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The best of Old Town and Centro

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As a frequent visitor to PV I have compiled what I consider the very best of Old Town and Centro that you would enjoy if you had just a few days here. A mix of the best restaurants plus tips on some of the local places to eat. A walk down Basilio Badillo with speciality shops and art galleries. Some excursions to see the local nature and see what else PV has to offer instead of just beach and beer.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

17 Places

8 City Tips

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17 Places

Day 1

Fredys Tucan

Restaurants

El Centro

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Los Muertos Pier

Piers & Boardwalks

Bravos Restaurant Bar

Restaurants

Joe Jack's Fish Shack

Restaurants

Zona Romantica

Historic Walking Areas

Fajita Republic

Restaurants

Day 2

Daiquiri Dick's

Restaurants

Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures

Performances

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Pegaso Chartering

Sightseeing Tours

Vallarta Adventures - Las Caletas Beach Hideaway

Boat Tours

Kaiser Maximilian

Restaurants

Day 3

Malecon Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

Restaurant Adobes

Restaurants

Anejo Limon

Restaurants

Tony's Please

Restaurants

DuncanK1's City Tips

  • You CAN get a bus to Old Town from the airport for less than 10 pesos - look for CENTRO buses next to the overpass. Tax to the airport from Old Town costs about 120 pesos.
  • Try and speak a little Spanish. It is worth it.
  • Book well in advance. If you want a particular location you need to be planning more than a year in advance.
  • Ice is OK! Water is treated in PV and town establishments have pure water. We often ask for agua del rio!
  • Taxi from the airport is about 290 pesos to Old Town including airport tax. Go straight to kiosks (in sets of 3) for a coupon. Take this outside to a guide, Tip 10-20p with bags.
  • Make a point of getting out of PV for a day and go see the Botanical Gardens or Mismaloya, take a boat trip to Yelapa, or go whale watching (best Jan-Feb).
  • Buses are REALLY cheap and fun. 10 pesos can get anywhere with change. Ask local shops where to catch buses for the airport, walmart, Mismaloya, the Botanical Gardens.
  • Local servers are not paid a huge amount and they appreciate tips (propinas). Similarly if you have maid service.
    Day 1
  • Fredys Tucan
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Always voted No1 Breakfast in PV. Great service, affordable food.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Choose your own omelette fillings.
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food and service 16/06/2019
    • Great breakfast 16/06/2019
    • Fredys Tucan
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo 245
    Colonia Emiliano Zapata
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 0778
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$9
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 2:45 PM
    Other:
  • El Centro
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    A lot to see. Just wander along the main streets but check out the streets further away from the beach. Lots of interesting stores and places for a drink or eat.

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Beware uneven sidewalks. Care crossing roads.
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Walk 26/05/2019
    • So much to do ! 05/05/2019
    • El Centro
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 4475
    Other:
  • Los Muertos Pier
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Best at night with it's changing colors. Close to great restaurants. Very romantic.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Just enjoy the ambience. Hang there for a while and absorb the night air.
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place to see entire beach and surrounding hillside. 12/06/2019
    • Architectually beautiful and a hub for the ocean 09/06/2019
    • Los Muertos Pier
    Address:
    F. Rodriguez
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Other:
  • Bravos Restaurant Bar
    Restaurants (Seafood, Italian, International)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    One of my top favorites to eat. Friendly service. Great food and AIRCON when its hot outside!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • You may have to book.
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not to be missed! 10/06/2019
    • “Good food” 07/06/2019
    • Bravos Restaurant Bar
    Address:
    Calle Francisco i. Madero 263
    Col. Emiliano Zapata Old Town
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 0339
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    5:00 PM - 10:30 PM
    Other:
  • Joe Jack's Fish Shack
    Restaurants (Mexican, American, Bar, Seafood, Soups)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    It reminds me of fish and chips in Yorkshire - the home of F&C. All you can eat on Fridays but its just as good earlier in the week - you won't go home hungry.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Be prepared to line up in high season. Grab a beer and chat on the sidewalk.
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hands down, PV’s most reliable restaurant 12/06/2019
    • Great location great vibe 10/06/2019
    • Joe Jack's Fish Shack
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo 212
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 2099
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Zona Romantica
    Historic Walking Areas
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    So much to see. So many shops. Explore all of the streets.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make no plans.
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old Vallarta 16/06/2019
    • Old Town 14/06/2019
    • Zona Romantica
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 7307
    Other:
  • Fajita Republic
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Very affordable food. Great for a large group of people when you can share several fajita plates.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • My favorite drink there is michelada.
    From the community
    Ranked #231 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    • Great Food, and service. 17/06/2019
    • Good food and great Old Town location 04/06/2019
    • Fajita Republic
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo # 188
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 3131
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Day 2
  • Daiquiri Dick's
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International, Fusion)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Classy food and drinks and not too expensive. How can you not have a daiquiri! Asian Chicken Salad please!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • If street traders bother you then stay away from the wall next to the beach.
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Club Sandwich Always! 08/06/2019
    • Loved it! 07/06/2019
    • Daiquiri Dick's
    Address:
    Calle Olas Altas 314
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 0566
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures
    Performances
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    A lot better than the average tourist trap. A good evenings entertainment.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Take layers of clothes. Mossy repellant (but they are not a big problem).
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 12 Concerts & Shows in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great and unique experience! 17/06/2019
    • Dinner cruise 17/06/2019
    • Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures
    Address:
    Las Caletas Cove
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +1 888-526-2238
    Price range:
    US$139 - US$139
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    This improves every year. A lot of orchids and other local flowers. Beware the cocktails. I can't cope with two.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Hire a car or catch a bus to arrive by 10am. Take insect repellant or buy it there.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Cabo Corrientes
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Botanical Zen 12/06/2019
    • Marvelous, a "must-visit" 30/05/2019
    • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Address:
    Carretera Puerto Vallarta a Barra de Navidad Km. 24
    Las Juntas y los Veranos
    Cabo Corrientes 48447
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 6182
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$0
    Hours:
    Mon
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 AM - 6:00 AM
    Other:
  • Pegaso Chartering
    Sightseeing Tours
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    What watching is their best trip (jan-Feb) but also consider their sails to Yelapa or the Marietas for snorkeling.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sun protection - hat, cream. Camera.
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 260 Tours in Puerto Vallarta
    • Perfect day, amazing crew, whales, dolphins, fish and sailing! 27/03/2019
    • Also Called Eco sail 07/02/2019
    Other:
  • Vallarta Adventures - Las Caletas Beach Hideaway
    Boat Tours
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Get away from the crowds and enjoy a more secluded beach.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Sun protection - hat, cream. Camera
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 144 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Secluded Location 12/06/2019
    • Chai and the Crew on Boat 6 10/06/2019
    • Vallarta Adventures - Las Caletas Beach Hideaway
    Address:
    Departs from Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal
    Puerto Vallarta 63732
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +1 888-526-2238
    Price range:
    US$139 - US$139
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sat - Sun
    7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Other:
  • Kaiser Maximilian
    Restaurants (German, Austrian, European)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Very european food. Sumptuous menu, well presented. Romantic and quiet.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • You may need to reserve.
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Never had a bad meal! 13/06/2019
    • The Best Breakfast In the Romantic Zone! 04/06/2019
    • Kaiser Maximilian
    Address:
    Calle Olas Altas 380 B
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 223 0760
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$35
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Malecon Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Walk the full length. Take time to look at the statues and art, the entertainers and the musicians.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ignore the big bars and look for the more authentic old style places upstairs.
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth checking out 17/06/2019
    • GOOD 17/06/2019
    • Malecon Boardwalk
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Diaz Ordaz S/N
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Restaurant Adobes
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Eat like a local. Plain restaurant but great food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Go early. Maybe 6pm.
    From the community
    Ranked #38 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A genuine gem 08/06/2019
    • Well Hidden Gem 20/05/2019
    • Restaurant Adobes
    Address:
    Calle Francisco i. Madero 259
    Col. Emiliano Zapata
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 0123
    Other:
  • Anejo Limon
    Restaurants
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    Bruce is a gem! Personal service and a warm welcome. The food is excellent and you won't go home hungry. The wine selection is great and very affordable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Be prepared for Bruce to advise you on what to eat!
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Friendly and Excellent Food - Personable 07/08/2017
    • As Good As It Gets! 02/08/2017
    • Anejo Limon
    Address:
    Calle Basilio Badillo 229
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 1110
    Price range:
    US$15 - US$29
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Tony's Please
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    DuncanK1 Says:

    A 'hole-in-the-wall' with authentic local food. Tony has been in business for many years, even though the songwriter misspelled the name (Tony's Place).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Be brave - choose something out of your comfort zone!
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent hidden gem 05/05/2019
    • Excellent fish veracruz 09/04/2019
    • Tony's Please
    Address:
    Calle Lazaro Cardenas # 440
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 109 4644
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
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