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There are ATM’s all over the Bay and many places take your debit and credit cards. The peso trades at about 20 to the U.S. dollar which is great, so carry some with you. You will get banged a bit by the rate but not so bad. Local exchange house are somewhat better but not fantastic, they still charge you about 2-3 %. The best spot is a bank as they will give you the closest exchange to the actual number. No matter where you go to exchange, be sure and bring your passport with you. Many locations have limitations on the exchange such as $1000 USD per day. Do not worry because there are plenty of banks to assist you through Vallarta and the entire bay no matter where you are staying.

Once you arrive at the airport lobby you will see about 5 or six bank affiliated machines, BBVA  Santander. Bancomer, HSBC, Banorte, Banamex, Scotiabank and all of these machines are fine as long as they are affiliated with a bank.

Now, why do you need pesos when you arrive at the airport? Because if you use pesos instead of dollars to pay for your taxi or van to your hotel or resort, you will save money.


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