Twenty blocks long, this one-mile boardwalk along the oceanfront is called Malecon. It is truly picturesque and a “must-walk” so make sure to bring your camera. Stroll along the water among cafés, shops, and the beautiful signature Puerto Vallarta sculptures.
Bay of Banderas has approximately a 60 kilometers long coastline filled with beautiful beaches and activities. The bay starts off in the north with Punta de Mita and ends on the south side at Cabo Corrientes. You will definitely not have a problem finding your favorite spot here since there are so many great places to choose from.
Claimed to be one of Puerto Vallarta’s main tourist attractions, the Aquaventuras Park offers a day full of action. Here you can find animals, water slides, dolphins, playgrounds and much more. They are even allowing you to interact with the dolphins, petting, swimming and dancing with them. For the kids, there are "The Little Water World - Children's Area" and "Lazy River" and plenty of shows to attend.
If you feel like exploring your cultural side, you can visit Teatro Vallarta which is housed in a modern building and has a seat capacity of 900. Here you can sit down in a comfortable seat and just relax while watching one of the quality shows like ballet, theater, or opera. The theater draws performers from all over Mexico and abroad, so check the calendar what is going on.
Every year several fishermen are drawn to Puerto Vallarta for the Sailfish & Marlin International Tournament. Join in yourself or watch the hunt for catching the big fish. At this tournament you will for sure find some great fish and make some new friends. Check the date on the site below.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church stands proudly as the main focal point on Puerto Vallarta’s skyline. This is one of the city’s most beautiful landmarks and well worth a visit due to its historical and spiritual ambiance. Step inside and take your time to explore the interior inside, the stained glass, statues and the religious artifacts are all on display.
Puerto Vallarta is located near The Sierra Madre Mountains, which offer a wide range of adventurous activities. Explore an area full of waterfalls, canyons, snow-covered mountains and tropical forests with the experienced staff from Vallarta Adventures. If you want to get an adrenaline rush, then do the zip-lining and fly like a bird through the rainforest while enjoying the amazing scenery.
Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure like a waterslide or a thrill up the mountains, you are sure to find it in and around Puerto Vallarta. This is the ultimate area for trying something completely different like thrilling zip lines, swimming with dolphins, whale watching or sea safari.
Like most places in Mexico, the Los Muertos Pier is colorful and full of fun. This romantic pier teems with people and will take your breath away both day and night. In the evenings, the pier lights up and changes colors throughout the night, making it a beautiful sight to look at.
If you are craving a scrumptious Asian meal you can get one at Archies Wok. The attentive staff serves fresh and beautifully presented food in a cozy ambiance. Choose between a wide range of dishes like spicy shrimp and coconut soap, or why not try beef in Chinese black bean and tamarind sauce?
Bravos Restaurant has it all: elegant and cosmopolitan atmosphere, wonderful service, excellent food as well as unexpected flavors and combinations that entice you to try something new. The kitchen offers International cuisine, dishes like braised lamb, shrimp and asparagus risotto and chicken parmesan.
Fantastic food and a spectacular city lights view will give you a magical and unforgettable experience at this family run establishment. The chef was trained in New York and has years of experience working in international restaurants. From the menu you can pick pasta, enchiladas and different meat and fish dishes.
Cafe Des Artistes is second to none where you can relish contemporary French-Mexican cuisine. Been in business for over 27 years and still going strong with its haute cuisine. At this romantic venue the menu never stays the same as the selection of dishes is updated frequently by guest master chefs.
Popular restaurant among locals and tourists due to its freshly made, tasty tacos and authentic Margaritas. Here you can get traditional tacos and quesadillas for a reasonable price. On the weekends, be prepared to wait for a table due to the line, but it will be worth the wait!
Beautifully set by the beach, Playa Los Muertos, La Palapa serves first-class tropical Mexican cuisine in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. The skillful chef prepares the food with fresh local ingredients and successfully fuses Mexican, Asian, and French elements. Perfect spot to have a romantic sunset dinner.
This small and cozy restaurant has an ideal location overlooking the bay. Bistro Teresa is very popular and offers various dishes like seafood and traditional Mexican food. Chef Marisol Flories only uses the finest hand selected ingredients to create dishes with the perfect balance of flavors and texture and beautifully presents it on the plate.
At Barcelona Tapas Bar you can enjoy various tapas like cheese, meat, seafood, and chicken for a reasonable price. On the menu you will also find paella, a good dish to share with family and friends. The restaurant is located on a hill and is therefore perfect for having dinner while watching the stunning sunset.
Casa Naranjo is highly recommended by its customers and offers an international menu with meat, seafood and fish dishes. The location of this charming family business is off the beaten track, but worth going the extra mile. Here you can really enjoy great service combined with a good meal in a cozy setting.
Located on the bustling Basilio Badillo Street, Boccon di Vino has brought true Italian food to Puerto Vallarta. Here you can savor traditional Italian food made from scratch by the owner and chef Gaetano Fernandez. Choose between various types of dishes accompanied by a glass of wine.
When dining at Vista Grill Restaurant you will have a spectacular view over the Banderas Bay. The kitchen offers Mexican cuisine made with local ingredients and with a modern touch. Coming here you can expect a culinary experience and great service. Perfect when looking for a romantic dinner on the beach.
In a relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy an innovative menu that combines Mediterranean-Mexican cuisine with subtle Asian influences. This is a great place to bring your family and friends for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The gorgeous views over the ocean and the attentive staff only enhance the dining experience.
The friendly A Page in the Sun does not only offer coffees and light snacks, but also a bookstore. This is the perfect place for people watching and reading a book while having an organically grown coffee and a homemade pastry. On the menu you will also find food such as salads, soups, tortillas and sandwiches.
Opens early in the morning, Coffee Cup-Marina is located in the Marina and is packed with yummy pastries and light fare to pair with their coffee. They serve also breakfast bagels every day, wraps, deli sandwiches and beverages like frappes and smoothies. If you have a sweet tooth, then why not choose Oreo cookie bits or frosting-topped carrot cake?
The River Café offers a wide range of national and International cuisine elaborated with first class ingredients. The sophisticated flavor complements a full list of the best Mexican and foreign wines, as well as an assortment of exciting beverages. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.
Twisted Palms serves delicious martinis in a comfortable lounge rooftop atmosphere. Later in the night the lounge is transformed into a movie theatre showing classic films. Here they serve drinks at reasonable price, drinks such as Mojitos...cold and very refreshing.
La Palapa Bar is the perfect place for gatherings, dinner, or romantic date, after dinner cocktails. Enjoy some live music that is featured every night from 8-11pm while sipping a creative drink made with fresh fruit or just relax under the star with your toes in the sand and listen to the ocean waves.
Don't miss the gem Lucy's CuCu Cabaña with unique handmade folk-art items, beautifully presented treasures and unusual gift ideas. All items are carefully selected by the owner while travelling through whole Mexico, so you will for sure find that special gift or souvenir to bring back home.
As the name suggests, Mundo de Cristal sells beautiful glassware like drinking glasses, bowls, soap dispensers, hot pads tiles and many more in very colorful designs and layouts. The service is friendly, and the fine products are carefully bubble wrapped for your trip back home.
Open air strolling at the old town farmers market will be an enchanting experience. A large selection of organic foods from the producers, good coffee, hand crafts and art is on offer and you can listen to some traditional music as well. This Market is a must when visiting Puerto Vallarta.
Plaza Caracol is an indoor air-conditioned mall where you will find everything from fashion stores, banks, fast food restaurants to a supermarket and a movie theater. If you need clothes, accessories, shoes, souvenirs or skin care head over here and stroll around to find your favorite items.
Situated close to the Marina, this impressive Galeria has it all. Find upscale products everything from fashion to accessories, home decor, music, toys and electronics as well as health and beauty products. Besides shopping stores, the mall provides a movie theater, food court and a little kids area.
Satisfy your sweet tooth and even pamper it with the exquisite truffles and molded chocolates from Xocodiva. This is a classic Canadian chocolatier, ensuring quality chocolates and other assorted delights. Why not bring some of this handmade chocolate back home as souvenirs to your family and friends!
Puerto Vallarta is a very popular tourist destination and the busy airport handles numerous tourists and passengers every year. The airport is located approximately 13 kilometers from the city and offers restaurants, shops and other necessary facilities. To get to Puerto Vallarta from the airport you can order a pre-arranged transfer, go in a taxi, bus or rent a car. Several car rental companies are available at the airport including Hertz and Avis. It is recommended to book a car in advance. Beware that traffic in the Mexican cities can be very hectic, but renting a car could be a good alternative for exploring the surrounding areas. At the airport there are shuttles and transfers to some of the other popular destinations like Cancún, Cabo San Lucas, and Playa del Carmen.
The easiest way to get around Puerto Vallarta is either to walk (short distances) or to catch the local bus or a minivan. Buses in Puerto Vallarta are cheap, easy to use and generally operate along the coastline. Look for the blue and white buses. Each bus fare is one-time use only and make sure you have the correct change ready for the driver. You will see where the bus is headed in the front window. If you are going back to your hotel, look for a bus with a list of hotels in the front window. If you are unsure where the bus is going, just ask the driver.