This was our first Post Covid trip back to Mexico. We had both received our Moderna vaccines back in February and were ready for sun, relaxation and a visit to the dentist (ugh). Our non stop flight on Alaska from LAX to Puerto Vallarta was almost full. People were generally cooperative with mask wearing on the plane, some needing reminders by the attendants. We were fortunate to be the only plane to disembark when we arrived, so with all our paperwork done before hand, we breezed through the airport in 20 minutes. We caught a taxi in front of the airport (344 pesos) and were quickly at Paradise Village. Temperatures were taken when we entered, hand sanitizer spritzed on our hands before we were allowed to proceed to check in. Noteable at the resort was that all staff wore masks appropriately, with some also wearing face shields. Hotel guests were not as cooperative with mask wearing even though there were signs all over mandating masks. Less than half of the guests wore masks walking around outside. almost none at the beach or pool.
Although Paradise Village is one of the older resorts, it is well maintained. Rooms are very clean and housekeeping takes great pride in their work. The staff are friendly and eager to help. Since capacity and tourism is down, not all the hotel restaurants are open. We prefer to eat at restaurants outside the resort anyway, so that was not a problem. There were not any theme nights as in the past due to Covid restrictions. Social distancing was observed with seating well spaced.
We walked down to Fajita Republic for our first dinner. They took our temps and spritzed on hand sanitizer. I had very good chile rellenos and DH had his favorite dish, Oxacan fish cooked in a banana leaf. With 2 margaritas, the bill was about 360 pesos.
The next day we took the taxi to Dentoamerica, located in Plaza Lago Real (same place as the NV Walmart, 90 pesos) for cleaning and a very thorough examination. The office is clean with lots of new high tech equipment, the dentists all seem highly competent, and we both received the best teeth cleaning of our lives. We decided to proceed with their recommendations and completed some pretty extensive dental work. We were both very happy with the results and will be returning in September for follow-up work. Prices are good and we highly recommend them for anyone considering dental work.
After our cleaning and before we commenced the dental work, we took the taxi over to Eddies (60 pesos) and met friends for our last dinner out for a while.
Since soft food was in the picture, we stocked up at Costco and Walmart and ate at the condo for the next 2 weeks. Mask wearing at Costco was good. Although it was mandated in Walmart and the mall, some people had them around their neck or below their noses once they entered the store. There were temperature scanners at the entrance of the mall and many of the stores. Guards at the entrances made sure that everyone entering wore their mask and had their temp scanned.
We celebrated the return to eating out with our last meal at Fajita Republic (again). That has become our favorite place in Nuevo Vallarta and we are sorry that it will be closed for their annual holiday during our next visit in September.
Paradise Village arranges for a company to come in every morning to provide Covid Testing for 800 pesos per person and we got our tests on Wednesday before our departure. We got emails with the results that afternoon. We had them printed out at the Concierge Desk and I also scanned them to put them into the Verifly app provided by Alaskan airlines. I had completed the steps on the Verifly app on the morning of departure and we were directed to the shorter check in line. Those that had to complete the paperwork at the airport were in a much longer line, so it paid to do my homework ahead of time. The flight home was also full and since we had Global Entry, passing through at LAX was fast.
In retrospect, we felt very safe in Mexico since we were fully vaccinated. The rate of Covid is very high in Mexico and vaccinations have been going slowly. Compliance with safety mandates seems to be at par with many of the American communities. Everything is open, capacity is limited by the laws of the province and businesses seem to be compliant with the rules and recommendations. We look forward to our next trip to Mexico, even though it is to see the dentist.