- Do I need a passport
to travel to Mexico?
- Is it necessary to rent a car?
- Where can I buy groceries?
- What clothes do I need to bring?
there to do around here?
- Are there good restaurants and
places for evening entertainment?
- Is the beach safe for kids?
Where are the golf courses?
The US Department of State has announced a plan
called the "Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative," designed to enhance border
security, which will require people traveling between the United States and the
Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada to have a passport to enter
or re-enter the United States. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Mexico and
Bermuda will be affected.
Beginning December 31, 2006, a passport will be
required for all air and sea travel to or from Mexico and Canada. Canadian and
Mexican citizens, and US citizens returning from Canada or Mexico, will be
required to present a passport to enter or re-enter the United States.
While we do recommend having a rental car it is not absolutely necessary as
taxis are readily available from La Cruz and the bus service
very good as a bus leaves every few minutes from the top of the driveway
and heads into Bucerias or downtown Puerto Vallarta (via the many stops along the
way). You can easily take the bus to Punta De Mita
or Destaladaros beach--about 15 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 calibre or not.
There are several good grocery stores in the area. You
probably will want to stop on your way from the airport to pick up some supplies
and we will provide that information with your final documents.
Unless you are on a special diet, most foods can be obtained
in the Puerto Vallarta area.
Be sure to bring along your Costco or Sam's Club Card as there is a new
Sam's Club not far from the airport.
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!
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As much, or as little as you want to do. We keep an updated list at the
Casa that details the many nearby
activities that include the best places for swimming,
snorkelling and diving, whale
kayaking, boating, surfing, wind surfing, parasailing,
horseback riding, golfing, and shopping.
We can help you
arrange a fishing charter,
whale watching tour,
snorkel and diving tour,
or a sightseeing tour
around the Bay of Banderas...
...or you could go
along the beach
in front of
We will be happy
to help you arrange
for Maria to come over
to the casa
massage or facial,
at VERY reasonable rates!
You might just want
to relax poolside or sip on a cool one as you float around on one of the pool lounges,
or use the boogie boards that are provided. And don't forget, beachcombing is
just steps from your front door!
Remember, it's your
vacation, so do it your way.
A. We keep an updated list at the Casa of
great local restaurants in La Cruz and Bucerias, including a wonderful street
taco restaurant in La Cruz that you won't want to miss. We also have a
listing of establishments that provide evening entertainment.
A. Yes, the
kids can play just steps away from the front door
where they can explore tide pools, capture sea
life, and comb the beach for shells and other
treasures. The ocean floor is slightly rocky at La Puntilla
beach, but this keeps tourists and locals away from the area in front
of the Casa, thus allowing for more privacy.
Parents can enjoy the common grassy area and relax with a tall cool one under
the shade of one of the many palm trees as they watch the kids play.
Kids can play in
the tide pools while
the parents relax in the shade of a palm tree
and watch the boats at anchor is the bay
Marina Vallarta Golf
Located in Marina Vallarta, (about 30 minutes from La Puntilla) 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 15 minutes from La
Puntilla) this public 18-hole course offers a driving range, putting
green, snack bar and golf lessons. Also has tennis courts.
Four Seasons Golf Clubn
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.
This Punta de Mita gem boasts a
Mayan Palace Resort in Nuevo Vallarta has a full
service 18-hole course.
"El Tigre" at
Paradise Village Resort in Nuevo Vallarta.
Designed by Robert Von Hagge, with special features like 5 to 6 tees
per hole and extra wide fairways.
Club Vista It has two 18-hole golf
courses now open. They are located on the hillside
behind Puerto Vallarta.
Operated by Club Corporation of America, was the site of the EMC World
Cup Golf Championship from December 12-15, 2002.
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