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Mexico Time Zones

GMT/UTC -6 (Most of Mexico is on Central Standard Time in winter)
GMT/UTC -7 (Baja California Sur, & other northwest states are on Mountain Time)
GMT/UTC -8 (Baja California Norte is on Pacific Standard Time)
GMT/UTC -7 (The northwest state of Sonora is on -7 GMT all year round)


Electrical Plugs in Mexico:

American-style plug with two parallel flat blades above a circular grounding pin Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades
127V   60Hz


Languages in Mexico:

Official: Spanish - English is frequently spoken in popular beach destinations



Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips

Preparing for your Puerto Vallarta vacation can take some particular planning, especially since there is so much to do- jungle tours one day and scuba diving the next followed by an elegant dinner, or traditional Mexican celebration.  We've gathered a few travel tips to help puerto vallarta travel guide


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Before You Go - Preparing for your Puerto Vallarta Vacation

Cell phones- call your provider and be sure international service is enabled prior to leaving.  It can not be enabled once you are in Mexico.  Renting a cellular phone is an option, but for best rates, you can have your phone unlocked in Mexico for around $30 dollars and buy a local SIM card.  World phones should have no problem working in Puerto Vallarta.  Prepaid phones from other countries rarely work abroad.  Rental companies are listed in the  Puerto Vallarta Business Directory.


Bring small change

Tipping is customary for everyone from the man who carries your luggage, to the boy who bags your groceries, and the concierge who shows you to your room.  Be sure and bring plenty of small change to hold you over until you can exchange your currency. 


Credit Cards

You may want to call your credit card company before departing to let them know where you will be traveling.  This can avoid unexpected suspension of your cards if fraudulent use is suspected.



Phone Numbers- Be sure and bring important phone numbers with you such as the local embassy, your hotel, and airline- which can require separate phone numbers when dialing from Mexico.


Confirm Reservations- call rental agents, hotels, restaurants, wedding locations, etc and confirm your reservations.  In fact, call and confirm twice.  If reservations get mixed up during the wrong time of year, it can be near-impossible to correct.


Call your Medical Insurance provider-  most health plans do not provide coverage overseas.  Even those that do cover the expenses of international health care, they often do so through reimbursement.  Read more about health care in Puerto Vallarta.


Customized Luggage Tags-  Order your luggage tags ahead of time to avoid lost luggage.  Paper tags often disappear going to Mexico.  Customized luggage tags don't come off and can include additional information about health conditions and return instructions.


Money Matters on your Puerto Vallarta vacation

Tips on money exchange, ATM's and Banks in Puerto Vallarta, prices, and safety. Money while traveling in Puerto Vallarta money exchange in Puerto Vallarta


What to Bring what to bring on puerto vallarta vacation 

Valid passport is now required for all travelers into and out of Mexico. 


Puerto Vallarta Weather puerto vallarta weather

From November to April, Puerto Vallarta is known for beautiful weather, where tank tops or light sweaters can be worn comfortably at any time.  Temperatures range from low 60's at night to mid/low 80's during the day.   Read more about Puerto Vallarta Weather.


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Puerto Vallarta Transportation puerto vallarta transportation 

Getting from the airport and getting around in Puerto Vallarta- taxis are widely available. Always ask the taxi driver "how much" BEFORE going to your destination and do not assume he will automatically request the same amount as the others.  Puerto Vallarta Transportation puerto vallarta transportation


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Fast Mexico Facts:

Country Full Name

Estados Unidos Mexicanos


Population of Mexico

108,000,000 people


Mexico Currency

Mexican Peso
Code: MXN
Symbol: $


Mexico - Country Dialing Code



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