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Best of Puerto Vallarta do's and do nots

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Pvr is a safe and beautiful city with lots to do and see. Here are a few suggestions. Ask about nightlife from the locals to find out the safest places. Be very careful when buying jewelery even from tlhe stores downtown. Never except the first price given. Try Blake's Sports Bar by the Canta Del Sol. Great food but need reservations. Playa has best prices for alcohol.

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  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie

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12 Places

Canto del Sol Plaza Vallarta

Hotels

Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures

Performances

Las Palmas by the Sea

Hotels

Villas Vallarta by Canto del Sol

Hotels

Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm All Inclusive

Hotels

Malecon Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

Marina Vallarta

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Zona Romantica

Historic Walking Areas

Punta De Mita

Beaches

The Church of Our Lady of the Refuge

Sacred & Religious Sites

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Gardens

Marietas Islands

Islands

sussiMilton_Ontario's City Tips

  • Tried fried oysters instead of raw. They are amazing. Just ask you server.
  • Taxi's best source of transportation. On a 20 peceso trip 2 peceos is a good tip.
  • Leave the airport immediately upon landing and do not stop to listen to anything being given away free. It will only end up in a time share presentation.
  • Canto del Sol Plaza Vallarta
    Hotels
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Great place to stay and very good value.Close to everything and staff very friendly. Plaxa Vallarta is small but has a couple of restaurants, shops, laundry, spa, hairdresser and place to have a manicure and pedicure.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Dress code is always casual. Appointments are sometimes needed for manicure's and pedicures. Early morning is usually not busy. Nothing opens much before 10:00 a.m.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #47 of 124 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Viva El Canto, Viva El Mexico !!! 11/06/2019
    • Great food and service! 09/06/2019
    • Canto del Sol Plaza Vallarta
    Address:
    125 Jose Clemente Orozco
    Zona Hotelera Norte
    Puerto Vallarta 48333
    Mexico
  • Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures
    Performances
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Breath taking and beautiful. Be prepared for some rough water if the ocean is choppy. If you do not like water or tend to get sea sick do not go. Down on the beach by the Canta del Sol is a vendor named Raymond who will get you a good deal on tickets.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Casual dress code and make sure you wear flat shoes. Lots of walking and going up hill
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 12 Concerts & Shows in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding Performance 15/06/2019
    • Rythems of the night 15/06/2019
    • 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:
  • Las Palmas by the Sea
    Hotels
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Great staff very friendly. This hotel overlooks the ocean. Also has a hot tub which gives a great place to relax and view the beach and ocean. Very Mexican and charming. If you do not mind being directly on the beach a great place to stayed here t

    Good for
    • Family
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Tipping is always appreciated. Some people think all inclusive means no tipping. Please these people depend on tips to support their families.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 124 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Las Palmas by the Sea 11/06/2019
    • Vacation with family 11/06/2019
    • Las Palmas by the Sea
    Address:
    Calle Pablo Picasso 126 Zona Hotelera Norte
    Puerto Vallarta 48333
    Mexico
  • Villas Vallarta by Canto del Sol
    Hotels
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    If you get the right room this resort is great. Much quieter than the Canta Del Sol and rooms are much larger. You can get breakfast only or all inclusive. We took breakfast only this time as wanted to some of our own cooking. Worked out well. Mega store is within walking distance and has great choice of all food types.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Burners only to cook on in suite. No oven and no bar-b-ques.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 124 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
    • Avoid 2 Bdr # 529 02/05/2019
    • A Sweet Deal! 29/04/2019
    • Villas Vallarta by Canto del Sol
    Address:
    Calle Clemente Orozco 125
    Zona Hotelera Norte
    Puerto Vallarta 48333
    Mexico
  • Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm All Inclusive
    Hotels
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Very charming Mexican resort. Staff here are exceptionally friendly and go out of their way to make you welcome. Since this resort is not located on ocean front property you have a short walk to the beach. They have a special roped off area for their guests with a snack bar and alcohol service. Beware vendor's are all over this spot.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • A longer taxi ride to town but within walking distance of Wal Mart .
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 124 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent 13/06/2019
    • Dated affordable accomodation 12/06/2019
    • Hacienda Buenaventura Hotel & Mexican Charm All Inclusive
    Address:
    Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio
    Zona Hotelera Norte
    Puerto Vallarta 48310
    Mexico
  • Malecon Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Wonders, sights, restaurants, shopping you have it all. Many outdoor restaurants you can stop and have a cold drink. Ice cream stands and lots of good food. Every night after 6:00 p.m. the vendor's set up their food carts. Crepe's, corn, pastry and too many delicious things to mention. The Malecon is a must.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Go early evening to insure all different food stations. Take in one of the amazing restaurants for a cool drink.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Malecon shopping 15/06/2019
    • Old Spain charm. 14/06/2019
    • Malecon Boardwalk
    Address:
    Calle Paseo Diaz Ordaz S/N
    Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48300
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Other:
  • Marina Vallarta
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Looking for a long term rental start here. Beautiful and so much to see and do. Try to find someone like Debbie the Property girl to show you some rentals. Most people book a year in advance so be sure to book early. Staying here is well worth the wait.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get an agent, take a good look around and book early. Ask about all the great places to eat so many. Some restaurants open late and close early here. Be aware of the time.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fun place to stay around and/or visit 09/06/2019
    • Lots of restuarants and shopping 05/06/2019
    • Marina Vallarta
    Phone:
    +52 1 322 221 0275
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Sat
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Other:
  • Zona Romantica
    Historic Walking Areas
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    This is truly a beautiful part of PVR. It is however where most of the crowd are gay couples. They are very interesting and wonderful people to meet. Some of the best restaurants are located here but most need reservations. The atmosphere is happy and always something to do. Interesting shops and some great fashions to be found here. You will not be disappointed.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Just enjoy and have fun.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old Town 14/06/2019
    • Great strolling. 12/06/2019
    • Zona Romantica
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 7307
    Other:
  • Punta De Mita
    Beaches
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Beautiful beaches and lush scenery. A lot of surfing done here. Prices for accomodation here are a lot more pricy. The town is small but a lot of history here. Food as usual is varied and always something to please everyone. Should put this on your to visit list.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    Tips
    • Try to go during the week not on the weekend as it is far busier.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Built up 26/05/2019
    • Not much to see here 14/05/2019
    • Punta De Mita
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • The Church of Our Lady of the Refuge
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Just a beautiful church with so much history. Most Mexican's are catholic and their churches reflect this in all it's glory. Very peaceful and serene and seems that the angels are not far away. Just thought we would like to take in a service while we were in this country. Well worth the hour spent.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lots of vendor's and children selling souvenirs.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    • Stunning 06/04/2019
    • Beautiful 17/02/2019
    • The Church of Our Lady of the Refuge
    Address:
    Corner of Peru and Argentina
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 1879
  • Vallarta Botanical Gardens
    Gardens
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Lush and tropical plants everywhere. The flowers are breathtaking and the colours to many to mention. Also a lot of Mexican Art and pottery here. Depending on where you are staying it could be an hour or so one way. You need to really enjoy flowers, plants and culture to make this worth your while.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go and enjoy all the smells sights and wonderful atmosphere this has to offer.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
  • Marietas Islands
    Islands
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    sussiMilton_Ontario Says:

    Once again you need to beprepared for a boat trip on the ocean. It is around one hour one way. The boat is a double decker which if you get a seat gives you a better view. They anchor the boat to allow you to swim so you must be a strong swimmer. Great fun but would not do again.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Take a wind breaker or light jacket and make sure you can swim.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 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:
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