Puerto Vallarta Journals

Quick Holiday, Long weekend - Mexico

A February 2006 trip to Puerto Vallarta by MJB1103

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico More Photos
Quote: We needed a little R and R to get us through the winter blahs so we headed to the 85ºF sun in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. We swam, ate, and lounged about, and enjoyed every minute of it.

Quick Holiday, Long weekend - Mexico

Overview

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Buses are easy to take and cheap. It costs about 3.50 pesos (35¢), and you can usually catch one near your hotel. It's always a bumpy ride, but tons of fun. If you get a chance, the best things to do in PV are whale watching and swimming with the dolphins. There are tons of tours, jeeps, horses, boats, etc. Don't forget to try the restaurants, there is some of the best food in PV.Quick Tips: When taking taxis, always set your price with the driver before you get in his cab. If you do not do this you could be left to pay whatever he says once you reach your destination.Best Way To Get Around: When coming into PV, the fastest was to your hotel is by taxi. Most have transport as part of...Read More

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center

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Hotel | "Sheraton Bougainvilleas Resort and Towers"

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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This was my first time at the Sheraton but fourth in PV. I have to say that the Tower room on the 23rd floor with butler service was the way to go. Fab all the way!!! We checked in without any trouble, got to our room, met our butler, had breakfast, and were lying in the sun by 12:30pm. Not too shabby for a 6am flight out of DTW. The room was modern, clean, and without excess. It had a gorgeous ocean view, with a window that opened wide. We sat listening to the ocean and watching the sun set every night. The butler service includes turn-down service with a chocolate on your pillow, complimentary buffet continental breakfast in the lounge down the hall every morning, and afternoon snacks with wine...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 21, 2006

Sheraton Buganvilias Resort and Convention Center
Blvd Medina Ascencio 999
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48330

Fajita Republic

Restaurant

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One of our favorite places to eat in PV, Fajita Republic has wonderful steak fajitas, pina coladas, and Caesar salad, and you always leave full. The fajitas come with a ton of sides and fillings, so much you will overstuff your tortilla. It costs my husband and I less than $35 for salad, dinner, and drinks. They always serve fresh chips, in a paper cone, and salsa to start you out with, and the menu has many choices. Fajita stays open late, so you can nap after the pool and have a late supper without worry. I love sitting on the street side of the dining room so we can pay for a song from the strolling guitar players. From the Sheraton, the cab over cost 40 pesos ($4), and we walked most of the way ba...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 21, 2006

Fajita Republic
Pino Suarez 321
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48300
+ 52 322 231 31

River Cafe

Restaurant

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This is one of the more expensive meals while in Puerto Vallarta. Gourmet food and presentation. The atmosphere is dimly lit, romantic but yet great for larger parties or families. Open air, like most restaurants in Mexico, it sits right on the River Cuale. The service was fab. Our waiter was fun, informative, and attentive. My husband had a drink, we ordered a bottle of water, salad, and two entrees came to $75 with tip. This is a laid back meal not to be rushed, but well worth the money. They have wonderful table desserts, but we were too full to order any. We saw a few things happening at other tables that looked like a flambe. They had live music the night we went (Saturday). They serve steaks, ch...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

River Cafe
Isla Río Cuale #4, Colonia Centro
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48300
+52 (322) 2230788

La Dolce Vita

Restaurant

La Dolce Vita Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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Now this place is hopping all the time. They stay open until 2am almost everyday and are busy all day and all night. The atmosphere is laid back, family style Italian where everybody is welcomed. It can be loud and rowdy but the food is great. Husband and I shared the brushetta, which melted in our mouths. We each had a salad and shared the mushroom pizza (brick oven), it was to die for! We spent about $35 with tip and drinks. Not too bad. At one point some "regulars" came in and there was a sing-a-long at the bar with the staff and all. They have TVs, which had on the Olympics while we were there. The staff is very friendly and fun. They also had a magician going from table to table doing c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 23, 2006

La Dolce Vita
Paseo Diaz Ordaz 674
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48380
+52 322 22 238 52

Puerto Vallarta Beaches Photo, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are not as soft and pristine as those you may find in the Caribbean. They tend to be more of a rough, pebble type sand. While it is wonderful to walk, even in bare feet, more people tend to sit on lounge chairs rather than towels. Kids love to play in it, non the less, but adults tend to keep their things up near the hotel pool area and take a brief walk, or wait for early morning runs or evening sunsets. Coming from the Midwest, we love all beaches in tropical climates. We love Puerto Vallarta so much that the beaches aren't bad enough to keep us from visiting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 24, 2006

Puerto Vallarta Beaches
On the Bay
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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You will find time share sales everywhere you go in Mexico. In PV they tend to be in the hotels as soon as you arrive. Most first timers are surprised and then irritated to find the nice person who greeted them upon arrival, dressed in Hotel attire, not only was not part of check-in but also was keeping them from the start of their vacation by trying to sell them a time share. Beware!! When you first get into the hotel, go straight for the front desk. Don't stop for anyone. Check out your hotel online to familiarize yourself with their lobby area, if you can, if there are pictures. Google your hotel, if need be, to see reviews and pictures from other travelers. Once you check-in and can re...Read More