Puerto Vallarta offers an endless list of great activities that spell fun and entertainment for visitors. It’s not surprising that even those of you who have been here several times still find more and more to enjoy. With a panoramic setting overlooking the gentle waves of Banderas Bay and bordered by the stunning mountain ranges of the Sierra Madre, Puerto Vallarta is a paradise waiting to be explored. Adventure trips, wild explorations and vast gastronomic choices are sure to bring all the excitement and thrills that will complete your stay. One surefire way to have a sensational vacation experience in Puerto Vallarta is to follow the example of its locals.
Local Tips for Puerto Vallarta’s Cuisine
Puerto Vallarta is a food haven for anyone wanting to have a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine. Every bite is worth it in Puerto Vallarta and there are plenty of renowned gourmet restaurants that catch all the press attention such as Cafe des Artistes, El Trio, La Leche, La Palapa and Hiroshi at Hotel Mousai. However, to enjoy a gastronomic high at local prices, eat where the local people eat. Top notch restaurants include Barracuda, 8 Tostadas and Marisma, which offer irresistible seafood menus. For a taste of different flavors that combine quality and price, head to Florios, La Dolce Vita or El Brujo.
Street eating, as you can imagine, is very popular in Puerto Vallarta with many food stalls placed on each street corner. Stands selling a variety of tacos can be found almost anywhere in Puerto Vallarta as well as stalls on the south end of the Malecon. Pepe’s Tacos and El Carboncito both in the 5 de Diciembre district, a block from the beach, are just two of the most famous taco stands where you will see hordes of people lining up anytime of the day. In fact, that is the best proof of quality. When you see locals shouting out their orders while waiting in a long line, you’re assured of one quality place to get your tacos. No one knows better than the locals for the best places to eat on the streets.
Play Like a Local
There are so many places in Puerto Vallarta for adventure and fun. Whether it’s on one of Puerto Vallarta’s fabulous beaches, ziplining above the jungle canopy in the Sierra Madre mountains, taking an ATV tour or horseback riding along the beach, you can enjoy all sorts of activities and bucket list adventures. Take a tip from the locals and enjoy a gentle hike to Las Animas beach from Boca de Tomatlan; go surfing at Pangas beach; enjoy a game of beach volleyball at Los Mangos or Los Muertos’ beach; swim in the river at Garza Blanca or Nogalito; trek to the waterfalls at Quimixto or Yelapa. You can never go wrong when you play like the locals.
To keep away from the hustle and bustle, you can indulge at the Rooftop Pool with a shot of tequila or lounge on the beach at Hotel Mousai. Likewise, you might choose to venture to other local beaches such as Conchas Chinas or La Gemelas beaches or head to the Botanical Gardens just 5 minutes from the hotel. A stroll along the panoramic Malecon, or people watching in the plaza are other ways to enjoy Puerto Vallarta like a local.
Local Party Love
Puerto Vallarta has enough bars and nightclubs to fill your need for some party fun. Enjoying a pre-party drink at one of its hotspots can set the mood for an outrageous evening. Beach bars like Solar, give you a round of quality liquors with some delicious food to go with it. A shot of Mezcal and great music will give your drinking escapade a little twist at Bar Morelos, and live music surrounded by expats awaits at Nacho Daddy. For after-hours partying, you could stay around the Malecon and try out one of its many nightclubs, or head to other places commonly frequented by locals such as Barra Bar, Roxy and La Santa for an unforgettable night out on the town. Join the locals and feel the vibe to party like you never did before.