Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Ships dock or anchor at the Marina Vallarta Maritime and Cruise Terminal, about three miles north of downtown. You may be tendered in port.

Depending on which dock your ship uses, the Plaza Iguana Resort, Flamingos Vallarta, or Vista Club Playa de Oro are all within reasonable walking distance.

If you’re looking for transportation into the city, you can pick up a taxi or a bus just outside the Terminal area. The bus fare is $5 or $5.5 pesos per ticket, depending on the distance, and since there are no transfers, you have to buy a new ticket each time you board a bus. You need to pay the exact fare on the bus. Taxi fare to the downtown area is negotiable, but should run about US$5-7. 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”.

The yellow taxis, located outside of the port gates, are less expensive than those of the drivers walking around inside; the latter drive Federal Zone cabs, which cost more.


Puerto Vallarta is quite simply one of the most beautiful, cultured, luxurious vacation spots in all of Mexico, and indeed in the world. Here you will find the ultimate fusion of traditional Mexican culture, from bullfights to grilled marlin served beachside; and the finest of resort living, from spectacular sportfishing to all-inclusive resorts that cater to your every whim.

Art and music abound in the city, with live concerts of all types, beachfront sculpture displays and hundreds of other exhibitions and performances both large and intimate. The local Indian culture is prominent, with an abundance of crafts and local wares available for purchase.

Golfers will find courses designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf among the 7 championship layouts in the area. Puerto Vallarta’s climate makes golf a year-round option!


Take a city bus marked “Centro”, walk the Malecon and the old center of the town, then walk pass the Rio Cuale bridge to the south side have a drink/meals etc. on the beach

Nearby Places:

One great side trip to take is to Tequila, a short drive away, where the agave plants that give us the liquor that takes its name from the area are grown. Hidden treasures like that abound in the area, seen by many of last generation’s moviegoers in the Richard Burton/Ava Gardner masterpiece “Night of the Iguana.”

Shopping and Food:

Beside smaller Mexican stores directly across the main boulevard from the ship docking areas, about a 10-minute walk away.


The currency of Mexico is the peso (MXN). The symbol for pesos is the same as for US dollars, which can be slightly confusing. Prices in dollars (in tourist areas) are labeled “US$” or sport an S with a double stroke. There are about 10 peso to 1US$.

US dollars are widely accepted in the far north and in tourist locales elsewhere.

Credit cards are not as widely accepted as in Europe or the USA. Some companies make an extra charge of around 5% on such transactions.


Spanish is the main language. English is largely spoken in border cities with the United States as well as tourist destinations.

You can find cyber cafes everywhere in Puerto Vallarta. Rates are reasonable, running from $10 to $50 pesos per hour. There are several internet cafes at the Marine Terminal area, just across the street from where your ship docks. .

Opening Hours and Holidays:

Mon-Sun 1000/1100-2000/2200 (big towns and cities); Mon-Fri 0900-1400/1600 (rest of the country).

  • January 1st
  • February 2nd: The Candelaria Virgin Day, celebrated in many places around the country
  • February 5th: Constitution Day(1917)
  • February 24th: Flag Day
  • March 21st: Birth of Benito Juárez (1806). 2006 was the bicentennial year.
  • May 1st: Labor Day.
  • May 5th: The Battle of Puebla against the French army, 19th century. (Not an official holiday)
  • September 1st: Dia del Informe. Although no longer official, it is still important as it is the day in which the Mexican President addresses to the Nation of the progress his administration on a yearly basis. Every President makes six Informes
  • September 16th: Independence day (from Spain – 1821).
  • October 12: Discovery of America (Descubrimiento de America)
  • November 2nd: Day of the dead (Not an official holiday)
  • November 20th: Revolution day (1910)
  • December 12th: Guadalupe Virgin Day. Unless is not official, is one of the most important Mexican Holidays
  • December 25th: Christmas

Easter is widely observed nationwide, according to the yearly Catholic calendar (the first Sunday after the first full moon in Spring

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