Puerto Vallarta is one of those destinations where you will never get bored. It offers so many things to do that you will probably have to come back to try it all. One of the most popular places to visit and a definite must is the newly refurbished Malecon, a wide boardwalk next to the ocean with boutique shops, fancy restaurants, street stands with savvy food, hip discos, local artists, street performers, sand sculptures, human sculptures and so much more.
In the middle of the Malecon you will find Los Arcos, seaside arches that also serve as an amphitheater and offer incredible views at sunset. Already in downtown you should explore the cobblestoned streets of the old town with even more restaurants, shops and handicraft markets. There are plenty of art galleries with traditional and modern items and precious silver jewelry. At the end of the day, stop at the plaza next to the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe and enjoy dancing and live music. Don’t miss the romantic zone, one of the best places to dine, stroll and shop, according to some visitors.
Talking about dining, there are many superb restaurants in Puerto Vallarta that will surprise even the most demanding clients. Gourmet festivals and wine fests have become regular events in the bay and attract both tourists and local people. Café des Artist, El Trio, El Arrayan, are well known names on the gastronome track. If you also want to enjoy sea views, we highly recommend El Dorado, La Palapa or Le Kliff and the Restaurant Hacienda Alemana. And don’t forget to visit El Coleguita in La Marina Zone with the best seafood in town.
Puerto Vallarta offers also unforgettable tours and water activities. You cannot miss snorkeling and scuba diving; the best spots are either next to Los Arcos or in the zone of the Marietas Islands. Both places are eco-reserves and offer caves and grottoes carved out by time and spectacular colorful sea creatures. If you come to the Banderas Bay between December and March you may also go whale watching and observe these wonderful animals play a few meters in front of your boat.
In Puerto Vallarta there are also a couple of places to swim with the dolphins. Although it’s not the cheapest experience, it is totally worth it. You may see the dolphins do tricks for you, and you will be able to touch them and swim with them. It is with no doubt, a charming and totally unforgettable experience, especially for kids. If you have some more time, you cannot miss the Botanical Gardens in the south of the Bay. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit, with hundreds of different species and a great restaurant with traditional food to enjoy.