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Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips

Don Herman

Hi, I'm Don from Denver, Colorado. I retired from being Chief of Operations for a Denver metro area school district in 2013 and have been traveling the world since. I love sharing my tips and observations from my travels.

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14 Responses

  1. Tommy Potter says:

    Puerto Vallarta is definitely a beautiful beach destination in Mexico that everyone should visit at least once in their life.I think the tips you mention in your publication are very timely and immediately make one want to schedule the next vacation there especially with the extreme cold that has been suffered this winter in the United States.

    • admin says:

      Yes, we were sad to return this year – Colorado got hit by a big snowstorm the day after we got back!  Oh well.  There’s always next month.

  2. Dammy says:

    Mexico is one of the country I would love to visit when I get the chance amazing people, exquisite culture a nice place to spend a good holiday. Have heard Puerto Vallarta a couple of times but I had no idea what it look or feels like in the region it’s amazing how they are already catching up on things you wouldn’t expect, the Uber post was really intriguing to read about it hasn’t been popular for long but people are already making use of it which is nice. You really put alot of work to this write up it couldn’t have been better. Very nice Post, Good work. 

    • admin says:

      Thanks!  Yes, we love Puerto Vallarta – it’s smaller than a big city like Guadalajara or Mexico City or even Acapulco, but still big enough for some great food and fun.  

  3. Anthony Hu says:

    Dear Don,

    It is a timely article for me. My wife and I are planning trip to Puerto Vallarta, since our friends recommend it to us.

    We feel that the biggest cost for us is the airfare. In order to get cheap air-ticket, what is the best time to fly from New York to Puerto Vallarta?

    I bookmarked your post and will study more on the area. 

    Thanks for sharing


    • admin says:

      I would recommend the “fringe seasons” for a cheaper airfare.  This would be the month of November, and anytime after mid-March, except for the big Spring Break weeks.  I always check California’s spring break calendar for that because they send so many people down.  In 2020, for example, spring break is March 21.  So I would check the week before that for a good airfare to PV.  

  4. Nsikakabasi says:

    Hello thanks a lot for this post.

    Its a dream to travel to Puerto Vallarta and would do that soon from your post the section you said I shouldn’t flash my money and expensive stuff do you mean Puerto Vallarta is not fully safe?

    Also I have another question hope I can get reservation for a hotel quickly. 

    I don’t need to go around searching?

    Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Well, really you shouldn’t flash your money ANYWHERE, really.  It’s very safe in Puerto Vallarta, but you do need to be careful, just like anywhere else.

  5. Ennymatics says:

    Brilliant article on the travel tips to Puerto vallarta. You normally wouldn’t want to start doing weird things In a foreign land as it endangers your safety and all so this provides a brilliant guide on what you should do and don’t do as well as what you should expect in the region

  6. Rob says:

    A very useful article for visitors to Puerto Vallarta. The taxi information is particularly useful, especially the tip to select a pick up point for an Uber away from ‘normal’ taxi ranks to avoid a conflict. Also good advice about drinking the local tap water. As you say, bottled is best in such places to be on the safe side.

  7. Brenda says:

    Very informative post on Puerto Vallarta-Travel Tips. These are very useful tips especially when traveling to another country for the first time. Safety is indeed a concern wherever in the world we travel.  I think taking an Uber is so much better in terms of safety and accountability. It’s so comforting when you are in a strange place. It’s easier to get robbed taking a taxi than it is taking an Uber. Drinking water is also an important point that I appreciate so much. How are the accommodations at Puerto Vallarta? Are there Airbnbs there?

    Thanks for sharing this! It great when planning a vacation to have these vital information about the area you are planning to visit. 


  8. Amber says:

    Excellent information and tips. I had no idea about the taxis being union controlled. So, would you recommend using Uber as your transportation method? Just curious to which is best. Buses probably are cheaper but have a longer transport time frame due to stops.  And do you have any recommendation on restaurants in Puerto Vallarta?

    • admin says:

      I use cabs a lot, as you can flag one down on the street, which you can’t do with Uber.  But for trips that are planned and longer I use Uber.  I’m working on a post about restaurants which I will post soon.

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