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Getting Here: Directions and Transportation to Guayabitos, La Peņita and Los Ayala

The towns of Rincón de Guayabitos, La Peñita and Los Ayala are located in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. The nearest major cities are Puerto Vallarta (1.5 hours south) and Guadalajara (4.5 hours northeast), which are both located in the state of Jalisco.

Directions from the Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)
The journey from the airport in Puerto Vallarta to Jaltemba Bay will take approximately 1-1½ hours. From the airport, follow Federal Hwy. 200 north (follow the signs toward Compostela/Tepic). You will pass the towns of Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias. As you leave Bucerias, the road will narrow from four lanes to one lane in both directions. This winding stretch of road ahead will take you past the small towns of Sayulita, San Francisco and Lo de Marcos. From Lo de Marcos, you have a 10-15 minute drive before you arrive in the Jaltemba Bay area.

» Time Zone Change: When you arrive in Puerto Vallarta, you will be on Central Time. Once you head north, you will leave the state of Jalisco and enter the state of Nayarit. The Time Zone no longer changes at the state lines. The new Time Zone changes includes the towns of Mezcales, Bucerias, Sayulita, San Pancho and Lo de Marcos. So, once you pass Lo de Marcos, be sure to turn your watches back one hour, as you will now be on Mountain Time. Upon your return to the airport, remember that you will loose an hour because Puerto Vallarta is on Central Time. 

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Getting through the Airport "Hassle-Free"

Once you get off the plane, your first stop is immigration. You will need to present your passport and your Tourist Visa (you will have filled this out on the plane. Be sure to keep the stamped portion, as you will need it when you depart from Mexico). After clearing immigration, you will enter the baggage claim area. Determining which of the carousels your luggage will come in on can be confusing since the monitors are not updated frequently, so be patient.

After collecting your luggage, you will go through customs where officials will again need to see your identification and ask you to press a button. If a “green light” appears, you may go directly through customs. If a “red light” appears, customs officials will inspect your luggage. Don’t worry, the inspection is not much more than a small inconvenience. 

After customs, walk directly through the first and second set of sliding doors. There you will find rental car booths, taxi stands, and waiting areas.

Bienvenidos – Welcome to Mexico!


Most major airlines and several charter companies offer flights into the Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), which is located approximately 40 miles (60kms) south of Jaltemba Bay. Here is a list of airlines that fly into PVR.

» Puerto Vallarta Airport
» Phone: (322) 221-1298, 1325, or 1537
» PV Airport

» AeroMexico
» Mexico Phone: (800) 021-4000
» AeroMexico

» AirCanada
» Canada Phone: (888) 247-2262
» AirCanada

» Alaska Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 252-7522
» US Phone: (800) 633-3711 (Spanish)
» PVR Phone: (322) 221-1350
» Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air

» American Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 433-7300
» American Airlines

» Continential Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 231-0856
» US Phone: (800) 537-9222 (Spanish)
» PVR Phone: (800) 900-5000
» Continental Airlines

» Delta Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 241-4141
» US Phone: (800) 511-9629 (Spanish)
» Mexico Phone: (800) 123-4710
» Delta Airlines

» Frontier Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 432-1359
» Frontier Airlines

» Sun Country Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 924-6184
» Sun Country Airlines

» United Airlines
» US Phone: (800) 538-2929
» US Phone: (800) 426-5561 (Spanish)
» Mexico Phone: (800) 003-0777
» United Airlines

» USAirways
» US Phone: (800) 622-1015
» USAirways

» WestJet
» Canada Phone: (888) 937-8538 (1-888-WESTJET)
» WestJet


Taxis are the easiest way to get from the airport in Puerto Vallarta to Jaltemba Bay. Tickets can be purchased at any ticket booth in the airport, and the ride will cost $700-1,200 pesos depending on the number of bags and how many people. If you want to save a few pesos, cross the street by way of the pedestrian bridge, and catch a taxi there. Taxi drivers will accept US dollars, but prefer pesos.

Airport taxis are typically available at all hours, even for late flight arrivals.

Contact our local taxis: Taxistas Unidos de las Playas de Bahia de Banderas

Car Rentals & Insurance

It is certainly not necessary to rent a car, but doing so will give you more freedom than using buses or taxis, especially if you want to explore other towns and beaches. Rental cars are not available in Jaltemba Bay, but you will find all major car rental companies at the Puerto Vallarta airport.

» Alamo
» Airport: (322) 221-1228
» Alamo Puerto Vallarta

» Avis (3 Locations in Puerto Vallarta)
» Airport: (322) 221-1657
» Dreams Hotel: (322) 226-5000 ext. 3101
» Marina Puerto Vallarta: (322) 221-0783
» Avis Puerto Vallarta

» Budget
» Airport: (322) 221-1888
» Centro/Villas Las Flores: (322) 221-1210
» Budget Puerto Vallarta/Guadalajara

» Dollar
» Airport: (322) 209-1005
» Centro/Villa del Palmar: (322) 226-1400
» Villa del Parlmar Flamingos: (322) 226-9700
 »Dollar Puerto Vallarta

» Economy
» Airport, City Office and Centro Locations. No phone number available online.
» Economy Puerto Vallarta

» National
» Airport: (322) 221-1226
» Marriott Hotel: (322) 221-0004
» Paradise Village: (322) 226-6770 ext. 6670
» Playa del Sol Grand, Bucerias: (322) 209-10390
» Sayulita: (329) 291-3856
 »National Puerto Vallarta

» Thrifty
» Airport: (322) 221-2984
» Airport 2: (322) 209-1005
» Buenaventura & Villa Premier: (322) 226-7000
» Grand Luxxe, Nuevo Vallarta: (322) 226-4000
» Hotel Hacienda Buenaventura: (322) 226-6667
» Presidente Intercontinental: (322) 226-8823
» RIU Jalisco, Nuevo Vallarta: (322) 176-0000
» RIU Pacifico, Nuevo Vallarta: (322) 176-0090
» RIU Puerto Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta: (322) 226-7250
» Sheraton Hotel: (322) 226-0404
» Thrifty Puerto Vallarta

Car Insurance: Because your hometown auto insurance policy does not cover you while driving in Mexico, you are required to purchase liability insurance ($25-35 USD daily). You may also purchase collision if you’d like. In order to rent a car, you will need a valid driver’s license and a major credit card.

Bus Lines

If you want to take a bus, you will need to take a taxi from the airport to the main bus terminal (Central de Autobuses), located 10 minutes from the airport. At the bus terminal, 
locate the Pacifico counter and purchase a ticket to La Peñita. Pacifico buses depart from the terminal every 20 minutes (from 6am-11:30pm). A one-way ticket from Puerto Vallarta to La Peñita, or vice versa, costs $80-100 pesos. Once you arrive in La Peñita, you can take a taxi to your final destination.

» ETN (English)

» Grupo Estrella Blanca
» Avenida Emiliano Zapata, La Peñita
» (327) 274-3672 or 3689
» Buslines: Pacifico, Futura, Transportes Chihuahuenses, and Norte de Sonora
» Estrella Blanca (Spanish)

» Primera Plus
» La Peñita to/from Puerto Vallarta: $62 Pesos each way (via Mezcales)
» La Peñita to/from Guadalajara: $270 Pesos each way (via Zapopan)
» Primera Plus (English)

» TAP (Transportes y Autobuses del Pacifico)
» TAP (Spanish)

» Vallarta Plus
» Oceano Pacifico #18, La Peñita
» (327) 274-2598
» La Peñita to/from Guadalajara: $270 Pesos each way
» Vallarta Plus (English)