I have written about buses in Puerto Vallarta before because I take buses everywhere. I like the ride.
I travel light and catch the bus at the Airport right outside the exit near the highway. Look for a group of locals — they’re waiting for a bus.
The bus system is very efficient although buses in Puerto Vallarta come in all shapes, sizes, and are decorated by each driver.
The cost is 6.5 pesos (about 60 cents) to everywhere in town. If you go outside of Puerto Vallarta the cost is higher. For example the bus to Boca Continue reading “More Bus Basics for Fun Rides Around Puerto Vallarta”
I did not foresee it but my life is much better for having given up driving. I sold my truck before I came to PV. It’s been much better for me and I feel more relaxed since I don’t have to drive and hassle with a vehicle.
Now I take buses everywhere (and occasionally a taxi). In Mexico, buses will take you just about everywhere.
It’s always interesting on a bus in Mexico. Every day is a new story… Continue reading “My Different Life in Puerto Vallarta – Bus Rides Around Town”
Walk the Malecon “boardwalk” from Old Town at Los Muertos (Pier of the Dead, Beach of the Dead) along the bay through El Centro. Along the way, you will find statuary, shopping, panoramas, and shows. Another “malecon” worth a visit winds through the Marina. Each of these boardwalks offers some of the best people watching in the world, especially on Sunday afternoons.
Enjoy fine dining at any of the many world class restaurants of Puerto Vallarta. Also, there are some very worthy street stands to try. When you are in Old Town be sure to dine at La Palapa, Archie’s Wok, Pancho’s Takos, or Fajita Republic.
Watch whales in Banderas Bay (December through March). The gentle creatures migrate from the Gulf of Alaska to winter in the bay. Continue reading “Things To Not Miss Doing in Puerto Vallarta”
After they settle in for a day or two, lots of visitors ask, “What is there to do?” Puerto Vallarta has an incredible choice of fun activities and events. Here is a list to get started:
Explore Gourmet Cuisine
Swim with Dolphins
Go Whale Watching
Fly above Treetops
Visit Local Villages
Tour Native Galleries
Learn Vallarta History
Participate in an Art Walk
Take a Canopy Tour
Shop the Giant Flea Market
Walk the Malecon
Snorkel Local Islands
Golf at the World’s #1 Courses
Tour a Tequila Plantation
ATV in a Jungle Buggy
Ride a Mexican Bus
Water Taxi to Yelapa
People-Watch at Los Muertos
Dance in a Discotheque
Discover Sea Turtles
Ride a Spanish Galleon
Sail or Fish the Bay
Drink and Dine on the Beach
Oo and Ah at Huicholes
Surf, Dive, Parasail, Hike
There is something for everybody…
Beyond these, some vacationers might fancy a lucrative “Pirate” adventure. Contact for details.
At first, I was reluctant to take a bus. Now that I’ve been on several all over Puerto Vallarta, I prefer busses to taxicabs or driving.
Here’s a few tips to help you use a bus:
- Destinations are painted on the front of each bus. For example: Marina, El Centro, Olas Altas, Hoteles. A bus that says Tunel will bypass downtown but end up in the same end of town.
- If not stopped already, wave down the bus you want. Usually, you want to be at a bus stop but anywhere will do. Pay with centavos or pesos but no large bills. The driver will hand you a small ticket.
- Hold on. Busses start quickly. Find a seat. The further back, the bumpier. Also, choose the shady side to sit.
- It’s hard to get lost. Most roads run north-south along the bay, so that’s where the busses run. And the city being narrow means it’s always close to catch a bus.
- Drivers are very helpful. Although some speak little English, they always seem to give me the right direction when I ask in my pidgin Spanglish.
- It’s cheap, reliable, and safe. At 6.5 pesos, that’s about 50 cents a ride within the city. There’s always a bus right behind the one you’ve missed. And although I’ve been on some wild rides through El Centro (downtown), the bus drivers have an excellent record of safe arrivals.
- It’s easy to find your way. Once I went past my stop by a mile, saw an oncoming bus, got off, and rode back on the other bus to my stop. It’s that easy.
- To get off, I stand up. I’ve never used the buzzer and it’s invisible on many busses. I’ve heard men whistle loudly at the driver and I’ve seen people wave and say something. You can try many things and the driver seems to be able to tell what you want. Oh, I’ve seen stops for no apparent reason. But don’t worry, drivers are all friendly and will stop anywhere.
- It can be an adventure. It can be bumpy and noisy. Sometimes it’s empty, then fills up. Sometimes musicians, children selling Chicklets, or some other type will solicit donations. One time I had a wild ride where the driver could only hold the pedal to the metal or hit the brake, no in-between.
Bus drivers own and decorate their bus. They’re well known along the route so you’ll see them buy lunch or other items, talk to friends and family, and generally interact along the way with their riders.