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#201 nikkigard

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    Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:05 AM

    I got this article from a lady I was corresponding with on villas before I decided to go another route. It addresses the safety issue - I know my family had questions but the violence is along the border, not in PV - just needed to communicate that to them.

    Title - Puerto Vallarta Safe and Waiting for You!

    Whenever traveling, it is natural to worry about one's safety. Rather than relying on media hype from news stories, which leave us with misconceptions that are simply different from what is reality, a more trustworthy source is from visitors like myself and residents of an area. For that reason, I share with you my own experience as it relates to safety in Banderas Bay.

    Despite rapid growth and development in Puerto Vallarta and its surroundings, the region remains one of the safest areas in the country. A big part of this is the fact that it is still a small pueblo where neighbors know one another and watch out for each other. One doesn't walk down the street at any time of day without encountering a friendly smile or even a "hola." Dining out at night at any of the best gourmet restaurants in Mexico or the local taco stand, the ambience is friendly and comfortable. You'll feel secure in the pursuit of any activity you enjoy.

    I have been here for a month now. My family joined me for a vacation along Bucerias beaches that were delightful and uncrowded. In the last two weeks I have been spending my days visiting owners and their villas. I travel solo and fetch taxis to my destinations—the cabbies are as friendly and accommodating as ever. In the evenings, I walk the Malec³n where locals and tourists stroll in harmony. Sculptures artfully installed at intervals encourage you to dally awhile. Music in the Zocalo prompts you to listen while catching the aroma of roasting corn on the arms of the balmy evening air. I park myself on a convenient bench to try the kernels with salt, chile and lime. The Mariegalante heads for shore as I await her fireworks to illuminate the night sky. It is dark when I arrive home a pie . This has been my routine on many of my visits and this time it was not different in any way. Puerto Vallarta is a happy place I cannot wait to return to and I invite you to experience.

    Wherever we wander, our best protection is projecting a smile, exuding self-confidence and remaining alert to what is happening around us. Harmony fosters peace.



    #202 Jess

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      Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:33 AM

      Nikki that is great thank you!

      Sarah - I can't see the pic you were trying to post?

      #203 KLila

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        Posted 27 March 2009 - 12:26 PM

        Thank for posting that info. My guests too have been asking so many questions. I am starting to feel bad that we rushed our wedding and asked our guest to book so quickly with little to no information about what is going on in Mexico.

        #204 subzero

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          Posted 27 March 2009 - 03:11 PM

          My guests are asking about it too. I'm going to include a little blurb about safety in the pre-departure letter that I'm e-mailing to everyone. I think people want to know that we're at least thinking about safety. It will be along the lines of:

          If you’ve been watching the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the violent crimes taking place near the U.S./
          Mexico border. We’ve been paying close attention and are pleased to report that so far, Puerto Vallarta has remained
          very safe. It is more than 1,000 miles away from Tijuana, after all!

          Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to keep personal safety in mind whenyou’re traveling. Leave your Rolexes and bling-bling diamond earrings at home. Guys, that thick
          wallet in your back pocket is an easy grab for pick-pockets. Ladies, keep the purses small and tucked securely under your arm.

          #205 J&MWedding

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            Posted 30 March 2009 - 11:15 AM

            nikki! thanks for that post! I think I'm going to start posting a few blogs on our website and include articles like that one. I didn't really want anything sad/downer on our wedding website, but I think people will like to see it anyways.

            My Planning Thread40 people booked plus bride & groom

            #206 J&MWedding

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              Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:08 PM

              So, I already started asking Rebeca about flower options. I asked her if white orchids, white roses, white hydrangea would be an option. She checked with the florist and she said they could do white orchids and white lisianthus (not sure if I spelled that one correctly....) and that it would cost $70 for mine and $85 for my MOH.
              I just wanted to share this with my fellow Dreams brides just for info. If anyone else gets info for flowers or anything, keep posting it! :)
              I'm thinking it's not worth paying that much extra since I get my bouquet for free with my package, so I'll probably look into just white roses, and maybe keep the lisianthus.

              My Planning Thread40 people booked plus bride & groom

              #207 moe706

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                Posted 30 March 2009 - 08:25 PM

                I'm getting married at Dreams in May 2010. My family and my fiance's family have been worried about the violence as well, and it's been quite the headache. I have searched the whole carribean and costa rica and nothing compares. I am keeping the wedding in PV. All the safety information has been helpful. I'd love to see pictures once people return from their weddings!

                #208 smith3576

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                  Posted 02 April 2009 - 12:14 AM

                  It's so frustrating because we are getting hesitations now from some guests. Being able to point to objective reports that it's fine (and not just from FI and me!) is helpful. Even the future step-MIL is making FI's dad wait to book because of it. Arrgh.
                  We're married! Jamie

                  #209 KLila

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                    Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:47 PM

                    I have been trying to plan some events at Dreams, in order to do a few organized things but save some $$$. I found most websites didn't have the same information on restaurant and lounge hours of operations. So I reached out to a few people and got the information and thought I would share it with you ladies incase you also needed it.

                    I think we are going to do a casual Welcome Reception at the Rendezvous Bar and then have an unorganized brunch the day after the wedding and just ask our guests to make reservation between a certain time.

                    Thank you verey much for choosing Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. For your vacations.

                    Breakfast is served at:
                    World Caf©, Buffet style from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Daily
                    Oceana, a la carte from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Daily

                    Lunch is served at:
                    Seaside Grill Restaurant a la carte from 12:00 hours to 4:30 p.m. daily
                    World Caf©, buffet style from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
                    Barefoot Grill on the beach from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily

                    Dinner is served at:
                    Patio a la carte, Mexican from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. closed on Tuesday and Fridays
                    Oceana a la carte, Seafood from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily
                    Seaside Grill a la carte, steak house from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily
                    Portofino a la carte, Italian from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily
                    World Caf©, buffet style from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily

                    Room Service opens 24 hours 7 days a week.

                    Our five bars open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. the next day daily. The Barracuda Bar closes at 8pm.

                    I am enclosing the Spa’s menu and for further information contact Esthela the Spa’s Manager at spa1@dreamspuertovallarta.com.mx or dialing 01152 322 226 5000 extension 3000.

                    We are looking forward to welcoming you soon in our Dreams.

                    #210 KLila

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                      Posted 02 April 2009 - 01:50 PM

                      Here is the spa menu they sent me.

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