we bought a 7 day all inclusive pkg & had a great time. room was on grand side. very nice w/excellent view of bay. good food. didn't care for steaks at bella vista. la pergola was favorite restaurant. time sharks were a problem even at resort.
finally had to tell people to leave us alone & we were NOT EVER going to buy a time share. finally got message & time share people from marival left us alone. one other complaint..bought a calling card to call back to the states. they said could be used across the street. can't use on property. phone across street didn't work. had to wait until we found a phone that would accept that card. would definately go back to marival. peddlers on beach like to trade. wanted ball caps & t-shirts from us. one guy really wanted to trade for a dallas cowboys t-shirt. take a bus ride to "malecon" (the boardwalk) in puerto vallarta. good shopping and pretty scenery. also a big flea mkt. there w/good prices. saw a school of dolphins while walking on beach one morning.
if you are going to marival, you will have a good time. just be prepared for the annoying time sharks at airport & at the resort.