We are in the Heart of Beautiful Nayarit, Mexico
Playa Las Tortugas is found on the “Costa Tortuga” (Turtle Coast), nesting habitat of several species of sea turtle in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Our beach and villas lie just 70 miles north of Puerto Vallarta and about 50 miles west of Tepic, the colonial capital of the “Riviera Nayarit”.
Playa Las Tortugas is an easy drive from Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, or Tepic, not to mention a fine road trip from Mazatlan and Guadalajara.
Birds, turtles, and other wildlife find our protected beach and natural palm-lined estuary with little trouble; so will you.
Traveling to Mexico
Once you’ve gathered proper documentation, traveling to Mexico should prove easy and without hassles. As with any international travel destination, certain identifying documents are required, and these requirements may change from time to time. Ask your airline, car rental company, or travel agent to verify the most recent requirements. It’s your responsibility to procure all necessary documents—airlines and travel agents will not offer refunds if you miss a flight due to lack of proper documentation.
Because Playa Las Tortugas is located in a sub-tropical climate, don’t forget to pack some insect repellent for evenings and early mornings. And plenty of suntan lotion for the rest of the day.
Here is the latest information that we have, direct from the U.S. Department of State website http://http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/mexico.html , but please check further to make sure this information has not changed and let us know if you learn something new.
Information for minors.
In addition to the proof of citizenship requirements, minors (under 18 years of age) traveling to or from Mexico are required to present additional documentation if they are not traveling with BOTH NATURAL PARENTS. You should verify current requirements before planning your travel.
Mexican Tourist Visa
All visitors must obtain a Mexican immigration card. Pick up a Mexican immigration card during your flight or upon crossing international borders into Mexico. Upon your arrival in Mexico, Mexican immigration officials will stamp the card and retain one part. You will need to retain the other part, which immigration officials will collect upon your departure from Mexico. Keep your Mexican tourist card in a safe place. If you lose your part of the card you can normally get a replacement at Mexican Immigration but there is a cost involved and the delay could cause you to miss your flight.
Upon arriving at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, you will pass through Immigration, where immigration officers will ask to see your identification and will stamp your tourist card. After passing through Immigration, collect your luggage and proceed to Customs.
Before you can leave the baggage area, customs agents may ask you to press a button, after which either a green or red light will come on. If a green light comes on you may pass directly through Customs. If a red light appears, customs agents will inspect your luggage.
After leaving the baggage area and passign through Customs, inside the airport terminal there are agencies which exchange money, as well as bank ATM’s. The exchange agencies vary in the rates offered, so we suggest you compare them first. The ATM’s dispense pesos (or dollars if desired) against your debit or credit card, and generally the bank ATM’s offer a better rate of exchange than the agencies.
In general, bank ATMs offer excellent exchange rates. Some bank account debit cards will not work in all Mexican ATMs, but try a different machine if your card doesn’t work. Most credit cards work in all machines.
Hotels usually offer the lowest rates of exchange.
Note: because most banks and ATMs impose a service charge on transactions you will increase your overall exchange rate by making fewer exchanges/withdrawals of larger amounts rather than paying service charges on a greater number of smaller transactions.
Driving in Mexico
To drive legally in Mexico you should have a valid driver’s license from your country of residence and a valid immigration card or other immigration document in your possession.
Driving rules in Mexico are very similar to those in the United States, Canada, and many other countries. Traffic flow, stoplights, and stop and yield signs are treated in much the same way as they are in many other countries such as the U.S.
Puerto Vallarta, like many larger cities and towns in Mexico, has local access lanes called “laterales” outside of the main traffic lanes on the busiest roads. These access lanes are used for making turns. Note: On larger roads in PV, move to the right access lane in order to make left turns. Normally you must have a green arrow signal to make a left turn across an oncoming lane of traffic.
Rental Car Information
Many major car rental companies have desks staffed by English-speaking agents located just outside the arrival area at the PV airport.
For renting a car in Mexico one option is to reserve a car through an international company that you can call in advance via an 800 number from the U.S or contact via the Internet. Ask the company representative to fax or email you a confirmation with all pertinent information including the price in both dollars and pesos, dates of the rental, type of car, etc. If you can’t get this sent to you, print the information out yourself.
Of course, exchange rates may fluctuate slightly from the time you make your reservation to the time you actually pick up the car. Make certain that when you pick up the car in Mexico the clerk writes the contract for the amount you were quoted on the phone and gives you a comparable car.
Check your car carefully before driving off the rental car lot. Note any damage and make sure the clerk notes the damage on your contract.
Have the car rental company’s local and toll-free phone numbers (with international access code) handy in case you need to call them.
With these tips in mind, renting a car in Mexico should prove hassle-free.
Tipping is recommended, especially if you receive good service. Five to ten percent is appropriate for airport transportation (while ten to fifteen percent, or even twenty percewnt for exceptional service, is appropriate in restaurants). It is not customary to tip yellow taxis for trips within town. Please let us know if you ever receive substandard service or if anyone is rude to you or overcharges you.