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We have taken our grand children , children, niece, nephew, in-laws, siblings and friends all of whom have loved their PV experience. We have been going for twenty years, and keep coming back. We have our favorite places, and have done things new to us depending on who goes with us. We have met and made friends who live here too!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

7 Places

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7 Places

Marietas Islands

Islands

Chico's Dive Shop

Scuba & Snorkeling

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Los Muertos Pier

Piers & Boardwalks

Bistro Teresa

Restaurants

Villas Loma Linda

Hotels

Los Arcos

National Parks, Islands

BereniceG_11's City Tips

  • The Botanical Gardens are a must see but get their bug repellant! it's worth it. You can get a taxi that will wait for you while enjoy the food and sights of the gardens or bus.
  • There are many free or inexpensive things to do along the Malecon, and Civic Plaza. The Navel and Cultural Museums are near by the Rio Quale for a small fee.
  • We go in October the last week, when "high season" is just starting, less people, better rates, rainy season and heat are less, vendors gearing up, cleaning, opening, for season.
  • We spend more days and time in smaller surf village of Sayulita, where we can get better rentals, food, quiet, less people, and beautiful sunsets. Best Huichol artist, and tours.
  • Most vendors, taxi drivers, etc. speak English, but we get more information, tips, and service if we speak Spanish. It is also more respectful to our hosts.
  • If you want a lot of people, drinks, food, and water activities, the tour boats are okay. But if you want to experience quiet water fun without big crowds, bus, taxi etc.
  • Tips are appreciated and accepted but not mandatory for the taxis, and restaurants tip as at home, 10-20%. Tours not necessary but they will ask if different activities available.
  • Wait until you are outside the airport terminal, to get a taxi, or p/u your shuttle from your Hotel. If you want a taxi, you can walk over the pedestrian bridge, left at door.
  • Marietas Islands
    Islands
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    This is a National Park, great snorkeling, several beaches, easy trip from Sayulita or Punta Mita. Most small tours will spend the day there, and bring you to beaches to picnic or explore. From Sayulita they fish, snorkel, and usually can see dolphin on your way to the Islands.

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 81 things to do in Nayarit
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Marietas Islands price and easiest way 08/06/2019
    • High and Dry 26/05/2019
    • Marietas Islands
    Phone:
    +52 322 205 6878
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Chico's Dive Shop
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    If you are in PV, they are the best will snorkel or dive with gear, and Master divers for both activities. They go thru Los Arcos, spending more than an hour at each site (not available on big tours) and they will go to Marietas Islands.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 144 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Dive Shop 16/03/2019
    • Unorganized 21/02/2019
    • Chico's Dive Shop
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Diaz Ordaz 772
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 1895
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    Beautiful place with lots of bugs, so use their bug repellent available at entrance. Well worth the trip, wear long cool pants, walking shoes, can swim when current less strong. Lots of birds, and beautiful plants to view and take photos. The restaurant has great inexpensive food, and you can get every souvenir or gifts, in shop.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you go by taxi, they will wait for you, and it is a reasonable price. Go early walk around then eat at restaurant.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cabo Corrientes
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Botanical Zen 12/06/2019
    • Marvelous, a "must-visit" 30/05/2019
    • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    Carretera Puerto Vallarta a Barra de Navidad Km. 24
    Las Juntas y los Veranos
    Cabo Corrientes 48447
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 6182
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
    Other:
  • Los Muertos Pier
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    It is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset or a storm come into the bay. There are plenty of places to sit and watch for whales when in season.

    Good for
    • Couples
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place to see entire beach and surrounding hillside. 12/06/2019
    • Architectually beautiful and a hub for the ocean 09/06/2019
    • Los Muertos Pier
    Address:
    F. Rodriguez
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Other:
  • Bistro Teresa
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood)
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    Excellent food, service, view, and very romantic. Reservations are best, because they have very limited space. Expect to pay for small portions and one course at a time. But it was very filling and worth the visit.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Can dress up or down, but wouldn't wear a bathing suit without a cover.
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Views from PV 03/06/2019
    • Perfection demanded 24/05/2019
    • Bistro Teresa
    Address:
    Calle Zaragoza 160 Piso 4to
    Town Square
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 221 2965
    Hours:
    Sun
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Mon - Sat
    6:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Villas Loma Linda
    Hotels
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    Rentals by owners now, but it was our timeshare. We don't own there anymore, but if you rent there, ask for B6, C6, if you want a covered patio with a fan, and not all of them are air conditioned so you have to ask. The infinity pool is the best, overlooking the Bay, and at any level you must have binoculars. No elevators, have to walk a lot of stairs either down to pool or up to infinity pool and lobby. Long walk up a hill if you go down to beach, and many steps if you go straight across street.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    From the community
    Ranked #36 of 136 Accommodation in Puerto Vallarta
    • Amazing view 28/03/2019
    • VERY NIVE 04/11/2018
    • Villas Loma Linda
    Address:
    Hortensias # 37
    Fracc. Amapas
    Puerto Vallarta 48399
    Mexico
  • Los Arcos
    National Parks, Islands
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    BereniceG_11 Says:

    Beautiful fish by snorkel or scuba, but go by small tour boats, because the large tours are many people, and can't get the boats too close to tunnels. Also watch for currents, and better to have fins. You can get smaller more private boats to Los Arcos, via Mismaloya, just go down to beach from highway and you'll find a boat. The food is great, cooked on the beach.

    Good for
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can take a bus to Mismaloya or the taxis will drive you down to the beach, cheaper than a tour boat and less people.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • fun, fun 04/06/2019
    • A quick snorkel trip 04/06/2019
    • Los Arcos
    Address:
    Los Arcos National Marine Park
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 146 2139
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