Puerto Vallarta 1st Time

Old Jul 28th, 2003, 11:15 AM
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Puerto Vallarta 1st Time

We are currently planning a trip to PV and are considering an all-inclusive package.Can anyone make a good recomondation.We would perfer somewhere on a nice beach and close to all the action.I'm not sure about the all inclusive but the prices seem hard to beat.
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Old Jul 29th, 2003, 07:19 PM
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A couple things about PV:

1st) depends which part of town you want to stay in. Nuevo Vallarta where many resorts are located is about 1/2 hr. drive from downtown, so those are not close to any action other than other resorts. Possibly The Marina or Hotel Zone which are closer to downtown? Of there's a couple AI's in "Zona Romantica" also called Old Vallarta, great part of town, but I wouldn't go AI there.

2nd) Be aware that some of the cheap AI's... well there's a reason for it! PV has many many fantastic restaurants in all price ranges, but budget AI's are not known for their cuisine.

You might like also to read and post over on: www.puertovallarta.net. See their bulletin board. Quite active, lots of specifics about the various popular PV resorts.
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went for first time in feb. stayed at the Premiere Hotel & Spa. great place and we plan on going back feb 04. it is adults only, have the option of all-inclusive or not. we chose to not take the all-inclusive as we like to explore and find new places to eat/drink. the average age of the crowd there is 50+, we are 46 and 40, it is quiet around the pool during the day. they are on the beach just north of the malecon/old town, approx a 5 min. walk. there are so many places to eat/drink that the AI was not worth the extra unless you like sitting around the pool all day and eating at your resort every night (not us). take a whale watching trip if you are going during the whale season. saw lots on ours and also saw some one afternoon while sitting in a bar on the malecon (can't recall the name but they had 2 for 1 corona's) plus, saw some while having dinner at Le Kliff (bit of a drive - approx $10 for the cab ride)only problem at Le Kliff-as we were leaving got a time share pitch from the owner! also--had the best buffalo shrimp at the Hooter's at the end of the Malicon.
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I'm considering a trip to PV for 2004. Is Nuevo Vallarta better overall for resort accommodation since it is a relatively new tourist area?
Are there local transportation from Nuevo Vallarta to downtown PV?
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Nuevo is pretty much like a resort area anywhere; newer, large all-inclusives and yes there are buses and plenty of taxis what run back and forth between Nuevo and PV. Don't expect to see much Mexican culture in Nuevo. You'll need to go into town for that. There are still some A/I's in town if that is a necessity for you, but PV is known for it's wealth of good restaurants featuring cuisines from all over the world.
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Would local transportation between Nuevo Vallarta and PV similar to traveling between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo?
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Old Jul 31st, 2003, 06:41 PM
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Nuevo Vallarta into downtown PV is approx. 1/2 hour (depends exactly where your resort is) and can be done by local bus, taxi cab, or rental car.

Not familiar with Los Cabos to compare.


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