Why Choose Puerto Vallarta?
Why is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico the #1 fastest growing Vacation destinations for Americans?
· A “hidden paradise” nestled in the heart of Bandaras Bay with 24-miles of coastline
· Named the friendliest city in the world
· All-inclusive, standard and beachfront hotel options
· Provides an intimate, small-town feel with cobble-stoned streets
· All events close to your hotels meaning you’ll save money on taxi fares
· Presents the best of both worlds – exotic nightclubs and relaxed beach bars
· Offers more excursions than any other Spring Break destination
· Clear, blue skies and beautiful temperatures nearly every day
· Charismatic sunsets
· Outstanding cuisine to fit every budget
Not only is Puerto Vallarta titled the friendliest city in the world, it is one of the safest Mexican destinations. A vacation to Vallarta this year will leave you in a paradise with thousands of other vacationers looking for memories to last a lifetime. Whether you stay at an all-inclusive hotel or a standard option, you’ll never go hungry or need to look too far to quench your thirst, as Puerto Vallarta offers something to fit every budget. Take advantage of the scheduled events to get the best bang-for-your-buck or venture out for a gourmet dinner right on the beach and martinis at one of the numerous sky lounges you’ll find right downtown.
Again, join thousands of vacationers from all over the United States - Los Angeles to New York, Texas to Minnesota, who have already caught the Puerto Vallarta fever. You’ll be sure to find unforgettable days and nights in this, Mexico's fastest growing destination and is priced at a price for the vacationers -budget. Puerto Vallarta is a must-see destination during your adult years, so don’t miss out on the best up-and-coming vacationers destination!
Puerto Vallarta was a flourishing Mexican village long before it became an international tourist destination. The city's proximity to the Banderas Bay, the agricultural valley of the Ameca River, and the important mining centers in the Sierra have given the town a more interesting past than most Mexican tourist destinations. While Puerto Vallarta has recently gained its popularity in the last five or six years, this city is no stranger to tourism. Puerto Vallarta has been welcoming tourists from the United States, Europe, and National tourists from Guadalajara and Acapulco since the 1950’s.
About Puerto Vallarta
When you think of West Coast destinations, Puerto Vallarta is newly topping many lists. The city has opened its arms to vacationers over the last few years and offers a little of everything to its vacationers. Puerto Vallarta is a vacationers dream, as it offers a wide variety of excursions for the adventure travelers and relaxation for those looking to escape the stresses of school for a week in paradise. For those vacationers looking for a week where you don’t have to do the same activity twice, Puerto Vallarta is a perfect fit. You’ll find ideal weather, beautiful poolside scenery and beaches, unlimited activities and excursions, and nightlife to fit every style. Catch the fascinating sunsets overlooking your pool before you head to the club for a night you’ll never forget. While on your Puerto Vallarta, you can relax by day and party long into the early morning hours at night, you can shop till you drop at the authentic Mexican market and enjoy unparalleled dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Join thousands of other students who have already discovered this hidden paradise while you book your All Inclusive vacation to Puerto Vallarta!
Puerto Vallarta vacationers a little of everything, whether you wish to spend your days poolside working on your tan, head to a daytime beach-bash with contests and DJ entertainment, or check out one of Puerto Vallarta’s many famed excursions, you have a week to do it all. Check with your onsite staff to help coordinate the best excursion deals – the Outdoor Adventure, Canopy Tour, and Swim with the Dolphins are a must! Not up for a full day excursion, why not rent a jet-ski for a few hours or check out the beautiful terrain on an ATV? Did someone say TEQUILA?! Puerto Vallarta allows you the opportunity to officially welcome yourself to Mexico with a tequila tour and tasting – see how and where it’s made and try your favorite drink.
Puerto Vallarta Vacations hosts a different nightclub or bar every night of the week with various theme parties and contests to make it a week to remember, including the city’s wildest Foam Party at Collage, hottest dress-to-impress at Christine Club, and the ultimate party at Puerto Vallarta’s newest and fastest growing club, Mandala! Not up for the big clubs every night – no problem. Puerto Vallarta offers a venue for everyone, as it hosts main events at chill, open-air bars where you can come dressed in your board shorts and flip-flops for the beach party at Señor Frog’s or a Mardi Gras party at Hilo.
Puerto Vallarta boasts a tropical climate with near constant temperatures and humidity year round. Average daily temperatures are in the mid-80’s with lows near 70*F. Situated Mexico’s western coast in the heart of the Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta’s weather tends to be mild in comparison with Mexico’s other west-coast cities.
As of January 23, 2007, ALL U.S. citizens, traveling by AIR between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document. A tourist card (provided at the airport) must also be completed, presented upon entering Mexico, retained during one's stay, and surrendered upon leaving the country. The tourist card is available at Mexican Consulates, travel agencies, or airline check-in counters.
While the official language in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is Spanish, many people have an understanding of the English language. Most service employees speak both English and Spanish.
Taxis are hands-down the easiest way to get around Puerto Vallarta. They may be taken directly from the hotels and are available 24 hours a day. Your hotel staff will assist you in hailing a taxi when leaving the hotel for an event, and there are always a great number of taxis waiting at the clubs at the end of the night to escort the students home. It is always advisable to settle on the fare before taking a taxi. Puerto Vallarta taxis run on a grid and the rates are pre-set. The most you will pay for a taxi to any sponsored event is 60 pesos (about $6) PER CAB, not per person; however most fairs will be closer to 40 pesos (about $4).
Another option is public buses. Buses operate from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and are very inexpensive. However, at peak hours of the day they may be very crowded. When headed toward the “downtown” area, take the bus that reads “Malecon” and to return to the hotel zone, take the bus that reads “Centro”.
You have several options to exchange your US Dollars into Mexican Pesos. While nearly all establishments accept the US Dollar, you will earn the best rate if you exchange your money a little at a time. The best exchange rate is found at the Casas de Cambio (Currency Exchange Houses) throughout Puerto Vallarta, but all hotels also exchange small bills. In addition, there are ATM/Cash Machines located throughout the city – but when using these please remember that you are taking money out in Mexican Pesos, so if you are looking for $100 USD you must enter $1000 pesos. Click here to check the current exchange rate.
The same as in the U.S.A. and Canada: 110 Volts, 60 cycles, A.C.
The general custom is to tip 15% on restaurants and bar bills, $2 (U.S.) per person for bellboys, and $2 (U.S.) per room/per night for maids.
Dining and Drinking
Puerto Vallarta offers its visitors some of the best food in all of Mexico. You’ll find food to accommodate every appetite, from a gourmet dinner on the beach to a quick taco from a street stand. Restaurants generally open at 7:00 am for breakfast, and most remaining open through midnight. Legal drinking age in Mexico is 18 years.
About the Water
The water in Puerto Vallarta is generally safe and purified but care must still be taken to avoid Turista, which causes symptoms such as stomach discomfort. The water and ice cubes in the hotels, restaurants, and other venues we work with is considered safe; however, we suggest drinking bottled water rather than tap water just to be safe. If for any reason you should feel under the weather, our staff can refer you to one of our trusted clinics.