Want some travel information in PV? Talk to a taxi-driver

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Puerta Vallarta in Mexico

Up until a few years ago, to most of us, a holiday in Mexico meant Cancun. Although we might have heard of Mexico City and Acapulco the package holiday providers usually offered us only one choice – Cancun.

On to the holiday scene came Puerta Vallerta, a place with American (about 80,000) and Canadian expatriates living there along with at least one Brit who ran an ice-cream bar. The local tourist people started to publicise it to the Britons as a place that gave a more authentic Mexican feel with 300 local restaurants, sandy and safe beaches, eco-friendly resorts, (one of which has a small research zoo for endangered species,) opportunities to visit the nearby wetlands and see crocodiles in the wild, fishing, a colonial architectural heritage and a safe environment compared to some Mexican cities.

With an international airport just twenty minutes away for most of the city, the biggest package holiday provider in the UK, Thomson, was persuaded to offer direct flights from Manchester and Gatwick relieving holidaymakers of the hassle of changing flights in the US.

Senior Frogs

At Senor Frogs in PV where the restaurant humour is to the fore as the customer is always wrong!

Now, a couple of years later, Luis Villaseñor who looks after promotions for the city, commonly referred to as PV, was back in London  to encourage more of us to holiday in the city. The success of the city’s promotions has meant that over 4 million overseas visitors went via the airport up by 500,000 on 2015.

Now he has news of a new air route to allow those living in Dublin and Edinburgh can catch a Finnair flight to Helsinki and join the direct flight from there to PV. For those who prefer a scheduled flight provider, Aeromexico have a flight from London that arrives in Mexico City at 5am local time meaning you avoid the crowds at immigration control that occur later in the day. Having faced the queues myself, I can vouch for their length! The transfer is easy and you’ll be in PV long before lunch.

hots on stilts

huts on stilts near PV. these are left from the film The Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

But it isn’t only the transport links that are improving, so are the attractions. Next year, Cirque du Soleil will open along with hotels making it a “resort” along the lines that Universal and Disney have in Florida and California. In all an extra million people could come to PV. The number of cruise ships docking will rise to 150 and a another marina for those who prefer smaller boats will open.

For those who think of Mexico as having a rather violent element, PV has introduced a new level of assistance and safety for tourists. They have enlisted the taxi-drivers. All of them are connected to the police; all of them have been trained to offer assistance, all of them are there to help you and not just with a fare. Lost and need to get back to your hotel? Ask the nearest one and they will give directions. Want to visit a particular tourist site? They will direct you. Need an explanation of a colonial site? They will provide it.

In PV, the taxi-drivers are free travel guides as well.

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