Set on the Mexican Riviera’s beautiful Banderas Bay and framed by the majestic Sierra Madre mountains, Puerto Vallarta boasts 40 miles of coastline, beautiful beaches, sparkling blue waters, championship golf courses; and every imaginable sport and outdoor adventure activity that the most discerning traveler would expect from a world-class resort.
But Puerto Vallarta is also a destination rich in culture and steeped in tradition that conserves all of the charm and character of a small Mexican town and is home to numerous cultural festivals and sports tournaments from music, theater, and film to culinary arts, traditional indigenous cultures, colorful religious processions, championship golf and nautical regattas. Puerto Vallarta is also home to some of Mexico’s most trend-setting art galleries and features an impressive collection of public art along its famous malecon (the promenade along the sea). Its internationally acclaimed restaurants offer one of the finest culinary experiences in Mexico.
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Language spoken in Puerto Vallarta Spanish. English widely spoken in most areas. . Currency and exchange used in Puerto Vallarta The Mexican Peso is the local currency. Most hotels have a money exchange office on site. US dollars can be exchanged in banks only. Visa and Mastercard are the most widely accepted credit cards. ATM's are not easy to find and the Cirrus system is not compatible everywhere. Please be advised that effective December 1, 2012, local purchases in Mexico can only be paid using Mexican pesos or credit card. Passengers can exchange their USD or CAD currency at the departing or arriving airports, a currency exchange service in destination, and some hotel lobbies (subject to availability). Voltage in Puerto Vallarta 110V (same as Canada and US) Vacation packing checklist Click here for a vacation packing checklists
While on vacation in Puerto Vallarta
Sunwing suggests the recommendations below while traveling on vacation to Puerto Vallarta to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Resort Check-in Information
Please have your Sunwing hotel voucher ready for check-in at the hotel's reception. Based upon your arrival and check-in time, it is possible that your room may not be ready. Pack your bathing suit, shorts and sunscreen in your carry-on so that you can enjoy the facilities until your room is available.
Our welcome briefing provides valuable information on Puerto Vallarta, your hotel services, money exchange, shopping, and excursions. We will also inform you about the departure procedure and answer any questions you may have. Make sure to attend yours.
Help in Destination
Your friendly Sunwing destination representative is available in Puerto Vallarta should you require assistance. Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your hotel for a schedule of when your Sunwing destination representative is available.
It is recommended that you drink bottled water while in Puerto Vallarta. Most hotels offer bottled water in your hotel room and can also be purchased in the hotel's shop and in grocery stores. The ice and drinking water served in the hotels are generally made from purified water.
Long Distance Calls
Long distance telephone charges in Puerto Vallarta can be quite expensive. It is recommended to make a collect call or use your calling card. Service charges may apply when calling from your hotel room.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Please use your safety deposit box for all your valuables, cash and travel documents. Some hotels in Puerto Vallarta provide safety deposit boxes free of charge while others may require a nominal fee. You will be required to pay a penalty fee if you lose the key.
Traveling to foreign destinations can be very exhilarating. Tourists must be aware that potential problems and risks to your personal safety could exist anywhere. Please use the same personal safety precautions and common sense on your vacation that you would at home e.g. apply sunscreen frequently, do not swim alone and do not display cash. Avoid venturing out alone and beware of dark or isolated areas.
Taxes and Tipping
Generally, taxes are automatically added to purchases. The tipping percentage is similar to that at home. If you receive good service, please express your gratitude and offer a tip.
Your Flight Home
Please check the Sunwing Vacations information boards or binders located in your hotel to reconfirm your flight from Puerto Vallarta and its departure time. As a friendly reminder, make sure that you have packed your flight documents, medication, or any articles that you must have with you at all times in your carry-on luggage. Seat selection is on a first come, first serve basis at the airport, unless previously booked and paid for prior to your departure.