We were recently in Mexico for 4 weeks and spent the last 2 weeks at Rancho Banderas. The good first, it is very close to the main road and a short walk form the the units to the bus stop right in front of the place. Bus fare is 10 pesos (About 85 cents at the time) to almost anywhere that you want to go. We took it often and sometimes it was scarry because of the fast driving. However, the Mexican people were spectacular! My husband has a slight handicap and walks with a cane. Every time the bus was crowded, the young people got up and insisted that he sit. Teenagers! Imagine that! At one point he tripped and fell in the road and a young woman ran out into the street to rescue him. The buses are generally older and worn out but they get you to the place you want to go. Just tell the driver where you want to go and he will drop you off in close proximity to the place. You should remind him, if the bus is crowded so that he doesn't miss the stop. We often went to La Mega which is like Walmart for the best produce we have ever seen. You could also go to Walmart but the distance is further. Mega has all that is needed. Be careful of the "timeshare helpers" at La Mega. They are looking to score a presentation. We never tried Peppers restaurant as we had read Trip Advisor comments about it not being good. La Cruz and Buserias are two near by towns and they have many restaurants. We asked for advise from resort staff and found that when it's all said and done most of the restaurants are all the same. We went to Adauto's on the Beach and found good seafood soup but the rest of the stuff was like anywhere else. Oscar's in Punta Di Mita, another nearby town was okay too. It is cheaper than Teanos and Margaritas, but again the same type of food. Pie in the Sky located in Bucerias right on a bus stop is a MUST. It is expense ($5-6 for a pie slice) but very good sweet treats and clean as well! It also has free WIFI so we were there daily with out laptops. Another must is the market on Sunday from 9:30 until 2:00 in La Cruz. It has losts of truly good souveniors (not that flea market junk) and some great food, ground coffee, all sorts of drinks, and jumbo shrimp to take home and cook. I'd recommend bringing some seafood seasonsing with as it is difficult to get what we use here for spices in Mexico. Something like Bay's or Zatarans spices. All inclusive at Rancho Banderas was $55 per person per day if you bought it for the wee, You can also get a daily all inclusive for $59 per day per person. The grounds of the place are quite nice although we found debris that washed up on the beach repeatedly. The beach is okay for a swimming beach and people were going in all the time. They have a stiff fee of $25 for towels if they are not turned in. Lost room keys are also $25. They are stingy with the well worn towels but we managed to get 2 per person. The laundry facilities were okay and amount to $3 for a wash and $3 for a very good long dry. Since the place is small, it is very easly to get around. We took the Puerta Vallarate City Tour and it was a jewlery store trip and then a drink until you are drunk adventure to a Tequilla factory where the group did was get more drunk. Lunch for 2 cost $65 and we had no options as they draggfed us to the middle of no place for the lunch! Later we found that the former concierge at the place by the name of LUIS LOMELI gives tours and we wish we had done his.He speaks terrific English and is going into business for himself so he has extra interst in providing a great trip. His phone is 3-22-1410076 and his email is email@example.com. I'd do his tour in a flash. The AC kept up fine probably because it was not too warm, I'd hate to see it in summer! Now the not so good: The place is mostly made up of people who have been owners for the last 10-15 years and they come there for weeks on end. The units are in real need of updating. They sweep them daily but where is the bucket of soap and water? Most units face "the garden" and you are on display for all to see as they walk by your place. Thre nicest part was the huge walk in showers and the hot water. The sink in the kitchen barely drained, the refrig took 2 days to freeze a little meat. We moved from our original run down room to a less run down room after we complained of a BO/moldy smell in the room. Uncomfortable chairs and worn couch were the standard although the bed was comfy. Old, old stuff is the hallmark of the place and the returners seem to love it. I like new and modern. Also, the air pollution is staggering as you look out over the bay toward Puerto Vallarta. That beautiful pink sky is really particulate matter floating in the air. No internet! They advertise WIFI but none was really working. The very very slow internet was very expenseive at the gift shop. We went to an internet cafe in Bucerias to print boarding passes. All in all, I wouldn't come back here as there is so much more out there with really much better places. However, I must say that I am probably in the mionority. Most of the regulars love the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Something Different, Something Better! Rancho Banderas is an intimate, all-inclusive hideaway on an endless beach just North of Vallarta Nayarit. Escape to a secluded resort with 49 spacious 1-4 Bedroom Villa Style accommodations on an expansive beachfront with cascading pools, lush gardens and pampering service. One Bedrooms start at 650 sq ft, Two and Three Bedrooms are 1050 and 1350 sq ft, and four Bedrooms 2200 sq ft! Hacienda style villas feature full kitchen, dining room and spacious terrace. Ocean Front Villas have breathtaking views overlooking the Pacific from a lush, beautiful bluff. Romantics and families enjoy spectacular settings and all-inclusive a la carte gourmet dining. Play on an endless beach on the Bay complete with food and beverage service, kayaks, boogie boards, lounge chairs, beach volleyball and more. Special kids activities program, ping pong and pool table. Cascading pools with waterfall, pool slides connecting three different levels of pools, full service spa and an ocean view gym! Breathtaking views with picture perfect romantic locations for couples to renew vows, get married or honeymoon. Lush gardens, white sand and ocean cliffs surround you. ... more less
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- Rancho Banderas Vacation Villas Hotel Punta De Mita