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Travel Advisor: Vanessa Cole

The owner of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Villa Rentals since 2001.

Amazon May or May Not Come In Handy In Vallarta

Amazon:  We’d love to write about the river in South America but today we’re telling you about the company that sells everything! They recently opened a facility in Mexico and so far, reports from customers in Puerto Vallarta are very positive. Amazon offers an amazing array of products and delivery doesn’t seem to be a problem. One caveat is to make sure someone is at the address of the expected delivery but that’s also easily resolved. Amazon will deliver to Estafeta and DHL, plus some Oxxo stores. All you need to do is designate the location when you order and pick it up when you’re notified of its arrival.

Being a Prime member is recommended for a more rapid arrival of your order, as well as free shipping to Puerto Vallarta on most items. Check to make sure when ordering that your item is denoted as Prime. As a shopper, you’re able to order from both the US and Mexico warehouse and it’s a good idea to check both for the item you’re buying because there are variables that include tax and tariff costs. 

One complaint from Prime members in Puerto Vallarta is the problem of ordering movies with their membership. The solution is a VPN. Suggestions are VPN Unlimited and unlocator.com. This enables viewers to see all the films they want, plus TV and sports events. Others have ordered a firestick through Amazon, which seems to serve the same purpose.

Mercadolibre.com.mx is an Amazon competitor but we’ve heard from some who use both services that Amazon often has a larger selection. It’s certainly worth checking out before placing an order. Filter your search for international delivery when on the Amazon site and the information pops up, eliminating a lot of back and forth with windows open on your computer. Customs will cost you and an estimate is added to your cost, which is often partially refunded shortly after delivery and goes straight back into your account.

For appliances and furniture, we highly recommend shopping locally. Shipping for large items is usually cost prohibitive and Puerto Vallarta has so much to offer, in town and on the outskirts. It’s also an entertaining way to spend a day!

Someone asked if Amazon gift cards are available here in Puerto Vallarta and we were surprised in our research to find you can get them La Comer at the customer service counter. We’d also check at Comercial and Soriana, because it doesn’t take long for these stores to catch up with one another.

A whole new world has opened up to shoppers in Mexico and we’ve also heard a rumor of Ikea opening in Guadalajara next year!

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About Vacation Villas of Mexico Founder, Vanessa Cole

The founder of the company, Vanessa Cole, lived in Puerto Vallarta for 10 years and in Cancun for 2 years. She has worked in Luxury Vacation Villa Rentals since 2001.

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Vanessa earned a degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in International Business and Latin American Studies.  Fluent in Spanish, she has worked and traveled all over Mexico and South America.

This is the type of experience you can count on to assist you with your vacation villa rental in Mexico….


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