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CN Dec292015 New Road

The New Access Road Opened December 15, 2015

January 7, 2016

Take a ride with us as we drive along the new access road that enters the Nuevo Vallarta property. Very stunning!

But, can you believe it? The new access road is creating lots of chatter at the pools! Here are some of the comments we heard:
  • "Claims of being a prisoner!"
  • "Taking away the right to walk off the property at Vidanta's Nuevo Vallarta campus is outrageous."
  • "Inconvenient. Takes too long to get on and off the property."
  • "Taxi fares have risen because of the change when the actual distance to the highway has not changed."
  • "Major people traffic jams at 7PM to 8PM when leaving the property for off campus dining."
In actuality, the time to drive to Highway 200 using either road is about 6 to 8 minutes from the taxi area. And, we have to admit, the new entry is quite impressive! It likely will serve as the entry to the new hotels that are planned at the theme park. And what about those new Vidanta signs! There are very large and nicely constructed Vidanta signs on both sides of the highway exits. Did you know that the golf courses will be open to the public during the off season? Vidanta is definitely gearing up for the new theme park and increased public access, that's for sure.

But I digress. You be the judge. Here are videos of the drive (Don't forget to view the ride in Full Screen.):
From the Main Gate to the Spatium (in yellow below)

From the Spatium to the Taxi Loading Area (in red below)

So, exactly where does the new road go and what is missed from the old road?

The distance from the bridge to the taxi area using the old access road is about the same as the distance to the taxi area using the new access road.  The UTurn on the other side of the bridge that is required to drive north will go away when the new northbound highway entrance opens.  (Tap the photo for full screen; tap your browser's back arrow to return.)
The distance from the bridge to the taxi area using the old access road is about the same as the distance to the taxi area using the new access road. The UTurn on the other side of the bridge that is required to drive north will go away when the new northbound highway entrance opens. (Tap the photo for full screen; tap your browser's back arrow to return.)


The net result is:
  • A better road access than before.
  • A road access that takes about the same amount of time to get to the bridge going south as before.
  • A 50 peso increase in fares, which is about $3.00 US each way, which is an unfortunate increase.
  • The time to get downtown is about the same, but the time to get to Eddi's, Guido's, Paradise Village, Fajita Republic, and the other establishments in Nuevo Vallarta is 15 to 20 minutes more.
  • Walking on and off the proerty is still an option. But you have to work at it.
Looking forward to the opening of Tower Five (January 2017), there could be an additional 400 to 500 or more people per day wanting to access the taxis. Daunting thought! It leads us to speculate that the Luxxe guests will have their own taxi area in the new building, which would be a significant improvement for everyone. Just look at the height of Tower Five's future lobby area. Much higher ceiliengs than the lobbies in all the other Luxxe towers except the Residence Tower and Tower One. There must be a reason for this. But that is just speculation on our part.

It is easy to come away from this read feeling that Vidanta is squeezing the very people who have supported its growth during the past 8 years. But, what can we say. The property is beautiful, the units are spacious, the staff is accommodating and Vidanta has lived up to its end of the bargain by building a place we love to visit.
We have not seen the end of this saga. So, we will all.....stay tuned...!!
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