Puerto Vallarta Marina

The Marina Vallarta Maritime Terminal, where the gigantic cruise ships moor, is situated about three miles north of downtown Puerto Vallarta. There are also slips for docking private craft, such as sailboats and private yachts. The majority of Banderas Bay tour providers -- such as fishing charter companies, snorkeling and scuba diving operators, and whale watching vendors -- departs from Marina Vallarta. Cruise ship travelers can merely wander down the dock from their ship to depart on a thrilling Deep Sea Fishing charter.

If you’re hungry, some fabulous eating establishments with panoramic views are within walking distance. Sip on a fruity cocktail as you witness the brilliant sun as it sets over Bahia de Banderas. The best local eateries include Iguana, Flamingos, and Vista Club Playa de Oro. Look for some excellent deals on locally-produced crafts and art-work at the local shops. Need to restock with some American supplies? Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart are within walking distance as well. Need to check your e-mail and reconnect with home? There are a number of internet cafes in the area including El Kiosko and Internet B@r.

There are plenty of transportation options at the Vallarta Maritime Terminal. Taxis are the most easily accessible means of transportation in Puerto Vallarta. Countless cabs line the departure points of the cruise ships, waiting for passengers arriving in Puerto Vallarta. The most cost-efficient choice would definitely be the bus, which can be caught on Avenue Francisco Medina Ascencio, the main thoroughfare from Nuevo Vallarta to Puerto Vallarta. If you have an independent streak, rental cars are easy enough to rent, but make sure you are properly insured in Mexico.