Nuevo Vallarta Journals

Low Season in Nuevo Vallarta

A September 2005 trip to Nuevo Vallarta by doctorsj

Quote: We went to the Mayan Palace with kids while on a budget. We loved the pool and beach and spent most of our time there, so shortcomings with the rooms didn't bother us much.

Low Season in Nuevo Vallarta

Overview

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Our kids loved the pool and beach, so we lived there. We also drove up the coast to El Anclote, a clearer beach with a more local feel. Kayaks are available for rent. There are shops, malls, and many small restaurants available all over the bay if you prefer to leave the resort. Sayulita is a 35-minute drive up the coast and offers surfing lessons and a more authentic Mexican feel.Quick Tips: Warning! The pool towels at MP must be turned in each night or you will be charged 300 pesos per towel. Boat trips, snorkeling, and diving can all be found at Punta de Mita. Sayulita offers surfing and fishing opportunities. Comercial is a cheaper grocery store than Wal-Mart. ...Read More

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta

Hotel | "Mayan Palace"

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Best Things Nearby:The beach, Puerto Vallarta, Punto de Mita, grocery stores, and a golf courseBest Things About the Resort:Private beach (very few vendors), huge pool, friendly staff, and ocean-view roomsResort Experience:The hotel is on the ocean, with expansive grounds. We asked for ocean view and had a two-bedroom unit in blue tower, which was a hike to the pool, but once there, it didn't matter. The pool is clean and huge, with shallow areas for kids. The private beach is clean and stays shallow for quite a ways. We had breakfast and lunch in the room. The furnishings are dated, but we weren't in the room much. The beds are comfortable. The ki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 13, 2005

Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta
Av. Paseo De Las Moras S/n, Fracc. Náutico Turístico
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico 63735
+52 (322) 226-4000

El Dorado

Restaurant

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This is a pleasant restaurant/bar on the Playa de Los Muertos beach in downtown PV. Attire is anything from beach to casual, although swimsuits were a little out of place. They had attentive waiters and a short wait for food. I had grilled red snapper, which was excellent, with vegetables and a potato on the side. My wife ate filet mignon, which was also done well. A large piece of flan for dessert ended a romantic evening without the kids. The total bill was less than $50. Going a little later is better, as the beach is less crowded and the view of the sunset on the bay is unobstructed. If you sit close to the beach, the vendors will all stop at your table.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2005

El Dorado
Pulpito 102
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
222-4124

Splash Park

Attraction

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This park is also called Sea Life, but the sea life here is not worth the price of admission. The sea lion show was funny due to how pathetic it was. The dolphin show was better. We skipped the exotic bird show. There are "dolphin experiences" available for a fee.

About half of the slides were operational when we were there, maybe due to the low season. We did have fun on a few of the slides, and the little kids liked floating around the lazy river. A snack bar and ice-cream stand are available. It’s probably not worth the money, but a good break from the hotel.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 13, 2005

Splash Park

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

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Sayulita is a 35-minute drive up Mex 200 from Nuevo Vallarta. It is outside of the bay, so the waves are bigger. The city is very small and has the feel of a Mexican fishing village. The beach offers surfboard rentals, sales, and lessons. There are also boat trips available.

The beach is beautiful, without all of the high-rise resorts. However, starting about 10 yards out, there are large rocks instead of sand. We thought about using our boogie boards, but decided that being dashed on the rocks wasn't worth the risk.

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1. Getting there: We drove our minivan from Mexico City in a little over 10 hours. It is a beautiful drive through rolling hills and the road is good until you reach the coast. Tolls are steep at about $85 each way. The airport is obviously more convenient, but having a car was nice. 2. Parking: Valet service is 250 pesos weekly, plus tips. Public parking is a good 10-minute walk from the hotel. 3. Check-in was very friendly, and the staff spoke good English. We said no to a timeshare presentation right then and were not asked again. Ask for a room you want. The red and yellow towers are much closer to the beach and the pool than the blue tower. However, the view from those tower...Read More