Collected by Caitlin Rowe
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...
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...
Delfines 9 y 10, 63734 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
“La vie est belle” is a mantra for the Mignot sisters, who call themselves “Les Gazelles.” At Pacha Mama, they sell their own gypsy-inspired designs of Tahitian black-pearl jewelry, soft leather bags, and brightly embroidered caftans. Stop by...
Calle Zaragoza No 404, 48304 Yelapa, Jal., Mexico
To stay at the Verana, an eco-lodge outside Puerto Vallarta, guests take a 30-minute boat ride to the village of Yelapa. (Dolphins accompanied me on the journey.) Scattered on a jungle hillside are eight variegated cottages and stand-alone rooms....
Marietas Islands, Mexico
We took a boat to the Marieta Islands off the coast of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta, with a great tour company by the name of Punta Mita Expeditions. Terrific snorkeling and paddle boarding with really warm water. We saw all sorts of...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Calle St. Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez No. 14, Deportiva, 63732 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
With many trails unmarked, it’s wise to explore the jungle and remote shoreline by guided horseback. One of the bilingual cowboys at Mi Chaparrita will help you find the best beaches and ocean vistas. Make the climb up Monkey Mountain for...
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Guadalajara visitors craving an escape from the city should know that the ocean breeze isn’t far away. The bohemian beach town of Sayulita is about a four-hour drive, and even closer by plane. Popular in the 1960s among American and Canadian...
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