We couldn't get last minute reservations at our timeshare in the hotel zone, so we checked out this place for a Getaway with Interval International. It definitely would not be a great exchange for our place, but for a Getaway, it was an excellent value. Staff was friendly, really good food in the restaurant, proximity to town is 2 buses away, which is a pain, since we are used to walking across the street to the grocery store. Pools are small but, clean. Super romantic sunsets, so watch out!
It's on the south side, which we've been wanting to explore, much more old Vallarta, very romantic, old places on the way to check out on the winding ride up there, reminds me so much of when I was a kid and we went there for family vacations. Small, intimate, easy to get around the resort. Weeks are fixed, so everyone knew each other, had alot of fun with the people who'd been going there, some of them for over 30 years. Water was clear and snorkeling was surprisingly great.
We only take buses, no taxis - so if this is of interest: walk out of the airport, ignoring the timeshare fake taxi guys, walk out to the left and to the street sort of under the underpass and you will usually see people waiting for the bus - ask to be sure. Take the blue and white CENTRO bus to downtown for 6.5 pesos, be sure to ask the driver if he will be going all the way to the MISMALOYA buses. Go all the way thru downtown, get off where the orange and white MISMALOYA buses are, walk down the block, pay your 7 pesos and take a really cool ride up the mountain and get off at Costa Sur. We have saved many dollars over the years taking buses rather than taxis, and you get alot more Vallarta flavor.
** I only recommend this if you pack lightly and can hold ALL of your luggage on your lap or on the floor beneath you, as these buses get packed - don't take more than one seat per person. Do the same thing in reverse on the way to the airport, but make sure that the blue bus goes to the airport as some of them don't. The Howard Johnson name is gone, but the bus drivers still call it that.
- 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