- Desayuno - Breakfast: 7-10am
- Almuerzo - Snack: 11 - 12am old tradition, no longer
used in cities.
- Comida - Lunch: 2pm - 4pm
- Cena - Dinner: 8pm - 10pm
Mexico operates on the same 110-volt
- 60Hz current as the USA. The plug is a two flat
prong type, same as the US but without the third rounded
Plugs used in Mexico
If you are arriving with three
prong plug applications, we recommend you bring a three
to two prong adapter just in case.
Plug adapter, from 3 to 2 prongs
In case you forget them you'll be
able to find these adapters at hardware stores, Walmart or SAM's in Puerto Vallarta.
Mexico's official language is
Spanish, in Puerto Vallarta you'll find that many locals can speak or understand Engish.
Hotels, restaurants and services in general have staff
that can handle English more or less fluently.
Try to learn some Spanish and use
it whenever possible, this will be appreciated and nobody
will laugh at you, so relax and practice a bit. Check out a few useful phrases and words in Spanish.
Puerto Vallarta has a population of 255,725 inhabitants based on the 2010 population census, this makes it the 6th largest city in the state of Jalisco (state capital: Guadalajara).
Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which includes the city itself and populated areas outside of the town itself, from the northern border with the state of Nayarit, which is established by the Ameca river and to Boca de Tomatlan in the south. More about Vallarta.
Public holidays by law are now moved sometimes to the closest work day, normally a Friday or a Monday, so do check on the official holiday calendar each year.
Read more in our Events & Holiday section.
Tax - Departure tax
There is a 15% tax applied to
all purchases, restaurant bills, store purchases, hotel
stays and excursions. You can request a tax refund. You can find affiliated stores and services at: Taxback
Additionally there is a 2% tax
on your hotel stay, this tax is gathered for promotion
of the tourist destination.
All guests departing by air must
pay departure tax. Sometimes it is paid at the
airport upon departure, other times, it is included
on airline tickets issued outside of Mexico (inquire
upon booking). The tax is charged for all visitors over
the age of two.
Telephone calls (both
local and international) are considerably more expensive
than in USA and other countries. A sizeable tax is added
to all international calls and most hotels add a service
charge for placing long distance calls. Ask the hotel
operator about these charges before placing a call.
Money saving tips:
- Use Skype, Viber or WhattApp
- Limit long distance calls
- Bill the call to your international phone calling
- When possible use public telephones for long distance
(the ones clearly marked TELMEX)
- Purchase a "debit card" for local calls
within Mexico. These cards are accepted at all "LADATEL"
public phones found in most airports. Cards can be
purchased at airport shops. Rates to call the USA
using a LADATEL card run about $3/minute.
Do drink the water! Purified
water is standard in all hotels and restaurants. In
addition Puerto Vallarta's water authority (SEAPAL)
has received special recognition certifying the cleanliness
of the local water supply for more than 15 years now.
If in doubt you can buy bottled
purified water in almost any store and hotels offer them in your room if you prefer.
Weights, measures - conversion
Cº + 17.8) x 1.8
F° -32) x 0.5555
|| 2.471 Acres
What to wear
Mid-December to February: During the day the weather is temperate and
you can wear light clothes. Warm clothes at night during
the local winter (that would be a light sweater or a cotton jacket. Temperatures go down before sundown around
6 or 7PM until 9AM aprox. when the sun comes back up again.
March to June: Light clothes, there is normally a bit of wind and skirts
are not recommendable, specially short skirts and of
July - Mid-October: The rainy season begins, bring rain clothes along and/or
umbrellas, you can buy a cheap umbrella in town if needed. The weather is in no way cold in these
months, quite the contrary, temperatures up to around
32 - 34 ºC (90 - 93ºF) on some days, specially
in August and September and it is very humid, expect to sweat a bit, so bring extra shirts or blouses.
Mid-October - beginning
of December: The climate is temperate, no rain,
very little breeze and quiet, light summer clothes are
recommended and at night you can also use long sleeve
blouses or shirts when going out to a restaurant or
bar at night.
More in our Puerto Vallarta weather section.
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