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  1. Most cruisers prefer to stay either in Hotel New York (the former HAL headoffice and next to the cruise terminal) or the old ss Rotterdam. Also next to the cruise terminal is the NHow Hotel. All have their own restaurants and around them you will find some restaurants. However it is not walking distance from the center, you need public transport, or watercab for that. More citycenter is the Hilton Hotel, also Citizen M, Mainport Design Hotel and near Centraal Station also the Marriott . Just to name a few.
  2. Shops and most restaurants in Puerto Vallarta will be open on December 25. Sometimes they open a littl later then other days. The evening/night of December 24 is the most important in Mexico, a family get together. That day often shops and restaurants close a bit earlier then on other days.
  3. We were 6 persons with luggage and had no problem with https://www.civitavecchiashuttleexpress.com/
  4. I think it is too far out for any plans yet.
  5. Get a cab into town, walk the Malecon along the ocean. Have drinks or lunch at Playa los Muertos, walk the pier there. Check the link with maps and info I gave earlier on this board.
  6. Be ware not all drivers will accept US$, better bring some Pesos.
  7. We were very happy with https://www.civitavecchiashuttleexpress.com/
  8. Those old buses are or at least almost are all gone. New buses, some not all with airco and no more diesel fumes. That is why they now also installed those coinboxes (expect no more change) and in the future it might be more electronic payment.
  9. As Hank mentions a lot has changed on buses in Puerto Vallarta. Less buses, some different routes. Indeed sometimes you have to change buses near the stadium. Also I havenot been to Vallarta recently but heard and read about it. Indeed better have some Pesos ready as it is up to the driver to accept US$ or not.
  10. Nothing special apart from Walmart, Sams or the Galeria Mall. Just take a cab into town, so much nicer and yes you will be safe.
  11. In Puerto Vallarta there are a few shops and places where you can taste various types of Tequila. I am sure your driver will known them,. I like the one outside of Puerto Vallarta on the road to San Sebastian. However the real distillerys are in the town of Tequila, which is too far out for a daytrip.
  12. Indeed Puerto Vallarta is back to normal, although some small villages father north and south still have problems with housing and roads unfortunately.. The road to the botanical gardens has no problems. The parking garage underneath the accommodation where Hank always stays has had flooding problems before, but this time it was more then ever before. In case you want to have more information and maps of Puerto Vallarta and surroundings have a look at this great website: https://vallartainfo.com/
  13. Time difference Hank! When you wrote we were still sleeping.... Yes many hotels offer daypasses, but if there is a high occupancy they simply donot as hotelguests come first. So phone or mail ahead to check. Close to the cruiseterminal - walking distance - is Hotel Krystal which was (and maybe still is) a favorite to cruise passengers. Due to the Hilton hotel that took over a large part of the ground and pool it is not as nice as before. They used to offer a free pass to cruise passengers, check if they still do. Of course they expect you to eat and drink at the hotel. Otheriwse hotels like Marriott and Westin at the Marina area offer passes at a certain rate of which a certain portion is for food and drink. They are on the beach with nice pools. Swimming in the ocean for small kids differs due to the tide or waves. You need cab or Uber to get to/from those hotels. Just a short ride, but to far to walk. In town along Playa los Arcos are various restaurants right on the beach. While eating and drinking you can most o the times stay for free. Donot expect showers or towels to be offered, but you can enjoy a nice affordable beachday there. Also here you need a cab or Uber to get there. With cabs always make your price before entering. The nicest beach is at Nuevo Vallarta, a much longer cabride away. Here unfortunately only a few hotels offer daypasses. Our favorite beachclub there is closed since last winter. This list from last year gives you more optons: https://issuu.com/vallartatribune/docs/daypass_list_2018__1_/1?ff&e=8637784%2F63117433&fbclid=IwAR2lmTFx2FV53bsFBHXJj7t0CCQ_X1HHBwiylgwy9EGZbKdPOumS_9uqfpM
  14. Hardly anybody uses them unfortunately and no staff to point them out when entering the Lido. Th old fashioned bottles still work better in this case I think.
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