Old Town Puerto Vallarta May 2017

Old Jun 9th, 2017, 08:33 AM
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Momdd~ I'm here to help if you want tips for your time in PV (assuming the timeshare is in the city? Or you know the general location?).

If you are curious about anything - from airport arrival, money change, local transportation, whatever... just ask.
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Old Jun 10th, 2017, 11:32 AM
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Suze - I am curious about everything!!

I am not super stoked on the timeshare ... but it is what it is. We are staying @
Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta .. Sunday - Sunday over thanksgiving week. As a result of it having to be over T-day week the airfare has been very expensive for us... I did book flights earlier this week as I got notification on a decent fare (497.00 all in ... the other fares were in the 800.00 - 1,000.00 range) and we have 3 traveling from LAX and one from DFW.

We arrive on Sat and will be staying in San Francisco - Nayarit, Mexico on Sat night and Sunday night as the wedding is on Sunday on the beach there...and will head to our timeshare on Monday...

I am not sure if I should get a car and keep it for the time to make that transportation easier and I will want to leave the resort over the week we are there and explore old town PV... I have not been to PV in many many years...

It will be myself, my husband (60) and our two adult daughters, 20 and 24 at time of travel.

The timeshare is not an optional thing as it has 2 bedrooms and is already paid for so we want to utilize it. We will want to go to the grocery store on Monday to buy some staples for the timeshare. I have a fairly restricted food plan/diet due to health issues... (mainly protein, stay away from gluten, white sugars etc).
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Old Jun 10th, 2017, 04:01 PM
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Suze in March a Taxi to Los Cuatro Vientos but a block from
casaamorita.com was under 50 pesos. I knew the owner and her family well as in the "old days" the stayed at Los Cuatro before building their place.
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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 07:30 AM
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For Momdd~ Well as your plans turn out, I'm not going to be much help at all (!!) because I always stay right in downtown PV. I haven't spent any time out in the area you will be staying.

Your resort is in Nuevo Vallarta (also in Nayarit, not the state of Jalisco) which I believe is about a 1/2 hour from Puerto Vallarta, but more convenient to your San Pancho wedding location.

I personally would not rent a car but get around using the bus and taxis or the transportation companies (Superior Tours is a good one). Just because I think driving in Mexico is tricky, parking in town is not easy, etc. IF you do decide to get one, Gecko is the best company most often recommended. Depends how often you think you would use it and how someone in your group feels about driving in Mexico.

Again I don't know off the top of my head but can ask around (on Trip Advisor) about which grocery stores are out that way that would be convenient for your food shopping. I'm pretty sure there's a Mega or something out in Nuevo.

As far as the day(s) you decide to come in to explore within town, that I can help you map out to make the most of your time there. When you come into PV, what would you want to do? Beach, shopping, art galleries, restaurants, street performers, home tour, Malecon walk, etc. Let me know interests and I can map out a few options.

Oh and I can also write up about arriving and departing PVR. There's a few little tricks to that whole process that would likely be helpful for you to know in advance to smooth out that part.
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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 08:29 AM
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In Nuevo, about 45 min north of Puerto Vallarta, there' a Walmart, Sam 's Club and a Chedraui for shopping, see map http://vallartainfo.com/nuevo-vallarta-map/ and one map up in Bucerias there's a Mega Store.
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Old Jun 11th, 2017, 09:00 AM
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muchas gracias, cabron. Much appreciated.

And yes these maps are THE BEST! Good website for general information and planning as well.
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Old Jun 12th, 2017, 09:50 AM
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OK... here's what I've got from the kind regular posters over at TA's PV forum. Thanks everyone!

The Mayan Palace is part of a huge "Vidanta compound".

And there is a store "within the grounds" that is decent although prices are higher and selection more gourmet than a regular local grocery store chain. But available.

Good comments about a cake/bakery and also the restaurant called Sweet Paris.

Note that because the compound is so large and the way it is laid out to facilitate you staying on the property, logistics for enter/exiting are not particularly user friendly as far as ease of finding the bus or taxis for transportation.

Mega came recommended as a good option if you decide to shop before checking in.

Other suggested you first check into your timeshare to see what is available there and how the kitchen in your unit is equipped before doing your shopping. And use the on-site store the first day or two.

Someone mentioned using a grocery store delivery service (no details about that).

Again, thanks for those who filled in this information for me to pass on.
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Old Jul 6th, 2017, 11:05 AM
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Suze, do you know anything about the Icon? There is a really nice condo in that building with what appears to be a good ocean view. Ocean view is kinda essential for my DH. If not for the view thing this would be a lot easier. I've checked the places you recommended above and there isn't much inventory with views for the dates we are going.
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Old Jul 6th, 2017, 11:42 AM
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No sorry I don't know anything personally. Not my part of town.

By reputation I know it is a high-end (luxury) high-rise (3 towers) condo development located in the north part of the Hotel Zone back towards the Marina and airport. Way out of my price range (ha-ha).
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