The Holidays in Puerto Vallarta
Collected by Allison Murray , AFAR Contributor
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Paras 844, Centro, 64000 Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
Few folks come to Puerto Vallarta for the fine arts, but many are surprised to find that this beach destination also offers some pleasant surprises in the high culture department. Teatro Vallarta is a modern performing arts venue where national...
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...
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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