Puerto Vallarta for Friends
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.
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,...
Paseo Díaz Ordaz 858, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
For a little taste of Cuba head to La Bodeguita del Medio, grab a mojito (I would advise asking them to put more rum in it), and bust out your salsa moves. The bar, covered in wall signatures just like Habana Vieja’s original version, has a second...
Av. Los Tules 168 Local 8A, De Los Tules 168-8A, Jardines de Las Gaviotas, 48328 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
This late morning I had a good workout that included a run on the beach. I was starving right after, and headed for a "Cevicheria," Ruta Pacifico in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. I ordered a shrimp and fish ceviche that were mixed with fruit,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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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