Mexico Beachfront for Sale: Lifestyle in Puerto Vallarta vs. Cancun - Pacific vs. Caribbean

 By: Thomas Lloyd
When many people think of Mexico beachfront for sale, they imagine it's the same everywhere you buy. Not so. Let's take, for example, two of Mexico's biggest real estate markets for expats - Puerto Vallarta real estate and Cancun real estate; a comparison of the two will show the contrast in style and the variety of opportunities.

Of course, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun share some important common factors, including:
- Beautiful beaches
- Full modern services and easy and affordable air access

Yet the two areas are very distinct in their visual style and lifestyle atmosphere. Consider some of the following contrasts.

Sunsets vs. Sunrises - Condos in both locations offer splendid views. However, since Puerto Vallarta is on the Pacific, facing westward, the views included the magnificent sunsets over the Pacific. These views are incredible. While Cancun doesn't offer sunsets it does offer beautiful views of the sunrise for those who enjoy rising early and drinking a coffee with the chill of the night can still be felt. Cancun's views also include the unique turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, which is fairly unique to the area.

Hillsides vs. Lagoons - Closely related to the views is the style of the surrounding nature. In Puerto Vallarta the surrounding hillsides actually form part of the views, and offer beautiful places for real estate owners to make little excursions into the countryside. Around Cancun, on the other hand, one of the most enjoyable features of the natural setting is the naturally occurring lagoons, one of which is located directly "behind" the beachfront hotel and real estate area. There are also naturally occurring fresh pools called "cenotes" which are wonderful for sight-seeing as well as swimming.

Old town vs. New town - Both areas have developed into thriving, modern tourism and real estate regions. Yet Puerto Vallarta grew up around an old town which still forms the center of the city, and still has little white homes and cobble stone roads. Cancun, on the other hand, was created from scratch just over 40 years ago, and is defined by wide, easy-to-use access roads and completely modern buildings - much like a newer American suburb.

Tequila vs. Mayans - Both areas offer residents a good deal of history. Not too far from Puerto Vallarta is the region where the famous liquor was born. Near Cancun there are many fine examples of Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, one of the "New Wonders of the Ancient World."

For those who have been to both areas, the hard part is choosing between them!
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