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Setting up a business in Vallarta

Posted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:03 pm
by Canadian83
Hi all,

New to these forums, a long time reader/first time poster on these forums. I'm a Canadian planning on starting up a business down in PV was wondering if anyone could direct me to the right people to get in touch with. I'm looking to set up a stand and need access to PV's waters (boat business). Some people have said not to go through a lawyer, others have said to contact other Canadian business owners down there. From what I've read this is a very helpful community here, hoping someone can provide me some insight into what steps need to be followed in order to get a business licence. Looking forward to hearing from many of you hopefully.

Kindest Regards,


Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:37 am
by charlieb
Darned good question, Mun. However, it's not a question that is a good "poll" question. You do not need or want people's opinions. You want factual information.

I'm looking forward to reading answers, especially from Kat and a couple others. Good luck! Chuck... 8)

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 3:41 am
by katnsocal
I am a little confused by your post. You said you want to set up a stand but need access to PV's waters (boat business)? What type of "stand" do you want to set up and why the access to PV waters?

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:59 am
by Canadian83
Thanks for the replies, I will delete the poll. Oh the stand would just be a side business, I was thinking an organic juice stand (wheat grass juice, sprout juice, etc) a small stand in a high traffic area that's all. It's not the main idea though.

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:04 pm
by katnsocal
So now I am totally lost???? What type of business do yow want to do, if the organic juices would be just a side business?

You have to find a location that will allow you to operate that type of stand and then apply for a permit, but why do you need access to PV waters for an organic fruit stand?

You say you want information but in order to get it you need to give us some details. There are many requirements for opening a business and I wouldn't try to do it blind without some legal knowledge, nor would I trust word of mouth information. It ain't easy. :)

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:52 pm
by Canadian83
Sorry for the confusion, main business is a boat business. My friend and I would like to also do a stand together as a secondary business that's what I meant to say, my apologies.

Posted: Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:15 pm
by katnsocal
OK, I am not confused anymore. :D

There are a million questions/answers to give you the info you need. You need a good attorney and a lot of patience to put the boat in your name and then it has yo be a joint ownership with a National (that you can trust). First you need a boat, a place to dock it, get it registered and licensed to operate in Mexican waters, a permit to take tourists, a Mexican captain, insurance, a permit for every activity you want to do and that is just for starters.

Boat parts/equipment are 3 times the price they are in the US, I don't know how that would compare to Canada's prices. Should I go on???? :)

You might want to send me a PM :)