We just returned from a week at Villa del Palmar last night. From reading here, I knew that the check-in process would include the time share hassle, so I was prepared. They tried to stick us in the adjacent Villa del Mar, but I asked that they change the room as I paid for the Palmar, and they did. We had a lovely suite overlooking the beach and pool. Everything with the room was perfect during our stay. Checkout was a bit of a frustration, as they had added someone else's lunch tab to our bill, they pulled the copy & I showed them that no "Deborah" was with us, but they insisted that it was my bill. After 45 minutes of discussion, I was afraid I'd miss my flight, so I paid it. Otherwise, all was well with the Villa del Palmar.
The beach vendors were in abundance, but we are used to that from our other travels. When we shook our heads no, they walked on. Some of them were quite interesting to talk to.
The only tour we took was the whale watching tour with Astrid and Isabella. It was great. They were very knowledgeable and accommodating, and we saw quite a few whales.
The first afternoon there, we walked to the Gigante grocery for snacks, drinks, and breakfast foods. We ate all our evening meals downtown except one, the Mexican Fiesta which we ate at the resort. We had a beautiful sunset dinner at the Panarama. The food was not the best that we had in PV, but it was good, and the view was worth it. We also ate at Pipi's and the Blue Shrimp, as well as some little Mexican restaurant whose name I cannot remember. The food was good everywhere. Breakfast was in the room, and lunches were at the hotel bar as we spent most days at the beach.
We went to the Malecon for shopping and people watching at night. Our taxi drivers were the best that I've ever had, in Mexico or even Jamaica. We only had one that drove wild, and they were all very friendly and offered good insider tips. We were expecting cool nights, but we were very comfortable in short sleeves and shorts.
I think the only bad part of the trip was having to come home!