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Going to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Feb 24, 2012 - Mar 04, 2012

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Staying at the Canto Del Sol...never been here. Best way to book day trips? Through the hotel? Do I get Pesos before I go?

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Im from cold, rainy NW Washington. The weather advisor shows this time of year highs 70-80s lows 64+ with variations from partly cloudy to fog to rain, to partly sunny. Should I really just pack shorts or will I be disappointed...Im so used to dressing in layers.....

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    • Evan Roth-Howe recommended Sayulita
      Gorgeous little town an hour or so north of Puerto Vallarta. Easy to get to given the airports in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, but with its dirt roads (at least as of 2001), you'll feel as far as ... read more
      possible from the tourist scene. We rented a great, open-air house facing the ocean, and walked along the beach to get fish quesadillas every day. A little slice of heaven.
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      Evan Roth-Howe

      You'll probably be fine with one or two pairs of a pants for the evenings, but it sure sounds like shorts weather during the days. Weather.com should be able to answer your question pretty well. Also, while you're exploring PV or Sayulita, check out investours.org for a really interesting look at the local economy while finding a way to help local Mexicans get businesses off the ground. Really intersting day-trips out of PV.

      Evan Roth-Howe recommended Sayulita
      Gorgeous little town an hour or so north of Puerto Vallarta. Easy to get to given the airports in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, but with its dirt roads (at least as of 2001), you'll feel as far as ... read more
      possible from the tourist scene. We rented a great, open-air house facing the ocean, and walked along the beach to get fish quesadillas every day. A little slice of heaven.
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      Evan Roth-Howe

      Like many of Mexico's biggest resort towns, most stores and restaurants in Puerto Vallarta take USD. You can typically get the best exchange rate from ATM's anyway, so unless your bank charges a huge fee to use international ATM's, I'd just do that. PV is a little too touristy for many travelers, and if you start to feel overwhelmed by the commercialism, head up to peaceful, sleepy Sayulita.

    • Barbara Kossy commented on this list

      When I travel to warm climates I usually bring a pair of light weight pants, either a synthetic or linen or silk. Even in warm weather long pants can protect from bugs, scratches on a hike, and from the sun. Also handy if you end up going up a mountain to a cool place, or if there's cooler weather than predicted. Also, I find airports and airplanes cool, so I wear them on the plane.

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    • Eco RideMiramar 382
      Liza Prado recommended Eco Ride
      Taking a mountain bike or surfing tour with this operation is another fun way to explore PV and around. Eco Ride offer tours for beginners and experts (and everyone inbetween) and take people to the ... read more
      mountains, through small towns, or the beach (or all three).
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      Liza Prado

      For biking or surfing tours in and around PV, this is a great operation.... Have fun!

    • Vallarta AdventuresEdificio Marina Golf Local 13-C, Calle Mástil, Marina Vallarta Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco; ZC 48354, México
      Ramona Flume recommended Vallarta Adventures
      Vallarta Adventures is Puerto Vallarta's leading tour operator--and for good reason. Their team of professionals offers all types of cultural experiences--from intimate dolphin encounters and zipline ... read more
      canopy tours to going off road to explore the unique colonial community of San Sebastian. Check their website (http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/) for special rates.
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    • Tyson Hinde commented on this list

      I was there a little while ago and US Currency still works but they tend to not give honest conversions. For example when it was 12 pesos/dollar they charged like it was 10. I would recommend having an equal share of both and when you buy something ask for the price in one, then the other and pay in whichever one is the lesser amount. To convert to pesos I would go to a legitimate place of financial business like the bank or your hotel if they don't charge a conversion fee. Have fun.

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    • Canto Del Sol Plaza VallartaJose Clemente Orozco S/N | Int. 10 Zona Hotelera Norte, Puerto Vallarta 48333, Mexico

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