It was pretty last minute when we settled on Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico for our honeymoon destination. There were several things we took into consideration when selecting our honeymoon destination. Not the least of which was price. But my husband also wanted a beach and some Daquiris. Or maybe I wanted the Daquiris…anyway. This post will branch off into more detailed posts that focus on the topics in more detail. For the sake of remaining concise, this post will be an overview of how to tour Puerto Vallarta like a local.
Tip #1: Find a deal. Many people from the United States don’t realize that while we are experiencing winter, other areas of the world are in the middle of summer! (Or at the very least, a milder winter). Perhaps because of this, many warmer climate locations will post deals during the colder months, enticing Americans to travel. We found our deal on Groupon, which I use mostly for its ease and reliability. However, I understand there is a plethora of online locations where one can find a deal. Just verify it–don’t just give your money away. Hopper is a good App to monitor flight prices and catch the best deal. Once you’re there, stay away from the resorts. Are they hugely and luxuriously amazing? Yes. Are they also trying to squeeze as much money out of you as possible? Of course, yes. Stick to areas more frequented by other Mexican tourists, this is where you will be able to negotiate for the best deal.
Tip #2: Stay outside of the city. Put some distance between yourselves and all of the bustle. We found a fabulous boutique hotel through GroupOn. This 4-villa hotel, right on the water, afforded us the privacy we were really looking for in a honeymoon.
Tip #3: Utilize your communication skills. Whether you are fluent or limited in Spanish, the point is that you try. Locals will feel more inclined to help you if you smile and try your best to communicate respectfully.
Tip #4: Ask for those hidden gems. Use those communication skills to truly seek out those places that aren’t being advertised. We were lucky enough to get acquainted with the owner of the hotel we were staying at and on our last day I asked him for a calm beach, with service. He directed us to a beach that could be reached by a 10-minute boat ride. It was so secluded that we had first-class service, right on the beach, all to ourselves for over 4 hours. That’s right. No one else was on that beach but me, my husband, the wait staff, and a little tabby cat.
So, it pays to be patient. We waited until we found an affordable deal for both flight and accommodations. Explore, go off the beaten path, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the things Mexico has to offer.And lastly, be friendly. Not many can resist a smiling customer.