Puerto Vallarta compared to Acapulco?

Aug 23rd, 2008, 05:53 AM
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Puerto Vallarta compared to Acapulco?

How do PV and Acapulco compare as far as safety, cleanlieness, activities, etc?

We would like to travel in Jan/Feb and want to be in a place where we can walk around and do a few cool eco-tourist type things (hiking, whale watching, sight-seeing, etc).

I originally wanted Pv as my first choice but Using our timeshare it seems like it will be difficult getting a place in the city during our time frame--there are several opeinings in Acapulco however...
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Aug 23rd, 2008, 06:10 AM
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PV is safer and cleaner (at least, last time I saw Acapulco).
No whale watching in Acapulco. Less fast traffic in town and more hiking possibilities.
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Aug 23rd, 2008, 06:14 AM
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Would it still be worth it if we have to stay in Nuevo Vallarta? The timeshare thing is limiting us a little. (as I mentioned in an earlier post, we much perfer to see the local "flavor" over resort areas)
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Aug 23rd, 2008, 06:27 AM
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I've been to Acapulco twice and to Vallarta four times. Acapulco has a stunning location and you can see why it was really popular in the 1950's and early 60's, but now there are too many people, and there is a lot more crime and traffic.

We would like to travel in Jan/Feb and want to be in a place where we can walk around and do a few cool eco-tourist type things

I think you are better off in Vallarta for this type of trip.

there are several opeinings in Acapulco however

There's a reason for that ...

Would it still be worth it if we have to stay in Nuevo Vallarta?

I personally would rather stay in Neuvo than Acapulco (I've never actually stayed in Nuevo but have driven thru it on the way to San Blas north of Vallarta).

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Aug 23rd, 2008, 07:55 AM
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1. Sure, I'd rather stay in Puerto Vallarta than out in Nuevo.

2. But I'd rather stay in Nuevo than go to Acapulco

Honestly... I've never been to Acapulco (and been to PV ~20 times) but I know it is a much larger and more urban city.
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Aug 23rd, 2008, 08:27 AM
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Dear Wanderer:

We stayed at the Grand Mayan in NV several years ago. It was VERY nice. I would stay there again. Don't stress about NV. It is fine.

Here is a link to our trip report:

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...6&tid=34729818

Good luck,

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Aug 23rd, 2008, 09:04 AM
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Excellent! Thank you all so much for the great advice, I think i'm going to look into Nuevo vallarta a bit more. Now I'm really excited about my trip!!
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Aug 28th, 2008, 04:11 PM
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Two very different experiences. I have enjoyed both but much prefer PV over all.
What Aca has that PV does not is better beaches, the cliff divers & a most fascinating area just South of there called Costa Chico a unique area populate by Mexicans of African decent. The area has incredible beaches, wonderful friendly people (little English spoken) & no fancy hotels. If you choose to go as we did we took a tent & sleeping bags neither of which we used instead sleeping on the beach in hammocks under netting. Not for the timid.
PS 4 wheel drive highly recommended.
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