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Coming in July/ some concerns

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Coming in July/ some concerns

Okay! Plane tickets are purchased, rented a condo on the beach and reserved "Rhythms of the Night" and "Sierra Madre South". Will be taking a food tour when we get there. Now I'm really worried about the money exchange and language barrier. We do not speak Spanish. Any information would be helpful.

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1. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

We've been going to PV for years, aside from basic greetings my Spanish is pretty well limited to eating and drinking our way through Mexico.

For Pesos I find ATMs.the easiest, plus they give the best exchange rate. Be sure to tell your bank the dates you'll be in Mexico.

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2. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

A lot of people speak some English here and you'll find everybody to be very friendly and helpful.

Changing your US cash is no problem and the Casas de Cambio, of which there are many in town and some banks still exchange US $ but, you'll need your passport as ID, don't do an exchange at the airport, they have terrible rates. Most people just use their ATM card at the many ATM machines, but be sure to tell your bank that you'll be using it in Mexico. There are 3 machines at the airport.

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3. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

Our driver in PV told us that the economy there is so heavily slanted to english speaking tourists that you rarely find people in the restaurant, hotel or travel industry that do not speak english. We found this to be mostly true depending on how "local" or remote you go.

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4. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

In July you'll probably run across more Spanish speaking travelers, as nationals tend to holiday that month...but service industry people are pretty much all bi-lingual (or in some cases tri-lingual). Taxi drivers too, but know your zone rates from A to B before getting in. Agree on the fare before entering the taxi and try to have exact change or close to it when possible.

The currency of Mexico is the peso. You'll see everything priced in MXN and it's easier to pay in MXN. Casa de Cambios are everywhere to exchange cash (in the manner noted by JR - new currency laws mean for USD exchange they're going to want to see ID), there are an abundance of ATMs, and in a pinch you can exchange at most hotel front desks (least recommended as many don't offer great rates).

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5. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

No need to worry about either of those things!!! :)

Everyone working 'frontline' in the tourist industry speaks some to fluent English. The only time you might have an issue is if you are back in the more residential local neighborhoods outside the normal tourist stomping grounds, or probably your hotel room maid or gardener/handiman will not speak English.

The very few times I've ever been stuck, a bi-lingual person who overheard, then stepped in to help.

Money exchange couldn't be easier. Either use your debit card at a bank ATM machine to withdraw peso directly. Or exchange USD at your hotel/resort front desk, or at a "casa de cambio" (exchange booth or window) which you'll see all over town with the daily rates posted.

Truly no cause for concern on either of these subjects. suze

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6. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

Thanks so much for your help. I'm feeling better about everything. One more question. If we decide to use a transfer from the airport will they take us to the Villa del Sol or will they only go to hotels?

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7. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

Just use the airport taxi. Rates are listed in the upper right side of this page. We will be doing the same thing in july, but staying next door at Plaza Mar.

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8. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

Rhythms of the Night is an excellent choice. You guys are going to have a blast here in PV!

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9. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

Airport taxi rate to Vista del Sol is 260 pesos. Lots of great info in the Top Questions section on the right - first link is airport taxi info.

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10. Re: Coming in July/ some concerns

If you do decide to take a private transfer, try myvallartaexperience.com We were recommended it by another TA member and were very happy. They had nice, new Yukons and were the best price of the transfer companies we tried and they were there waiting for us with a sign with our name. They took us to our condo (we weren't at a hotel either). I have taken both a taxi and a transfer and they are both fine.