Are you planning a vacation at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in the near future? If you are, then you may be wondering how you will get around Puerto Vallarta and see all that this amazing city has to offer.
Puerto Vallarta is an appealing and pleasant city that is easy to navigate to enjoy its many activities and tours, go sightseeing, and dine at the best restaurants. From Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, you are just ten minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta, and you can take a taxi to the downtown area for as little as ten dollars or even cheaper if you take the bus (the good news is that there is a bus stop located just outside the resort).
Here are some tips for how best to get around Puerto Vallarta:
Taxis are plentiful in Puerto Vallarta. You will hear a honk just when you start to think that you need a taxi. Garza Blanca guests can have the bellboys call a taxi for you and they will arrive at the resort quickly. You may need to negotiate the taxi fare, so make sure you know the rough cost before you start your journey. Guests should ask the bellboys what the normal fare is, so you know what to expect. There are standard fare prices for each zone in Puerto Vallarta, so what you pay on the way into town should reflect what you pay on your return, although the taxis that you take from Federal Zone areas like the airport or Maritime Port will cost more.
The local bus service is an easy way to get around Puerto Vallarta, although you may have to change buses a few times if you are traveling further distances. The bus services are pretty frequent and they are cheap too. Most fares cost around fifty cents (10 pesos). Some of Puerto Vallarta’s downtown buses have air conditioning, but the Orange Bus (so named because of its orange color) that stops outside Garza Blanca Resort tends to be hot as there is no air conditioning and gets very busy during rush hour. The return bus is also orange and will leave from Basilio Badillo Street by the OXXO convenience store; it will say “Mismaloya.” If you stay on this orange Mismaloya bus past Garza Blanca, it will take you to Boca de Tomatlán from where you can take water taxis to south shore beaches such as Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa. To travel further south to the Botanical Gardens or El Tuito, you will need to catch the blue bus that passes the resort.
To reach other destinations in Puerto Vallarta and beyond, you must first take the orange bus from Garza Blanca to the Old Town. Once you arrive, you will need to cross the road and catch the blue bus that is marked Ixtapa, Marina Vallarta or Walmart (avoid green buses unless you want to go to the Los Mangos Library or the local neighborhood of Pitillal). For the main bus station, you will need to choose the Ixtapa bus. If you would like to take the bus to Sayulita, Punta Mita, Bucerias or San Pancho, change at Walmart.
Renting a car in Puerto Vallarta is easy and is one of the best ways to get around Puerto Vallarta. It is pretty hard to get lost if you stick to the main roads and remember that on one side is the ocean and the other side is the mountains. Blvd. Francisco Medina Ascencio is the main road connecting most areas in Puerto Vallarta; just remember that here, to make a left turn, you need to take the lateral slip road and wait for the green arrow. Don’t wait in the middle of the road.
Car rentals in Puerto Vallarta are often cheaper if you do so on the internet from home, but you can also arrange this service at the hotel when you arrive, just ask the concierge to make the car rental arrangements for you. Make sure to take out the full insurance on the car rental as it is not uncommon for cars in Puerto Vallarta to be uninsured.
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