Puerto Vallarta for Anyone
Collected by Peter Sands
Thanks to a blend of colonial-era charm and contemporary services, Puerto Vallarta shines as an ultimate Mexican Pacific beach town, and is a favorite among expats and repeat visitors, alike. Exceptional restaurants, local markets, consistent sun and perfect sand make Puerto Vallarta a welcoming vacation destination.
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....
Call Olas Altas 399, 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...
Av México 1121, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Cookin Vallarta offers multiple weekly cooking classes and market tours that give an authentic taste of Mexico. The hands on classes can be customized for you and your group and focus on authentic local dishes prepared by two excellent local...
Calle Francisco I. Madero 343, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
On the corner of Madero and Constitucion in Old Vallarta sits a street cart called El Moreno. They’re known for their birria, stewed goat that sits warming in a clay pot on the grill. Tacos are cheap (starting at $1) and come in small and large...
Calle Constitución 210, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
They had me at the giant vintage poster of a bull fighter that extends from the top of the bar to the ceiling, pictured. This is a colorful bar with open windows, one pool table, and plenty of booth seating that overlooks the sidewalk. The music...
Malecón, 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...
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...
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.
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...
Amapas 182, 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, 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...