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All Things Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta and its neighboring towns are a foodies mecca and a sight seeing heaven. If you want to see and experience the real Mexico and how the native villagers live take a day trip (don't be shy, rent a car you will have a much better time in your own vehicle and its as safe here as anywhere in the world) to a couple of the areas smaller villages like San Sebastian (37 miles west of Puerto Vallarta), or Mascota (60 miles from Puerto Vallarta and a small colonial style village), or Bucerias (20 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, an artsy, foodie small and quaint, slow paced town), or try Punta de Mita (a small drinking town with a fishing problem) haha You will love your stay in the Puerto Vallarta area, just get out there and do it!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Like a Local

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8 Places

Day 1

Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures

Performances

Malecon Boardwalk

Piers & Boardwalks

Banderas Scuba Republic

Scuba & Snorkeling

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Day 2

Vallarta Art Walk

Art Galleries

Punta De Mita

Beaches

Day 3

Ah Caramba

Restaurants

Bucerias

Beaches

    Day 1
  • Rhythms of the Night by Vallarta Adventures
    Performances
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    Nick K Says:

    This 4 hour excursion is by far the best bang for your buck. A fun filled catamaran ride to and from Las Caletas only obtainable by boat Once there you will be welcomed by the local Mayan natives all dressed up in there ritual attire. You will watch a spectacular night time show in a outdoor stadium and then after the show be treated to an all you can eat buffet with very romantic candle lit tables all tables are secluded and facing the beautiful Banderas Bay. You will love this experience!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • dress appropriately and bring your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 12 Concerts & Shows in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rhythm of nights. 16/06/2019
    • Outstanding Performance 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:
  • Malecon Boardwalk
    Piers & Boardwalks
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    Nick K Says:

    The Malecon is Puerto Vallartas touristy, cruise ship shopping and eating area

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • NEVER pay the asking price for anything.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun 16/06/2019
    • You know its a good place when people walk their dog on a leash 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:
  • Banderas Scuba Republic
    Scuba & Snorkeling
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    Nick K Says:

    Cesar and his small but very personable dive shop will surely give you a good time scuba diving. Cesar is an expert dive master who gives safety his number 1 concern.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The boats do not have a head on board so plan accordingly
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 144 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New Diver 11/06/2019
    • Great experience as usual 29/05/2019
    • Banderas Scuba Republic
    Address:
    Calle Lazaro Cardenas # 230
    Colonia Emiliano Zapata
    Puerto Vallarta 48380
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 135 7884
    Other:
  • The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Nick K Says:

    Absolutely stunning inside and out, dont miss it as this is a very special place. (Feast of Guadalupe), held every year from December 1st to the 12th.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • bring your camera
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful Spot! 14/06/2019
    • Simply Beautiful!! 09/06/2019
    • The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Address:
    Calle Hidalgo
    Puerto Vallarta 48290
    Mexico
    Phone:
    322221326
  • Day 2
  • Vallarta Art Walk
    Art Galleries
    Nick K Says:

    Puerto Vallarta has established itself as a vibrant center of art creation, exhibition and promotion. An important contribution to the city´s art scene is Puerto Vallarta´s ArtWalk which this year will be held from October 29, 2014 through May 27, 2015. The participating galleries in Centro Historico offer works by important national and international artists. Remarkable paintings, exceptional sculptures, fine ceramics, blown glass and other types of noteworthly art are offered. Collectors, patrons, residents and interested visitors can discover art of outstanding quality in the 09 participating galleries where exhibiting artists present their work. Galería Colectika focuses on the evolution of Mexican Art. New colors, forms and techniques have been adapted from the outside world by well-known native and Mexican folk artists. Galería Whitlow displays the masterful realism of Michael Whitlow paintings, exact detail, wonderful interplay of darks and lights amidst exquisite colors. Galería Córsica which has two locations has been an ArtWalk member for many years. Because this contemporary fine art gallery´s catalogue includes only top Mexican artists, the gallery is a favorite of art collectors. Galería Pacifico has presented an eclectic blend of highly talented artists since 1987. Most of the artists represented by Galería Pacifico share a diverse contemporary focus. The unusual Galería Caballito de Mar exhibits art that is a serious reflection of Mexico´s cultural past. Antique Mexican jewelry, ceramics by Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art and unusual textiles are available at this unique gallery. The Loft Galería exhibits works of the finest contemporary artists of the Americas in an urban art gallery setting. This gallery helps individuals and corporations develop interesting valuable collections. Galería de Ollas is dedicated to showcasing fine pottery from Mata Ortiz México. From the 400 ceramists in this town, Galería de Ollas selects the most refined pieces for exhibit. PVSantana featured sculptures of Ignacio Punzo, Mexico`s renowned coppersmith, and Manuel Morales, a national treasure of high temperature ceramics. Also the gallery shows the works of important mature painters. Puerto Vallarta`s Historic Center contains some of the most important restaurants in Mexico. The ArtWalk Association is proud to recommend the following restaurants: Café Des Artistes & River Café. A perfect dinner will turn any ArtWalk gallery evening into a fantastic culinary art experience.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • bring your $$$
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 113 things to do in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 04/06/2019
    • It's a good way to see what the artists are doing 23/05/2019
    • Vallarta Art Walk
    Address:
    Historic Center
    Puerto Vallarta
    Mexico
    Hours:
    Mon - Tue
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Wed
    6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Thu - Sat
    11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    Other:
  • Punta De Mita
    Beaches
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    Nick K Says:

    Great food, fishing and sight seeing with nearby small towns offering more of the same. You can even get your surfing in at Sayulita

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring your pesos
    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
  • Day 3
  • Ah Caramba
    Restaurants (Mexican, Seafood, International)
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    Nick K Says:

    Incredible seafood, spectacular views greet patrons at Ah Caramba! in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At Ah Caramba! Restaurant & Bar, enjoy a delightful menu of fresh-caught seafood, succulent steaks, and traditional Mexican cuisine prepared by chefs Armando Yepez Verdusco and Noe Cibrian Peña. Fun, romantic atmosphere and panoramic views of Banderas Bay make for an unforgettable dining experience at this landmark Puerto Vallarta eatery. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the hand-carved wooden bar, then savor a world-class meal accompanied by Puerto Vallarta's famous sunset on the restaurant's terrace perched high above the city and the bay. At the end of your evening, don't forget to shop for souvenirs at Ah Caramba's gift shop. Ah Caramba! is a popular spot for engagements, weddings and birthdays, and can fully cater groups of up to 120. Located at 1071 Calle Ecuador, the restaurant is open from 12 pm to 11 pm 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For reservations, call (322) 222-5517. Directions: turn left at the PEMEX station as you enter downtown Puerto Vallarta just before the Malecón and go up the hill to Ecuador Street. Turn right - then go up, up, up!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • with stunning views try and make your visit here at sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #155 of 985 restaurants in Puerto Vallarta
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Anniversary Dinner 01/06/2019
    • Great authentic Mexican food 28/05/2019
    • Ah Caramba
    Address:
    Calle Ecuador 1071
    Downtown Centro
    Puerto Vallarta 48350
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 322 222 5517
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Other:
  • Bucerias
    Beaches
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    Nick K Says:

    Only 20 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta, Bucerias (Boo-suh-rias) is nestled towards the North shore of Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas). Once considered a fishing village, it has become a home & favorite vacation spot to many that like the slighter, quieter side of life. It is known for it’s slower pace yet has all the amenities that one needs to get away, get spoiled or simply be part of the local culture. Bucerias’ 5-mile stretch of soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets and heartwarming charm give you the feel of simpler times. Founded in the 1930’s, Bucerias is now home to some 17,000+ residents made up mostly of Spanish speaking Mexicans. Many from Canada & the US have also chosen to settle here. Nearby Puerto Vallarta's population is around 300,000+. Along or near the wide stretched sandy beaches is a great selection of restaurants ranging from upscale to simple & quaint. Lots to do here! Some say that Puerto Vallarta was like this some 40 years ago. Describing the town: Our roads, many hand built - stone by stone! Its amazing to see, it carries the old world feel. You walk on it and realize "this was built by hand". You know you are experiencing Mexico when you see the town and how it was built. Careful what shoes you wear and always watch your step

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the different restaurants on the beach. Dont miss out on Mezzogiornos
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 482 things to do in Jalisco
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Loved Bucerías! - small town away from the hustle... 08/06/2019
    • Bucerias Mexico 2019 31/05/2019
    • Bucerias
    Phone:
    +52 322 356 4902
    Other:
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