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Frommer's Portable Guides offer all the detailed information and insider advice of a Frommer's Complete Guide but in a concise, pocket-sized format. Perfect for the short-term traveler who insists on value and doesn't want to wade through or carry a full-size guidebook, this series selects the very best choices in all price categories and takes you straight to the top sights. Get the latest on hotels, restaurants, sightseeing, sports, shopping, and nightlife in a nutshell in these lightweight, inexpensive guides.

Written by an American journalist who lives in Puerto Vallarta, this concise guide is clearly the work of an author who knows her destination inside and out. You'll find candid reviews of the best resorts, inns, restaurants, and nightspots, all sprinkled with valuable tips on local culture, etiquette, bargaining, potential pitfalls, and much more. Enjoy the best beaches and outdoor adventures, then come along with us as we explore the cultural treasures and fantastic shopping in the intriguing city of Guadalajara. With accurate maps and a glossary of handy Spanish phrases, this concise guide puts the best of Mexico's Pacific coast at your fingertips!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764538186
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/6/2003
  • Series: Frommer's Portable Series , #51
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 4.02 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

David Baird is a writer, editor, and translator who doesn’t like writing about himself in the third person (too close to being an obituary). Texan by birth, Mexican by disposition, he has lived several years in different parts of Mexico. Now based in Austin, Texas, he spends as much time in Mexico as possible.

For Lynne Bairstow, Mexico has become more like home than her native United States. She has lived in Puerto Vallarta for most of the past 13 years, where she has deepened her appreciation and respect for Mexico’s customs, culture, and natural treasures. Her articles on Mexico have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Mexicana’s and Alaska Airlines’ in-flight magazines, and other publications. In 2000, Lynne received the Pluma de Plata, a top honor awarded by the Mexican government to foreign writers, for her work on Frommer’s guidebook to Puerto Vallarta. She wishes to thank her research assistant, Alejandra Macedo, for her invaluable contribution to this book.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps vi
1 Planning Your Trip to Mid-Pacific Mexico 1
1 The Region in Brief 1
2 Visitor Information 3
3 Entry Requirements & Customs 4
Destination Mid-Pacific Mexico: Red Alert Checklist 5
4 Money 9
5 When to Go 14
Holidays & Special Events 14
6 Travel Insurance 18
7 Health & Safety 20
What to Do If You Get Sick 21
8 Specialized Travel Resources 24
9 Planning Your Trip Online 30
10 The 21st-Century Traveler 32
Frommers.com: The Complete Travel Resource 33
Online Traveler's Toolbox 36
11 Getting There 37
12 Packages for the Independent Traveler 43
13 Special-Interest Trips 46
14 Getting Around 47
15 Tips on Accommodations 52
Fast Facts: Mexico 54
2 Settling into Puerto Vallarta 61
1 Puerto Vallarta Essentials 61
Fast Facts: Puerto Vallarta 67
2 Where To Stay 70
3 Where To Dine 78
3 Exploring Puerto Vallarta & Beyond 89
1 Beaches, Activities & Excursions 89
Art Along the Malecon 93
2 Shopping 101
A Huichol Art Primer: Shopping Tips 105
3 Puerto Vallarta After Dark 110
4 Side Trips from Puerto Vallarta 116
4 Costa Alegre: From Puerto Vallarta to Barra de Navidad 127
1 Along Costa Alegre (from North to South) 128
2 Barra de Navidad & Melaque 133
5 Manzanillo 142
1 Manzanillo Essentials 142
Fast Facts: Manzanillo 145
2 Activities On & Off the Beach 146
3 Where to Stay 150
4 Where to Dine 153
5 Manzanillo After Dark 155
6 Settling into Guadalajara 157
1 Guadalajara Essentials 157
Guadalajara Neighborhoods in Brief 161
Fast Facts: Guadalajara 163
2 Where to Stay 165
3 Where to Dine 170
7 Exploring Guadalajara & Beyond 176
1 What to See & Do in Guadalajara 176
2 Shopping 182
3 Guadalajara After Dark 187
4 Side Trips from Guadalajara 188
Appendix 190
1 Telephones & Mail 190
2 Basic Vocabulary 191
3 Menu Glossary 195
Index 199
General Index 197
Accommodations Index 202
Restaurant Index 203
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Sparse, outdated, with no honest ratings

    The first book I have ever returned. There is MUCH more useful information on Puerto Vallarta on the web. Even on the most biased commercial travel web site (and that¿s not saying much). Many hotels less than 10 years old are missing completely from this book, along with many newer restaurants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2003

    Poor on Maps and Hotel Information

    I found this a useful book especially for dining, shoppiing and background information. However, the book should really have more detailed maps of the general area that include road names. There do not seem to be any maps available elsewhere for this popular destination. I also found the hotel information very skimpy.

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