FAQ Puerto Vallarta Information

FAQ's about Visiting Puerto Vallarta

1. Can I bring my own food into Mexico?

The quick answer is yes. If you are considering bringing dairy products, fish products or any breads and crackers you should have no problem. Meat and Vegetables are not allowed into Mexico. Chicken can be brought into Mexico providing that it has the USD label on it. Should be noted that customs is not very predictable and they may still try and take away your chicken.

2. Can I find Kosher food products in Puerto Vallarta?

Costco has a large selection of kosher products mostly from the United States. Sams club, Walmart, Superama, Chedrauis also have varies kosher products but you will need to look out for them as they are spread throughout the stores. There is a liquer store called Erupea that has several kosher wines.

3. Are there any kosher restaurants and Caterings in Puerto Vallarta?

Chabad of Puerto Vallarta offers fresh catered meals delivered directly to your hotel room via  www.kosherVallarta.com 

4. What are the available Hashgacha symbols that I can come across at the supermarket? 

KMD of the Sphardic Jewish community in Mexico City, KA Alef Alef of the Askenazic community in Mexico City, as well as the common Hashgachot from the USA such as OU, OK, Chof K, Star K, etc. Chabad of Puerto Vallarta does not endorse or take responsibility for any of the above mentioned agencies.

5. Is there a place that I can join for Shabbat meals?

Chabad of Puerto Vallarta welcomes all to participate in our elegant family Shabbat and holidays meals, to RSVP please visit www.Chabadvallarta.com/shabbat. Please contact us to reserve your spot. Or you can order food for shabbat to your hotel via www.koshervallarta.com 

6. Is Puerto Vallarta safe for vacationers?

Thank G‑d Puerto Vallarta is considered very safe for tourists. It is a vital portion of the Mexican economy and of interest to the Mexican government to keep it very safe.

7. How can I get around Puerto Vallarta without a car?

Puerto Vallarta offers a great bus transportation service, offering constant rides for under 1 USD per trip. There are also plenty of taxis all around.

8. What attractions should I consider going to?

Vallarta Malecon (broadwalk), Old Vallarta, Marina Vallarta, Los Muertos beach pier, Isla Rio Cuale, Vallarta Botanical gardens, Mismaloya Beach, Los Arcos, Downtown Vallarta, 

9. What can i do if i need a Mikvah? 

For Mikvah services in Puerto Vallarta please contact Mushkie at  [email protected]

10. Where can I enjoy Jewish Holidays in Puerto Vallarta?

Chabad of Vallarta provides all year round Shabbos and holiday services and meals.

Passover Seders, Purim, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur Sukkot, Simchat Torah. Just contact us and let us know if you will be participating.

11. How can I use my cell phone from home?

 Check with your provider, Many providers offer free international calls in and our of Mexico. Also you can buy a local TelCel sim card for about 10 USD in all major malls and supermarkets which will accept free incoming calls. 

12. Where can I exchange money into the local Mexican Currency? 

There are many places including the banks, hotel concierge as well as malls and some street venders. For the actual current rate please visit www.XE.com

13. Is the tap water safe to drink in Puerto Vallarta?

It is NOT recommended to drink the tap water in Vallarta, since it is not as clean for human consumption, but it is perfectly safe to make use of the water for your personal needs. 

14. Emergency numbers in Puerto Vallarta

  • Red Cross Ambulance - 065 - 322.222.1533
  • Police - 066 or 060
  • Fire Department - 060
  • Road Emergency - 078
  • Hospital Emergeny - 060

15. Hospitals in Puerto Vallarta

In case you need a hospital for any reason, here are the numbers and names of every hospital in Puerto Vallarta:

  • Ameri-Med Hospital - 332.226.2080       
  • Cornerstone Hospital - 322.224.9400 
  • San Javier Hospital - 322.226.1010     
  • San Javier Nuevo Vallarta - 322. 226.8181
  • CMQ Hospital - 322.223.1919