Our family of five stayed on the property 7 days. The room was nice with kitchenette area (we did not use). All of the staff are very friendly and helpful. We felt the property was maintained very well. They have a few people assigned to coordinate daytime and evening activities. It can get loud between 9:00-11:00 p.m. The main restaurant is an outdoors buffet with a good selection of foods, but by the end of the trip I was starting to get tired of the selections. The breakfast omelette station was a favorite with my family. There are two specialty restaurants--Magellan's (Italian, dinner only) and Marisco's (Seafood, lunch only). We were able to make 2 reservations at each of the restaurants based upon the length of our stay. We preferred Magellan's. Dress policy for Magellan's states no shorts or sandals but they didn't seem to enforce it with the guests during our stay. We were disappointed in Marisco's...their seafood was swimming in butter and dessert option was a brownie or jello. We cancelled our second reservation there. On the specialty restaurants, they were NEVER full when we went. They don't publicize them much to guests--Marisco's isn't even listed on the property map. At check-in, ask to make your reservations to those restaurants. Across the road from the main resort is a villa area with a couple of pools bars, a "snack bar" that opens from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The snack bar is generally for hamburgers, fries, chips, yellow cheese dip, and self serve drinks. The specialty burgers and fries were great! Enjoyed it at the end of the week. The hotel is located right on the public bus line (7.5 pesos one way). Look for the blue and white buses with the Marina Vallarta at the top. Allow 45 minutes to an hour for a ride to downtown Puerto Vallarta. For excursions, we enjoyed Vallarta by Boat...much cheaper than Vallarta Adventures and for an excurision to Los Arcos and Las Animas, they didn't try to pack as many people on the boat as Cabin Boy. There is a table in the hotel to purchase excursions, but we felt they primarily pushed the Vallarta Adventures trips. Hotel will exchange US money at a better rate than the airport (11 vs. 10.54/$1) but not quite as good as in the market in downtown Puerto Vallarta (12 pesos/$). There is a Wal Mart and Sam's Club on the way to downtown Puerto Vallarta--had to pick up sunscreen that we forgot to pack for about $13. If purchasing close to hotels, it will cost $20. Be sure to pack bug spray--it is a tropical area and bugs see to be worse at night. If planning an excursion, you will most likely want to bring sunscreen and bugspray along.
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