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Puerto Vallarta is the ultimate Mexican Pacific beach town, a favorite among expats and repeat visitors, thanks to its "just-right" blend of colonial-era charm and contemporary services. With exceptional restaurants, a number of shops and markets featuring local goods, and, sun and sand, Vallarta is a welcoming vacation spot.
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Púlpito 102, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Contemporary Mexican cuisine is on the menu at Vista Grill, though just as many guests come here for the view that gives the restaurant its name. Perched high on a hill overlooking Puerto Vallarta, this is a romantic spot to watch the sun set...
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Isla Rio Cuale 4, Zona Romántica, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
While the internationally-influenced food at The River Café is quite good, it's the setting of the restaurant that wins raves among visitors. Set along the banks of the Rio Cuale, the open-air restaurant is surrounded by tropical plants. At night,...
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Pilitas, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
If it seems like Jorge's Hideaway Shrimp Shack is a small, six-table joint that feels as if it was set up in someone's home, that's because it pretty much was. The family-run business keeps things small and manageable so it can continue to turn...
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Calle Guadalupe Sánchez 740, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Chef Thierry Blouet helms the kitchen at Café des Artistes, where guests enjoy not only Blouet's culinary creations, but also the setting: a century-old home on a hill with views of the Malecon. Pair the three-course French-Mex fusion prix...
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Iturbide 270, Proyecto escola, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Planeta Vegetariano is an obvious choice for vegetarians and vegans, offering healthy, all-you-can-eat lunch buffets. The restaurant also serves breakfast and dinner and is open daily for those who want their veggie fill.
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Amapas 182, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
You may not want to tell your massage therapist back home, but Swell Beach Bar offers beer and massage... all on Playa de los Muertos. Many visitors–the majority expats or repeat visitors to Vallarta–end up spending the whole day at this beach...
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101, Francisca Rodríguez, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
"Cuates" is Mexican slang for "pals," and true to its name, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, this beach-front bar is a favorite among expat regulars and visiting buddies. It's not a fancy spot, but its sunset views are priceless.
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Paseo de La Marina 14-A, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
As its name suggests, Coffee Cup is an unpretentious cafe where you can order coffee, along with wholesome, homemade pastries. The cafe, which offers free WiFi, is a popular spot for folks who leave from the marina for excursions. In fact, early...
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There's nothing fancy about this humble shop, where handmade leather sandals hang on pegboard. Buy a pair of shoes here, though, and you'll remember why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. These affordable sandals hold up for ages and are...
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Mástil 2, Marina Vallarta, 48450 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Chef Mavi Graf offers local market tours and cooking classes, serving up a personalized experience of Puerto Vallarta. The six-hour cooking classes feature either traditional or contemporary Mexican cuisine, and you'll work with Graf to create an...
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Paras 844, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico

Puerto Vallarta's principal venue for dramatic, dance and musical performances is Teatro Vallarta, a modern building with a seating capacity of 900. The theater draws performers from all over Mexico and abroad, with recent productions ranging from...

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Av Paseo de la Marina 245, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Though it may seem slightly incongruous with the more modern buildings along its periphery, the 110-foot-tall lighthouse remains an iconic landmark. Visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the bay and sublime sunsets, while chatting over drinks at...
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Vicente Guerrero 49, Sagrado Corazón, Centro, 63730 San Juan de Abajo, Nay., Mexico
Waterfall views and jungle-like mountain terrain set the scene for horseback rides in Puerto Vallarta with outfitter Rancho El Charro. The company's wranglers lead three- and five-hour excursions, as well as day-long and three- to five-day guided...
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Av. Paseo de la Marina Sur, Marina Vallarta, 48450 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Whale watching can be a spectacular experience anywhere, but in Puerto Vallarta, it's extra special. See humpback whales in their natural habitat, and perhaps, even birth their babies. Whale Watch Vallarta offers three different excursions, all...
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Los Muertos, Jardines del Puerto, 48315 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
A clean, easy-to-access beach, Playa de los Muertos is, contrary to its name, a lively stretch of sand—staked with umbrellas and within close proximity to several delicious eateries. Dine on fresh ceviche or enjoy a burger and beer—all within a...
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Camino, Camini Al Eden 700, Mismaloya, 48294 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Zoologico de Vallarta (Vallarta Zoo) is home to more than 700 animals, including exotic birds and reptiles. Visitors can view the animals up close and, for an extra fee, hold certain species like friendly monkeys and cuddly tiger cubs. The zoo...
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Guerrero 311, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Mediterranean and Mexican fare fuse beautifully at this Puerto Vallarta cafe. Specialties include fresh, wood-fired pizzas, quiches, salads, and tartines, and they're served with Mexican wine and craft beer in a casual setting.
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Malecón, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Puerto Vallarta's "Zona Romantica," or "Romantic Zone" has all the elements that make the neighborhood name a fitting one: cobblestone streets, proximity to the beach and its stunning sunsets, and plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars,...
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Basilio Badillo 295, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Lucy's CuCu Cabaña is the place to shop if you're looking for unique souvenirs. The store's owner, Lucy, selects handcrafts–masks, figurines, mirrors, and textiles among them– from all over Mexico to feature in her shop. If you buy too much or...
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For those in the know, a stop at El Tacon de Marlin upon landing in Puerto Vallarta is obligatory. Partly, that's because it's convenient to the airport, but mostly that's because it is justifiably famous for its plump burritos, overstuffed with...
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Quilla s/n, Local 28-29, Marina Vallarta, 48335 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Ok, so it's not right on the seashore, but Mariscos 8 Tostadas is about a block away from the marina, and its seafood couldn't be fresher. House specialties include shrimp, ceviche, and marlin tostadas, as well as tuna sashimi.
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Olas Altas 534, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Vallarta heat can sap your energy; refresh and recharge with a tropical fruit smoothie at Salud Super Food. Guava, pineapple, mango, and coconut are among the fruits featured in Salud's smoothies. If you need heavier fare, check out the...
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Malecón, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
This novel walking tour combines a power work-out with sightseeing. You'll climb a steep hill to reach a look-out spot with sweeping views of Vallarta and Banderas Bay, then descend to see Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's former homes (and...
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Calle Lázaro Cárdenas, 63732 Bucerías, Nay., Mexico
For a huge selection of fruits and vegetables, artwork and handmade clothes and accessories, visit Puerto Vallarta's Old Town Farmers Market and Tianguis Cultural. Participating vendors must live or work within 50 kilometers of the markets, so all...
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Carret. Barra De Navidad Km. 24, Las Juntas y los Veranos, 48447 Jal., Mexico
The Vallarta Botanical Gardens feature flora species that are native to Mexico and, in particular, the tropical climate in and around Puerto Vallarta. The garden has especially strong collections of orchids, ferns, and palms. Enjoy lunch in the...
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Aquiles Serdán, Jal., Mexico
Tacos, mole, and pozole are among Mexicans' favorite comfort foods, and Eat Vallarta's guided tours lead you directly to the best places where you can try these dishes for yourself. On the taco tour, you'll visit a tortilla factory and eat fresh...
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Francisco Medica Asencio 2485, Plaza Peninsula Local 11 K., Zona Hotelera Norte, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto de Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Granted, it's not every traveler's idea of a fun vacation activity, but there are people for whom skydiving in the destinations they travel to is an important tick-mark on the bucket list. For visitors who need that up-in-the-air adrenaline rush,...
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Río de La Plata 246, López Mateos, Lázaro Cárdenas, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Rhino is an off-road vehicle, the deluxe version of a standard ATV. On their "Rhino Tour" of Puerto Vallarta, outfitter Unique ATV Tours takes guests along the Río Cuale and into the jungle for two different experiences of the local terrain....
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Hidalgo 398, Proyecto escola, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
No one travels to Puerto Vallarta for its French food, but if they're craving something different after tasting their way through the port city's tacos and tortas, they may be pleasantly surprised by just how good the comida francesa is at La...
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Avenida Paseo de las Garzas 100 - B, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Sunset sails are a popular activity in Puerto Vallarta, and with good reason: Dusk is unfailingly beautiful here. What many travelers don't know, however, is that a number of day excursions set sail from the port. Some of these cruise around...
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Paseo Díaz Ordaz S/N, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Malécon, or boardwalk, is one of Puerto Vallarta's most popular attractions. Besides its sunset views and the variety of sculptures and public art installations found along its path, visitors are also compelled to not just stroll "down on the...
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Call Olas Altas 399, Zona Romántica, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
A Page in the Sun opened over 20 years ago as Puerto Vallarta's first English-language bookstore. Over the years it has expanded to include a café serving coffee made from beans grown in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains, as well as bakery treats...