We arrived at Costa Sur via local bus shortly after noon and was allowed to check in as our room was ready. Normal time is 3pm. After spending a week in Nuevo Vallarta the 15 miles or so was an easy move after changing local bus lines three times.We traveled with carry-on luggage as the buses are very quick on/off. Taxis are expensive if you go outside your zone and they have a union. At first it was a little reality check as we had left a one bedroom high end resort and Costa Sur is an older property where we had a studio for a week. However, the location was stunning. All units face the water on the southeast side of Banderas Bay, a very small balcony (maybe 3 X 10 or 12 feet) but with room for a couple chairs. With a rocky beach and a breakwater that forms a private lagoon I was able to watch many birds and pelicans on the rocks forming the breakwater and see men fishing from the bank and rocks or small fishing boats bring in their nets which they had put out the night before. There were always about 15 or more pelicans circling the boat. And when the water was clear I could see fish in the lagoon. The studios are referred to as the north tower and the south tower next door is newer with 1,2,3, bedrooms also a timeshare property. We had reserved with Interval International as an exchange. We were ion the third floor so very close to the water and roar of the waves.
Costa Sur had two weddings while we were there. There are two pools, two bars, a restaurant, mini market, spa, and while small with modern equipment, a gym with a wonderful view of Los Arcos. Internet is free as is daily housekeeping. The small kitchen area had a good size refigerator, microwave, 2 burner gas plate with dishes and pots and pans but we didn't do any cooking. We requested a blender and they brought one, though somewhat ancient it worked. Ample closets (2) , air conditioning, large shower and lots of counter space in the bath all with beautiful Mosaico tile floors. I was told renovations took place a couple years ago.
It was easy going into town on the bus - 7 pesos (about 58 cents). The bus stop takes you to an area south of the Rio Cuale. (about a 10 minute ride) About a 4 or 5 block walk, on the island in the middle of the river is the Flea Market and the same distance towards the Bay is Las Muertos Beach. A great walkway goes over the river to the Malecon and goes north for about 12 blocks. Just to the right is the main plaza and the cathedral of Guadalupe. You are close to everything. Of course shopping is everywhere. Art galleries, silver, clothing, pottery. You can't get away from it. Souvenirs are "in your face" but who wouldn't want a reminder of Puerto Vallarta?
A lot of retirees come here, both Americans and Canadians, many having bought in the early 1980s. But there are also families with children. People remember one another and make friends and love the dancing in the evening to a live trio. Day trips depend on your interests. In the beach community of Mismaloya 4.3 miles away, the Night of the Iguana ruin filmed in 1963 is now closed having fallen into desrepair. There are many beaches that can only be reached by water taxi, the area near the rocks of Los Arcos offers excellent snorkeling, nearby tequila distilleries, botanical gardens, shopping, or you can do nothing and lay by the pool. We were there during the celebration of the birthday of Guadalupe, the first 12 days of Dec. That is a story in itself.
And the Taxi drivers were dismade that we left by bus to go to the airport. Just two changes this time. For a total of 27 pesos for the two of us. One really can do Puerto Vallarta on the cheap. And Costa Sur was an excellent choice. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Yes, it really was a room with a view!! And a great bed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Costa Sur Resort & Spa is a beautiful 202 unit all suite resort just five minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. It features ocean front views on each suite as well as fully equipped kitchenettes and balconies. Each room has been updated with king size beds, 42" flat screen TVs and ipod docking stations. Our pride is our private beach with ocean lagoon making Costa Sur the only hotel where guests can snorkel onsite. Costa Sur has two pools, two bars and a wonderful ocean view restaurant, "La Cascada." Make sure to check our "All inclusive add-on." We also feature a mini-mart, a wonderful spa, a gym, free Wi-Fi, ATM and an internet center. Everything for a great vacation! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Costa Sur Hotel Puerto Vallarta
- Costa Sur Resort And Spa
- Playa Del Sol Costa Sur