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Long Term Rentals in Puerto Vallarta

Snowbirds, long-term renter's guide to renting in Puerto Vallarta. 


The best way to find long term rentals in Puerto Vallarta is by checking out the local publication- the Mano y Mano.  This is distributed every Friday, but be warned- this little "handbook" style publication can be hard to find.  It is most easily found in the local convenience stores called OXXO (pronounced Ahk-so) however it is typically gone by the end of Friday business day.  If you're determined to find the Mano y Mano, get up early and hit the OXXO.  If you don't see any, ask the OXXO employees- they often have one "stashed" that isn't supposed to leave the store. 


The Mano y Mano is Puerto Vallarta's #1 classifieds publication. It includes several sections similar to a newspaper- Puerto Vallarta real estate and rentals section includes apartments, condos, casa, villas, etc.  The majority of the publication is in Spanish, however there is a small English section.  Browse the English section but there will be very few rentals listed here.  Be prepared and have an English/Spanish dictionary in hand to translate the Spanish long-term rentals section.  The good news is, many of these listings are by rental agents and they usually speak both Spanish and English.


When renting long term in Puerto Vallarta, there are significant differences in renting in Mexico compared to other countries.  For example, it is common to "negotiate" a monthly rental price, as well as security deposits.  Most long term rentals below a certain price range require only a security deposit and first months rent.  More expensive properties, such as Villas, can be expected to require first and last months rent and a significant deposit. 


Another route to go for long term rentals in Puerto Vallarta is through rental agents.  Most real estate agencies have dedicated long term property rental agents, even if this is not widely advertised.  There are also a number of property rental agencies  throughout Puerto Vallarta, many who specialize in long term rentals in the area.  When contacting a rental agent be prepared with the following information- 

  • Price range:  currently decent long term rentals in tourist neighborhoods start from $500, while nicer areas such as the Puerto Vallarta Marina offer Marina views starting at $900.  Villas around the golf course start at around $1500 but run significantly higher as these tend to be luxury long term rentals.

  • Location: popular long term rentals are located in 4 distinct Puerto Vallarta areas: Marina (north Vallarta), Centro (Downtown around the Malecon/boardwalk), Old Town (south), and Conchas Chinas/Mismaloya (south, outside of Puerto Vallarta.)

  • How many people and how many bedrooms are needed.

  • Pets or children (it can be very difficult to find long term rentals that allow pets, particularly furnished rentals.

  • Any other preferences you may require-  AIR CONDITIONING (this is not a long term rental "staple" so if you want AC, be sure to state that.) Washer (most long term rentals in Puerto Vallarta do not have washers and dryers are extremely rare. Most people take their laundry to Lavandaria's (clothes washing services are everywhere in Vallarta.)

Once you've found your long term rental:

Lease contracts are used in Puerto Vallarta and for the most part, are the same as in other countries.  If your long term rental is fully furnished, you will also have a meeting at the rental property with the owner or rental agent to go over an extensive inventory list.  In addition to this, you may want to consider taking photos of the rental, particularly of any damaged or questionable aspects of the house  that could be held from your deposit in the future.








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