Whenever it’s a long weekend we feel this urge to go somewhere , escape from all the hustle and bustle of our daily life,does not matter whether it’s a long trip or short trip . So that’s how we ended up having a one long week of vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico which was totally unplanned but glad we did it !
We visited Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this July which is one of the three most popular destinations in Mexico (next to Cabo and Cancun). The weather was hot and humid so here is my first tip ,try to avoid Mexico during summer !
Arrival at the airport: Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)
⦁ Before coming to Mexico we were warned about scams but which we didn’t expect was they were right in the airport arrival. After clearing customs you will be lured with tequila and margaritas and eventually you will find yourself talking to agents selling timeshare presentation. They will Promise you few adventure/trip packages with lower rates.JUST IGNORE EVERYTHING !! and walk out from there ,they are all scams. you will find the taxi/shuttle just outside the airport.
⦁ Since we had a free pickup from airport arranged by our hotel, it was a less hassle. Generally, they take 160 pesos roughly depending on where you are going ( Our hotel was in Nuevo Vallarta). Prices are fixed depending on distance so it’s always a good idea to ask the hotel concierge if you are taking a cab from your hotel and also ask for pickup shuttle from the airport.
⦁ Credit cards are accepted at almost everywhere , but you need cash for cab/taxi , bus or if you are going local shopping and yes the street foods!! So be cash ready especially in 10s and 20s because those are the ones which you will be needing most .
⦁ Transport is really good in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico , taxis,shuttles,bus whichever way you want to go. I would suggest you go for the bus since they are cheapest and the best way to explore downtown Puerto Vallarta.
⦁ Bus : take full information about the route and buses from your hotel if possible note it down! ( we already made that mistake and ended up in Marina Vallarta 🙁 )
⦁ Taxi : If you are not confident enough you always have the option for taxis, which is easily available outside your hotel and they have fix price but you can always bargain.
⦁ Rented car : We haven’t tried this option but what we heard and from our experience , renting a car is not a good idea , since it will be costly compared to other transport options . Road conditions are not so good everywhere and lastly the traffic !!
⦁ You will find lots of seafood option along with Mexican and few Italians.food is cheaper even in hotel restaurants but outside the hotel, you will get much better deal .We tried some street foods ranging from 15 to 20 pesos !
Hotels and resorts
⦁ There are lots of hotel options if you want to stay close to downtown Puerto Vallarta or near the Malecon . The only thing you have to compromise is the beach , only crowded public beaches and local hawkers but yes you get to enjoy the local food, shopping and all !
⦁ If you want to enjoy the private beaches and resorts , Nuevo Vallarta is your answer.It’s a residential-resort community in Nayari , just 20 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport .We stayed in SEA GARDEN of Vidanta Group
Adventures and Other Activities
Starting from outdoor adventures to extreme adventures to local sight-seeing to exploring the old colonial city of Mexico there is plenty of choice for everyone ! For detail information and booking check Vallarta Adventures