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Puerto Vallarta Resort for a Day Options (2021)

Puerto Vallarta Resort for a Day Options (2021)

Jeremy CamosseAug 15 2021Travel
Puerto Vallarta Mexico offers amazing Resort for a Day pass options. Treat yourself to an all inclusive experience during your day at port.
We’ve cruised to Mexico many times and have done the “standard” tours. They’re great. Puerto Vallarta has amazing beaches, blue waters, weather, and people.
We’ve also realized that the most convenient way to take advantage of Mexico's assets is with a Resort Day Pass.
Resort Day Pass Excursions in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
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Why choose a resort day pass in Puerto Vallarta?

There are a bunch of reasons for choosing an All Inclusive Day Pass in Puerto Vallarta. Here are our top few.
SAFETY
Mexico is not the safest cruise destination in the Caribbean. We wouldn't necessarily say that it's "dangerous." But, safety should always be a priority when selecting your Puerto Vallarta cruise excursion. Only use a reputable tour provider if not choosing a resort. And please be very careful when engaging in commerce with locals.
A resort is your best option if safety is a concern. You'll have no worries within the protected walls of any option below. Security and privacy are valuable amenities at these resorts. We’ve never heard of an incident within one of Puerto Vallarta’s resorts. In the rare chance of a health or security issue, you'd want to be at any of these resorts vs an alternative excursion option!
CONVENIENCE
From our map below, you can see that all resorts are near your Puerto Vallarta Cruise Port.
Each day pass option includes transportation to and from the Terminal. They range in distance from 5 to 45 minutes from port. Please note these estimates if your transfer time is important to you. Once on site, you’ll be in complete relaxation for hours.
You'll have every amenity at your fingertips. No need to worry about haggling over price, finding food, renting beach chairs, etc. And you won’t need to check your watch constantly to make sure your excursion provider will get you back on time. Your only inconvenience will be deciding which drink to order next. This is an easy “problem” to solve since drinks are all-inclusive.
EXPERIENCE
Most organized shore excursions are run by “mom and pop” shops. Many do a great job. But, they’re not held to the same standards as the resort properties. When you’re done with your snorkeling gear at the Hilton, they’ll clean and sanitize the equipment. After a tour with “ Lou’s Snorkeling Fun Time,” the gear might get a quick splash of Corona before the next cruise passenger straps it on. This is a bit of an exaggeration, but hopefully you get where we’re going. The resorts will likely have newer beach chairs, fresher towels, and cleaner restrooms.
COST
You’ll see the cost of an all-inclusive day pass averages roughly $100 per person. This is similar to the cost of a cruise excursion in Puerto Vallarta. However, you’ll find much more included at a resort. A beach excursion includes many "hidden" costs. You might pay for beach access. Chair rentals will cost $20 per. Drink costs will likely be double that. Then you'll likely want to tack on events like kayaking or snorkeling.
You can easily spend $100 per person going "a la carte." And you'll likely leave a bit hungrier and “thirstier” than if the situation were all-inclusive. There's also an intangible value to the buffet style. The freedom to order whatever you want all day long is a huge bonus.
Cost Comparison All Inclusive vs OtherA resort day pass will cost roughly $100 per person. That may seem expensive. Consider all of the incidentals with a normal excursion. You'll often purchase rental chairs, food, drink, and equipment rental. These can quick add up to exceed a resort pass!
If you’ve gotten this far, we’ll assume you’re “all-in” for a resort day pass in Mexico. Good decision. You'll be happy with your decision!
Now we'll need to find the perfect day pass option. It will depend on your crew. Are you traveling with kids or are you on a romantic getaway? Are you hoping to get active or more interested in relaxing? Is price an important factor?
Below you’ll find four amazing all inclusive options at Mexico’s best resorts. We’ve broken down each to show what’s included so you know exactly what to expect. Regardless of your priorities, we're confident that there's a great option for you below.
Use the quick-jump links above to check out a specific property. Below you'll find a map showing the location of each.

5 Puerto Vallarta Resort for a Day Options

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In the Mexico Map above, you’ll see all of your available Resort Options. These properties offer exclusive day pass tours to cruise passengers. The resorts are marked by red, palm tree icons. Your cruise terminal is found by the black, ship icon. You can see that all are nearby. We also note the taxi distance and any related costs for your convenience.
We've analyzed every resort day pass option in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Below are the 7 Best Options with all of the detail you'll need to make your choice.
Resort Day Pass Hotel RIU Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Hotel RIU Jalisco Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

All Inclusive with multiple swim-up bars!!
Riu Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Day Pass
Puerto Vallarta Resort For The Day Riu Jalisco
Riu Jalisco Beach Pass Puerto Vallarta
RIU Jalisco is a stunning property located on a white-sand beach and offering private beach access. Your RIU day pass includes unlimited food, drink, and access to amenities. Some of the resort's main features include two pools with swim-up bars, sun loungers, wifi, multiple restaurants, children's pool with slides, whirlpool and steam bath. Food and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) are included with your visit. The resort offers numerous eating venues with varying themes.
This resort day pass is great for couples or families. Both adult and child will be well accommodated at RIU Jalisco. In addition to the children's playground, kiddos also have customized entertainment programs. Adults can frolic on the beach or poolside with endless options for entertainment or relaxation. The swim-up bar is a crowd favorite that shouldn't be missed!
  • Unlimited food & drink
  • All you can drink booze
  • Beach
  • Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Lounge chairs
  • Towels
  • Umbrellas
  • Swim-up bar
  • Children's playground
  • Free wifi
NOTE: The Hotel RIU Jalisco has limited resort passes allocated to cruise passengers. Make sure to book well in advance to assure that there's availability.

Resort Day Pass Hotel RIU Vallarta Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Hotel RIU Vallarta Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Unlimited Food & Drink & fabulous amenities!
Riu Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Day Pass
Puerto Vallarta Resort For The Day Riu Jalisco
Riu Jalisco Beach Pass Puerto Vallarta
The RIU Palace Pacifico is an ideal resort day pass offering the works. You'll be treated to VIP access of their private beach and freshwater swimming pool. Additional features include towels, chairs, loungers, parasols, and even a children's swimming pool. There are plenty of options to get active as well. Your day pass includes windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, bodyboarding, and volleyball amenities. Food and drink are unlimited and your options for eating and drinking are virtually unlimited as well. You'll find buffet and a la carte options. The international cuisine offered will sate any pallet. To wash it down, visit the swim up bar with service throughout the day.
Hotel RIU Palace Pacifico is a stunning property located directly on the beach. The property features towering hotel structures surrounding a beautiful central park area with pool and many other amenities. The "t" shaped pool includes a swim-up bar and mini pool within the larger pool. In addition to the impressive pool area, you'll have access to a large stretch of pristine Puerto Vallarta beach. RIU offers a number of non-motorized water sports to take advantage of the beach and blue waters. Enjoy catamarans, kayaks, and even body boards.
  • Unlimited food & drink
  • All you can drink booze
  • Beach
  • Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Lounge chairs
  • Towels
  • Umbrellas
  • Swim-up bar
  • Children's entertainment
  • Children's pool
  • Free wifi
NOTE: The Hotel RIU Vallarta has limited resort passes allocated to cruise passengers. Make sure to book well in advance to assure that there's availability.

Resort Day Pass RIU Palace Pacifico Puerto Vallarta Mexico

RIU Palace Pacifico Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

All Inclusive with multiple swim-up bars!!
Riu Jalisco Puerto Vallarta Day Pass
Puerto Vallarta Resort For The Day Riu Jalisco
Riu Jalisco Beach Pass Puerto Vallarta
RIU Jalisco is a stunning property located on a white-sand beach and offering private beach access. Your RIU day pass includes unlimited food, drink, and access to amenities. Some of the resort's main features include two pools with swim-up bars, sun loungers, wifi, multiple restaurants, children's pool with slides, whirlpool and steam bath. Food and drinks (including alcoholic beverages) are included with your visit. The resort offers numerous eating venues with varying themes.
This resort day pass is great for couples or families. Both adult and child will be well accommodated at RIU Jalisco. In addition to the children's playground, kiddos also have customized entertainment programs. Adults can frolic on the beach or poolside with endless options for entertainment or relaxation. The swim-up bar is a crowd favorite that shouldn't be missed!
  • Unlimited food & drink
  • All you can drink booze
  • Beach
  • Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • Fitness center
  • Sauna
  • Lounge chairs
  • Towels
  • Umbrellas
  • Swim-up bar
  • Children's playground
  • Free wifi
NOTE: The RIU Palace Pacifico has limited resort passes allocated to cruise passengers. Make sure to book well in advance to assure that there's availability.

Resort Day Pass Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

$20 food and drink voucher included with day pass!!
Westin Resort Puerto Vallarta Day Pass
Puerto Vallarta Westin Pool
Westin Puerto Vallarta Pool
If you're not into the unlimited beverages, the Westin Resort & Spa is a great option. While alcohol is not included, you'll receive a $20 food and beverage credit to use at your discretion. The resort offers access to pools, towels, lounge chairs, umbrellas and more. There's a Kids Club for children to stay entertained while parents relax, play tennis, or enjoy non-motorized water sports. A spa is available for additional a la carte services.
Have you ever swam circles around palm trees while in a swimming pool? Us neither. Until we visited the Westin Resort and Spa in Puerto Vallarta. You have to see it to believe it. The massive and meandering pool network is dotted with palm trees shooting from the pool's surface into the sunshine. The patio and pool area are equally impressive, featuring day beds and tiki bars. This is the perfect venue for cruisers looking for a non-all-inclusive (read "cheaper") resort day pass.
  • $20 food & beverage credit
  • $10 food & beverage credit for children
  • Beach
  • Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Lounge chairs
  • Towels
  • Umbrellas
  • Children's pool
  • Free wifi
NOTE: The Westin Resort & Spa has limited resort passes allocated to cruise passengers. Make sure to book well in advance to assure that there's availability.

We hope this post helps you to make the most of your time in Puerto Vallarta.
It's tough to choose a cruise excursion. You can't go wrong with a resort for a day pass. These properties are optimized for your relaxation and enjoyment. Standard tours are great too. They're just "hit or miss." Remove all risk with one of the options above.
Check out additional options for the other ports on your cruise itinerary. The post below lists every day pass option for ports in the Caribbean!
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