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Zona Romantica, the hippest neighborhood in town

Posted by Oliver Weickardt on 2015-11-26
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For years, the trendiest place in Puerto Vallarta has been the Malecon and its nearby area filled with art galleries and gourmet restaurants. However, in recent years the Malecon has seen its popularity decrease as it has found a strong competitor in the up and coming Zona Romantica, formerly known simply as Old Town Vallarta. The beautiful Old Town was neglected for years as the tourist boom pushed the boundaries of the once little fishing village to the North, moving with it the heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta centered now in the Malecon.

Ever since, an interesting development project was put in place re-inventing the first quarter of the city and giving it a new personality. That’s how the Old Town Vallarta became the Zona Romantica, a neighborhood recognized for its hip boutiques, its extraordinary gourmet scene and its alternative nightlife. Whether at the Malecon nightclubs you’ll find mostly tourists, here you’ll find locals and a growing number of expats. It’s also one of the most gay-friendly neighborhoods in all of Mexico.

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 This year, the Zona Romantica has bet on its growing popularity and it underwent a profound renovation that has multiplied its already wide array of top notch establishments and its diversity of things to do.

Among the most glaring additions is that of the renowned Blue Chairs Resort, heart of the gay scene, which features now 38 new one-bedroom suites and two new roof terraces.

Just like Andales on the Bay, one of the favorite accommodations in the area, which is offering new studios and one bedroom units as well. The Zona Romantica is also adding a new and exciting boutique hotel La Piñata, offering six cozy and luxurious rooms in a corner of Puerto Vallarta that perfectly blends the Mexican way of life with modern American elements.

By January 2015, the largest hotel in the Zona Romantica has scheduled its grand opening, The Almar Resort will be a 5-star condominium resort with a high end beach club already in place, the Mantamar Beach Club. The Sapphire Beach Club will become just the latest of a series of beach clubs recently inaugurated in Puerto Vallarta. Sapphire will offer the finest amenities in town, with lavish beach cabanas and internationally experienced chefs. This club also offers the fascinating new attraction of the Flyboard.

Puerto Vallarta has built on a reputation as a great gastronomic destination, with an impressive array of gourmet restaurants, and the Zona Romantica has its good share of them. Adding to that already outstanding cuisine, the Zona Romantica is opening a couple of first class restaurants such as Pulpito 116, offering an exquisite menu of tapas, pizzas, salads, sangria and cocktails; and the Maia, of acclaimed Mexican Chef Hugo Ahumada, with interesting new versions of traditional recipes of the world famous Mexican cuisine.

A series of other new places will also open during the high season in the winter such as La Planetera, La Fiesta and Plan B, all but guaranteeing that the already trendy Zona Romantica will keep being the hippest neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta.

Villa Experience founder is German born but loves all thing Mexico! He has lived in the country since 2003 and has experienced Mexico´s premier destinations at first hand. His favorite destinations are the Yucatan Peninsula, Baja California Sur, and Puerto Vallarta.