PODC/SPAA 1998 Local Information

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To get from the airport to the Marriott CasaMagna there are at least two options.

  1. TEA company can be reached through Marriott office in the airport, US$5.00 per person. This can be charged to your hotel room or paid in the airport.
  2. Airport Taxis. US$8.00 per taxi for up to 4 persons.

To get from Marriott CasaMagna to airport: US$2.50 per taxi for up to 4 people.


Puerto Vallarta is an outstanding departure point for deep-sea fishing expeditions and all types of sailing vessels are available for rent at the Marina just adjacent to the hotel. Snorkeling, scuba diving, waterskiing are also popular watersports. Excursions to other beaches, towns and off the track adventures are also available. The 18-hole Golf Course, just across the street from the hotel, is a very challenging course. The hotel has three lighted, synthetic grass tennis courts.

A wide variety of jewelry stores, art galleries, leather goods shops, craft shops and boutiques line the cobblestone streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta. The municipal market bulges with local crafts and there are various shopping centers throughout the city featuring clothing and leather goods.

From the spicy blend of Mexican fare to elegant five-star dining, Puerto Vallarta has it all and at reasonable prices. Fresh fish is in abundance at the restaurants on the bay as well as those perched on a hilltop overlooking the bay. You will find great food in Puerto Vallarta!

Puerto Vallarta has a little of everything for fun after dark. Start the evening on a sunset cruise, and then disco the night away at Christine's, featuring a laser light show. Live rock music is featured at the Hard Rock Cafe. Near the Marina district there are discos, karaoke bars and a bowling alley.


Tipping is common in Mexico. Waiters get between 10% and 15% gratuity if no service charge has already been added. Check your bill to see if if service has been included. Taxi drivers, and any other person serving you (help with your bags, help in gas station, etc.) get some tip.

About the Hotel

Marriot CasaMagna ("magnificent home") welcomes you with true Puerto Vallarta warmth and hospitality. It is situated directly on the Banderas Bay beach in the fashionable Marina district. Beautiful foliage, a magnificent pool and outdoor restaurant and bar are there for you to relax and enjoy the tropical outdoors. The deluxe rooms are equipped with hair dryers and plush terry-cloth robes. The mini-bar is stocked with beverages and snacks, including bottled water. The hotel does have a double water purification system, operated by the "Culligan" man, making water and icecubes safe. The voltage is standard 2 prong (as in the USA). There is a full-service health club with universal gym equipment and a variety of services available by appointment.

The hotel offers babysitter services and children activities and care. Please check with the hotel for rates.

Currency Exchange

You can change US Dollars for Mexican pesos at the Marriott CasaMagna. Most establishments in Puerto Vallarta will accept US Dollars for purchases. There are also several banks in town.

Calling Home

Hotels have a service charge for long distance calls, so please check with the hotel operator for rates. Please note that long distance calls are expensive, and it can be much more cost-effective for people to call you from abroad than for you to call them.


Puerto Vallarta is located in the middle of Mexico's Pacific Coast. It is sunny and warm this time of year. Temperatures during June and July average a high of 92 degrees F and a low of 70 degrees F. There can be occasional showers; if so, they come and go quickly, in the afternoon.

Getting Around

Downtown Puerto Vallarta is a ten minute ride from the Marriott. Taxis are plentiful and inexpensive, costing about US$3-US$5 for the ride. Taxi drivers will generally accept USD in payment for a fare, but sometimes their exchange rate is lower than the rates offered by banks and and hotels.

Images of Puerto Vallarta

This page maintained by Gil Neiger.
Last modified: May 1, 1998