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A week of the two of us alone sun and sand sleep and spanish our 23rd wedding anniversary... is that possible!?!?!?!?!?
... beach). The dogs are settled in nicely. They have to get used to the random firecrackers at night. There are tons of dogs here, some are actually treated very well and are family pets. There is a corner store right across the street from out apartment and they own 2 pitbuls and a Rottweiler. They treat them very well as far as I can see.
The night we arrived here, we already felt like we were in the pages of a kids storybook. We heard a bunch of children singing the ...
... s 900. Haha. But nobody is worrying because we know that God will provide for us. We ate breakfast this morning-we had waffles. There wasn't syrup but honey instead. I didn't like it but-LOGAN LIKED IT! :) haha. After eating (and understanding the money problem,) we went to the restaurant of a man named David. We helped him clean his property so that he can open and start his business next week. We cleared the debris and the trash and the dead leaves from ...
... routine of work, keeping house and other community committments.
I realised back in 2005 when I moved to BC to fullfill my dream of living near the mountains and ocean, that anything you dream and put your mind to can happen. I met Karen, a wonderful, funny, brilliant and mature women who knew her path in life and was willing to share it with me. She has taught me to laugh and be playful, which is such a nice change ...
... and I am very happy to have had the chance of finally taking this trip on, and showing my man a different Mexico, one a bit off the beaten track.
Tips for the trip
- take bug repellant
- enough battery for cameras etc for several days in case staying at B&Bs that don't have electricity
- flashlight might come in handy too
- Born to Run
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Costa Sur Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta
My wife and I just got back from a week in Puerto Vallarta. We were originally hoping to spend the entire week at Dreams, but rooms weren't available for the first part of our trip, so we stayed at Playa Del Sol Costa Sur for the first 3 days until we could move over to Dreams (after several trips to PV I prefer the South/Mismaloya area.. so location was the prime motivation).
The resort basically sits on the side of a mountain. The sun really doesn't get over the resort area (2 buildings with two pools, restaurant, and two bars in beween) until Noon or later. While we were there early in January, the surf was high, so we frequently were not allowed on the beach. The ritual was for people to go down very early and put a towel on a chair around the pool (the other pool is heated, but doesn't get sun). I am a sun worshiper (that is what my vacation is, sun, swim, read, eat, drink, relax)and was VERY frustrated as most days could not find a place to lay in the sun! The good stuff is that all rooms face the ocean, staff is friendly and Puerto Vallarta seemed very safe. We walked into town along the ocean and took a bus back to Costa Sur. We would have NEVER done that in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic. Food and drink a bit pricey, and golf outrageous at $160 a round. My husband and I would definitely go back to Puerto Vallarta, but not necessarily the Costa Sur.
Stayed Dec 30 - Jan 2, and had mixed feelings.
We only stayed a week. It was nice to have HBO in the room, movies were in English with Spanish sub-titles. If I wasnt travelling with teens I may never have turned on the tv. It was nice to have a micro-wave (popcorn) and fridge. I tried to pre-order thru inet for groceries and we never did get them, was never able to meet w/manager at the store. Absolutely hate that people "claim" a pool chair and leave it empty... if you're not using it then move your towel and let someone else use it! I would have liked to have the morning sun, but the building is built down the side of cliff, lobby/street level is on 7th floor, our balcony only received afternoon sun and the pool received the late morning/noon sun.
We just got back from Costa Sur Resort November 18, 2005. This is a fantastic resort for all ages. The room, the ocean-view with the balcony was breath-taking. We got to see dolphins swimming from our balcony several times in several days. The staff and the happy hours were great.
Loved Playa Del Sol Costa Sur
We just got back from Costa Sur and we had a great time. Yes, the timeshare people at the airport can be annoying, just say no and keep walking. We were asked at the hotel to view a timeshare, we declined politely and were never asked about it again. The rooms were clean and bright and thanks to daily maid service they stayed that way through out our week there ( 4 adults in our room). Restaurant was great and room service was awesome. They even cooked the sailfish my brother caught on our fishing trip. Beach was great for snorkeling and the pool was very enjoyable. The bus to town was only 50 cents, Carlos O'Briens, Senor Frogs, Mexican Fiesta night, dune buggy ride, booze cruise, fishing trip, market place are some of the hightlights of our trip, We would all go back again!
We arrived @ the airport in Puerto Vallarta, no big problems. We understand the whole timeshare push there. Let them know we are already members and not here to play the game, they leave you alone. We go out of the airport to arrange for a van to take our party of 5 to the Costa Sur, great found one for $30.00, perfect. Arrived @ the Costa Sur and we have two 2bd condo's reserved, well this were the problem started, the front desk tells us that they cannot give us two 2 bd condos, they could only do 1bd and 2bd room. I was really in no mood to argue, but did ask for some compensation for this, since we are members of the Playa Del Sol which who purchased the property 1year ago. Told me that the manager would be in tomorrow (Sunday) around 9:00. Well we made the best of it, well they have us in the 2nd tower all the way at the far end and we had to ask if we can have some help with our luggage, nobody offered at the front desk. Get to our rooms, well the 1bd rm is fine, clean but smells really musty.. and there was black mold on the ceiling, well if you have asthma this not the place for you. The other couple we were with checked into the 2bd rm and it was very big, had great patio that rapped all the way around, but when you look over one side of it you see the this horrible water filter system.. not talking about pipes and a filter, the real thing brown bubbling water..... Ok we made jokes about it and got through that. We were only staying for four days and then going to the playa del sol grand, Ok. The next morning my husband and I return to the front desk and ask to talk to manager, well just as we asked they sd "he just called wont be in until 12:00" not happy about that, continued our day went into town and took the local bus which was great .50 cents. Went to Wallmart and did some food shopping and that was great, very nice store. Taxi from Wallmart back was $10.00, with what we bought didn't want to lugg it on to two diffent buses to get back. Night comes and we plan to go to dinner @ "PIPI" went there two years ago and was great, food and the service. Guess you can say things do change... food was horrible and the drinks were water down. Really has lost its Mexican touch, much more American now. Next night went to Roberto's AWSOME!!! we go back there eveytime and service and food is still the same, you really feel like part of a family... Costa Sur recommended us to have dinner at Felipe's "WOW" plus plus, you can see all of Puerta Vallarta and service was outstanding. Back to the resort, well pool area is small and the lagoon that is there is nice you can snorkel, Spa is very small, had a message and it was very relaxing. But the people that our there really more seniors, and people that return sametime every year, well guess this was one of the first timeshare's in Puerto Vallarta. Some of the orginal owners of their weeks are not really happy about new poperty owners coming in. I think it's great, maybe they will help spurce up the rooms more. Also there is alot of security on property, so if you are in the second tower and stay out past 9:00pm well its locked and you have go to the first tower and walk acrossed. As for the compinsation for the change in our reservation, ya we finally talk to the manager on Tuesday.... sd that he would get back to us in an hour, well not sure how long an hour to him is, but we didn't heard from him nor did we see him again. But hey your on vacation who wants to stress out and argue....and we were leaving on Wednesday. But it really isn't closed to town for walking, either bus or taxi. There restraunt closes @ 10.00 and so does the bar. We love Puerto Vallarta and keep returning, but maybe not so fast to this resort.
Flew in on America Worst ... er, West Airlines, which is an experience in and of itself (more on that later). Arrived in beautiful PV, and it really is gorgeous. Got off the plane and made our way through Customs and as soon as we cleared we were hit up to attend a timeshare presentation. We couteously declined. Waited in line at the ATM to withdraw local currency, and were hit up again by someone else to attend a timeshare presentation. Again, we courteously declined. Made our way to the restrooms ... got hit up again for timeshare by someone else. Declined again, but we're getting less courteous. Headed out to catch a cab and were cornered by someone else for timeshare. Declined, somewhat shortly. Finally got in a cab and made it to Playa del Sol Costa Sur at which we were relentlessly hounded for a solid half-hour to attend a timeshare presentation before they would even let us check in. The thing is, we already OWN two weeks there! We finally relent, just so they will let us check in and they promise us some great discounts and that it will only take 90 minutes.
My bride to be and I just got back from a relaxing pre wedding honeymoon at Costa Sur, previosly the Costa Vida Vallarta. Since there wasn't much neg. I will start with them. When getting off at the airport avoid the timeshare people that hijack you as you exit customs check. They waste a half hour of your time and give you a free taxi. Don't give them any money if you decide to take their tours. After checking in your consierge will try to get you to do their tour. If you choose to do it make sure you get as many free tours from them as you can to make it worth while. The tour can range from 2 and a half to 4 hours. Just tell them you can't make any decisions without cunsulting your accountant or lawyer first or No means No. Once that is finished a wonderful vacation will begin. It is an older Hotel that is old shcool, no major frills but big on service.We stayed in a studio which could sleep 4 and was very clean with only a musty oder in the kitchen area. All rooms have a great ocen view. The best part of Costa Sur is the staff. Most have been there for years. The waiters give great service and the maid service keeps your room spotless even cleaning the dishes. The onsite reasaurant is great for breakfast, loved the omellette chef at the buffett. Try the coconut shrimp and chicken enchilladas. The only meals I didn't care for was the steak and Italian night. For dinner I recommend going into town. Some nice ones are Felipe's, los arbolitos, and our favorite the Blue Shrimp. The Pool area is nice great for relaxing and socializing meeting new friends. The beach was a minor disappointment because being so near to the mountains it's rocky so bring water shoes. access to town is easy taking either the bus about 50cents U.S. or taxi $5. When shopping in town be sure to haggle a bit but don't insult. Best prices are at the shops closer to the boardwalk beach area and less haggling is involved. The tours we took were all nice. But be prepared they will take up a whole day or evening. The ones we took were the city tour by bus, Santa Maria crusie, and the Mexican Feista at the La Iguana. I recommend all of them. If you have a delicate stomache be cautious what you eat or drink around town. We had no problems except for my over indulgance one evening at happy hour, but a few people did. Costa Sur is on the outside of town and is very quiet with an older timeshare ownership base. This makes it a great place to return to after a long day on the town or just to sit by the pool and tan all day drinking the must have Costa Sur special. The people of Puerto Vallarta were pleasant and very friendly. I would enjoy going back and spending time at Costa Sur.