself and my husband. We are hoping to get there on 1st Sept 2012 and get somewhere with a pool very close to Los Muertos (know of anywhere?) We are coming from Canada (Alberta).
I am really asking for help and recommendations.
I'm looking for: the best school in PV for the girls, a nice US doctor and dentist (as I don't speak Spanish - yet!). As you know, my head is spinning with questions. Where do I get local health insurance, who do I see about a FM3, can I just drive my SUV into Mexico ?
A lot of questions. Can someone just take me under their wing please ? Lol ........
Thanks you in advance for ANY HELP OFFERED
Liz
I agree with Chicois8, unfortunately. It took my wife and me two years to decide to move from the USA and we have none of the issues you have, a parent and school age kids. You'll learn a lot just by reading the various threads on this forum, it can take hours. There are no shortcuts to this process no easy answers. Medical care as you know it in Canada and GB may not be available to you, bringing a vehicle down and nationalizing it involves many steps, locating where to live is not as easy as it looks. PV is very hot and humid from April till October, are you sure that is what you want?

We know, my wife and I, after all the research and visits that we want and can make the move. September 1 is only about eight weeks away...not very long for a life changing move.

You will love Mexico, it is fabulous, but living there is not like the vacation adverts, there is a lot to it: income requirements, work/non work visas, etc etc. For us it is worth it, but please do your homework first. The people on the Forum have combined years of knowledge and are willing to share. Use it. Buena Suerte (Good Luck)
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They are asking a lot of questions about the mechanics, but it is possible that they may have experience as visitors or may have relatives here. I couldn't tell from the original poster's post. If not, then I agree with the people advising caution.
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Two months from now ... what's the rush? Besides lots more studying ... come down and try to line things up ahead of time. The logistics sound very difficult with kids and grandma unless money is no object. Why Los Muertos and do you want a hotel?

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Won't find any US doctors/dentists in Mexico but you will find Mexicans that speak enough English. I would try to live near school and possibly work so you don't have to drive more than necessary. Vallarta is large, busy and basically a pain to drive in.

I would also Google "Vallarta message board" and find one of the 2-3 with lots of people living there. Much better for follow up questions and some extensive knowledge
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They are asking a lot of questions about the mechanics, but it is possible that they may have experience as visitors or may have relatives here. I couldn't tell from the original poster's post. If not, then I agree with the people advising caution.
The OP didn't mention the reason for her family's move to Mexico. This information might help us to give her more useful advice.
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I first came here over 35 years ago and have lived here full time for over 18 years. You should come and stay at a cheap hotel first, check out the areas and see what is renting and for how much. Network with the local ex-pat community and take it slow, September is our rainiest month, mostly short lived thunder showers. I also suggest you read Rolly's site for all the legal stuff. There's also some information on my site Google "Vallarta Info". I would also suggest this bulletin board All Vallarta Message Board for Puerto Vallarta, very helpful people there.
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You should come and stay at a cheap hotel first, check out the areas and see what is renting and for how much. Network with the local ex-pat community and take it slow,
Would you suggest she come down alone, with her husband, or with the whole family which would also include her 77-year-old mother and two children?

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That is, of course up to her, if it were I, I would fly down, maybe just her and her husband, leave the kids with granny, before doing the road trip.
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Would you suggest she come down alone, with her husband, or with the whole family which would also include her 77-year-old mother and two children?
Whatever is manageable .... someone of a group like that has to scout it out. Everybody come for a vacation if they can manage it
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