Mexico General Information
Q. How is the health care in Mexico?
A. Health care options and quality varies depending on where you are in Mexico. The Puerto Vallarta area provides excellent quality care and reasonable prices. There are many clean, modern hospitals, doctors, dentists, clinics, and care practitioners. For example, you can visit an English speaking trained doctor for between $20 – $40 USD.
1) Purchasing travel medical and evacuation insurance
2) Purchasing major medical insurance and just paying out of pocket for anything minor
3) Getting on the local medical system IMSS for a few hundred dollars a year (need to get a FM3 Visa – see Visas for more info)
4) Just purchasing extraction insurance or paying out of pocket as required
Q. What time Zones are in Mexico?
A. Most of Mexico is on Central Standard Time with the state of Nayarit on Rocky Mountain Time and the Baja Peninsula on Pacific Time
Q. Can I bring my pet with me to Mexico?
A. Yes. You will need to bring will need a vet-issued Health Certificate and current rabies vaccination record dated signed by your vet within 4 days of your departure. Our developments are pet friendly, visit Our Developments page or contact us for more details.
Q. Is there any special preparation prior to eating fresh produce?
A. It is always a good idea to cleanse your fresh produce prior to consumption. Since there may be some bacteria or product residue different from what you are used to in Canada or the US, we say “better safe than sorry”. It’s really easy: local stores sell anti-bacteria products for just this purpose, such as the popular brand Microdyn. Just a few drops are placed in a bowl of water with your fruit and vegetables for a few minutes.
Q. How do I get electricity in Mexico & what is the service like?
A. Establishing electric service is easy in Mexico. You will need a copy of your lease or bank trust from your purchase, and your passport. The electric company in Mexico is called “CFE”. Most villages have a local “CFE” office where you may arrange for service and pay your bills.
Q. What is Internet and e-mail access like in Mexico?
A. High speed Internet access and wifi are available in most areas of Mexico and there are also numerous Internet Cafes as well.
Q. How is the transportation? Are flights readily available?
Mexican highways are usually OK, but smaller Mexican roads are in generally poor condition. Potholes are common, and an endless chain of patching is underway. Air service from Mexico is well developed, with many direct flights daily within Mexico, to Canada, USA, Central and South America, and also direct flights to Europe. There are over 35,000 flights that land each year at Puerto Vallarta’s international airport. Average round trip airfare to a destination in Canada is around $500 USD. Bus service is excellent, frequent and inexpensive. Deluxe buses are operated on many runs with air conditioning and video movies. Taxis are also readily available.
Q. How do I send and receive mail and packages in Mexico?
A. The Mexican Postal System (Oficina de Correos) is in most Mexican villages. International carriers such as FedEx, UPS and DHL also service most major Mexican markets.
Q. Where does Mexico stand environmentally?
A. Mexico is leading the way in Latin America to preserve its natural beauty and resources. There are many ecological zones that prohibit construction of any type and numerous recycling programs are already in place.