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A few days in Nuevo Vallarta

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An October 2003 trip to Nuevo Vallarta by Cantin2

Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We've often visited Puerto Vallarta on timeshare exchanges. We decided to start this vacation a few days early and experience the area known for better beaches.

A few days in Nuevo Vallarta

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Overview

Parasailing Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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Nuevo Vallarta is the newest area of Puerto Vallarta and is mostly a combination of timeshare and all-inclusive large resorts—nothing small here. You can be assured of quality accommodations with all the amenities—big chains own these large all-inclusive, mostly timeshare, complexes, and there is a lot of competition to attract guests and potential buyers.The beaches are better than in Puerto Vallarta or Marina Vallarta.A large three-story complex, Paradise Plaza, has lots of shops, restaurants, and a good-size supermarket, enough to get the things that you need for your condo.Quick Tips: Don't miss the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta, about a half-hour away for the real fee...Read More

Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta

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Hotel

Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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We've experienced the all-inclusive Occidental Grand hotel chain in Cozumel and Xcaret and its upscale sister hotel, Royal Hideaway, in Playa del Carmen.We're excited about three nights here in Nuevo Vallarta, although we don't particularly care for all-inclusive resorts, since we feel that there is so much to see and do in Mexico at such affordable prices. This Grand is smaller than the others -- more to our liking. A three-story, airy marble foyer houses the front desk, tour desk, and bell hops. Large sofas and chairs are spread about. Our check-in is quick, friendly, and efficient -- we're told that we were accommodated as requested with a king bed in an ocean view room, and that our first nigh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2004

Occidental Grand Nuevo Vallarta
Paseo De Los Cocoteros No 18
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico 63732
52 322 2970400

Hobie Cat Sailiing

Attraction

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The Bay of Banaderas is so inviting to sailors. At Occidental Grand, guests that are experienced sailors are allowed to take out small sailboats with one sail - but we wanted to sail a Hobie with a mainsail and jib. Although we were capable of sailing it, an instructor had to accompany us. This made it more relaxing for me - no lines to tend. Sailing is so peaceful and quiet - you glide along and skim the water seemingly effortlessly. A little breeze cools you or you can reach down and splash a bit of water on yourself. It's also a great sightseeing adventure - you get to see another view of hotels - a peek into the world of villas with their pools and lush landscaping - even your own resort ta...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2004

Hobie Cat Sailiing

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What's Nuevo Vallarta like???

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Story/Tip

Soaring above the beach Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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We've been to Puerto Vallarta a number of times and always avoided Nuevo Vallarta - It's about 10 miles or so from downtown - You fly into Puerto Vallarta an old Mexican city on the Bay of Banderas. Recent development has grown to the north along the coast. First there's the marina area with a cruise port, hotels and condos - some timeshare and a few all inclusive resorts. A few miles further north is Nuevo Vallarta this area is mostly all inclusive large resorts. We're not fans of all inclusives or mega resorts - we love the old town and all it's restaurants, mariachis, fun bars or even must strolling the malecon and people watching. This year we go two exchanges through RCI - one in the marina...Read More

Gettiing Around Puerto Vallarta

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Beach in Nuevo Vallarta Photo, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
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One day in port on a cruise ship - What to do and how to get around is a major topic of discussion.SHORE EXCURSION: If your stay is short and you want to be totally escorted - the cruise line excursions, although expensive are probably for you. CAR RENTAL: If you are more adventuresome, renting a car gives you lots of freedom - My recommendation is to pre-book prior to your cruise. We found a National car available at the airport, just a short cab ride away for less than $20 a day including tax, without insurance. We chose to pick it up at the Sheraton, a 30¢ bus ride away. The problem with the hotel pick-up is that you have to wait for them to deliver the car from the airport - e...Read More