The Grand Palladium had four SWIMMING POOLS
The Main Pool is where most of the Activities take place like games, exercise programs.
The Adult Only Pool was my favorite. The infinity pool has wonderful views of the beach and sea. It was usually quiet during the day and it had wonderful padded lounge chairs.
The Kids Pool was always very busy as you can imagine.
Unique to the Resort, is a Sea Water Pool. Along the beach, to the right and behind the rocks, the pool was created by building a break wall into the sea, creating a shallow water pool and safe environment for children and adults.
The Grand Palladium Resort Complex has a miniature ZOO where you can find animal life native to the area such as deer, parakeets, turtles, boas and a crocodile. In addition, you can also find species from other parts such as spider monkeys from other regions of Mexico, ostriches from Africa, and peacocks from India. Most of the animals are rescue animals, that is animals who for one reason or another cannot survive outside of the zoo. For example, the crocodile has a piece of its bottom jaw missing, perhaps damaged during a croc fight.
From June to October, the beaches are visited by marine turtles which arrive in order to lay their eggs. During this event, you are asked to avoid the beach during the nighttime and early morning hours and above all to avoid using any artificial illumination if you are in the area in the dark.
mcdonalds has wifi. they just give you a passcode and don't charge.
also, the internet cafes there are really cheap. i was there in august. i think i paid like 3 bucks an hour. depends on where you go.
Favorite thing: yeah you can exchange them at the exchange booths on the street in PV.. i think it's more expensive at the airport, but why not just use your atm card? you may get a better rate just using that than exchanging money. imo, the best place to stay is south of the rio cuale. (zona romantica) you will find everything you need there, including internet cafe's and exchange counters, supermarkets, restaurants, the beach (which is quite dirty and overloaded with mexican tourists) ... well, and tourists from everywhere, depending on the time of year. you will be bugged on the minute to buy souvenirs. so expect that. anyway, i would avoid the airport. it's crazy when you step out of baggage claim. pteople attack you with "taxi, cheaper". just walk on through. there is a bus line just to the left of the entrance that you can get on that costs something like 70 cents. the blue one going to "centro" i believe. maybe someone can correct me on that..
I just returned from a long weekend in PV (my first time there). I used all local transportation (i.e. buses), walked where I wanted to walk, ate where I wanted and where the locals eat, etc. I seldom returned to the hotel until midnight or later (I didn't have a watch so I really don't know). My hotel was in the Romantic Zone (Los Arcos Suites -- highly recommended, good value for the money and is authentic Mexico!).
Yes, one afternoon (Saturday) on the beach not far from the Melecon (Boardwalk) at the local fishing pier section, a local guy who was somewhat inebriated himself, offered to secure for me whatever pleasure I wanted (i.e. drugs, women, etc.) in his broken English. Luckily I understood from another Mexican National who spoke fluent English, that he was arrested by the Tourist Police and I never saw him again.
The Tourist Police are a new idea in Mexico, to ensure the tourists feel comfortable. They have completely white uniforms (just like our US Navy) and usually a sidearm (9mm or Colt 45.... idk). There entire purpose is to keep the occasional out-of-step (drunk) local from pestering the tourists, both foreign tourists and Mexican National families on vacation. They do a very good job and are quite effective.
Never once did I feel uncomfortable while in PV at all. Don't put yourself into situations where you also wouldn't place yourself at home (i.e. you don't buy drugs and visit prostitutes at home, do you???). You probably won't be attending any local parties sponsored by one drug cartel/family or another, will you?
I would very highly recommend your going and enjoying your timeshare there without a second thought. PV is as safe as Mexico ever was, in my opinion. And although this was my first trip to PV, I have traveled extensively in Mexico (Mexico City D.F., Cuernavaca, Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Monterrey, Reynosa, Ciudad Juarez, Nuevo Loredo, Tijuana, Morelia, Tulum, Chichen Izta, Matamoros), ALWAYS using the local (bus) transportation.
Que le vaya bien (May you travel well).
Fondest memory: Watching the local children diving off of the fishing pier, each trying to do a better trick than the previous child. There must have been 15 - 20 of them at one point, and then someone brought out a small exercise trampoline which the kids used to improve their tricks / dives even more. The must have ranged in age from 8 - 25, all with bright smiles, and calling out to each other while laughing, smiling and generally just being kids. The carefree life of a child, as it should be.
Before going to Puerto Vallarta I was concerned it would be hard to find an Internet Cafe in town. Boy, was I wrong! The town is full of Internet Cafes. In fact, I do not recall of visiting another place with such an abundance of Internet Cafes. One thing that Puerto Vallarta is not short on for sure are Internet Cafes, Restaurants and Shopping Booths!
The prices are more than reasonable and the Internet connection is very good.
Favorite thing: When you arrive at the airport, don't be surprised to be bombarded by people offering you free taxis and transport to your accomodation.It is absolute bedlam. If you haven't ordered transport, walk straight past these people, they are ALL trying to sell you timeshare. If you allow them to give you free transport, you will be obliged to attend a full day presentation were the emphasis is on Hard Sell. Walk towards the exit and you will find a stand with 2 ladies at it. They will arrange for a taxi for you which will be waiting outside. You pay the women and they give you a reciept which is also you insurance whilst in the taxi. Just a further tip, at this point, you may be approached by somebody you think is a taxi driver to offer to help with your bags. These people only carry your bags through the doors to the waiting taxi (a matter of about 10 feet) and then demand a tip. If you've made it that far without them, you will manage the rest of the way!!!!!!
The day before I left for Puerto Vallarta, I was trying to research info at last minute. I'm so glad that I stumble across this web site (The Insider's Guide to Vallarta) that is maintained by a local, which provide so many great tips and info (local customs, transportation, tips, restaurant review ..etc.)
Very very helpful.
Favorite thing: One of the cheapest ways to call home from Puerto Vallarta is by buying a phone card and using one of the public phones.
There is a display of maps and directions to interesting places in Puerto Vallarta right at the pier.
I had to pet the boa. He was too heavy and awkward for me to lift.
I always like snakes. I thought. ages ago, that I might become a herpitologist.
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