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  1. Do I need a passport to travel to Mexico?
  2. Is it necessary to rent a car?
  3. Where can I buy groceries?
  4. What clothes do I need to bring?
  5. What's there to do around here?
  6. Are there good restaurants and
    places for evening entertainment
  7. Is the beach safe for kids?
  8. Where are the golf courses?

Q.  Do I need a passport to travel to Mexico?

A. 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.

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Q.  Is it necessary to rent a car?

A. 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 is 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.

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Q.  Where can I buy groceries?

A. 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 Costco and Sam's Club not far from the airport.

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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!

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QWhat's there to do around here?

A.  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 watching, fishing, 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
horseback riding
along the beach
in front of
Casa Terra!


We will be happy
to help you arrange
for Maria to come over
to the casa
for an onsite
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.

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Q.  Are there good restaurants and places for evening entertainment?

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.

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Q.  Is the beach safe for kids?

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

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Q.  Where are the golf courses?

A.  As follows:
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 Club
This Punta de Mita gem boasts a
n 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.

"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
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.

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Casa Terra, 9A La Puntilla, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico
Contact:  Marilyn Hadley  |  Phone:  250 752-6304  | e-mail

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