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Mexican Currency

Puerto Vallarta Money & Currency

The peso is the national currency and is the official payment method in Puerto Vallarta, U.S. dollars are accepted in most larger businesses in the city as long as purchases are not to big (under 100 dollars), you'll receive any difference in pesos at the rate the business has established (normally on a sign, if not, ask).

Major credit cards are also accepted in most establishments, these are mainly American Express, Mastercard and Visa, some accept Diners and others.

Banks in Puerto Vallarta offer currency exchange during business hours. Universal ATMs are widely available for cash withdrawals at the current exchange rate.

Visitors can access ATMs in several systems such as VISA, MC, Cirrus and PLUS. Most ATMs have menus in English. The ATMs only dispense currency in pesos.

Current Mexican bills and coins

Mexican 1000 peso bill
500 peso bill
200 peso bill
100 Peso Bill
50 peso bill
20 peso coin
10 peso coin
5 peso coin
2 peso coin
1 peso coin
50 cent coin

These are the official coins (20, 10 and 5 cent coins not included) and bills. The 1000 peso bill is the highest denomination. Review the official notes in circulation here

Money Exchange

ATMs have become the preferred choice for money exchange when traveling and is the most common method now. The rates you get are better than money exchange booths, traveler's checks and banks. Read more on AMTs, fees and where they are.

You can change money at a convenient "casa de cambio" (Money Exchange). These are money exchangers that are open long hours and provide quick service.

Although dollars are widely accepted in resort areas, we recommend using pesos during your stay. Hotels can also exchange dollars, but these normally give you low rates, use them as your last resort (pun not intended).

If you can't use an ATM you can get better rates at the "casas de cambio", and the best rates at banks, but check around to make sure. You can also use their websites (use the bank link offered for offices and sites) to check what the current exchange rate is, you can also use the rate box on the top of the right column on this page. You can exchange money at banks between 9AM and 1PM (even though they are open longer), this is because the Mexican Stock Market closes at that time. Expect a slightly lower rate for travelers checks.

Many banks don't exchange dollars to pesos now, if you do go to one for exchange bring your passport along, there are limits to how much you can cash in, $300/day and $1500/month.

Normally there's no commission added on exchanges, but do ask beforehand to avoid any surprises. In any case they adjust rates to give them a commission anyway, banks never waste a chance to fleece us.

For the current exchange rate (reference only) use the following link:
Currency Conversion on Yahoo.com!

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