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Fun Times in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful city to visit. Puerto Vallarta is located in Banderas Bay and is at the base of the Sierra Madre mountains. You can choose a tremendous amount of activities, from laying on the beach, shopping, to hiking, ATVing and horseback riding through the rainforest mountains. Since most of the residents speak English as well as Spanish, communication is easy.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer

12 Places

4 City Tips

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12 Places

Day 1

Bay of Banderas

Other Outdoor Activities

Malecon Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Cevicheria El Guero

Restaurants

Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures

Performances

Day 2

Vallarta Food Tours

City Tours, Bike Tours, Walking Tours, Private Tours, Food Tours

Zoologico de Vallarta

Zoos

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Gaby's Restaurant Bar

Restaurants

Day 3

Hidden Mexico Tour by Vallarta Adventures

Historical & Heritage Tours

Coexist Cafe

Restaurants

El Set

Restaurants

rzman's City Tips

  • Vallarta Adventures, which is the most reliable tour company there, usually offers a deal on their tours. You buy 2 tours and get 1 free.
  • Be ready for everyone to offer you a time-share presentation. Do not stop for anyone at the airport or you will be wrangled into a time-share presentation.
  • Taxi rates are based on the area that you are traveling to, not the amount of actual miles traveled.
  • Taxis can cost a large amount of money in the long run, so using the local bus system, when not in a hurry, is much more practical.
    Day 1
  • Bay of Banderas
    Other Outdoor Activities
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    rzman Says:

    The Bay of Banderas is one of the most beautiful bays in the world.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • We have always visited in the summer, so it is very hot and humid. One of the neck cooling wraps really helps with enduring the heat.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 216 Outdoor Activities in Puerto Vallarta
    • Bay of Banderas is BEAUTIFUL!! 13/04/2019
    • Luxury Sailing - Ocean Adventures in Style!!! 25/03/2019
    • Bay of Banderas
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Malecon Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    rzman Says:

    Puerto Vallarta has turned El Malecon Boardwalk into a pedestrian walk. You don't have to deal with traffic and there are some very good restaurants and galleries along this route. The bronze sculptures along the boardwalk that look out to the ocean are wonderful.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you go south on the boardwalk, you will arrive at the open market which is very scenic and might have better deals on souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So many options! Just don't piss on the beach #jail 18/06/2019
    • Colourful and vibrant 18/06/2019
    • Malecon Boardwalk
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Diaz Ordaz S/N
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    rzman Says:

    This cathedral is beautiful. The turret on the top of the spire is held up by angels. You can spot the cathedral from land and sea. It is both beautiful inside and out.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Some of the Mexicans take it as an insult to wear shorts in the church.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Summer 2019 17/06/2019
    • Beautiful Spot! 14/06/2019
    • The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Address:
    Calle Hidalgo
    Puerto Vallarta 48290
    Mexico
    Phone:
    322221326
  • Cevicheria El Guero
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, Latin, Spanish)
    rzman Says:

    I have never really cared for ceviche, but this restaurant uses fresh fish and their spices are wonderful. I would eat here regularly!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • This restaurant doesn't have much atmosphere, but the food makes up for it.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #282 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    • Good Ceviche 21/06/2017
    • Fresh delicious great value local 10/04/2017
    • Cevicheria El Guero
    Address:
    Calle Francisco i. Madero # 291
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 303 8280
  • Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures
    Performances
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    rzman Says:

    We have done this tour every time we have come to Puerto Vallarta. It starts with a 45 minute boat trip south of Puerto Vallarta, offering free alcoholic drinks and snacks. When you get to the destination, you will be greeted by musicians in ancient Mayan costumes and be escorted to a table for an all you can eat delicious buffet. After dinner and dessert, you will enjoy a wonderful ancient Mayan musical presentation. Afterwards, you will make the boat trip back to Puerto Vallarta enjoying more alcoholic drinks and music.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear insect repellant or you will be eaten alive.
    • Plan to be gone from 6pm to Midnight.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 12 Concerts & Shows in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Really impressive show and romantic island 18/06/2019
    • Great show! 18/06/2019
    • 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:
  • Day 2
  • Vallarta Food Tours
    City Tours, Bike Tours, Walking Tours, Private Tours, Food Tours
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    rzman Says:

    We have done this tour twice and would do it again. You start downtown with a very knowledgeable and personable tour guide. He takes you through the streets of Puerto Vallarta explaining the history. You stop at many, I think 12, different restaurants and food carts, sampling different Mexican foods and drinks. He shows you what to look for when buying from food carts and gives you advice on where to eat and what to see.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Do not eat breakfast before going on this tour. You will be stuffed by the time it finishes without having breakfast.
    • There is a lot of walking involved, so make sure you are dressed comfortably and have comfortable shoes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 260 Tours in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Food and Lots of Fun 12/06/2019
    • Nice afternoon in PV! 05/06/2019
    • Vallarta Food Tours
    Address:
    Avenida Mexico 1193-A
    Colonia 5 de Diciembre
    Puerto Vallarta 48350
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 6117
    Price range:
    US$49 - US$49
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Other:
  • Zoologico de Vallarta
    Zoos
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    rzman Says:

    This is the most wonderful zoo that I have ever visited. You are allowed to cheaply buy a bag of food or two and feed the animals along the way. Feeding the giraffe is a highlight, but feeding all the animals is a great experience. You can also pay an extra fee in order to handle some exotic baby animals at the end of the zoo. I was able to hold a 1 month old lion cub and it was one of my most favorite memories of all time.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear plenty of insect repellant. You are going to be in the rain forest.
    • We usually take the local bus, which is very cheap. After getting off of the bus, you will have about a 1 mile walk to the zoo. If you don't like walking, you can take a taxi.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Mismaloya
    • Amazing day 20/05/2019
    • A great time 27/04/2019
    • Zoologico de Vallarta
    Address:
    Camino al Eden 700
    Mismaloya 49421
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 228 0501
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    rzman Says:

    These botanical gardens are beautiful. They also offer guided tours. Their gift shop is also very nice.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear plenty of insect repellant!!!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    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:
  • Gaby's Restaurant Bar
    Restaurants (Mexican)
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    rzman Says:

    This restaurant is located in a former home, very close to the cathedral. The food is authentic and delicious. They have the best tortilla soup I have ever tasted.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #115 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Specialty is Not Available 12/06/2019
    • Happy 02/06/2019
    • Gaby's Restaurant Bar
    Address:
    Calle Mina 252
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 0480
    Price range:
    US$8 - US$21
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Day 3
  • Hidden Mexico Tour by Vallarta Adventures
    Historical & Heritage Tours
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    rzman Says:

    This tour is one of our favorites. You see Mexico in a very personal way. We have had 2 guides and both have been great. You visit an authentic Mexican village; an ancient area with petroglyphs; a dairy, where they make fresh cheese; a Mexican cemetery, where you learn about the Mexican culture. You are then treated to a delicious buffet lunch.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear plenty of insect repellant!!!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 260 Tours in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Tour!! 12/06/2019
    • Hidden Mexico 05/06/2019
    • Hidden Mexico Tour by Vallarta Adventures
    Phone:
    +52 888 526 2238
    Other:
  • Coexist Cafe
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International)
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    rzman Says:

    The food for lunch and dinner is wonderful. The atmosphere isn't great, but the food makes up for it.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great service and excellent food 14/06/2019
    • Food and atmosphere 14/06/2019
    • Coexist Cafe
    Address:
    Calle Agustin Rodriguez 175
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 0366
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun
    7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Tue - Thu
    7:30 AM - 11:00 PM
    Fri - Sat
    7:30 AM - 1:00 AM
    Other:
  • El Set
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood)
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    rzman Says:

    This restaurant is located about 5 miles south of town. The view of the bay, the sunset, and if you are lucky, a thunderstorm is wonderful. All of the food we have had has been excellent. Prices are very reasonable.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #194 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not Bad 13/06/2019
    • Moderately priced 07/05/2019
    • El Set
    Address:
    Eje Vial Carretera Costera a Barra de Navidad 1182
    Puerto Vallarta 48390
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 221 5341
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Other:
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