I'm not sure if this review is supposed to be for the resort in Marina Vallarta or Nuevo but here's my two cents anyway. My girlfriend and I stayed at the Mayan Sea Garden in Nuevo Vallarta for the last week in February on a gift certificate from my Aunt's timeshare with RCI. We were very dissappointed with our stay here. It may be a good place for some but for a young couple without a whole lot of money it wasn't a good place to stay. You pretty much don't get anything complementary around here. Everything's very expensive (one load of laundry for 125 pesos!) and the rooms don't have anything that make them that special. We wore our stupid wristbands the entire week until we finally clued in that there was no reason for us to do so. We cut them off so people would stop hounding us when we went downtown and they get really annoying after a while. I suggest you do the same unless you find a reason to keep them on. If I had the choice I would definitely stay at the Mayan Palace since they have a far better pool and facilities which we were told we weren't allowed to use as guests of the Sea Garden. One good thing about the hotel was that we were close to the Vallarta Adventures office where we went on the Canopy Adventure and my girlfriend went swimming with the dolphins. I would reccommend both activities. We found ourselves going to town pretty much everyday for dinner and activities. If you've never been to Puerto Vallarta I would suggest you don't confine yourselves to the resort since theres so much to do in town. The bus is cheap (16 pesos to downtown) but you have to transfer at Walmart and they are VERY crowded with locals and tourists. A taxi cab will cost you anywhere from 150 to 180 pesos to downtown. You should also look into taking the water taxi to the pier in the old town for a change. It departs from Paradise Village (accross the Marina). A schedule is available in the Paradise Plaza and it costs $10 US one way or $18 round trip. To get to the plaza don't take a cab over like everyone says. Just walk over to the Marina area and every half hour between 8am and 6pm there's a FREE shuttle that crosses the marina to the plaza. I hope this doesn't discourage you too much if you've already made your decision to stay here. It's a nice fancy place if that's your thing. And don't worry about beach chairs. They weren't even half full the whole time we were there. Also the day we left (when we no longer had our bracelets) we went and sat by the Palace pool and had lunch on their chairs. No one bothered us and we even were able to get towels from there booth with our card. So have fun and explore but make sure you get out and visit a more authentic Mexico as well.
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- Mayan Palace Puerto Vallarta Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Wyndham Puerto Vallarta
- Puerto Vallarta Mayan Palace
- Mayan Puerto Vallarta