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Vallarta Living: Careful, Careful

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Cuidado, Pescado

There are expressions; colloquialisms heard in Puerto Vallarta we always find amusing; twists of the language, same as we hear in English. Nada, nada, limonada translates to nothing, nothing, lemonade. It can mean a lot of things. Okay, Maguey (pronounced ma-gay) is simply you bet, or you got it. One phrase that stands out is Cuidado, Pescado. It means be careful and addresses a fish, but it’s spoken with sincerity. There are things to be careful of in Puerto Vallarta, and though some of them are not dangerous, others can be terminal. Like deadly. So let’s talk about some of them.

Number One on the List: Streets. When you’re walking in Puerto Vallarta, there is lovely merchandise to look at in the windows of stores; distractions like a palm cutter hoisting himself up a tree by means of a rope tied around his waist, with a machete in his hand; construction workers, dangling on the sides of buildings; people walking down the street dressed in less clothing than they should be. Watch your step; pay attention to where you’re going. The streets and sidewalks of Puerto Vallarta are old, which is part of the charm, but you can be tripped up if you aren’t careful. Cuidado, Pescado. Look both ways when stepping off the sidewalk. Look more than once. Buses, taxis, cars come around corners like a roller coaster ride, nonstop; it’s one thing in Puerto Vallarta that seems to be acquainted with speed…traffic. Pedestrians do not have the right-of-way in Mexico. Always hold the hands of children and be extra cautious with strollers.

Bugs. Use bug spray if you are staying in any area with a lot of lush plants (this includes hotels and areas surrounding pools). Mosquitoes are attracted to water, and where there are plants, there is water. Bug bites can make a person miserable, and sunburn doubles the sting. There are indeed spiders and scorpions; it’s rare to find them in hotels and timeshares since hotels are fumigated on a regular basis, but we advise not leaving towels and clothes on the floor. When staying near the jungle, we have always placed our shoes on a table if we aren’t wearing flip-flops. Better safe than sorry.

Sun. Keep covered… long sleeves, light linen. The beach is especially hazardous for the fair-skinned population. Pareos (sarongs) are available for as little as $100 pesos, which is a steal at about $6 US. They are light, comfortable and attractive. Use sunscreen and apply it after swimming, regardless of what the directions say.

Dogs and Cats. Rescuing is a charitable cause. We warn, however, the cats on the Rio Cuale are feral. Dogs on the beach without leashes and owners are usually too lazy to bother anyone but use caution. They may not be wild, but they might be desperate and frightened through no fault of their own.

Enjoy you stay in Puerto Vallarta and make lots of memories. We hope you take home many Spanish sayings but be sure to Cuidado, Pescado.

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 Thanks to our Guest Blogger Adam Garcia for this great article!


Harriet Cochran Murray, Director of Cochran Real Estate, is a seasoned Real Estate professional both here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and in the United States. Harriet has served in many capacities as a board member and President for the local Real Estate Association AMPI (AMPI is the national association of real estate professionals). She is also a member of FIABCI and NAR in the United States. Harriet’s expertise and experience in the Real Estate and especially in the Mexican market makes her Viewpoint blog articles both informational and intriguing. Harriet is a Buyer’s Agent who specializes in getting the best deal on the right property for her clients.


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