Jardin del Mar is located on the North Shore of the Banderas Bay on a quiet, residential, dead-end street in between Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in a neighborhood known as "El Tizate." We are about 1 kilometer from Highway 200, just down the street from the Punta Esmeralda condo complex. We are not within close walking distance to shops and restaurants, but taxis and buses are available and affordable. The best way to walk into either town is via the beach (see below.)
We have the benefit of being away from the late-night, downtown noise, but we're still only a 5-10 minute drive to bars and restaurants. It's perfect for people who want peace and privacy, but if you prefer to be in the center of the action, we may not be the right place for you.
Airport Pick-Up Service:
Jardin del Mar offers an Airport Shuttle Service for guests who don't plan to rent a car and want to skip the hassle of hiring a taxi at the airport or dealing with directions. Please contact us as soon as possible if you'd like this service, because availability is limited. The fees can be paid in cash directly to the driver or we can add it to your bill when you check-in. (Please note: Our mini van can only accommodate 4-5 guests with luggage, so this isn't a good option for large groups.)
- Airport Pick-Up: $700 pesos per trip
- Stop at Mega for groceries on the way to Jardin (if time allows): $300 pesos per stop
- Airport Drop-off: $400 pesos per trip
If you don't want to be on foot or use public transportation and would like to rent a car, we recommend using Gecko Rent A Car in Bucerias. They're highly-rated and they'll shuttle you to and from the airport or have a car waiting for you at the airport when you arrive.
If you're the outdoorsy/active type...you may enjoy walking into Bucerias or La Cruz via the beach! It's about a 45-minute walk to Bucerias Centro and 25 minutes to the La Cruz Marina during low-to-mid tide...from there you'll find dozens of restaurants, shops, small grocery stores and live entertainment. There are a couple tricky spots to manuever going in either direction since we're on a rockier stretch of the beach, but in general, most of our guests make the walk into one town or the other multiple times during their stay.
Buses & Taxis:
We're happy to give you instructions and help you navigate the easiest/most affordable ways to get around the La Cruz and Bucerias areas. The bus stop is about a 10-minute walk from the Hotel at the top of our street on the highway. Buses run most of the day and come by every few minutes and they only cost about 10 pesos per person.
We're always available to call you a taxi and they're at our front gate within 5-10 minutes. Taxis range in price depending on how far you're going, but they typically cost $70 pesos to La Cruz, $100 to Bucerias, $150 to Mega, $250 to Nuevo, $300 to Punta de Mita and $350 to Sayulita. (A good rule of thumb is adding a zero to the travel time... 10 minutes to Bucerias Centro = $100 pesos.)
For a Google Map from the PVR airport CLICK HERE
Jardin del Mar is about a 30-40 minute drive (21 kilometers North) from the Puerto Vallarta Airport.
Heading North on Highway 200 towards Tepic, you'll pass through Nuevo Vallarta, Mezcales and Bucerias. You'll see Flamingos Golf Course on your left in Nuevo, Mega and La Comer (large grocery stores) on your right in Bucerias; and after you pass by Bucerias Centro on your left, you'll travel another 3 kilometers until you see a green highway sign that reads "Iberostar Playa Mita" on your right, which is where you'll need to turn LEFT off the highway. (In other words, the entrance to our street is across the highway from the Iberostar sign.)
Get in the left hand turn lane directly in front of the Punta Esmeralda condo complex and turn left onto Camino al Tizate. Go down the dead-end road about another kilometer. Jardin del Mar will be on your left and it has a large, rod iron gate and tall stone walls (pictured.)
If you're taking a taxi from the airport and the driver needs help with directions, you're welcome to give him our phone number: 322-216-8374. It's also a good idea to print a Google map of our location beforehand to give to the driver if you don't plan on having cell phone data while you're here.