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Old 09-26-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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Next month we are heading to Puerto Vallarta, this is my first trip to Mexico. Any advice on "must see" places? Rent a car for a day out of the resort or take taxis? We would also like to see a tequilla distillery tour.

Any thoughts from someone who has visited?
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Old 09-26-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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There's a Wal-Mart down there with a phenomenal taco stand a block or two away. I'd go with a taxi unless you've driven in Mexico before or you really want to learn. There aren't a lot of rules down there. As far as getting away, anywhere out of the smog of the city will probably be nice, but I didn't have time to see much when I was down there.
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Old 09-27-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta: Check out 83 Puerto Vallarta Attractions - TripAdvisor

Tequila Tour Puerto Vallarta - Don Chendo Rancho Verano Distillery

Top 10 Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

PV is a beach resort and not exactly the cultural capitol of Mexico, imo.

Big place, as in ~300k population, 2nd biggest city in Mexico, from fading memory.
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Old 09-29-2014, 05:24 PM
 
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What resort area are you staying in? Taxis are really cheap and the streets are totally congested so a rental car is problematic. If you're staying in the hotel zone it's about $5-$6 dollars to ride into town. Even more fun is taking the blue and white busses into town. Just stand on the corner with all the locals and hop on one that says Centro. About 7 and a half pesos which is about 50 cents. You can hand the bus driver an American dollar and you may or may not get change.

Ask to be left off at the Malecon (you'll have to walk a couple of blocks.) The Malecon is a wide walkway next to the water which is a pleasant stroll with bars and restaurants and cool statuary to enjoy. Keep going and you'll eventually end up on the south side of town which is where you'll see beach bars. Check out the Sea Monkey for $1 beers and margaritas. A couple more blocks down is a street named Basillo Badillo which has lots of restaurants and shops.

There's lots to do including ziplining, boat tours, jungle tours, etc. but some of the websites you've been given will cover that. Have fun!
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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What resort area are you staying in? Taxis are really cheap and the streets are totally congested so a rental car is problematic. If you're staying in the hotel zone it's about $5-$6 dollars to ride into town. Even more fun is taking the blue and white busses into town. Just stand on the corner with all the locals and hop on one that says Centro. About 7 and a half pesos which is about 50 cents. You can hand the bus driver an American dollar and you may or may not get change.

Ask to be left off at the Malecon (you'll have to walk a couple of blocks.) The Malecon is a wide walkway next to the water which is a pleasant stroll with bars and restaurants and cool statuary to enjoy. Keep going and you'll eventually end up on the south side of town which is where you'll see beach bars. Check out the Sea Monkey for $1 beers and margaritas. A couple more blocks down is a street named Basillo Badillo which has lots of restaurants and shops.

There's lots to do including ziplining, boat tours, jungle tours, etc. but some of the websites you've been given will cover that. Have fun!

We are staying at Riu Pacifico. Not sure if that is the hotel zone you are referring to?

Malecon sounds like a cool place! Unlike some people, I LOVE the toursity stuff when I travel. I want to go to little souvenir shops and the like. I have heard others reference a "boardwalk" area. Is that this?

The bus sounds fun, too!

Thanks for all the tips, everyone. I can't wait for the trip!
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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Hi Elle, Riu Pacifico is north of Puerto Vallarta in an area known as Nuevo Vallarta. A taxi into town will be about $20-$25 and will take about 30-45 minutes. Don't let that stop you as you can make a whole day of visiting Puerto Vallarta. Lots of shops to visit and be sure to ask how to get to the Rio Cuale flea market. It's on a little island that separates the central part of PV from the southside and is quite charming, lined with big trees, lots of open air stalls, and individual shops with the River Cuale alongside. You just walk across a bridge and you're there. Basillo Badillo with all its shops is just a few streets south of there.

Since you're kind of far from Puerto Vallarta and probably won't go there every day, don't miss the little town of Bucerias, which is very close to your resort. Lots of shopping there too, beach bars, restaurants, etc. The really good thing about being in Nuevo Vallarta is the beaches. They are wonderful up there which is not true in town.

The "boardwalk" area you mention is the Malecon. You're going to have so much fun!
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Old 09-30-2014, 02:54 PM
 
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Hi Elle, Riu Pacifico is north of Puerto Vallarta in an area known as Nuevo Vallarta. A taxi into town will be about $20-$25 and will take about 30-45 minutes. Don't let that stop you as you can make a whole day of visiting Puerto Vallarta. Lots of shops to visit and be sure to ask how to get to the Rio Cuale flea market. It's on a little island that separates the central part of PV from the southside and is quite charming, lined with big trees, lots of open air stalls, and individual shops with the River Cuale alongside. You just walk across a bridge and you're there. Basillo Badillo with all its shops is just a few streets south of there.

Since you're kind of far from Puerto Vallarta and probably won't go there every day, don't miss the little town of Bucerias, which is very close to your resort. Lots of shopping there too, beach bars, restaurants, etc. The really good thing about being in Nuevo Vallarta is the beaches. They are wonderful up there which is not true in town.

The "boardwalk" area you mention is the Malecon. You're going to have so much fun!

Thank you so much! I am going to print this
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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You're very welcome! Also, as far as I know, you can still wander down the beach to the other Riu properties and avail yourself of their food and amenities. Your concierge can give you further info.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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You're very welcome! Also, as far as I know, you can still wander down the beach to the other Riu properties and avail yourself of their food and amenities. Your concierge can give you further info.
Yes, that is correct!
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