If you are like thousands of other people each year, and are staying at one of the fines resorts in the Puerto Vallarta area, you're probably staying in in Mismaloya, Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, or Punta Mita. All these locations are at least a $15 taxi ride each way. If this sounds like you, a rental car may be an option you want to explore.  All the major rental car companies are represented at Puerto Vallarta Airport, including Dollar Rent A Car, Budget Rent A Car, Thrifty Car Rentals, and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  You can also search the box below.

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Most of the rules of the road in Puerto Vallarta are the same as at home.  You drive on the right side of the road, but the major difference you'll notice is that to turn left, you need to go onto the RIGHT shoulder of the road or the right lane.  It's strange to get used to, but just watch others and you should be fine.


Insurance is required to rent a car in Puerto Vallarta.  Your insurance from home will not work.  Check with your credit card company, because most credit card companies will cover you for theft and collision if you make your reservation using them.  You can also check with your insurance agent at home because they may be able to offer you an international waiver for less cost than the rental car insurance.  Otherwise, you'll need to accept the insurance offered you by the rental car company.


If you're staying in Nuevo Vallarta, you'll find that it's about 20 minutes drive into Puerto Vallarta.  From Bucerias, it's about 30 minutes.  From Mismaloya, 15 minutes, and from Marina Vallarta about 10 minutes.  A cab ride from Bucerias into town is about $20 each way, while from Nuevo Vallarta it's about $15.

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