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Here’s some honesty: I wasn’t crazy about staying in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with it, (it is still the Mexican Riviera, after all) it was just wrong for us. Too resort-y, you know? Personally, I’m not a fan of only seeing native English-speaking tourists when I go to a foreign country then spending even more money on local food and souvenirs. Let’s be honest, that’s why we left America.
Actually, there is one main reason we didn’t like staying in Nuevo Vallarta: our hotel. I try to stay positive about our travels, but I have to be honest here; we stayed at the Paradise Village and it was terrible. The staff was really unfriendly and not helpful (I had to ask 6 employees before finally getting a map of the resort.) The gym was closed without notice. We were quoted outrageously different prices for meals vs. the actual cost. The beds were small and uncomfortable. Our room was in a building a looooooong walk across 2 parking lots from the beach. Our room faced a parking lot and the sound of honking horns at 6 am caused my son nightmares that we were under attack. The larger of 2 pools closed without notice to prepare for a Mexican Fiesta dinner (which we chose not to attend at $40 USD/ person) all night, and the second pool’s slide had been closed all week so we were left without entertainment for the night. And, on top of that and a bunch of other small things, when checking out we saw we’d been charged $10/ day for the “free” airport shuttle, then charged a flat fee for our son on top of that (so the shuttle cost around $50 USD for a 20 minute ride.) All in all, we feel like we booked under false pretenses and arrived and left with the impression that we were being completely taken advantage of. If you need more convincing I’ll share more intimate details of our disastrous stay to anyone considering booking Paradise Village Nuevo Vallarta in an email!
But the beaches. Ooooooooh the beaches.
Turquoise water. Sandy beaches. No rough East Coast-esque large shell bits. Dolphins and Humpback whales in distant view. So many sand dollars at surface level you could hardly stand still without feeling one shuffle.
I know certain things go without saying, but I’ve always consider myself a rule breaker so I’ll say it, anyway: When in Puerto Vallarta you must go to the beach. Any beach. Close your eyes and walk, you’ll be sure to hit a beautiful beach. And you should definitely stay.
Just try and ignore the other pale people there.
Nuevo Vallarta Beaches and Marina
I hope you enjoy the Nuevo Vallarta beach and marina, and if you’re in Puerto Vallarta be sure to take a walking tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta and join a zip lining canopy tour!
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