Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

Hola!

Gregg Taylor here with an entry about my recent holiday in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It was my first visit to PV, and was it ever beautiful! Hot days, balmy nights, and beautiful warm water – what more could one ask for? Well how about a great coffee shop office away from home!

In Puerto Vallarta, just a couple blocks from my hotel, I found Dee’s Coffee Company. Located centrally in Old Town close to the beach, shops and restaurants, Dee’s serves a great cup of coffee, yummy snacks, food, and free wireless access for anyone who stops by.

Dee, who started her shop over 4 years ago, is originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She’s one of the many Canadian (and American) transplants I met on my trip who fell in love with PV and the tropical climate. I had a chance to talk to Dee about PV, cafes and café commuting. It turns out that Dee was a trend setter in the local area, being one of the first cafes to offer free wireless internet service to customers. Her customers include local entrepreneurs and professionals who use her space as an alternate workspace, and travelers on holiday who need to stay tuned-in to their business or work projects while away. Since I had my camera with me, here are a few pictures including one of Dee and a café commuter customer.

Dee at her cafe with a cafe commuter

Dee at her cafe with a cafe commuter

Dee s Coffee Company

Dee s Coffee Company

Puerto Vallarta has a full complement of traditional Internet Cafes that charge for internet access using their terminals Dee’s free wireless access didn’t sit well with many of these existing shops initially, however there seems to be a spot in the marketplace for them all. While Dee does have a couple terminals for customer use, most of her customers bring along their own laptops and WIFI enabled smart-phones. The internet cafes that I saw were still full of client surfing the web and accessing their email using webmail. In fact, I had to use one when I lost my bank card and had to quickly look up my Canadian bank’s card cancellation phone number (note to self: keep your bank card in your wallet, not your swim shorts!)

So I’m looking to get back to PV soon, and am mulling over how to transplant my own business and work there for at least part of the year!

Dee s sign post

Dee s sign post

Q: When you travel, how do you stay connected – WIFI and your laptop, or a terminal in an Internet Café?

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll save your seat until next time!

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