Guest Information / Instruction

Dear Honored Guests of Nitta Condo #110

Thank you for staying in our personal home. We have gathered some useful information and tips below to help you enjoy your stay. It is intended as a general guide to benefit your vacation. Things change frequently, so keep this in mind.

Your hosts, Rich & Karen

Area Codes & Dialing Instructions

The area codes in Puerto Vallarta and the North Shore are 322 and 329, respectively. Local calls on landlines consist of seven digits; the area code does not need to be included. To call local cell phones from another local cell phone, you must dial the area code + seven digits. To call a local cell phone from a local landline, you must dial 044 + area code + seven digits. Please check with your cell phone service provider for specific information regarding coverage and dialing instructions. Whereas it is quite common to see telephone numbers in the USA and Canada printed in XXX-XXXX format, there is no standardized consensus here, due to the fact that, up to only a few years ago, telephone numbers in Puerto Vallarta consisted of only five digits. When in doubt, ask for a seven-digit telephone number.

ATMs, Credit Cards & Traveler’s Checks

ATM machines can be found throughout Puerto Vallarta. Withdrawals from your bank account are made in the equivalent amount of pesos, according to the exchange rate of the day. Traveler’s checks can be cashed at exchange houses with proper identification (driver’s license and/or passport). While many of Puerto Vallarta’s finest restaurants, hotels and shops will readily accept your international credit card, caution is advised, as credit card cloning is a common crime, regretfully. Do not accept assistance as you withdraw funds from an ATM machine and always make sure that the credit card intake slot shows no signs of tampering.

Bus Transportation

Busses are everywhere and can take you anywhere, near or far. There are many different bus lines…it’s best to ask people in the area or at the office once you get settled in. The owners have never rented a car to date.

Getting around the city on a bus is an inexpensive way to travel. Fares from one point to another anywhere in town are $5.5 pesos, roughly equivalent to 60 cents in USD. There are urban buses, which travel through town from early morning until 11:30 pm. Suburban buses reaching points south (Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatln, El Tuito) and points north (Punta Mita, Bucerias, La Cruz, Sayulita) are also available, departing from the South Side and Wal-Mart, across from the Maritime Terminal, respectively. Buses traveling to other cities, such as Guadalajara or Mexico City, depart from Puerto Vallarta’s bus terminal north of the airport throughout the day. These buses are larger and surprisingly comfortable when compared to their US or Canadian counterparts.

Car Rental

Avis car rental is very close and within walking distance…about 5 minutes to the south. It is located at the Marival Hotel. An alternative is Gecko Rent A Car in Bucerias. They will come to you with a car if you desire. Website: www.geckorentcar.com/. You can call Gecko at 329-298-0339. They speak English.

Currency

Pesos are the currency used in Mexico. Bills come in denominations of $20, $50, $100, $200, $500 and $1,000 pesos. Coins are in denominations of $1, $2, $5, $10 and $20 pesos and 10, 20 and 50 centavos. The exchange rate fluctuates daily. Currency exchange houses are available throughout Puerto Vallarta; however, most businesses in Puerto Vallarta will readily accept US currency as payment. And a word of advice. Since the 50- and 500-peso notes are similar in color, both a pinky brown, be careful not to confuse them!

Grocery Shopping

    There are many grocery and shopping stores close by to choose from:
  • Mega Store: In Bucerias about 10 minutes by car, similar to a Wal-Mart Superstore.
  • Wal-Mart Superstore: In Nuevo about 5-7 minutes by car.
  • Sunset Market: About 2-3 minutes by car, located in Paradise Village.
  • Corner Grocery: located in nearby hotels: within walking distance of Nitta…Marival (a few yards to the north), Costa Marina…(a few yards to the south).

Mall Shopping

    The Vallarta area is a shopping delight for all tastes and pocketbooks:
  • Paradise Village: In Nuevo 2-3 minutes by car, local stores with local crafts, tourist stores, tourist information, a small grocery store, fast food restaurants, breakfast & lunch & dinner restaurants, McDonalds, Starbucks, Baskin-Robins, etc.
  • Mega Shopping Plaza: Core store is the Mega, but also other stores around in, several banks, etc.
  • Vallarta Galleria: In Puerto Vallarta about 15 minutes by car. The largest indoor shopping mall in the region with several large and small stores, dozens of restaurants, department stores such as Liverpool, Radio Shack, etc.

Medical

    Puerto Vallarta has excellent medical care facilities. It is strongly advised that you consult your medical insurance company prior to visiting Mexico to confirm whether your policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses, such as a medical evaluation.
  • Urgent Care: In Nuevo / Paradise Village Plaza, about 2-5 minutes by car.
  • Hospital:
    • Cornerstone Hospital, located at Av. de los Tules #136, Col. Diaz Ordaz in Puerto Vallarta.
      Phone: 322-224-9400 or 322-226-3700.
      This is a new state-of-the-art facility with MRI, CAT scan, lithotripsy, Cardiac Services, Dialysis, International Services Department. All specialties, Level IV Trauma Center, bi-lingual. Community Services Program. Most insurance accepted.
    • San Javier Marina, located at Blvd. Fco. Medina Asencio, opposite the Marine Terminal.
      226-1010 Lic. Jesus Flores, This is a A large modern hospital, fully equipped with the latest technology, including: MRI: Cardiac Catheterism: Angio-resonance: Neuroradiology: Ecosonography: Mammography
    • Amerimed Hospital, All doctors are bilingual US Board certified. Hospital is open 24 hours. Emergency and urgent care. In addtion to inhouse consultations we offer hotel consultations.
      Located at Plaza Neptuno at the entrance to Marina Vallarta.
      Call us direct at 221-0023 or 221-0024
    • Physician: Located in the Mega Shopping Plaza is English speaking Mexican M.D., Dr. Alfonso Contreras. Cell: 322-121-1085
    • Chiropractic: Dr. Dennis Brittain, English speaking American licensed in California and Oregon. Located in the Mega Shopping Plaza.
  • For more medical facilities, scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Must-Bring Items

As a tourist destination that caters primarily to Americans and Canadians, you can expect to find just about everything you’ll need to enjoy your vacation here. PV is a walking town, and many of its streets are cobble-stoned, so consider bringing comfortable walking shoes. Waterproof sandals for the beach or the rainy season are also a good idea, along with hats to protect you from the sun. Other items, such as suntan lotion, hair products, common medications, batteries and film, are readily available for purchase.

Pharmacy

  • Farmacia California: (24 hrs) 2250635
  • Farmacia de Guadalajara: (24 hrs) 2220101
  • CMQ: Basilio Badillo 365 (24 hrs) Telephone: 2222941
  • Lux: Insurgentes 51 Telephone: 2221909
  • Vallarta: Juarez 547 Telephone: 2220004


Spanish Phrases Everyone Should Know

  • Cunto cuesta? How much is it? (As you're pointing at an item)
  • Donde estoy? Where am I?
  • Cmo se dice? How do you say? (Followed by the word you wish to learn)
  • Muchas gracias! Thank you!
  • Con permiso. Excuse me. (As you are trying to get by someone)
  • Por favor ... Please ...
  • No hablo espaol. Hablas ingls? I don't speak Spanish. Do you speak English?
  • Dnde est ... ? Where is ...
  • No, gracias. No, thanks.


Taxis

With over 1,000 taxis in town, hailing one is easy. Taxi fares are not metered, but are standardized enough for you to expect to pay the same amount for the same trip. Asking about the fare before you get in is always a good idea. Also, asking ahead of time if the driver knows where you intend to go may save you a few pesos and a headache.

Airport Taxis

Airports are federal zones by Mexican law. So, while any taxi can take you to the airport, only airport-authorized taxis can take you from the airport to your destination. Regular (ie, yellow) taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers at or near the airport. Flat rates for the airport-authorized taxis are pre-established by zone and paid in advance at the airport. Expect to pay a much higher rate when using an airport taxi, as compared to a regular taxi. Tipping the driver is not necessary, unless you expect him to assist you with your luggage at your destination. Alternatively, Puerto Vallarta’s urban bus lines heading north and south make regular stops on the main road next to the airport.

Telephones, Pay Phones & Cell phones

Telmex is the only telephone company in Mexico. Long-distance rates here are higher than in many other countries; however, many Internet cafs now offer reduced rates for long-distance calls to the USA and Canada. Pay phones are widely distributed throughout Puerto Vallarta, but most are not coin operated; you must purchase a plastic phone card, commonly available at drugstores, supermarkets and convenience stores. It is not a bad idea to purchase one ($3 - $5 USD) and carry it around just in case. Some visitors are able to use their cell phones while visiting Mexico, but please check ahead for your provider’s applicable charges. Long-term visitors often purchase a local cell phone, along with a prepaid card, to be reachable to others while in Puerto Vallarta.

Timeshare and Beach Vendor Etiquette

As you walk through the streets of Puerto Vallarta or enjoy our diverse beaches, you will undoubtedly encounter folks attempting to sell you something. Rather than being annoyed by this fact, a reality in our destination, perhaps you might appreciate the various and original methods these individuals will sometimes use to get your attention. The best thing to do if not interested is to say, “Thanks, but no thanks!” and wish them well. (“No, gracias” and “Buena suerte,” respectively)

Tours

The Navel Museum (free!) (open 9am - 7:30pm Tue - Friday: Weekends 10am - 5:30pm but closed from 2pm-3pm) right next to the amphitheater at Los Arcos, has a wonderful collection of artifacts and models depicting the history of Mexico's discovery, occupation by the Spanish and also other Spanish holdings in the world. Air conditioned and free. On the 2nd floor they have an art gallery and a coffee shop, serving breakfast. Very clean and ship shape. There are two balconies you can sit at.

Water

While the water in Puerto Vallarta is among the best in Mexico and is tested regularly, it is wiser to stick to bottled water, which is readily available. Most restaurants, bars and hotels use purified water, but feel free to ask to be sure. When cooking or preparing vegetables for salads, use products such as “Microdyn” to purify the water you use to clean them.

Weather

Puerto Vallarta is at the same latitude as Hawaii; thus, it shares the same tropical weather patterns. PV enjoys nearly 300 sunny days a year, with temperatures averaging 28 C or 82 F. During the winter months, daily temperatures are 78 – 85 F, cooling to around 70 F at night. The rainy season starts in mid-June and lasts until mid-October, bringing tropical rains and temperatures in the 90s along with very high humidity. The hottest months are August and September.

Medical (additional services)

Hospitals

Hospital Cornerstone New state-of-the-art facility with MRI, CAT scan, lithotripsy, Cardiac Services, Dialysis, International Services Department.
All specialties, Level IV Trauma Center, bi-lingual. Community Services Program.
Most insurance accepted.
Av. De Los Tules #136. behind Plaza Caraco tel. 224-9400
Web Site
San Javier Marina A large modern hospital, fully equipped with the latest technology, including: MRI: Cardiac Catheterism: Angio-resonance: Neuroradiology: Ecosonography: Mammography Blvd. Fco. Medina Asencio, opposite the Marine Terminal.
226-1010 Lic. Jesus Flores
Hospital CMQ A smaller hospital with 14 private rooms. Trauma Center.
Most Specialties.
Basilio Badillo #365 at Insurgents.
223-1919
Servicio Medico de la Bahia Small clinic, four rooms, X-ray and Intensive Care.
Urgent Care Center.
Also Organic Holistic Medicine
Acupuncture, Magnetic fields, Biological Dentistry, Chelation Therapies, Q2 , Colon Cleansing, Enzymes, Cell Therapies, etc.
Blvd. Fco. Medina Asencio #500, opposite the Sheraton Hotel.
222-2627

 

DOCTORS

Dr. Luis Arias General Practioner, Clinica Intermedica 293-1991
Dr. Aldo Curiel Internist, Clinica Intermedica 293-1991
Dr. Gonzales-Prado Gynecology, Cornerstone Hospital 224-9400
Dr. Max Greig Ortho -Trauma, Cornerstone Hospital 224-9400
Dr. Jos Luis Romo Homeopahy, Accupuncture and Rejuvenation Blvd. Fco. Medina Asencio #500, opposite the Sheraton Hotel.
222-2627
Dr. Jorge Chavez Cardiac Medical Care. Lucerna # 148
Col Versalles
293-1991
Dr. Rivera Plastic Surgery, Clinica Intermedica 293-1991 or 224-8122

DENTISTS

Dr Fernando Pealva General & Cosmetic dentistry, Periodontis, Oral Surgeon, Orthodontics and Paediactrics. Dr Fernando has been my dentist for over 20 years, he's the best dentist I've ever had. Clinica Dental Plaza Marina, NE. corner. 221-0165
Map. Web Site
Dr. Francisco Rincn Plpito #135 223-4182
cel 044 322 298 9351
Dr Adan Michel Aldanaca #170, Corner of Lisboa 224-4761, 224-8761
Dr. Alberto Hernandez Figueroa Smiles at Vallarta, Francisco I Madero #383 223-9648
Associated Dentists Basilio Badillo #311 223-0505

AMBULANCE

Global Air & Ground 24 hour service, with four AVLS ambulances in Puerto & Nuevo Vallarta.
Air evacuation.
226-1014
Cruz Roja 24 hour service. 223-4305
Aero Care International Air Evacuation based in San Diego, California. Modern airplanes and with the last medical technology. 24 hour service. Pamela Thompson.
224-8122, 222-9638
Cell. 044-322-107-7007
Wheelchair Rental Wheelchairs, scooters, oxygen cylinders & concentrators, Mexico Accesible

CHIROPRACTOR

Dr Leonard Sugerman Puerto Vallarta Medical Chiropractor. 236A Insurgents, 2nd floor, between L. Cardenas and F. Madero
223-3845 cell. 044-322-128-4397


Churches

Catholic

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (Parroquia de Guadalupe)
Hidalgo # 370. Tel: 222 1326
English Mass at 4pm on Saturdays and Bilingual at 10am Sundays.
Sacred Cross Parish (Parroquia de la Santa Cruz)
Lzaro Crdenas # 395 at Aguacate. Tel: 222 0989
Our Lady of the Refuge Parish (Parroquia de Nuestra Seora del Refugio) Corner of Per and Argentina. Tel: 222 4980 San Rafael Parish (Parroquia San Rafael) Calle Jamaica
Tel: 222 2440
Sacred Herat of Jesus Church (Templo Sagrado Corazn de Jess) Calle: Plaza Paritzica # 17 Col. Aramara Tel: 224 0329 Virgen of Talpa Church (Iglesia de la Virgen de Talpa) Plaza Central Sur # 167 Tel: 224 1323

Baptist

Evangelical

Centro Cristiano Nuevo Amanecer. Sierra Aconcagua # 111. Tel: 223 2020 Apostolic Church-Faith in Christ (Iglesia Apostlica de la Fe en Cristo) Costa Rica # 1422. Tel: 224 9682
Primera Iglesia Bautista, Argentina # 181 at Parque Hidalgo. Tel: 222 1722 or 222-0722. Sunday Services at Plaza Caracol (next to Cosmored, 2nd floor) 9:45am, in English at 11am and 7pm. Web Site Jehovah's Witnesses (Testigo de Jehov) Spanish. Libramiento # 244
Calvary Chapel, Pablo Picasso #105 at the enterance to Hotel Las Palmas, 1 block south of Gigante. Sunday 10:30am & 6:30 pm in English, Bible Study Tue & Wed 6:30 pm. Outreach program in a neighborhood located close to the dump. Free English classes Mon. Thur. Sat. tel. 293 5455 Also

Non-Denominational

Protestant

Christian Interdenominacional Church Lateral Libramiento # 332 Tel: 222 4019 Iglesia Christo Del Mar - Christ Church by the Sea
Anglican/Episcopalian - all faiths welcome - services in English
Sun 10 am Mid-November through Mid-May, across from the airport on the Northbound service road, next to Hertz. Phone US 619-822-2656
The Church at the Santa Barbara Theater, Casual, Contemporary. Home groups; community service; orphanage. Service in English, Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Olas Altas 351, South Side. cell 322-133-7263 E-Mail Seventh Day Adventist Church (Iglesia Adventista del Sptimo Da) Roma # 188. Tel: 224 8422
Light of the World (La Luz del Mundo) Col. Hermosa Provincia Tel: 224 8273 Iglesia Eben-Ezer, Juan Escutia # 301. Tel: 224 2630
New Dawn Center (Centro Nuevo Amanecer). Ave. Las Palmas. Tel: 222 3330. Services at 9 & 11am. Parroquia de San Miguel-Arcangel, Corner of Independencia and Zapata. Tel: 224 2053

Mormon

Church of Latter Day Saints (La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los ltimos Das). Emiliano Zapata # 420 Col. V. Gmez Faras. Sacrament, 8, 10 am and 12 noon tel. 224 9680


Deposit

50% minimum deposit is required for confirmed reservations.

Cancellations

No shows, late arrivals, change in number of persons, and early departures after arrival are non-refundable. Notice of cancellation MUST be submitted in writing. Notice given over the telephone will not be considered valid and will NOT be accepted. Because airline schedules must be booked months in advance, our clients often make their reservations 1 year in advance. When you make your reservation, you have reserved your time slot, rendering it not available for others who inquire about the same time. If you have a change of plans, people who wanted your time slot have already been turned away, forcing them to reserve elsewhere. In all cases a $150 administration fee will be charged for cancellations…most of which only covers the non-refundable bank charge card financial fees.

  • 9-24 month advance notice cancellation = 100% refund
  • 7-8 month advance notice cancellation = 50% refund
  • 4-6 month advance notice cancellation = 25% refund
  • 0-3 month to last minute cancellation = 0% refund