30 Things to do in Puerto Vallarta – Here’s all of our favorites (updated 2023)
There are so many things to do in Puerto Vallarta and everyone loves to visit this popular west coast city in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is for for a quick weekend getaways or even a nice long week stay to relax, explore and do some fun attractions, adventure excursions and of course eat some delicious local foods from the area.You’ll never run out of exciting and cool things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
More than just a beach destination, Puerto Vallarta offers some magnificent colonial architecture to explore, lush jungles and nature preserves you can hike through and a smorgasbord of amazing local Mexican cuisine from yummy margaritas, fish taco stands and fresh salsas to international food flavors to experience in the city.
Weather and the best time of the year to visit Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, located on Mexico’s Pacific coast, boasts a pleasant tropical climate that attracts visitors year-round. The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta depends on your preferences and activities.
The peak tourist season runs from November to April, offering sunny days, lower humidity, and temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (mid-20s to low 30s Celsius). This period is perfect for beach activities and exploring the city’s culture, but expect higher prices and larger crowds.
The rainy season spans from May to October, with increased rainfall, brief showers, and temperatures in the mid-80s to low 90s Fahrenheit (around 30 degrees Celsius). This time is quieter, with lower hotel rates and lush green landscapes, but plan outdoor activities accordingly and stay updated on weather forecasts.
Puerto Vallarta experiences the hurricane season from June to November, although the chances of encountering a hurricane are typically low. Stay informed and follow local authorities’ instructions during this period.
Overall, Puerto Vallarta offers enjoyable weather year-round. Consider the dry season for bustling beaches and vibrant culture, the rainy season for a tranquil experience with lower prices, and stay vigilant during the hurricane season. No matter when you visit, Puerto Vallarta promises a delightful tropical getaway.
Flying into Puerto Vallarta and getting around
There are many flights from the United States and Canada going direct to Puerto Vallarta at Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVM) with large Carriers like United Airlines, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines and Mexican carriers like. My Flight from LAX to Puerto Vallarta was non-stop and a direct 2-hour flight which was fast and super easy. The trip from the airport to downtown is less than four miles to get to your final destination. From the airport,
it is easy to book an Uber or taxi directly from the airport area or if you are very budget concious then catch the local bus to the old town for less than 10 pesos or $.50 cents. Taxis or Uber are faster but you do pay a little bit extra for the convenience of getting to your destination quickly
Getting around Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is relatively compact with most of the main neighborhoods and tourist attractions within walking distance. Getting around Puerto Vallarta is relatively easy, thanks to a variety of transportation options available.
Public Transportation: Puerto Vallarta has an efficient and affordable public transportation system. Buses, known as “camiones,” run throughout the city and along the main routes. They are a popular mode of transportation for both locals and tourists. The buses are easily recognizable with their distinct blue and white colors and can take you to popular destinations within the city and nearby areas.
Taxis: Taxis are plentiful in Puerto Vallarta and can be hailed from the street or found at designated taxi stands. It’s recommended to use authorized taxis with official signage. Make sure to negotiate the fare or ask the driver to use the meter before starting your journey.
Uber: Uber is available in Puerto Vallarta, providing an additional convenient and reliable option for transportation. Using the Uber app, you can request a ride and easily navigate through the city.
Rental Cars: If you prefer the freedom and flexibility of driving, rental cars are available from various agencies in Puerto Vallarta. However, keep in mind that traffic in the city center can be congested, and parking may be limited in popular areas.
Walking: Puerto Vallarta’s downtown area, known as the “Malecon,” is pedestrian-friendly and perfect for exploring on foot. Many of the main attractions, shops, restaurants, and the beach are within walking distance, allowing you to immerse yourself in the city’s charm and beauty.
Lots of easy transport by taxi, uber or bus transport
** You can book a shuttle service from the airport to your hotel in Puerto Vallarta Proper here for more information and booking a transfer.
Getting to downtown Puerto Vallarta or Centro
Downtown Puerto Vallarta is broken down into 7 main districts with 5 being the most popular in the tourist zone to include old downtown, Hotel Zone, Zona Romantica, Marina Vallarta and South Vallarta. When you want to be in the hub of things consider staying around the downtown district, Romantica or the Hotel Zone where you’ll find a wide array of accommodations, activities and attractions and so many places to eat in the city.
30 Must see and things to do in Puerto Vallarta
1. Explore the Malecon
Covering an area of about one mile in length, one of the first things to do in Puerto Vallarta is to explore this spectacular board walk called the Malecon fronting Banderas beach and bay on one side and on the other lined with art galleries, restaurants and boutique stores. A good first orientation to visiting Puerto Vallarta puts you in right on the Malecon with this colorful walk with street performances, street vendors and food stalls and fun places to see sculpture and local art right on the promenade.
One of the best entertainment experiences is called Dancers Flyers or Danza de los Voladores which re-enacts an ancient MesoAmerican ritual that has four men tied to ropes and climb up to the top of the pole and spin slowly to the ground with someone playing a flute at the top of the pole.
Tip – Check out the modern and cool Puerto Vallarta pier to get onto the bay without getting your feet wet and fantastic views of the bay and the city skyline behind you.
Check out this video of visiting the entire Malecon of Puerto Vallarta
2. Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta
If you are not familiar or researched places to eat in Puerto Vallarta then book a food tour so that you an experience a combination of popular and local food haunts that will give you a flavor of foodie places to experience. Top on the list is Vallarta food tours which offers a variety of food inspired tours covering just the back street foods, food and cool cocktails and other food and touring various areas of Puerto Vallarta. I opted for the Food and Cocktail tour which was a great combination of trying out some really cool craft cocktails and some local foods to nicer dining venues mostly on the Romantico zone which is fun to explore. You can check out what they have to offer here for more information and prices of the tour.
** Check out this food tour experience of Puerto Vallarta to have a fun eating experience in the downtown area on your visit.
Enjoying a Mezcal tasting with Vallarta Food Tours
3. Explore the Old Town or Centro
After exploring the Malecon, the next best thing to do is visit the Old Town or Centro. The Old town district of Puerto Vallarta is historic and colorful with a jumble of streets, colonial architecture and unique. The iconic church that pops up in most Puerto Vallarta pictures is Our Lady of Guadalupe and definitely one of the main attractions to visit when you are out exploring the Centro. It is fun to check the lookout points above Puerto Vallarta and then walk down the historic district and cobbled streets.
Here’s a video tour of the Old Town in Puerto Vallarta
4. Our Lady of Guadalupe
Standing tall in the center of the old town is Our Lady of Guadalupe church which is an iconic symbol of Puerto Vallarta. It is located right off the Malecon and visiting the ornate interiors of the church is a must and you can come and visit when they have a festival that celebrates the Lady of Guadalupe festival. In between their church schedule, you can tour the interiors and also climb the bell towers for a fantastic view of the city center (donation to the church requested)
Interior of Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral
Check out this quick tour of the church interiors
5. Hang out at Playa Los Muertos
The first thing to do in Puerto Vallarta always happens to enjoy some beach time. The main and expansive beach fronting Puerto Vallarta is called Playa Los Muertos is an easy and fun beach time if you have a few hours or all day to enjoy on the beach. Easy access to many food venues and food stalls or even fantastic massage venues all in the Romanitica zona area. You can also have a fun beach time on the beach or head to the main pier for wonderful water views or catch a boat tour to the surrounding beaches and islands for a fun water tour of the area.
Catch a boat tour to the surrounding islands or isolated beaches outside Puerto Vallarta
** check out this fun boat tour experience to Yelapa on a luxurious sailing yacht here plying through the coastal waters to Yelapa town and back.
Here’s a look at Playa Los Muertos beaches and coastline areas
6. Plaza de Armas
Located right on the Malecon, the main square at Plaza de Armas is lively all day long with live music, mariachi’s bands, street vendors and just enjoying the crowds and activities around the plaza. The tourism office is also located here at the plaza so you can drop by for some maps, pick up a brochure or have some questions to ask any of the attendants at the office.
Live mariachi music and dances at Plaza de Armas
The colorful bandstand at Plaza de Armas
7. Playa Conchas Chinas
Located on the southern end past the Malecon, Playa Conchas Chinas is more low key and a perfect spot to enjoy a day on the beach or a sunset spot with a delicious margarita and some local bites from a beachside restaurant. To get to these secluded beach areas, you can catch a local bus, taxi or Uber to get to the streets above and climb down to the lovely areas that are typically quiet and less crowded then the main beach areas around Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking for a different beach vibe without the crowds and gorgeous beach views all the way down the coastline to Puerto Vallarta, then head out to Playa Conchas Chinas for a fun and relaxing beach time.
You’ll love exploring the more quiet side, hidden coves and uncrowded beaches around Playa Conchas Chinas
Here’s a quick video tour of the beaches and coastline in this area of Conchas Chinas
8. Climb Mirador Farro Calle Matamoros
If you are looking for an adventure and view, then consider the hike or climb up to the Mirador Farro Calle Matamoros which is a series of staircases that lead up to a fantastic observation lookout point over all of Puerto Vallarta. This is a strenuous climb so make sure that you bring sun protection, water and pure gusto for you to climb all the steps up to the observation areas. When you get to the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of Puerto Vallarta and the coastline to enjoy. To get to Mirador de la Cruz take Abasolo street and walk all the way to the base of the stairs to start your hike.
Tip – if you visit here for sunset, you’ll really enjoy the spectacular coastline and ocean views with a sunset to boot, so try to get here for the sunset experience. And make sure you have your camera ready and all charged for those spectacular views on top. There is also a shorter viewpoint area with a fun black and white tower that looks like a lighthouse and easier to do than the Mirador de la Cruz in the old town.
Check out this fun video of climbing the mirador below
9. Taco Heaven in Puerta Vallarta
There are so many fantastic Taco stands to enjoy around Puerto Vallarta and really cheap! There are also so many options and salsas to choose from basically tacos al pastor, tacos de marlin, shrimp tacos and tacos de birria made with goat, just to name a few of our favorite types.
Our favorite places to eat cheap tacos include:
Joe Jacks Fish Shack
Need more taco inspiration on who has the best street tacos in Puerto Vallarta, check the video below
10. Enjoy all the amazing street art, sculpture and art galleries
Puerto Vallarta is filled with creatives and has so much amazing sculpture and art displays (Mostly around the Malecon area), amazing street murals and fantastic art galleries. For more murals and street vibe you can explore the small backstreets in the old town Centro and the Romantico zone to enjoy some colorful displays of street art.
Around the Zona Romantica district are quite a few art galleries that you can explore and scattered all around the neighborhood. Featuring the works of local artists and other international collections, you’ll enjoy the varied and colorful artwork visits here in Puerto Vallarta
Tip – if you are into sand sculptures, keep your eyes open to the fabulous sand sculptures on the beach at the Malecon boardwalk area.
CHeck out all the cool street art and sculptures on the Malecon you can visit below
11. Sunsets in Puerto Vallarta
When you are enjoying the days with full itineraries visiting around the city, make sure you have some easy quiet time to enjoy the sunset views from the top of Mirador de la Cruz, walking around the Malecon or just any of the fabulous beaches around Puerto Vallarta. It really is magical and the sunsets here are special even if you’re travelling solo.
Here’s a sunset tour from the Malecon and looking at those coastline and sunset views below
12. Craft Beer Scene
Outside of delicious Mezcal and Tequila or margaritas, the craft beer scene here in Puerto Vallarta is hot and fun to explore with two craft breweries around the city to enjoy. The newest is called Monzon which uses local ingredients and has suggested food pairings to make this a fun and delicious experience. The older craft brewery is called Los Muertos Brewing with fantastic brews ranging in flavor profiles and strength of beer. They also have fantastic food menu and amazing lunch specials to check out.
A new local craft beer maker has also entered the brew market here in Puerto Vallarta with Enteripilbri Brewing at their own shop and do some tastings.
Check out the craft brew scene and what craft beers you want to try below
** If you are into Mixology, check out this fun Mixology tour experience here to discover and taste tequilla, craft cocktails and delicious tacos from street vendors and other specialty foods.
13. Shop some of the local markets in Puerto Vallarta
If you love to visit local markets then you’ll enjoy some of the best markets in town to explore and taste some good foods. There are lots of municipal markets around the city to explore and try some of the best produce and street food around. One of the most popular outdoor market venues is called Olas Atlas markets that happens every Saturday from 9 to 2pm. Other smaller markets to explore include visiting the 5 de Diciembre and Emiliano Zapata neighborhoods in the city. If you are into arts and crafts then visit the fun tourist shopping venues on the manmade island called Rio Cuale
If you want to experience a wonderful food and cooking tour along with a visit to a local market for ingredients for your meal, check out this fantastic local tour and market experience here you can join.
Here’s one of the favorite public markets to visit at Atlas Farmers market below
14. Do the Turtle Release Program
Located around Nuevo Vallarta, you can do the Turtle Release program which has been going on for over 30 years as a way to protect and save the sea turtles in the area. Through a variety of hotels that participate in the program or the Organization directly on their Facebook page here, the turtle program happens from July to December and is mostly volunteers and appreciates interest and donations to their cause.
Here’s a turtle release program and visit below
15. A unique arts and crafts experience at Rio Cuale
The Rio Cuale is a river that runs from the top of the mountains and down into Puerto Vallarta and into the ocean. There’s a cool man-made island that you can access through bridges to the island and it is filled with fun and colorful shops, art venues and eating spots to enjoy a visit. A fun way to get to the island is on the swinging bridge on Calle Constitucion on the Zona Romantica side. You’ll find everything from cheap tourist type souvenirs to more authentic art and artisanal crafts and products to bargain on.
Crossing the swinging bridge to Rio Cuale
Visit the Rio Cuale below
16. Rhythms of the Night Experience
One of the most unique and best food and entertainment experiences to do in Puerto Vallarta is this fantastic show and dining experience that combines a Cirque du Soleil type of vibe on a secluded beach you cruise to called Las Caletas. It is spectacular and definitely worth the splurge to experience the dinner, show and even the open bar cruise experience to get to the destination.
Check out and book your tour experience here for more details, prices and availability of the Rhythms of the Night experience.
See this magical tour and video experience below
17. Do a free walking tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta
You can do a free walking tour sponsored by the local tourism office located at City Hall in Centro at the Malecon. This local tour covers all the main sites in the downtown historic district with walks to cool vantage points, shop visits including only local food venues Made in Puerto Vallarta and walking around the malecon and Plaza Armas areas. The morning tour offered is slightly different than the morning tour so if you are a late person, the afternoon tour is probably a safer bet for you to do.
Tip- although these tours are free, tips are appreciated for the volunteer guides.
Here’s one of the free walking tours offered by the local tourism office below
18. Enjoy the Vallarta Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens at Puerto Vallarta is quite spectacular and worth the effort to experience. Located outside of the city and accessible by bus or an Uber ride you can visit the many gardens and even have a fantastic meal with views on the site. You’ll enjoy visiting and photographing all these gorgeous garden rooms and exploring all the cool spots and IG photo ops here and even enjoy a nice lunch during your visit.
Check out the visit to the botanical garden here for more information, prices and their calendar of events.
Here’s a nice tour of the botanical gardens below
19. Take a boat and snorkel ride to Isla Marietas and other fun boating experiences
Joining a boat tour will offer you some fantastic ocean and skyline views of Puerto Vallarta and the fantastic coastline. The boat ride to Isla Marietas is fantastic to this protected natural park with fantastic marine life, tropical fish and the iconic Love Beach. You can check out the tours offered by this outfitter here which is definitely worth the experience getting out on the water and visiting this marine reserve area.
** If you are into whale watching, check out this excellent tour program here for enjoying a whale watching cruise around Puerto Vallarta.
Here’s a cool visit to Isla Marietas and the fun scenes here
20. Whale Watching and dolphin cruise in Puerto Vallarta
If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta during December to April time frame, that is the whale watching season in the area. Doing a whale watching experience here will definitely bring you closer to observing this amazing animal up close to really have a fantastic experience with an experience outfitter.
You can check out this local outfitter here for more details on doing the whale watching tour with their availability calendar and prices.
When it is whale watching season, go on a whale watching cruise below
21. Watch the MesoAmerican pole dancers in a traditional swing
This is an unusual show to watch on the Malecon especially at sunset when the dancers along with a flute player in the background fall and swing from large ropes a top of a giant pole and swing fast to the ground.
Check out this amazing video of the pole dancers below
22. Gay Puerto Vallarta
The very gay friendly Gay friendly Puerto Vallarta scene comes alive in the colorful district of Zona Romanitica with fun shops and galleries, delicious restaurants and bars, cheap massage studios, theaters and a fun place to walk around and absorb the lively vibe and scene. Night time is when the area is abuzz with people and festivities and Zona Romantic really comes alive so come out and explore this gay friendly district in the heart of PV.
23. Fantastic and cheap massages
After exploring the entire city with tired feet and muscles, the place to go for a fantastic and cheap massage is also the Zona Romantica district with so many fantastic massage parlors that cater to all different body massage needs. You can have a basic down and dirty massage for cheap or more elevated options with facial treatments and other current techniques to sooth those aching muscles and bring you back into a state of bliss. The entire area is filled with massage studios and you’ll see friendly staff asking you on the streets for a fantastic massage experience.
24. Hop on Hop Off Bus tour around Puerto Vallarta
Those double decker Hop on Hop Off busses will show you the best of Puerto Vallarta’s main attractions without having to taxi or walk all over the city. You’ll find this inexpensive option a fantastic way to see and learn about the city and enjoy the spectacular views without the hassle of doing it on your own. Check out the details here on doing this easy and fun Hop on Hop off tour of the city to get a nice and fast tour of the city in a day.
25. Check out all the cool art mosaic benches in the Romantica zone
The main square in the Romantica zone called El Parque de los Arzulejos is filled with these gorgeous mosaic tiles on the benches and bandstand made with love from local artists and friends of the park to make this a special space. It is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy some quiet time of just people watching in the park and some shade from the intense heat. Make sure to visit when you are in the area for some colorful art and photo inspiration in the area.
Artist/workers and volunteers here accept tips to just buy materials to continue these lovely projects so do consider supporting them with your extra pesos.
Here’s a fun and beautiful tour of the mosaic benches here in Zona Romantico
26 Thursday night market at the Marina
The Marina district is lively and fun to explore late afternoon to night at the Thursday Night Market. The harbor and waterfront areas are lined with various local artists, handmade crafters and local food vendors offering a variety of delicious foods, souvenirs and other take aways from this popular market. All the waterfront restaurants are also open with lively performances and entertainment that truly adds to the festive nature of this market. You can easily catch an Uber or Taxi to the market and for budget conscious, take the local bus for only 10 pesos to get you directly to the waterfront areas of the Marina.
27 Climb the Tower at Mirador De La Cruz
Climbing the Mirador de la Cruz in Puerto Vallarta is a must-do activity. This viewpoint offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and Bay of Banderas. Start from downtown and follow the marked trail to reach the top. The climb is challenging but worth it. Capture stunning photos and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Wear comfortable shoes and visit during cooler times. Experience the natural beauty and sense of accomplishment at this elevated viewpoint.
28. Explore Sayulita
Sayulita, located north of Puerto Vallarta, is a charming coastal town known for its surf culture and bohemian vibe. Explore its colorful streets, visit the central plaza with local artisans and street food vendors, and enjoy the beautiful beaches for swimming and surfing. Sayulita is also a great base for exploring nearby attractions like Playa de los Muertos and the Marietas Islands. Indulge in the diverse dining options and don’t miss the fresh seafood and traditional Mexican cuisine. Transportation options include taxis, private drivers, or public buses from Puerto Vallarta. Sayulita offers relaxation, adventure, and a unique bohemian experience for all travelers.
29 Art Night in Puerto Vallarta
Experience the vibrant art scene of Puerto Vallarta during art nights. Explore galleries, enjoy special exhibitions, and immerse yourself in the creative atmosphere. Discover diverse artwork, meet talented artists, and even purchase unique pieces. The Romantic Zone is a hub for galleries and a great starting point. Consider guided tours or event listings for a more enhanced experience. Puerto Vallarta’s art nights offer a cultural adventure for art enthusiasts and those seeking inspiration.
30 Visit the Unesco town of San Sebastian del Oeste
Visit the UNESCO town of San Sebastian del Oeste near Puerto Vallarta. Explore its colonial charm, picturesque streets, and well-preserved architecture. Discover the town’s coffee plantations, learn about coffee production, and savor freshly brewed coffee. Enjoy hiking in the surrounding mountains and visit waterfalls. Immerse yourself in the town’s history through museums and friendly locals. Take a scenic drive or join a guided tour from Puerto Vallarta. San Sebastian del Oeste offers a captivating experience of Mexico’s colonial heritage and natural beauty.
What types of specialty foods and dishes to try in Puerto Vallarta?
Wondering what to try that is local to eat or drink around Puerto Vallarta? Try all of these specialty foods and dishes when you visit and find them on the menu.
In Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find a delightful array of specialty foods and dishes to satisfy your culinary cravings. Some must-try options include:
1. **Tacos:** Dive into a world of taco variations, from traditional al pastor (marinated pork) to seafood tacos filled with shrimp, fish, or octopus.
2. **Ceviche:** Savor fresh seafood marinated in lime juice, often mixed with tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. It’s a refreshing beachside treat.
3. **Pozole:** Indulge in a hearty soup made with hominy corn and your choice of meat (usually pork or chicken), topped with radishes, cabbage, and lime.
4. **Tamales:** Try these savory bundles of masa dough stuffed with various fillings, wrapped in banana leaves or corn husks, and steamed to perfection.
5. **Birria:** Delight in tender, slow-cooked meat (often goat or beef) served in a flavorful, spicy stew or as a taco filling.
6. **Enchiladas:** Enjoy rolled tortillas filled with meat, cheese, or beans, smothered in a rich chili sauce and topped with crema and queso fresco.
7. **Chiles Rellenos:** Savor roasted, stuffed chili peppers, usually with cheese or meat, topped with a zesty tomato sauce.
8. **Aguachile:** Try a spicy shrimp dish marinated in lime juice, chili peppers, and cilantro for a zesty, flavorful experience.
9. **Mariscada:** Feast on a seafood medley of shrimp, octopus, clams, and fish, often served in a rich, spicy tomato broth.
10. **Banderas Bay Seafood:** Enjoy dishes featuring the freshest catches from the bay, such as grilled snapper or mahi-mahi.
11. **Mole:** Explore the complex flavors of mole sauce, often served with chicken or enchiladas, with ingredients like chocolate, chilies, and spices.
12. **Tostadas:** Crispy tortillas piled high with toppings like ceviche, shrimp, or octopus, drizzled with lime and hot sauce.
13. **Raspados:** Cool down with shaved ice topped with fruity syrups—a perfect treat on a hot day.
14. **Tequila and Mezcal:** Sample Mexico’s famous spirits, either straight or in delicious cocktails, like margaritas and palomas.
15. **Flan:** End your meal with creamy caramel custard, a sweet and satisfying dessert.
Exploring Puerto Vallarta’s culinary scene offers a rich tapestry of flavors and textures, blending traditional Mexican cuisine with coastal influences. Be sure to explore local markets and street food stalls for an authentic taste of this vibrant city’s gastronomy.
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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta
There’s so many different types of accommodations here in Puerto Vallarta to fit any needs for location and budget. But for inspiration, check out these top and best reviewed hotels here for booking a place that works for you.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta – a gorgeous property located in the Conchas Cinas areas in an exclusive part of the city less touristy venue, this all inclusive resort is the perfect place to hang out in PV away from all the bustle of the cty.
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta – Another well rated all inclusive resort in PV located at the Hotel district excels at fantastic customer service, pool service and every part of this more mature resort set up with exceptional service
Hotel Mio Vallarta – good value business style hotel that is a short bus or taxi ride to the busy Malecon, gorgeous roof top pool and modern style hotel that is priced well for the area and price point.
Here’s a few more inspiring places and boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels to consider when you visit Puerto Vallarta and choose a hotel that works for your budget and where you want to be located.
Whether you visit for a weekend or a long week, there’s so much fun attractions and activities to do around Puerto Vallarta that will keep you busy for the entire time you visit here. Hopefully some of these top tips will inspire you to enjoy the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta
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More inside tips to visit Puerto Vallarta
When visiting Puerto Vallarta, there are plenty of opportunities to explore beyond the popular attractions and experience the authentic charm of this Mexican coastal town. Here are some inside tips to make the most of your trip:
Explore Old Town and the Zona Romantica: Wander through the cobblestone streets of Old Town, where you’ll find charming shops, art galleries, and local eateries. The vibrant atmosphere and colorful buildings offer a glimpse into the town’s history and culture.
Beach-Hopping: While the main beaches like Playa Los Muertos are popular, consider exploring lesser-known beaches like Playa Conchas Chinas or Playa Las Gemelas. These quieter spots offer a more relaxed beach experience.
Malecon at Sunrise: Take an early morning stroll along the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta’s seaside boardwalk, to witness a beautiful sunrise. It’s a peaceful and picturesque time to enjoy the views before the crowds arrive.
Local Food Stands: Venture away from touristy restaurants and try street food from local food stands. Tacos, elotes (corn on the cob), and mariscos (seafood) are some of the delicious options to savor.
Bucerias and Sayulita: Take a day trip to nearby towns like Bucerias and Sayulita. These charming coastal villages offer a more laid-back atmosphere and a chance to explore different beach communities.
Puerto Vallarta Art Walk: If you’re in town on a Wednesday, join the Puerto Vallarta Art Walk in the evening. Explore numerous art galleries featuring works by local and international artists.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens: Escape to the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, located just outside the city. Enjoy the lush vegetation, native plants, and scenic trails in this tranquil oasis.
Los Arcos Marine Park: Take a boat tour to Los Arcos Marine Park, a protected area known for its unique rock formations and excellent snorkeling opportunities.
Sunset Cruise: Treat yourself to a sunset cruise on Banderas Bay. Watch the sun dip below the horizon while enjoying the stunning coastal views.
Attend Local Festivals: Check if there are any local festivals or events happening during your stay. Puerto Vallarta hosts various festivals throughout the year, showcasing traditional music, dance, and cuisine.
Learn Basic Spanish Phrases: Engage with the locals by learning some basic Spanish phrases. It will enhance your interactions and show respect for the local language and culture.
Conclusion to things to do in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta offers a diverse range of activities and attractions that cater to different interests and preferences. Whether you’re seeking relaxation on pristine beaches, immersing yourself in vibrant cultural experiences, indulging in delicious cuisine, or exploring the natural beauty of the surrounding areas, Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone.
From strolling along the charming Malecón and enjoying breathtaking sunsets to venturing into the Sierra Madre Mountains for thrilling outdoor adventures, the possibilities are endless. Dive into the underwater world through snorkeling and scuba diving, embark on boat tours to discover hidden coves and marine life, or simply unwind with a rejuvenating spa treatment.
Immerse yourself in the rich Mexican culture by exploring the historic downtown area, visiting art galleries, and attending lively festivals and events. Taste the flavors of Mexico with mouthwatering street food, fresh seafood, and traditional dishes. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the vibrant colors and intricate designs of Huichol art, a significant indigenous art form in the region.
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