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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico



Puerto Vallarta is a resort city on the west coast of Mexico.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at the cruise port (Terminal Maritima) beside the marina and three miles north of downtown.

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Money and Tipping

Mexico's currency is the Mexican Peso (MXN) though US dollars are widely accepted. You may get change back in Pesos however. You can exchange money at any bank with ID. A tip of 15-20% is expected when dining in restaurants. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped though a little extra is appreciated for good service.

Local Transportation

White taxis that pickup at the airport and the cruise terminal are federally licensed and cost more than regular yellow taxis. To save some money, head over to the main street and flag a yellow taxi down. Taxis have no meter and you need to negotiate a rate. Better yet, take the local buses which are cheap (6.5 pesos, Dec 2011) and frequent. To go downtown, take any bus marked "Centro" heading south but not "Tunel" since these bypass downtown. To head back, look for buses marked "Marina" or "Walmart".


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  • Malecon - This boardwalk stretches for about 1/2 mile along the beach and is lined with statues. If taking the bus from the cruise terminal, get off when you see it on your right by Hotel Rosita and walk the remaining distance to downtown. At the south end is a small plaza with the arches.
  • Olas Atlas - In an area called the Romantic Zone, this neighborhood south of downtown is home to Playa de los Muertos, the most popular beach in the area (south of the pier).

Shopping & Restaurants

The cruise terminal is conveniently located across from a Walmart (with supermarket), Sam's Club and Galleria Vallarta mall.

Basilio Badillo in Old Town is considered restaurant row. You can find restaurants along the beach and along the Malecon. The marina area adjacent to the cruise terminal has restaurants as well.


Cafes and restaurants may provide free wifi to customers.



Marina and Cruise Terminal


Puerto Vallarta Weather Forecast


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