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TIME ZONE & AREA CODE
Puerto Vallarta lies in the Central Time Zone. To place a phone call to our city from US and Canada , dial (011) 52 322 and then the seven-digit local phone number. Other nearby áreas Punta Mita, Sayulita, Bucerias, La Cruz uses the prefix 329 instead the 322
Other countries: dial your international access number depending on your country. In some countries is 00 in others is 001, etc. then Mexico's country code : 52 then Puerto Vallarta code 322 and the 7 digit phone number , for a mobile phone add 1 before the 52 country code.
The local currency is the mexican peso. We recommend to pay in pesos , the exchange rate has been change constantly for the last few years and you will find many places giving you different exchange rates. However if you don’t have another option, most of the places will take your CAD and US dollars but no GBP and EUR , for this, go to the Money Exchange offices or go directly to a Mexican Bank for the best exchange rate
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You can find taxis everywhere in town, they charge based on zones and are not very expensive , just make sure to confirm the price before. Minimum rate is around $4.00 ( US dollar) $ 70 pesos and a set fee of around $ 4 (US dollar) per zone. Tips is not included in the fare, but if you received a great service you can tip around 10%. They are easily identified by their yellow-white color or just white and signs. A taxi fare list are available at most of the hotels, check with your concierge, bellman, or hotel receptionist.
If you need a special taxi service or a vip service within the town, to Guadalajara, Sayulita, Punta Mita etc or from/to airport, we can make arrangements, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are going to a specific restaurant, hotel or tour , do not let the taxi driver takes you into some other "better" place ( he's probably taking you to his buddy's business where he will receive a commision from.)
A nice and inexpensive way to explore Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Local buses cost $ 10 pesos within the city $ 12 pesos to Mismaloya , $18.00 pesos to Nuevo Vallarta $ 20.00 to Bucerias $ 40.00 to Punta Mita and $35.00 to Sayulita
Buses drive from around 6AM until around 10:00-11PM all week within the city and 6am to 10 pm in other areas outside Puerto Vallarta . For Sayulita , Punta Mita its about every 30 minutes and San Sebastian has a special Schedule , please check before
The local buses can be identified by color: White and blue buses pass by the Marina Port Terminal and Walmart's,; orange ones travel from the Romantic Zone to Mismaloya and Boca; the gray/navy color buses with the sign ATM go to Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerías, Punta Mita and the Green and White with the sign Compostela will take you to Sayulita, all these buses you can take them at Wal Mart's near port terminal , there are other green buses that go to the neighborhoods outside the hotel zone, don’t take any of those unless you want a real “city tour” ,
If you are in a hotel outside downtown PV and want to go to downtown the local buses marked "Centro" go to downtown and on to Olas Altas, and the buses marked "Tunel" take the bypass to Olas Altas ( avoiding downtown Puerto Vallarta)
If you plan to visit the beaches only accesible by boat (Yelapa, Quimixto, Majahuitas, Las Animas) and dont want to take a tour you'll need to take a water taxi, either from the Los Muertos Pier or from Boca de Tomatlán. The price of the Water Taxi is 160 pesos one way, or 250 pesos roundtrip per person from Los Muertos Pier and about half price from Boca de Tomatlan. The price of the Water Taxi trip does include your baggage, but only that of which you can carry. If you have extra baggage, you will be required to pay a little extra. Boat leaves 10 am and 11 am from Los Muertos Pier every day and 9, 10 and 11 from Boca de Tomatlan,
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