Q. Is it necessary to rent a car?
A. No, the bus service is very good as a bus leaves every 15 to 20 minutes along the highway–just a block and a half from Villas del Sol and heads directly into downtown Puerto Vallarta (via the many stops along the way). You can easily take the bus to Punta De Mita or Destiladaros beach–about 30 minutes away.
Buses are privately owned and some look a bit funky but they get you where you want to go and you are woven into the Mexican fabric as you journey. Don’t be surprised if an entertainer leaps on board to belt out a song about lost love and overdue rent. Mexicans tend to tip a few pesos whether the entertainment is Vegas caliber or not.
Q. Where can I buy groceries?
A. There are several good grocery stores in the area with The Mega just a short taxi ride away (similar to Safeway) and you won’t want to miss the Bucerias Sunday market where everything is available–from fruits and vegetables, to dried foods, to clothing and pharmacy items as well as electronics and more. You could say the Bucerias Sunday market is an outdoor department store!
You wont need to stop on your way from the airport to pick up some supplies because we provide pre-arrival shopping for you. A shopping list will be sent with your final documents (Premium Package). Unless you are on a special diet, most foods can be obtained in the Puerto Vallarta area. Be sure to bring along your Sam’s Club Card as there is a Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart about a half mile south of the airport, across from the cruise ship terminal. A new Costco has opened about a half mile south of the cruise ship terminal, so be sure to take your membership card.
Q. What clothes do I need to bring?
A. Shorts, tee shirts and bathing suites. Long pants aren’t necessary unless you really like dressing up for dinner. There are only a few place in downtown Puerto Vallarta that have a dress code and require long pants–other than that a clean tee shirt and shorts will do. January through March the evenings may get a little cool, so a sweater or lightweight jacket might be in order. If you plan to travel inland, the evenings are considerable cooler so long pants and a jacket should be packed. As with any tropical area you could experience rain showers so it would be wise to pack a lightweight fold up umbrella. Don’t worry though, if you do get wet the sun will dry you off in no time! Be sure to pack good walking shoes as the streets are paved with cobblestones and you won’t want to twist an ankle. Remember not to over pack–although everyone does!
Q. What’s there to do around here?
A. As much, or as little as you want to do. We keep an updated list in the villas that detail the many nearby activities that include the best places for swimming, snorkeling and diving, whale watching, fishing, kayaking, boating, surfing, wind surfing, parasailing, horseback riding, golfing, and shopping.
You might just want to soak up some rays by the pool and sip on a cool one as you relax on one of the lounges, or perhaps body surfing is more your style! And don’t forget, beachcombing is just a short stroll away!
Remember, it’s your vacation, so do it your way.
Q. Are there good restaurants and places for evening entertainment?
A. We keep an updated list at the villas of great local restaurants Bucerias and La Cruz, as well as some of our favourite eating spots in downtown Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita, Sayulita and more. We also have a list of establishments that provide evening entertainment.
Q. Is the beach safe for kids?
A. Absolutely! With miles of white sand, the kids can make castles in the sand and comb the beach for shells and other treasures. Parents can relax with a tall cool one under the shade of a beach palapa or a palm tree as they watch the kids at play.
Q. Where are the golf courses?
A. As follows:
Marina Vallarta Golf
Located in Marina Vallarta, (about 20 minutes from Villas del Sol) operated by Club Corporation of America, this 18-hole course offers clubhouse, golf carts, caddies, pro shop, dining, driving range, putting green, pro service, golf lessons, course snack cart and showers.
Flamingos Golf Course
Located in Nuevo Vallarta (about 8 to 10 minutes from Villas del Sol) this public 18-hole course offers a driving range, putting green, snack bar and golf lessons. Also has tennis courts.
Four Seasons Golf Club
This Punta de Mita gem boasts an 18-hole course of which eight fairways are waterfront. Jack Nicklaus designed this private course with a spectacular optional island green for the third hole. Planned for the future are two more 18-hole golf courses.
Mayan Palace Resort in Nuevo Vallarta has a full service 18-hole course.
Paradise Village Resort in Nuevo Vallarta.
Operated by Club Corporation of America, was the site of the EMC World Cup Golf Championship from December 12-15, 2002. It has two 18-hole golf courses now open. They are located on the hillside behind Puerto Vallarta.