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    Snakes

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Snake!

    I am not saying you have to worry about snakes in your hotel but if you do excursions to some of the remote beaches and wonder off into the jungle; sure enough just like in the movies there are snakes!

    You are not in a zoo and there are no safe guards other than your common sense, so be careful. In this picture you will see that I was probably to close as it was!!!

    I couldn't resist trying to get a better picture :-(

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    Water Snakes?

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Water Snake?

    Enlarge this picture and you'll see another snake in the water? I didn't see any of these when I was swimming but one morning I went for a long walk in a more remote area and saw this.

    If anyone knows for sure what this may be please email me :-).

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    Montezuma's Revenge... Maybe Not!

    by mjd74 Written Nov 1, 2004

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    oooooo.... cilantro

    Have you ever been to Mexico and really REALLY watched what you ate and drank, yet still got sick???

    Well, it might not have been the water that did it to you, in fact I would be willing to bet that more likely than not it was the cilantro.

    Cilantro is an herb that is commonly used in almost all the popular Mexican dishes however it is also something that you need to be very carefull with.

    If the cilantro is not properly cleaned you can make you very very sick. I might also add that the farmers that grow cilantro use human feces as fertilizer, so beware!

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    Dead Fish?

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Fish washed ashore!

    I put this tip up there light heartedly but I guess it is common sense.

    If a dead fish washes up on the beach don't pick it as your opportunity to try sushi !!!

    Have lots of fun though in this great place!!

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    The Pacific Ocean

    by Carmanah Written Nov 24, 2004

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    While I grew up in an area close to the ocean, the beaches in Puerto Vallarta were different from my expectations.

    If you're a poor swimmer, like myself, be very careful when wandering out in the Pacific. The beach gets very steep. That is, when you walk out into the water, the water gets higher and higher. You won't have to walk that far before the water is over your head.

    Not only that, but the waves are very powerful in the Pacific by Puerto Vallarta. I accidentally got myself pummelled by a wave. I tried to body surf on a wave, but I jumped before the wave crested. Instead, the wave caved in over my head, slammed me to the bottom and dragged me along the sand to the shore. I wasn't even that far out when this happened. The same thing happened to my sister who was even smaller than me. It terrified her.

    The power of the Pacific hasn't left either of us yet.

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    Very rough Ocean!

    by Rachelle88 Written Sep 27, 2004

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    Looks inviting, but beware!

    One danger you should look out for (especially if you have young children) is the roughness of the Ocean at the resort. The Ocean here can produce some very big and dangerous waves. Last November my mom was ankle deep in the water and a wave came up to her head and she lost her sunglasses. You know how they have the different colored flags to indicate how safe it is to go swimming? Green, yellow, and red (the worst)....when my friend and I went in April for 2 weeks we maybe saw the yellow flag twice and the rest of the time it was red. The waves were very strong and we didn't see many children swimming. My advise is if you're not a good swimmer, please avoid the Ocean when the flag is red.

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    What lurks in the ocean

    by worldglobetrotter Written Jul 19, 2005

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    Not the best pic of a stingray sting

    My husband went boogie boarding for a while at the resort. After riding a wave in, he was wading back into the ocean when he stepped on something which retaliated by stinging him. His foot was bleeding, I was freaking out. So we went to the doctor there in the hotel. He brought a rollaway suitcase full of drugs, telling us the wound was caused by a stingray. He gave my husband some meds you could take with alcohol (how convenient) and charged us 400 pesos ($40).
    The wound never did heal until recently (only 5 months later). My husband went to his family doctor only to find that the stinger from the stingray was still lodged in his foot. The doctor in Mexico told us that it was fine...there wasn't a stinger in his foot...just broke the skin.
    So, kids, if something happens to you--you're injured for some reason--go ahead and get checked out once you return home. And wear water shoes while in the ocean!

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  • PV. Banana Boat Dangers Continued...

    by Emiko19 Written Jul 7, 2003

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    Finally they took an X-ray (standing up) and we knew that my clavicle (collarbone) was broken. It was a clean break and the bone was sticking up below the skin. They then gave me a huge shot to numb the area then set it using a special brace. I have to wear it for six weeks. Also I have to take pills for the pain and swelling.
    The hospital bill was 600 dollars for everything (without insurance).
    We went back to the banana boat guy and he was sympathetic. We showed him the hospital bill, the x-ray and me. He offered to pay half of the bill (after my dad suggested it) he also said that we had been taken (the hospital was a private one and supposedly everyone gets a cut). Well, he showed us his insurance forms and said that we would have to say that there were only four of us on the boat and that it happened after six thirty in the afternoon. We didn't want to lie, and we knew that the doctor's bill said the time that it happened - before six. So, anyways, my dad got our ride money back from him and managed to get another 100 dollars from him. He was mysteriously not in on our last day in PV, when we would be coming down to collect the 200. He "promised" that he would send the rest to us - We are not holding our breath.

    My whole point here is be careful. We were not given any warnings prior to our fateful ride. There should be one space between each person on the boat and take it easy while riding. The doctor at the hospital, when he heard how I had been injured, said that it was the classic thing with banana boats. That told us something! We found out that my injury could have been a lot worse - knocked out teeth, broken nose, etc. And I also realized that had not my shoulder been there to break the blow of my mom's head, she could have broken her neck. So, I am thankful that nothing worse happened. But I just wanted to warn others that it is not as safe as it looks! My vacation was considerably ruined by the lack of precautions taken by the irresponsable runners of those companies. Be Careful!

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  • jellyfish

    by allegra3 Written Feb 11, 2007

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    I would avoid swimming in the ocean, or even walking in shallow water. I was walking in about ankle-deep water on day 2 in Puerto Vallarta and a wave came up and I was stung by a jellyfish, which hurts like you wouldn't believe and requires immediate medical assistance. Fortunately, I didn't bring our toddler with me to walk in the shallow water as I'd planned. It's a shame because I've always loved swimming in the ocean, but have witnessed that over time, there tend to be a lot more jellyfish than there used to be. And you really can't see them.

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    PV Water!!

    by jamiesno Updated Nov 8, 2004

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    Tequilla anyone?

    Before going to Mexico I had endless people tell me I was going to get sick if I drank the water or ate their food, well......I never ate so much spicey food, drank so many drinks with ice cubes and shot so much Tequilla before in my life and I was feeling great from the day I landed till I got back, so I think it is all in your head!!

    For the most part you drink bottled water anyway I guess but I am sure you will be fine, Peurto Vallarta is known to have the best water in Mexico and at the Royal Decameron I noticed the restaurants and kitchen staff to be super clean with hair nets, mask covering their mouths, gloves, etc.

    Since my visit I can also pass along that I have gotten a couple of emails notifying me that PV now has a new filtration system as well making the water there very good.

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    Hang Over ?

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    Friend with a hang over, ha!

    As you can see from this picture most women have no sympothy for hang overs? I don't get it but it is the reality.

    My warning in this case is all you can drink resorts and tequilla will kill you :-).

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    harsh waters

    by Mindy_J Written Oct 16, 2006

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    After storms, the scuba & snorkling can be really harsh. We had friends who got hurt from the rough waters.. mainly because you have so much rock surrounding Puerto Vallartal If at all possible wait a day or two after a storn, or 10 days after a hurricane out at sea.

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    Substandard water sport equipment

    by nurselara Written Feb 11, 2006

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    It was day 2 in Mexico and the weather was still good, we decided to rent a jet ski from a local on the beach. We didn?t think twice about sub-standard life jackets and the risk we were taking getting into the sewer fed ocean, until Lara took the risky move of driving the jet ski so fast and erratic that she dumped us into the Ocean. Having previously survived 2 near drowning experiences, Lara sadly had the malfunctioning life jacket that was taking on water by the moment, Thanks for Deb?s quick thinking, strength and agility she was able to pull the near drowning Lara back up on the Jet ski. And with Lara driving once again they drove off into the horizon. (Poor Deb!!!)

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    Female Travellers...BEWARE

    by Randi.F Written Feb 23, 2005

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    I just wanted to let all of you women out there who are traveling through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico be careful. The men like white women and they tend to make bold moves. I was in a shop with my grandmother last year and the owner started to kiss me, hold my hand and moves his hands up my chest and down to my butt...right in front of my grandmother. At the time I had just turned 16. It was totally uncalled for. We went to another shop right beside that one and another guy had his hands around my shoulders and around my waist. Again with the kissing in front of my grandmother. She said that they were friendly people but I had had no idea. Later that day I went looking in a shop by myself and an older fellow took me into the back isle and tried to start something with me. I was freaked the rest of the trip. I'm not saying don't go to Puerto Vallarta, I'm just saying that if you do go for a vacation, take a friend. Please don't go alone...it's just not safe. PLEASE BE CAREFUL GIRLS!!!

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    Hurricane and Rainy Season

    by Mindy_J Written Oct 16, 2006

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    Aug - Oct is the worst time to encounter hurricaines. The rainy season is mostly in September when we went, but it only rained one afternoon after 3:00 & a couple of nights. As we researched, we found that Puerto Vallarta is rarely hit (once in 30 years directly on land.. 2002)... , but hurricane John that went past Puerto Vallarta the week before we landed made some yucky water our first day & made scuba diving & snorkling murky. You need a good 10 days after a hurricane for those activities.

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  • Jul 21, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    I was shaken down by the Malecon police twice while in PV over the week of July 12 - 19. Witnessed others being shaken down. My wife and teen daughter were present. During one incident I was slammed into the Malecon wall and roughed up a little as I was temporarily alone, out of public view and vulnerable. I feel had I been travelling alone I may have been in real trouble and wonder how far these corrupt cops would/will escalate things. Is kidnapping next? I have travelled all over the world and all over Mexico in a car and never had anything like this happen.

    Bottom line, be careful on the Malecon, you may be targeted by the corrupt cops there. The ones wearing white golf shirts packing 9 mm side arms. The later at night the higher the risk. I was pulled aside and told menacingly "You are lucky you are not alone".The farther from public view the higher the risk. Carry little valuables. "Crotch" extra money, credit cards and anything else you don't want stolen or leave it in the hotel safe.

    The Mexican people are great, but corruption is still rampant in the police unfortunately.

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