puerto vallarta versus cabo san lucas.for family.
puerto vallarta versus cabo san lucas.for family.
Hands down Puerto Vallarta (not Nuevo) if youre looking to experience the true charm of Mexico... cobblestone streets, sculptures on the malecon (boarwalk), galleries, intown fiestas (esp on Sunday nights), accommodations that suit anyones budget and some of the best restaurants in all of Mexico and the hospitality you dont find anywhere else.
Cabo is very nice but very Americanized, most beaches are not swimable, the marina area caters more to cruiseship tourists and much more expensive than other vacation destinations in Mexico; San Jose del Cabo is the nicer of the two locations here. We've been to Cabo twice in the last 10 years and always thought something was missing, as if we just vacationed in California. Good luck.
What JNSGraphic said.....we went to Cabo 2 years ago.
Our experience - negatives....EXPENSIVE, colder than PV when we were there (late Nov/early Dec), felt like being in California, too many Americans and Canadians, too much focus on getting drunk, golfing and fishing (this may be a positive for some!), very spread out once you get out of the downtown area, and did I mention EXPENSIVE?
Positives....very laid back, small town - easy to cover pretty much all of it quickly, the carnitas at Michoacana were TO DIE FOR (especially on 2/1 day), drivers are quite civilized (especially compared to PV).
It seems to me that it all depends on where you go first - if you first vacationed in Cabo, you will most likely be a Cabo lover. If you first vacationed in PV, then you are probably a PV lover.
We prefer PV, but that's just our opinion. If you post the same thing on the Cabo board, you will get totally different answers. I would suggest you do that for sure! Here you will get the PV lovers side of the story.
Whatever you decide, have a great time!
We went to Cabo first, tehn PV and I still prefer PV for its charm, people and it feels more like a true Mexican city where you get to experience some culture.
We had a blast in Cabo, but we did go to drink, fish and golf (like D from Big D said). And we have gone back to Cabo to do the same thing and still at a blast.
But I head to PV yearly if not twice a year now. Cabo is expensive and does feel like southern California to me. Mostly Americans & Canadians you see focusing on drinking. You never see locals in restaurants/bars, etc unless they are working. We also spent more time at the resort in Cabo because there just wasn't that much to get out and experience. In PV, we rarely stay around the condo...too much to see.
Either would be great for a family vacation. There's plenty to get out and experience in the area.
That said I personally prefer Puerto Vallarta. It's a much larger town and has more of a genuine Mexican flavor to iit. If all the tourists went home, Vallarta would still be there. Cabo not so much.
Have been to Cabo one time, PV multiple times, and with family. Looking forward (one day) to bringing my whole moldy crew down to PV. So far that's 10 people (kids/signicant others/grandkids) not counting we older ones.
Have no clue what I would do with that mob in Cabo. Sorry, pick PV.
Hmmm, to be honest...neither? lol...I would choose Manzanillo or Huatulco or Ixtapa....but that is just me.
But out of those two choices, my vote is for Puerto Vallarta. We went to Los Cabos once, stayed in Cabo in a small hotel...and we likely won't ever return. Good fishing, but I prefer tropical palms to desert scenery, and the ocean was cold (although nice and clear, with nice sandy beaches), most beaches unswimmable due to dangerous undertows and rips, and the timeshare sharks all over town were just relentless...plus it is just not hot enough in the winter. We went in August and the weather was lovely then though.
The city of PV is more 'Mexican' for sure, and has a good selection of shopping and restaurants. It is a fairly large city and pretty commercialized too, and fast paced compared to many other resort areas. Of course everyone's notion of what is a 'big city' varies...for my taste, it is too big...but others will disagree. :) And if you are big beach people, be warned- either of these two places are great in that arena.
thank you for your comments .have deffinatly made my mind up , another question to go for the all inclusive or not any recomendation on were to stay . we are in australia so along way from home.
Too much great food and too many excellent restaurants in PV to go all inclusive. Personal opinion, I'm sure there will be others.
I went AI my first 2 trips to PV - I'm just weeks away from trip #23 since 1998 and haven't gone AI since 2000. Haven't missed it either.
I agree wonderful restaurants and not all of them are expensive, don't go all inclusive, get out of the hotel and experience Puerto Vallarta. Make sure you book IN Puerto Vallarta and not 45 min north in Nuevo Vallarta which is not a town, but just a resort area.
I personally find Cabo a great experience. Lots of resorts from small to very large and modern and best of all the beaches! Yes, the majority are not swimmable because of the undertow but they are gorgeous. On the Pacific side you can walk for miles and hardly see a soul and NO VENDORS. The swimmable, Mendano Beach has great views, beachside restaurants and bars and lots of vendors if that's your thing. Cabo also has lots of restaurants from street vendors to 5 star. Compared to Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen I don't think it was more expensive option. I can't comment on PV since I haven't been yet, but am leary about the beaches in the areas where I am going to be staying (Centro, Sheraton & NV) Each site has so-so comments on water clarity, rocks, size of beach, and more rocks again. Still, I am going to try PV even though I get not so good feedback on the beaches.