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Romantic Guide to Puerto Vallarta

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This guide will give you different choices of what to do if you're on a romantic trip with your loved one. From calm and quiet beach hideaways to stunning city experiences, you'll get to enjoy every inch of what Puerto Vallarta has to offer together!

Good for
  • Couples
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • LGBT
  • Beach Goer
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

River Cafe

Restaurants

Malecon Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

Playa de los Muertos

Beaches

Marietas Islands

Islands

Majahuitas Beach

Beaches

El Anclote

Beaches

El Palomar de los Gonzalez

Restaurants

Yelapa Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Metamorfosis Day Spa

Spas

El Panorama

Restaurants

Enrique A's City Tips

  • There are plenty of restaurants all around Puerto Vallarta, and while styles and prices differ, they are mostly accessible, yet vary somewhat in quality.
  • Some places are walking distance, while other hidden gems you'll need to grab a cab, a bus or even an aqua taxi to get to.
  • Try to always wear comfortable shoes and clothing, since you can go from walking around the city to hiking in the middle of the jungle in the same day.
  • River Cafe
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International, Contemporary)
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    Enrique A Says:

    One of the best and most well-known restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, where you can have a delicious breakfast to start the day while enjoying the cozy surroundings. Not only the building and décor, but the service and staff make you feel incredibly at home here. You might even see one or two iguanas strolling around while enjoying some bread and a cup of coffee. Also, you'll get to enjoy the beauty of the Cuale River, which runs right next to the cafe, giving you some peaceful respite without having to leave the city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can also come here for lunch and dinner, the whole menu is simply amazing and delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #76 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hidden gem 10/06/2019
    • Exelente 20/05/2019
    • River Cafe
    Address:
    Isla Rio Cuale 4
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 0788
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$25
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Malecon Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Enrique A Says:

    A magical place to walk hand-in-hand; whether at sunrise or sunset, you'll get an amazing view you'll never forget, and that you'll want to see again and again. There's also a great number of sculptures along the boardwalk for you to admire, lots of stalls selling different kinds of artisan crafts, and food carts where you can grab a little snack while enjoying the romantic stroll.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can come whenever you want to have fun, chit-chat and enjoy the folklore!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place to spend evening with family 16/06/2019
    • Fun 16/06/2019
    • Malecon Boardwalk
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Diaz Ordaz S/N
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Playa de los Muertos
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Come to this beach, have some drinks and enjoy the sunset together, and maybe even take a walk on the clean, soft sand while you're here. There are lots of bars to choose from and there are not many people around so it is a perfect place to relax together. Prices for beverages and food are reasonable, and you can choose to have dinner here with the sea as your view.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are lots of good bars and restaurants along the beach. It is hard to recommend just one, but El Dorado and Coco Tropical are nice if you can't decide.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beach 26/05/2019
    • The Hub of The Beach 17/05/2019
    • Playa de los Muertos
    Address:
    El Centro (Off Calle Olas Atlas)
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
  • Marietas Islands
    Islands
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    Enrique A Says:

    A beautiful national park — one of a kind — where you can enjoy the wonders of mother nature, with its diversity of flora and fauna, and blue waters welcoming you. A wonderful place to do some snorkeling and enjoy a delightful sunbathing session. Not far from here you can also go and visit Isla Escondida!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can get here on your own, or take a guided tour of the surroundings.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 81 things to do in Nayarit
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Marietas Islands price and easiest way 08/06/2019
    • High and Dry 26/05/2019
    • Marietas Islands
    Phone:
    +52 322 205 6878
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Majahuitas Beach
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    An amazing isolated paradise with warm waters, where you can swim or do some diving and snorkeling. You'll get to see a lot of fish, coral and other underwater beauties but also, don't forget the variety of stunning flora above ground. For photography lovers, this is a great location to take some nice pictures!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can get to Majahuitas by aqua taxi, the price always depends on the season.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Majahuitas
    • Nice Secluded Beach 19/12/2018
    • Picturesque - very little there 18/04/2018
    • Majahuitas Beach
  • El Anclote
    Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    A great place to go and practice some watersports together! You'll see plenty of surfers and paddleboarders in this area, and you'll find shops that rent out all the equipment you need so that you can take a lesson or two together. The emerald sea and beautiful sand provide a picturesque backdrop, and the service, food and cocktails in the restaurants are beyond amazing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try the huachinango (red snapper), and you'll want to come back for more!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Punta de Mita
    • great place 19/05/2019
    • fun day. 25/03/2019
    • El Anclote
    Address:
    Av. Los Redes #70 Nuevo Corral del Risco Colonia
    Punta de Mita
    Mexico
  • El Palomar de los Gonzalez
    Restaurants (Mexican, Latin, Seafood, International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you are looking for a restaurant with a good view and great food, this is the place! The atmosphere is gorgeous, and the staff is extremely attentive and kind. Sit on the terrace where you'll fall in love with the view over and over again, and remember the moment forever.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Definitely book in advance!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Local Hide-away in the mountains 14/06/2019
    • Amazing!! 13/06/2019
    • El Palomar de los Gonzalez
    Address:
    Aguacate 425
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 0795
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$90
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:30 PM - 11:30 PM
    Other:
  • Yelapa Waterfalls
    Waterfalls
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    Enrique A Says:

    A little piece of paradise right in Puerto Vallarta, where you'll get to take a romantic walk around Yelapa's little village and then enjoy the calm beach. The waterfalls are right in the center of the village, so you can grab a seat and a drink while admiring the surroundings.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can take an aqua taxi from Boca de Tomatlán, which is 30 minutes away.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 11 things to do in Yelapa
    • Yelapa Falls 01/06/2019
    • Furthest from Civilazion but wonderful! 11/05/2019
    • Yelapa Waterfalls
  • Metamorfosis Day Spa
    Spas
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    Enrique A Says:

    If you and your loved one want nothing but to pamper yourselves before a a nice dinner, or after a day filled with adventure and nature, come to Metamorphosis where the staff will greet you with a big smile and make you feel comfortable and cozy. You can enjoy a facial, a mani/pedi or even a massage here, there's a lot to choose from and the service and staff is excellent!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Prices are really good value when compared to the superb service you receive!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 109 Spas & Wellness in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mani/Pedi 04/06/2019
    • Very clean professionally run spa 25/05/2019
    • Metamorfosis Day Spa
    Address:
    Calle Francisca Rodriguez # 159
    Old Town
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 6162
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • El Panorama
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International)
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    Enrique A Says:

    El Panorama is a mix of great atmosphere and live music, staff which always provides top-notch service, food and wine which is exquisite, and don't forget: the view! This is a view you'll never want to leave, a view that will make you fall in love with Puerto Vallarta, and will make you want to repeat this romantic trip next year.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try to get a reservation between 6-7pm so that you can enjoy the sunset at your table.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #128 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    • Great views, horrible food and service 03/05/2019
    • Very good food with a fantastic view. 19/04/2019
    • El Panorama
    Address:
    689 Miramar
    Downtown center
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 1818
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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