Puerto Vallarta Local Customs

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  • 1. Tipping

    bus drivers do not expect tips. theoretically, taxi drivers do not expect tips, either, unless they do something special, such as loading or unloading suitcases; however, i have found that most taxi...

  • 2. Local People

    the mexican government discourages begging, but when i was in puerto vallarta in 2006, i saw quite a few sad-looking indigenous (indian) women on the sidewalks with their babies. i really struggled...

  • 3. Shopping/Haggling

    if you do not like the prices offered by a salesperson, just say "not today, thank you." there is no need to harangue the shopkeepers. remember that most mexicans consider all americans rich, and that...

  • 4. Financial

    you will get the best exchange rates at ATMs and banks, then at a "casa de cambio" (money-changing stall), then at a hotel. the easiest way to get pesos is to use an ATM; these are everywhere. the...

  • 5. Nature

    The most wonderfu thing about the "Dreams Resort" in Puerto Vallarta, is that the sea turtle conservatory is located on the beach!! We were walking early one morning on a romantic strole & were called...

  • 6. Health/Safety

    Hopefully you will not need any! But, it is good to know that there are some excellent, English speaking doctors here. There is a brand new hospital here in Vallarta, San Javier and really is as nice...

  • 7. Language

    I found that my Spanish got better as I practiced it more and the people enjoyed hearing it. Even if you dont speak perfectly or correctly... try it and have some fun. They might actually respect and...

  • 8. swimming with clothes on

    for some reason, all around mexico, and in some parts of south america, mainly in chile, i have seen people sitting in the sand and letting the waves lap over...


    Oftentimes I have the question...are there sharks in Puerto Vallarta? I always answer, only the ones that have two legs and stand in a timeshare booth! If you...


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