Arriving in Puerto Vallarta by Air
Have your tourist card ready,
you would have filled this out, together with your customs form, on
the plane. Our airport now has a Web
Site. even if it's all "Under Construction", except Security Rules, which is in Spanish .
Out of Customs, through the timeshare trap, got your pesos, you'll
see three taxi ticket booths, rates are posted and one maybe a little less. Ignore the
crowds of people yelling 'Taxi' and go straight to the booth, buy your
tickets, the price is pretty well set and about double the city (yellow)
taxi, but it's a Federal Zone, requires expensive Federal Plates and
they have to come back empty, since they can not pick up in town. There's
a rough guide to prices on the Transport page. Crossing the road to get a yellow city taxi will not save you much and not worth the hassle.
Arriving by Cruise Ship.
|The Marine Terminal is an other Federal
Zone, so the same Federal Plated taxis will
some money and
walk out towards the main road and catch a yellow city cab. Don't let the yellow city taxis tell you a price per person, that's illegal, but they know the Federal plated taxi charge more. Maybe walk down to the Soriana and get some pesos, then catch a taxi, see Map.
I would not recommend booking your city tours via the cruise ship, these tours will take you to the establishments (stores and restaurants) that have paid a hefty fee to the cruise line, this fee is passed on to you as higher prices, some restaurants even have a separate menu for cruise ship customers. Many cruise lines try and frighten their passengers into taking the ship sponsored tours, claiming that the passengers will get sick or cheated otherwise.
Only passengers who have bought tours through the ship, will be allowed to disembark first, the other passengers have to wait about an hour before they can leave. Keep in mind that most cruise ships keep to a 'ship time' which is one hour earlier than 'local time', so if the ship docks at 7am, it's could actually be 8am
Superior Tours can pick you up at the dock and he provides many types of private tours in a very nice air-conditioned 14 passenger van, at very competitive prices.
The same goes for other tours, such as the very popular Canopy Tour Los Veranos. If you book on-line for this tour and others, you'll save yourself a lot of money.
If you want to go on the Canopy Tour, don't try and book for the 9am or 10am trips, they will be full of the passengers who bought the tour through the cruise ship - at very inflated prices , better to take the 11am, 12 noon or even later ones. This tour takes about 4 hours and you'd still have plenty of time to get back to the ship.