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Stretching north to south from Punta Mita to Mismaloya and east to west from the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the sparkling waters of Banderas Bay is the resort areas of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Sometimes called Vallarta, this region is known for its beautiful sunsets, cobblestone streets, entertaining boardwalk, and golden beaches. After the sun sets, this seemingly laidback destination turns up the heat with a vibrant nightlife filled with music, dancing and plenty of delicious dining venues.


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Vallarta is one of Mexico's most popular tourist destinations. While most people think of the town of Puerto Vallarta, the resort area is technically two large regions; Vallarta and Nayarit. The north end of Banderas Bay is part of the Riviera Nayarit region which includes the towns of Punta Mita, Bucerias, and Nuevo Vallarta. On the southern end of Banderas Bay is the Puerto Vallarta region which consists of the city of Puerto Vallarta and Mismaloya.

This sleepy region began it's transformation into a well known hot spot with the help of Hollywood. The film The Night of the Iguana and the antics of its A-list cast led to extensive news coverage of Mismaloya and the Puerto Vallarta area. Interest in the area was growing, and with infrastructure improvements over the next few decades, the sleepy villages along the bay grew into the destination we know today.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling with only one parent, the absent parent must provide notarized consent to the airlines and the Mexican authorities. If only one parent has legal custody, that parent must be prepared to provide such evidence. If a minor is traveling alone or in someone else’s company, both parents (or the sole, documented custodial parent) must provide notarized consent. If a minor has a different last name from the mother and/or father, the parents must be prepared to provide such evidence.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 81° to 82°
October through April: 79° to 81°

Tropical Storm Season from May to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Mexican Peso | U.S. Dollar

Currency Information: Banks and most hotels have currency exchange facilities, although U.S. dollars are widely accepted in resort areas. Major credit cards and travelers checks also are accepted.

ATM Availability: ATMs are widely available in most resort areas.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America standard. Please note three-prong outlets are not widely available.

Time Zone: Central

Local Language: Spanish | English

Transportation: Taxis are a popular mode of transportation. Ask the driver about the rate before getting into the taxi.

Top Experiences

  • Dining : From local cantinas to international dining venues, this region has you covered.

  • Golf : Play a round of golf at your choice of Championship golf courses.

  • Shopping : Local artists, potters, jewelry makers, and vendors sell their wares to guests on the beach as well as in the local markets.

  • Sunsets : Grab a refreshment and witness the stunning colors as the sun makes it's nightly retreats below the horizon.

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Region: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit
Transfer Company: Gray Line Puerto Vallarta
Telephone: 011-52- 322-225-1190

Rio Santiago 203
Fluvial Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Mexico, C.P. 48314
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport, go through Immigration, claim your luggage and proceed through Customs. Continue outside the airport where a Gray Line representative will be waiting with a sign displaying the Costco Travel logo. The representative will advise the pick-up time and location of your departure transfer. If you must make any changes, contact Gray Line at least 48 hours in advance. Due to local regulations, transportation from the hotel to the airport is provided via taxi. For larger parties, more than one taxi may be used. Representative Uniform: Green shirt with blue-diamond Gray Line logo.

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