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Puerto Vallarta is a city and popular vacation resort on the [[Pacific Coast (Mexico)|Pacific Coast]] of [[Mexico]].
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[http://www.visitpuertovallarta.com/ '''Puerto Vallarta'''] is a city and popular vacation resort on the [[Pacific Coast (Mexico)|Pacific Coast]] of [[Mexico]].
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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Around the Bay, beautiful beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous, while five-star resorts, world-class shopping, and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveler.  Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, a newly extended and refurbished boardwalk along the ocean, called the Malecon, passes by any number of shops, restaurants, and hotels, and often plays host to mimes, breakdancers, clowns, and artists.
 
Around the Bay, beautiful beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous, while five-star resorts, world-class shopping, and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveler.  Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, a newly extended and refurbished boardwalk along the ocean, called the Malecon, passes by any number of shops, restaurants, and hotels, and often plays host to mimes, breakdancers, clowns, and artists.
  
The residents of Puerto Vallarta are very friendly and generally willing to help with directions and other requests. Old Town Vallarta (or the Zona Romantica district) south of the River Cuale is more like a Mexican town and less like a tourist trap.  
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The residents of [https://www.visitpuertovallarta.com] are very friendly and generally willing to help with directions and other requests. Old Town Vallarta (or the Zona Romantica district) south of the River Cuale is more like a Mexican town and less like a tourist trap.  
  
 
English is widely spoken, and as a tourist destination prices are higher than many other places in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is very crowded at holiday times, if planning a visit to Mexico that coincides with a major holiday consider opting to visit [[Mexico City]] or [[Guadalajara]] instead. The cities empty out as Mexicans and tourists alike flood to the beaches.   
 
English is widely spoken, and as a tourist destination prices are higher than many other places in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is very crowded at holiday times, if planning a visit to Mexico that coincides with a major holiday consider opting to visit [[Mexico City]] or [[Guadalajara]] instead. The cities empty out as Mexicans and tourists alike flood to the beaches.   
  
 
===Climate===
 
===Climate===
Puerto Vallarta has a, typical for the west coast of [[Mexico]], tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a long and dry 7-month period (Nov-May) and an intense and wet 4-month period (Jun-Oct). The dry season is slightly cooler than the wet season with high temperatures at or around 30°C (86°F) and lows around 16°C (60°F). Puerto Vallarta very rarely records temperatures at 10°C (50°F) or below and the lowest one ever recorded is 7°C (45°F). The drier months are by far February, March and April with a total of only 9 millimeters (0.4 inches). As June arrives the wet season starts and so does the heat. Temperatures are usually around 35°C (95°F) during the day and around 25°C (75°F) at night. Heat waves can hit the city and when this happens the mercury can reach 40°C (104°F) and combined with the high humidity the atmosphere can sometimes become unbearable. The highest recorded temperature is 45°C (113°F). Most of the rainfall occurs in the form of thunderstorms and falls mostly in July, August and September, which themselves account for 80% of the yearly precipitation. The heat continues through November (despite being in the dry season), and finally starts to dissipate by early December.   
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Puerto Vallarta has a, typical for the west coast of [[Mexico]], tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a long and dry 7-month period (Nov-May) and an intense and wet 4-month period (Jun-Oct). The dry season is slightly cooler than the wet season with high temperatures at or around 30°C (86°F) and lows around 16°C (60°F). Puerto Vallarta very rarely records temperatures at 10°C (50°F) or below and the lowest one ever recorded is 7°C (45°F). The drier months are by far February, March and April with a total of only 9 milimeters (0.4 inches). As June arrives the wet season starts and so does the heat. Temperatures are usually around 35°C (95°F) during the day and around 25°C (75°F) at night. Heat waves can hit the city and when this happens the mercury can reach 40°C (104°F) and combined with the high humidity the atmosphere can sometimes become unbearable. The highest recorded temperature is 45°C (113°F). Most of the rainfall occurs in the form of thunderstorms and falls mostly in July, August and September, which themselves account for 80% of the yearly precipitation. The heat continues through November (despite being in the dry season), and finally starts to dissipate by early December.   
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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* <listing name="Vallarta Plus" alt="" directions="Along Palma Real between Plama Sica and Bahia Sin Nombre (front of main bus station)" lat="" long="" address="Av. Palma Real N.140" phone="+52 322 209-0910 or 221-3636 / 3656 " tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vallartaplus.com" hours="" price=""> doesn't stop at the main bus station but have their ''own'' terminal at Av Palma Real 140, a block towards the Corona building from the main bus station., next to the main bus station.</listing>
 
* <listing name="Vallarta Plus" alt="" directions="Along Palma Real between Plama Sica and Bahia Sin Nombre (front of main bus station)" lat="" long="" address="Av. Palma Real N.140" phone="+52 322 209-0910 or 221-3636 / 3656 " tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vallartaplus.com" hours="" price=""> doesn't stop at the main bus station but have their ''own'' terminal at Av Palma Real 140, a block towards the Corona building from the main bus station., next to the main bus station.</listing>
  
Second class buses run from coastal towns throughout the Riviera [[Nayarit]] such as San Blas.  Fares on second class buses can be paid to the driver if picked up from alongside of the road.
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Second class buses run from coastal towns throughout the riviera [[Nayarit]] such as San Blas.  Fares on second class buses can be paid to the driver if picked up from along side of the road.
  
 
To catch a local bus into town, exit the bus station and keep walking across the parking area.  Then walk to your right toward the corner.  The city buses will stop here. Any bus you pick up here will take you all the way down to the "Romantic Zone (Zona Romantica)", about a half an hour drive, for just Mx$10.00! Although not really known to tourists, the buses are one of the best ways to mingle with the locals, as well as getting a nice view of the town.
 
To catch a local bus into town, exit the bus station and keep walking across the parking area.  Then walk to your right toward the corner.  The city buses will stop here. Any bus you pick up here will take you all the way down to the "Romantic Zone (Zona Romantica)", about a half an hour drive, for just Mx$10.00! Although not really known to tourists, the buses are one of the best ways to mingle with the locals, as well as getting a nice view of the town.
  
It is possible to walk between the airport and the bus station, however, catching a city bus is a cheap and reliable option from the other side of the road from the airport terminal.  Go across the pedestrian bridge and the stop is under the pedestrian bridge on the other side.
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It is possible to walk between the airport and the bus station, however, catching a city bus is a cheap and reliable option from the other side of the road from the airport terminal.  Go across the pedestrian bridge and the stop is under the pedestrian bridge at the other side.
  
 
In town, there's an additional bus stop at the NE corner of Aguacate & Venustiano Carranza in Zona Romantica (Colonia Emiliano Zapata) for first & second class buses going south to El Tuito, Manzanillo and anywhere along the way. Tickets can be bought from vendors in front of Abarrotes Don Chalio on 402 Venustiano Carranza; Farmacia Guadalajara on the SE corner of Insurgentes & Lazaro Cardenas; or Superior Tours on Ignacio L. Vallarta 228 (SW of Ignacio L Vallarta & Calle FCO Madero - Tel: 322-222-0024).  Fares for second class buses can be paid to the driver at boarding.  If coming into town from the south ask to get off in Zona Romantica (along Insurgent) if going to downtown or Zona Romantica, otherwise stay on the bus to the bus station (north) to continue north to Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, Sayulita, Tepic, or anywhere in the Riviera.
 
In town, there's an additional bus stop at the NE corner of Aguacate & Venustiano Carranza in Zona Romantica (Colonia Emiliano Zapata) for first & second class buses going south to El Tuito, Manzanillo and anywhere along the way. Tickets can be bought from vendors in front of Abarrotes Don Chalio on 402 Venustiano Carranza; Farmacia Guadalajara on the SE corner of Insurgentes & Lazaro Cardenas; or Superior Tours on Ignacio L. Vallarta 228 (SW of Ignacio L Vallarta & Calle FCO Madero - Tel: 322-222-0024).  Fares for second class buses can be paid to the driver at boarding.  If coming into town from the south ask to get off in Zona Romantica (along Insurgent) if going to downtown or Zona Romantica, otherwise stay on the bus to the bus station (north) to continue north to Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, Sayulita, Tepic, or anywhere in the Riviera.
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===By taxi===
 
===By taxi===
 
Hotels may provide a price list for cabs (expect to pay about 50 pesos for short trips, and 200 for longer trips). Hotels will also offer (expensive) transport from the airport to the hotel, but it is much better to take a taxi. If you've booked with a travel agency, they will most likely provide you with transportation to and from the airport.
 
Hotels may provide a price list for cabs (expect to pay about 50 pesos for short trips, and 200 for longer trips). Hotels will also offer (expensive) transport from the airport to the hotel, but it is much better to take a taxi. If you've booked with a travel agency, they will most likely provide you with transportation to and from the airport.
Be prepared for fast speeds, as the cab drivers have schedules to adhere to. Many of the cabs do not have working seatbelts or speedometers as well. Taxi drivers tend to gather at the intersection close to the liquor outlet in the Centro District. They are friendly and you can negotiate trips outside of Puerto Vallarta at a very reasonable cost on slow days. They will wait for you while you dine or shop as well as take a photograph of you and your mates. Include a small tip with the very reasonable fare.
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Be prepared for fast speeds, as the cab drivers have schedules to adhere to. Many of the cabs do not have working seatbelts or speedometers as well. Taxi drivers tend to gather at the intersection close to the liquor outlet in the Centro District. They are friendly and you can negotiate trips outside of Puerto Vallarta at a very reasonable cost on slow days. They will wait for you while you dine or shop as well as photograph you and your mates. Include a small tip with the very reasonable fare.
  
 
Tip: From the airport, there are two types of taxis available to get you to where you are going. The white federal taxis are available immediately upon exiting the airport but are more expensive. Cross the pedestrian bridge over the highway for the cheaper yellow taxis that are more common in other parts of the city. Crossing the bridge is also where you will need to meet your rideshare (Uber/Lyft) driver.
 
Tip: From the airport, there are two types of taxis available to get you to where you are going. The white federal taxis are available immediately upon exiting the airport but are more expensive. Cross the pedestrian bridge over the highway for the cheaper yellow taxis that are more common in other parts of the city. Crossing the bridge is also where you will need to meet your rideshare (Uber/Lyft) driver.
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Bus trips cost around $10 pesos, which is about US$0.52 (0.46 Euro) that you pay to the bus driver when you get in and every ride is good for as long as you have to stay on... the whole city if you'd like. It is easy to find a bus stop. You will see large numbers of people loitering on the sidewalk. If you wait a few minutes, a bus will stop as they run quite frequently. Look for your travel location on the bus windshield. Buses stop almost every five to ten blocks and at peak hours tend to get very full & can get very hot, so be ready for that.  If you are a man, be ready to give up your seat to women if the bus becomes crowded. Bus drivers will make change for any amount up to $50.00 pesos, but won't break larger bills. (these prices updated August 2010)
 
Bus trips cost around $10 pesos, which is about US$0.52 (0.46 Euro) that you pay to the bus driver when you get in and every ride is good for as long as you have to stay on... the whole city if you'd like. It is easy to find a bus stop. You will see large numbers of people loitering on the sidewalk. If you wait a few minutes, a bus will stop as they run quite frequently. Look for your travel location on the bus windshield. Buses stop almost every five to ten blocks and at peak hours tend to get very full & can get very hot, so be ready for that.  If you are a man, be ready to give up your seat to women if the bus becomes crowded. Bus drivers will make change for any amount up to $50.00 pesos, but won't break larger bills. (these prices updated August 2010)
  
The buses are very reliable quite handy to get to places like Pitillal (the rapidly growing suburb to the NE) and Ixtapa (including the nearby U of Guadalajara campus with its gallery and crocodile farm).  They are also useful for traveling from the hotel zone and marina area to the downtown or old-town areas.  Any bus marked Centro will pass through both. Buses marked "Túnel" will skip downtown and head directly to the old-town / zona romantica via the tunnel bypass.
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The buses are very reliable quite handy to get to places like Pitillal (the rapidly growing suburb to the NE) and Ixtapa (including the nearby U of Guadalajara campus with its gallery and crocodile farm).  They are also useful for traveling from the hotel zone and marina area to the downtown or old-town areas.  Any bus marked Centro will pass through both. Buses marked Tunel will skip downtown and head directly to the old-town / zona romantica via the tunnel bypass.
  
 
*'''Out of town trips'''
 
*'''Out of town trips'''
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* The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are not ideal for surfing, but a day trip out of town up along the coast of Banderas Bay will take you to some great surf spots! Passing the Ameca river along the way to these spots, you find yourself in the next door northern state of Nayarit. Such trips can be coordinated with a local surfing instructor or done solo.
 
* The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are not ideal for surfing, but a day trip out of town up along the coast of Banderas Bay will take you to some great surf spots! Passing the Ameca river along the way to these spots, you find yourself in the next door northern state of Nayarit. Such trips can be coordinated with a local surfing instructor or done solo.
  
There are many surfing spots in the state of Nayarit: ranging from beginner waves, to perfect reef breaks for experienced surfers. The names of some of the more popular surf spots are Veneros, Burros, la Lancha, Punta de Mita, San Pancho and [[Sayulita]].  The drive from downtown Vallarta to points inside the Bay takes roughly 45 minutes, and a bit over an hour to get to renowned Sayulita on the Pacific coast. Sayulita is a small village which is frequented by many tourists because it is easily accessible and a vast array of businesses cater to beginner surfers. You can find surfboard rentals, surf lessons, and great beaches. Sayulita is known for producing some of the best surfers in Mexico like Tigre Cadena, Kalle Carranza, Diego Cadena, and Adan Hernandez amongst others.  
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There are many surfing spots in the state of Nayarit: ranging from beginner waves, to perfect reef breaks for experienced surfers. The names of some of the more popular surf spots are Veneros, Burros, la Lancha, Punta de Mita, San Pancho and [[Sayulita]].  The drive from downtown Vallarta to points inside the Bay takes roughly 45 minutes, and a bit over an hour to get to renowned Sayulita on the Pacific coast. Sayulita is a small village which is frequented by many tourists because it is easily accessible and a vast array of businesses cater to beginner surfers. You can find surfboard rentals, surf lessons, and great beaches. Sayulita is known for producing some of the best surfers in Mexico like Tigre Cadena, Kalle Carranza, Diego Cadena and Adan Hernandez amongst others.  
 
The main beach at Sayulita has consistent waves and the place is crowded during the winter months particularly. There are waves small enough for beginners and large enough for the locals and experts. Most of the adventure companies don't offer surfing lessons and you might need to find an independent instructor.
 
The main beach at Sayulita has consistent waves and the place is crowded during the winter months particularly. There are waves small enough for beginners and large enough for the locals and experts. Most of the adventure companies don't offer surfing lessons and you might need to find an independent instructor.
  
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'''Canopy Tour / Zip lines'''
 
'''Canopy Tour / Zip lines'''
* Puerto Vallarta is well known for its canopy and zip line tours. Experience the exhilarating rush as you fly over the treetops, securely fastened, from platform to platform.
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* Puerto Vallarta is well known for its canopy and zip line tours. Experience the exhilarating rush as you fly over the tree tops, securely fastened, from platform to platform.
  
 
'''Sailing'''
 
'''Sailing'''
* Banderas Bay is the second largest bay in North America, behind Hudson Bay. The deep, calm waters offer very rich biodiversity, stunning beauty, romantic sunsets, and relaxed sailing.  
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* Banderas Bay is the second largest bay in North America, behind Hudson Bay. The deep, calm waters offer a very rich biodiversity, stunning beauty, romantic sunsets and relaxed sailing.  
 
'''Kitesurfing'''
 
'''Kitesurfing'''
 
* Kitesurfing is becoming more and more popular in Banderas Bay. Especially in Bucerias, a fishing village north of Nuevo Vallarta, you can see up to 30 people kitesurfing on a Sunday when the wind is good. The calm waters of Banderas Bay, the extended shoreline and the fact that it´s not too crowded with kitesurfers (yet) make it an excellent place to take lessons, for example from Jamison Smith [http://www.jamisonsmith.com], an IKO Level 2 Senior Certified International Kiteboarding Instructor. The season is from February until May.
 
* Kitesurfing is becoming more and more popular in Banderas Bay. Especially in Bucerias, a fishing village north of Nuevo Vallarta, you can see up to 30 people kitesurfing on a Sunday when the wind is good. The calm waters of Banderas Bay, the extended shoreline and the fact that it´s not too crowded with kitesurfers (yet) make it an excellent place to take lessons, for example from Jamison Smith [http://www.jamisonsmith.com], an IKO Level 2 Senior Certified International Kiteboarding Instructor. The season is from February until May.
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'''Yoga'''
 
'''Yoga'''
  
*Davannayoga [http://davannayoga.com/] - great sunset yoga classes on a 360 rooftop in old town in front of the ocean. Well known for its traditional style of yoga. Only certified teachers offering Vinyasa Flow, Morning Yoga, Sunset Yoga, Children's Yoga. Calle Matamoros #542 on the corner of Corona.   
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*Davannayoga [http://davannayoga.com/] - great sunset yoga classes on a 360 rooftop in old town in front of the ocean. Well known for its traditional style yoga. Only certified teachers offering Vinyasa Flow, Morning Yoga, Sunset Yoga, Children's Yoga. Calle Matamoros #542 on the corner of Corona.   
  
 
*Yoga Vallarta [http://yogavallarta.com/] - located in Zona Romantica (Basilio Badillo #325 3rd floor). This studio has high-mounted windows that bathe the studio in wonderful, natural light.
 
*Yoga Vallarta [http://yogavallarta.com/] - located in Zona Romantica (Basilio Badillo #325 3rd floor). This studio has high-mounted windows that bathe the studio in wonderful, natural light.
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Old Town Art Walk in El Centro - Will occur every Wednesday night, 6-10PM, from October 28, 2009 to May 26. 2010. Some of the local art galleries visited are:
 
Old Town Art Walk in El Centro - Will occur every Wednesday night, 6-10PM, from October 28, 2009 to May 26. 2010. Some of the local art galleries visited are:
  
*Galería Arte Latinoamericano - Two-floor gallery. Participates in the art walk
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*Galería Arte Latinoamericano - Two-floor gallery. Participates in art walk
 
*Galería Corsica - Contemporary Mexican fine art  
 
*Galería Corsica - Contemporary Mexican fine art  
 
*Gallería Dante - Voted #1 Gallery in Vallarta Voice Reader’s Choice 2003
 
*Gallería Dante - Voted #1 Gallery in Vallarta Voice Reader’s Choice 2003
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* '''Alaska's Diner''' - Lazaro Cardenas 515 ("near the tunnel"). Closed Sundays. American comfort food, award-winning chili, and International dishes. Dishes from $25 - $120 pesos.
 
* '''Alaska's Diner''' - Lazaro Cardenas 515 ("near the tunnel"). Closed Sundays. American comfort food, award-winning chili, and International dishes. Dishes from $25 - $120 pesos.
  
* '''Barcelona Tapas''' - Matamoros & de Octubre, Downtown. Open for Lunch and Dinner, 12-noon to 11:30 pm (Every Day).  Accept only American Express, Cash and, traveler's Checks (with ID) - do not accept Visa or Mastercard.  Link: http://www.barcelonatapas.net/coupons.htm
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* '''Barcelona Tapas''' - Matamoros & de Octubre, Downtown. Open for Lunch and Dinner, 12-noon to 11:30 pm (Every Day).  Accept only American Express, Cash and, traveller's Checks (with ID) - do not accept Visa or Mastercard.  Link: http://www.barcelonatapas.net/coupons.htm
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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* <sleep name="Velas Vallarta " alt="" address="Av. Costera S/N, LH2, Fracc. Marina Vallarta Apartado Postal 139B" directions="" phone="+52 (322) 221-0091" url="http://www.velasvallarta.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+52 (322) 221-0755">An all-inclusive resort with studios, one, two and three bedrooms, all with kitchens or kitchenettes.  Hotel offers on-site mini-supermarket, boutique, travel agents, car and bicycle rental, tennis courts, and "Kid's Club".  Marina Vallarta golf course is within walking distance (2 min).</sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Velas Vallarta " alt="" address="Av. Costera S/N, LH2, Fracc. Marina Vallarta Apartado Postal 139B" directions="" phone="+52 (322) 221-0091" url="http://www.velasvallarta.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+52 (322) 221-0755">An all-inclusive resort with studios, one, two and three bedrooms, all with kitchens or kitchenettes.  Hotel offers on-site mini-supermarket, boutique, travel agents, car and bicycle rental, tennis courts, and "Kid's Club".  Marina Vallarta golf course is within walking distance (2 min).</sleep>
  
*'''Villa La Estancia Nuevo Vallarta''' [http://www.villagroupresorts.com], Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Phone: 01-322-226-9700, Fax:01-322-226-6901 Reservations – 01800 725-6277 / 01800–823-4488, E-Mail:[email protected]  Spacious and impeccable garden surround the pool with its dancing fountains and Jacuzzis, creating a magnificent scenery and making this exclusive luxurious property a favorite destination for adults. The earthy colored buildings form a U-shape on top of a hill looking out to the Bay of Banderas. The lobby was designed to offer great comfort for the personalized check-in.  
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*'''Villa La Estancia Nuevo Vallarta''' [http://www.villagroupresorts.com], Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Phone: 01-322-226-9700, Fax:01-322-226-6901 Reservations – 01800 725-6277 / 01800–823-4488, E-Mail:[email protected]  Spacious and impeccable garden surround the pool with its dancing fountains and Jacuzzis, creating a magnificent scenery and making this exclusive luxurious property a favorite destination for adults. The earthy colored buildings form a U-shape on top of a hill looking out to the Bay of Banderas. The lobby was designed to offer great comfort for the personalized check in.  
  
*'''Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa''' [http://www.villagroupresorts.com] Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Telephone: 011-52-322-226-8100 Fax: 011-52-322-226-8101 Reservations:877-845-5247 (US & Canada) E-Mail: [email protected] Featuring Vanguard architecture with a fine Mexican touch, distinctive eight-story Spanish Colonial-style buildings are topped with red-tile roofs and blue-tiled domes. Bordering a central garden courtyard with freeform pool, the tan buildings form a U-shape looking out to the Bay of Banderas.
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*'''Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa''' [http://www.villagroupresorts.com] Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Telephone: 011-52-322-226-8100 Fax: 011-52-322-226-8101 Reservations:877-845-5247 (US & Canada) E-Mail: [email protected] Featuring Vanguard architecture with a fine Mexican touch, distinctive eight-story Spanish Colonial-style buildings are topped with red-tile roofs and blue-tile domes. Bordering a central garden courtyard with freeform pool, the tan buildings form a U-shape looking out to the Bay of Banderas.
  
 
*'''Villa Savana''' [http://villasavana.com/web/] Col Alta Vista, Calle Hortencias, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Telephone: 011-52-322-222-6433 Reservations: 855-858-8600 (US & Canada) E-Mail: [email protected] Beautiful 10 bedroom private luxury hilltop villa with commanding poolside views of Old Town and the Bay. It is an ideal venue for retreats, reunions, vacations or parties with family and friends.
 
*'''Villa Savana''' [http://villasavana.com/web/] Col Alta Vista, Calle Hortencias, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Telephone: 011-52-322-222-6433 Reservations: 855-858-8600 (US & Canada) E-Mail: [email protected] Beautiful 10 bedroom private luxury hilltop villa with commanding poolside views of Old Town and the Bay. It is an ideal venue for retreats, reunions, vacations or parties with family and friends.
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Do not flaunt large amounts of cash and wear a concealed money belt to secure large bills and your passport. Make sure you always have small bills/ coins on hand to pay for small items.  
 
Do not flaunt large amounts of cash and wear a concealed money belt to secure large bills and your passport. Make sure you always have small bills/ coins on hand to pay for small items.  
  
The beaches and hotels have security people who are familiar with the area and tend to ward off most undesirable characters. As in many "tourist destinations", there are local "tourist police", who concentrate on keeping the area safe for visitors. They, and the locals understand the value of visitors and make life very difficult for those who may consider preying on visitors.  
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The beaches and hotels have security people who are familiar with the area and tend to ward off most undesirable characters. As in many "tourist destinations", there are local "tourist police", who concentrate on keeping the area safe for visitors. They, and the locals, understand the value of visitors and make life very difficult for those who may consider preying on visitors.  
  
 
Avoid confrontations with the police. In the event you do have a disagreement with them, expect to be treated poorly and expect to pay many pesos to regain your freedom. Respect and co-operation go a long way with them, disrespect usually will not be tolerated.
 
Avoid confrontations with the police. In the event you do have a disagreement with them, expect to be treated poorly and expect to pay many pesos to regain your freedom. Respect and co-operation go a long way with them, disrespect usually will not be tolerated.
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Chico's Paradise, a river valley with rock formations and picnic/restaurant areas is a drive or bus ride south past Mismaloya Beach at Las Juntas y Los Veranos.
 
Chico's Paradise, a river valley with rock formations and picnic/restaurant areas is a drive or bus ride south past Mismaloya Beach at Las Juntas y Los Veranos.
  
For a trip back in time to the 1600s and 1700s; a day-trip up (4600') to the old silver mining town of San Sebastian del Oeste [https://www.puertovallarta.net/what_to_do/san-sebastian-del-oeste-mexico] is worth the time.
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For a trip back in time to the 1600's and 1700's; a day-trip up (4600') to the old silver mining town of San Sebastian del Oeste [https://www.puertovallarta.net/what_to_do/san-sebastian-del-oeste-mexico] is worth the time.
  
 
'''Driving'''
 
'''Driving'''

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