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Eating schedule | Electricity | Holidays | Language | Population | Taxes | Telephones | Water | Weights & measures | What to wear

Eating schedules

  • FoodDesayuno - Breakfast: 7-10am
  • Almuerzo - Snack: 11 - 12am old tradition, no longer used in cities.
  • Comida - Lunch: 2pm - 4pm
  • Cena - Dinner: 8pm - 10pm
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Electricity - plugs

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 earth prong.

electricity plug mexico
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.

3 to 2 prong adaptor
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.

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Language

Burton reading bookMexico'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.

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Population

PopulationPuerto 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.

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Public Holidays

POsadasPublic 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.

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Tax - Departure tax

taxThere 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.

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Telephones

StreetTelephone 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:

  1. Use Skype, Viber or WhattApp
  2. Limit long distance calls
  3. Bill the call to your international phone calling card
  4. When possible use public telephones for long distance (the ones clearly marked TELMEX)
  5. 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.
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Water

waterfallDo 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.

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Weights, measures - conversion

1 centimeter = 0.3937 inches
(Degrees Cº + 17.8) x 1.8 = Degrees F°
(Degrees F° -32) x 0.5555 = Degrees Cº
1 foot = 0.3048 meter
1 gallon = 3.7854 liters
1 gram = 0.0353 ounces
1 hectare = 2.471 Acres
1 inch = 2.54 centimeters
1 kilogram = 2.2046 pounds
1 kilometer = 0.6214 miles
1 liter = 0.2612 gallons
1 meter = 3.2808 feet
1 meter = 39.3696 inches
1 mile = 1.6093 kilometers
1 ounce = 28.35 grams
1 pound = 0.4536 kilograms
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What to wear

what to wearMid-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 light materials.

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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