Hi all: We arrived back to Vallarta today on the early (9:50 am departure) flight from Dallas/FW. We were the only plane there at PVR so Immigration was zip zip (wish I could say the same for baggage claim, but, oh well)
1) My impression, today, of the famous Timeshare trap was (intellectually) that it's gotten worse since our last PVR arrival in late December, 2006, and (emotionally) Blechhh! YUK. It shouldn't be like this, but all I can do at the moment is say, be careful, walk through and don't be sucked in or offended. Puerto Vallarta is better than this. If you like, by all means borrow the line "Vivimos aqui" (we live here). Whether you live her or not, Timeshare people can't do a whole lot to bug you if you are a resident.
Now my experience as of today. It used to be only one room for Timeshare, after you exit Customs. Now it's a second area, expanding the whole section after you turn left until you exit the sliding doors. And today, they were more aggressive than other times. One man actually blocked our path, standing in front of us, with his hand up like a policeman does. I actually removed his arm and just said "Vivimos aqui" (we live here). As others have said, we kept moving briskly, but, YUK. This is an absolutely horrible impression for anyone new to PVR and I wish I knew what I could do to stop it. We bought a ticket at the cab stand at the end, but I'm not exactly sure why the Taxi Booth had made huge signs that they waved at you that said "Taxi". It looked like a picket line. If you didn't stop, they would also block your way. Perhaps this aggressive stance had something to do with the fact there weren't a lot of people arriving today (Sunday) and it's a slow season, but still YUK.
2) Airport Taxi Fares. When you buy a taxi ticket, they will quote you a fare and you will get a receipt. It's a fixed fare (thank goodness). Here's what's on my receipt for the various zones. You can check on the map when you're there as to which Zone you're in, or maybe--hopefully, other people can fill in the gaps with more detail. I really only know from experience the fare(s) for where we went: Zone 1 (Hotel Zone)
Anyway, in terminology: A "Carro" (small taxi) is 1-3 passengers and a "Cam" (Van) is for more people. Up to 9 I think (with luggage) They use a 10:1 Conversion (Pesos: US dollars) So if I say pesos, just divide by 10 for Dolars. No problem paying in dollars and the rate isn't any better if you pay in pesos.
For Zone 1A (the Marina), it's 155.00 pesos ($15.00 US) for a small taxi, and $300.00 (about $30 US) for a Cam (Van)
Zone 1: the Hotel Zone (past the Marina as far as the Buenaventura I think). Includes hotels like the NH-Krystal, the Golden Crown, Villa del Palmar, Sheraton, Fiesta Americana--check JR's maps at Vallarta-info.com. It's $170 pesos ($17 US) for a cab and $335 pesos for a Van.
Zone 2: Farther than Hotel Zone. check the map or ask what this includes. It's $225.00 for a cab and $450 for a Van. (For US dollars, divide by 10)
Zone 3: $270 for a cab or $530.00 for a van. (For US same conversion as above). Not sure exactly where Zone 3 is, but, there are maps you can check, or, as I said, someone who has done it will know exactly what Zone 3 is.
Hope this helps.
Glad to be here. The weather is beautiful.