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Post by webmaster » Sat Jun 16, 2001 7:47 pm

Thought you might appreciate this info from another web site, Mogens, PV Site Admin

Selecting the Right Resort in Puerto Vallarta
by Suzi | Sep 19 '00
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Review Topic: Practical Information

Puerto Vallarta has many resorts and hotels to choose; one guaranteed to suit your taste and budget. I have been to Puerto Vallarta many times, and I'm going again in late October. If you are in the process of planning a vacation, the following suggestions may help.

As there is a lot to do here, think about what it is you want out of your vacation. If you are looking to relax under a palapa for a week, it may not be as important to you where your hotel is located, where as someone interested in shopping may want a place to stay near town. I have booked rooms at more expensive resorts, as well as less expensive budget hotels in town. My vacation objectives were very different, but I enjoyed both very much the same.

If you are on a budget, the least expensive hotels in the area are in town. There's a lot of information on the internet and making reservations is pretty easy. The best values are still packages that include your accommodations, airfare and transfers to and from your hotel. Suntrips/Sun Quest, Pleasant Holidays and conslidators such as Ticket Wicket have excellent rates, often much less than if you were to book your trip independently. Unfortunately, these companies utilize charter air travel, but I personally have never encountered any troubles. The Buena Ventura Hacienda near the port and the Buena Ventura in town are a good value and offer an economical all-inclusive plan. The many Canadians that stay here know a good deal when they see one. I have been to the Hacienda only once, and found their accommodations very simple. But it's location, landscaping and interior courtyard were so charming I wouldn't hesitate coming back. It's on the main busline, near restaurants and shops. The only drawback it's not on the beach. The Buena Ventura in town is located on the beach (there's a review about it on Epinions.com). I have been to their beach, which is very nice; it's walking distance from the Malecon. Both hotels are featured as the least expensive choice in PV with Suntrips.

People looking to relax on a beach and play a little golf (available in a few months)and not much more may wish to head north to Nueva Vallarta and beyond, about a half hour's drive from the airport. Here you'll find mostly all-inclusive resorts and condos and a few upscale hotels. The Mayan Palace and the Paradise Beach Resort as well as the Allegro Resort offer daily activities and nice beaches. Cab fare to town is $15US one way, so most visitors remain at the resort. I've stayed at all three, and had a great time, but found going into town a pain. These resorts are perfect for families, as many are condos with full kitchens, child care, daily activities and nightly entertainment.

For those of you looking for peace and quiet, heading south of Puerto Vallarta towards La Jolla de Mismaloya may be the way to go. I especially enjoy the resort by the same name in Mismaloya, that is set on a beautiful beach and make scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing readily available (see my review). A number of resorts and condos line the corridor between PV and Mismaloya. Regular bus service is available until 10pm into town. These hotels tend to be more isolated and quiet. Villas are also available, with spectacular views. Many of my time share friends "exchange" for resorts in this area. (End part 1)

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Being centrally located, near town for many is the preferred place. Hotels such as the Sheraton and the Westin, near the marina are good choices. My husband likes the Sheraton for it's beach volleyball. The Westin is a very large upscale resort. I love the pool area at the Westin, and it's fun to watch the cruise ships pull into the port nearby. It also has lots of activities for the kids, and some of the nicest timeshare units. Downtown PV is a short bus ride away. There are restaurants and shops within walking distance, but the ride into town is only 15 minutes. We will be going to the Mayan Palace near the marina (not the one in Nuevo Vallarta) in October. From what I've seen on the internet, it too is very nice.

Some of my favorite activities in Puerto Vallarta include renting bikes to tour town, horseback riding up the mountain side and scuba diving at the Marietas Islands. Party boats heading out for a day of snorkeling are also a hoot, and worth checking out.

Don't forget the resources available to you on the internet. I recommend you read lots of reviews and check out the many hotel/resort websites. Have fun planning your vacation.

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