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Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta pairs the architecture of colonial Mexico with the flair of its modern, beach resort city persona. Located in the gorgeous Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is both a tropical and cultural epicenter. Luxury cruises make it a frequent stop along their vacation routes, for the sandy beaches seem quite endless. Art lovers will find a paradise in Puerto Vallarta as well, for the city holds its own with numerous neighborhoods and districts dedicated to creative expression.

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Shops are generally open from 9am-5pm on weekdays and Saturdays. In tourist areas shops and larger malls usually stay open until 8pm. On Sundays shops are open at their own discretion. Banks are open from 9am-3/4pm. In the city some banks stay open a few hours on Saturdays as well.
Tourist Information Office
Independencia 123, Puerto Vallarta
Jalisco, México
+322 222 09 23

The City of Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta was for a long time inhabited by indigenous groups until the Spaniards came in 1524. But what caused the city to really "boom" in 1964 was the movie “Night of the Iguana," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Puerto Vallarta, being the setting for this film, consequently appealed to the rich and famous. Tourism started blossoming in the 1970’s when the city put a lot of effort into tourist infrastructure. Ever since, the once quiet town only belonged to the past.

Having so much to offer, it is not strange that people flock to Puerto Vallarta. The charming city has something for everyone; lovers, friends, family, and backpackers. Here you can really enjoy yourself and relax in a hub of culture, food, beaches, and nature.

Do & See in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is just as great for a relaxing holiday as an adventurous one. The Bay of Banderas has a 60 kilometer long coastline filled with secluded beaches, great for water sports, swimming with dolphins and lazy days on the beach. If you turn your head towards land you are facing the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains, a fantastic area for zip line tours and other daring sports. Wandering the cobbled streets of Puerto Vallarta you will be absorbed by art, food, drinks and friendly people. The diversity of things to do and see in Puerto Vallarta will keep you busy for a long, long time.
Puerto Vallarta Boardwalk - Malecon
Twenty blocks long, this one-mile boardwalk along the oceanfront is called Malecon. It is truly picturesque and a “must-walk” so make sure to bring your camera. Stroll along the water among cafés, shops, and the beautiful signature Puerto Vallarta sculptures.
Bay of Banderas
Bay of Banderas has approximately a 60 kilometers long coastline filled with beautiful beaches and activities. The bay starts off in the north with Punta de Mita and ends on the south side at Cabo Corrientes. You will definitely not have a problem finding your favorite spot here since there are so many great places to choose from.
Aquaventuras Park
Claimed to be one of Puerto Vallarta’s main tourist attractions, the Aquaventuras Park offers a day full of action. Here you can find animals, water slides, dolphins, playgrounds and much more. They are even allowing you to interact with the dolphins, petting, swimming and dancing with them. For the kids, there are "The Little Water World - Children's Area" and "Lazy River" and plenty of shows to attend.
Zona Romantica (Old Town)
When in Puerto Vallarta you will certainly come across the so-called Zona Romantica the Old Town. In this popular neighborhood, you will be able to experience what Mexico is all about; charm, food, and lovely people. Make sure you do not miss the gorgeous sunset.
Las Caletas
This secluded beach area is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular hideaways. You will find Las Caletas on the southern shores of Bay of Banderas and it can only be reached by boat. Here you can enjoy different activities like snorkeling and kayaking.
Teatro Vallarta
If you feel like exploring your cultural side, you can visit Teatro Vallarta which is housed in a modern building and has a seat capacity of 900. Here you can sit down in a comfortable seat and just relax while watching one of the quality shows like ballet, theater, or opera. The theater draws performers from all over Mexico and abroad, so check the calendar what is going on.
Sailfish & Marlin International Tournament
Every year several fishermen are drawn to Puerto Vallarta for the Sailfish & Marlin International Tournament. Join in yourself or watch the hunt for catching the big fish. At this tournament you will for sure find some great fish and make some new friends. Check the date on the site below.
Plaza Principal
Plaza Principal, also called El Jardin Principal, is the main square of Puerto Vallarta. This place is a wonderful oasis in the center of the city and often hosts events and concerts. Also, great place where to just sit down and watch people strolling by.

Dining in Puerto Vallarta

Being known as a fine dining destination, Puerto Vallarta and its many restaurants will bring you a lot of tasty dishes to the table. Here you will find a great variety of food and prices vary just as much. Choose between the “catch of the day”, genuine Mexican food or snacks from one of the many food stands on the streets. Small places, called fondas and cenadurías, serve great Mexican food. Whether you are looking for something small, a meal on the beach or a romantic dinner while overlooking the ocean, Puerto Vallarta has everything to satisfy your taste buds each day.
Archies Wok
If you are craving a scrumptious Asian meal you can get one at Archies Wok. The attentive staff serves fresh and beautifully presented food in a cozy ambiance. Choose between a wide range of dishes like spicy shrimp and coconut soap, or why not try beef in Chinese black bean and tamarind sauce?
Bravos Restaurant Bar
Bravos Restaurant has it all: elegant and cosmopolitan atmosphere, wonderful service, excellent food as well as unexpected flavors and combinations that entice you to try something new. The kitchen offers International cuisine, dishes like braised lamb, shrimp and asparagus risotto and chicken parmesan.
Layla´s Restaurant
Fantastic food and a spectacular city lights view will give you a magical and unforgettable experience at this family run establishment. The chef was trained in New York and has years of experience working in international restaurants. From the menu you can pick pasta, enchiladas and different meat and fish dishes.
Cafe Des Artistes
Cafe Des Artistes is second to none where you can relish contemporary French-Mexican cuisine. Been in business for over 27 years and still going strong with its haute cuisine. At this romantic venue the menu never stays the same as the selection of dishes is updated frequently by guest master chefs.
Pancho's Takos
Popular restaurant among locals and tourists due to its freshly made, tasty tacos and authentic Margaritas. Here you can get traditional tacos and quesadillas for a reasonable price. On the weekends, be prepared to wait for a table due to the line, but it will be worth the wait!
La Palapa
Beautifully set by the beach, Playa Los Muertos, La Palapa serves first-class tropical Mexican cuisine in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. The skillful chef prepares the food with fresh local ingredients and successfully fuses Mexican, Asian, and French elements. Perfect spot to have a romantic sunset dinner.
Bistro Teresa
This small and cozy restaurant has an ideal location overlooking the bay. Bistro Teresa is very popular and offers various dishes like seafood and traditional Mexican food. Chef Marisol Flories only uses the finest hand selected ingredients to create dishes with the perfect balance of flavors and texture and beautifully presents it on the plate.
Barcelona Tapas Bar
At Barcelona Tapas Bar you can enjoy various tapas like cheese, meat, seafood, and chicken for a reasonable price. On the menu you will also find paella, a good dish to share with family and friends. The restaurant is located on a hill and is therefore perfect for having dinner while watching the stunning sunset.

Cafés in Puerto Vallarta

It is easy to find a good cup of coffee, like cappuccino, in Puerto Vallarta and the majority of cafés can be found in the Old Town. Mexico is known for producing high-quality coffee beans and the Mexicans themselves drink about half of it. When in Puerto Vallarta you should try a unique, popular type of coffee called “café de olla," sweetened coffee with cinnamon and cloves.
Dee's Coffee Company
Dee's Coffee Company offers award-winning coffees and delicious sweets like pastries, cookies and muffins. Take a break when touring and rest your legs while having a scone or a bagel accompanied by a good cup of strong coffee.
A Page In The Sun
The friendly A Page in the Sun does not only offer coffees and light snacks, but also a bookstore. This is the perfect place for people watching and reading a book while having an organically grown coffee and a homemade pastry. On the menu you will also find food such as salads, soups, tortillas and sandwiches.
Coffee Cup-Marina
Opens early in the morning, Coffee Cup-Marina is located in the Marina and is packed with pastries and light fare to pair with their coffee. They serve also breakfast bagels every day, wraps, deli sandwiches and beverages like frappes and smoothies. If you have a particularly sweet tooth, then you may choose Oreo cookie bits or the frosting-topped carrot cake.
Restaurant River Café
The River Café offers a wide range of national and International cuisine elaborated with first class ingredients. The sophisticated flavor complements a full list of the best Mexican and foreign wines, as well as an assortment of exciting beverages. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts.
Kubli´s
The quirky Kubli's is always a hit among the locals and visitors. Enjoy a selection of breakfast fare, coffee beverages, espresso, and more. Also serving lunch, dinner and dessert, the menu offers everything from salads, hamburgers, pastas, to sweet crepes, waffles and much more.

Bars & Nightlife in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a city that never sleeps. Here you will find low-key hangouts, ritzy clubs, and sports bars. The so-called restaurant-lounges are very popular here, combining dining and dancing. Mandala is the most famous restaurant-lounge and a real hot spot in Puerto Vallarta. Most of the dancing, drinking, and bustling club scene can be found downtown and along the Malecon. You will not be bored in Puerto Vallarta.
Murphy's Irish Pub
At this Irish pub you can enjoy great food, sports and music. Murphy's Irish Pub has live music on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and is located on the Malecon. Relax on the outside terrace with a cold beer and admiring the beautiful ocean view.
Bar Morelos
In the modern and chic atmosphere of Bar Morelos you can enjoy excellent tequila and mezcal (agave-based Mexican liquor). The live band enhance the vibrant atmosphere and the music is always entertaining. A popular hang out to socialize and meet new friends.
Andales
Andales has never lost its charm of the "Zona Romantica". Andales can best be described as an eclectic mix of loud music, a crowded dance floor, smiling people and a donkey. If the hunger kicks in, then pick a yummy Mexican dish complemented with an ice-cold margarita.
Bar La Playa
At the adorable Bar La Playa the passion for cocktails is perceptible. They use only the freshest fruits, herbs and spices to create unusual cocktails served in a very creative and unique way. When here, try the jalapeño margarita!
Twisted Palms Rooftop Lounge
Twisted Palms serves delicious martinis in a comfortable lounge rooftop atmosphere. Later in the night the lounge is transformed into a movie theatre showing classic films. Here they serve drinks at reasonable price, drinks such as Mojitos...cold and very refreshing.
Mandala
One of the coolest clubs in Puerto Vallarta, full of mystery and glamour, the stylish Mandala draws a cosmopolitan crowd. With an oriental atmosphere this is the place everyone goes for an unforgettable, first-class night out with good fun and great drinks.
La Palapa Bar
La Palapa Bar is the perfect place for gatherings, dinner, or romantic date, after dinner cocktails. Enjoy some live music that is featured every night from 8-11pm while sipping a creative drink made with fresh fruit or just relax under the star with your toes in the sand and listen to the ocean waves.
Que?Pasa
Que?Pasa is Vallarta's locals' bar and restaurant where tourists and natives mingle together and simply hang out. Enjoy great "gringo" food, beverages and local entertainment. Local and international talents playing regularly on the stage to enhance the lively atmosphere.

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta

Shopping in Puerto Vallarta is fun. The city is mostly famous for its art and silver jeweler, a real joy for everyone interested in handicrafts. The area around Old Town Vallarta, downtown and the Malecon is where to do most of your shopping.
Paradise Plaza Shopping Center
In the most comprehensive plaza north of Marina Vallarta, shoppers find themselves in ecstasy at Paradise Plaza. There's a food court, grocery store, coffee and juice shops, an Internet café, clothing and handicraft boutiques and a bank.
Lucy's CuCu Cabaña
Don't miss the gem Lucy's CuCu Cabaña with unique handmade folk-art items, beautifully presented treasures and unusual gift ideas. All items are carefully selected by the owner while travelling through whole Mexico, so you will for sure find that special gift or souvenir to bring back home.
Peyote People
Multicolored merchandise made by Peyote People from the mountains can be obtained at their store. The selection of handcrafted items such as Huichol Indian bead art and yarn paintings are lovely and the staff can tell interesting stories of the culture.
Mundo de Cristal
As the name suggests, Mundo de Cristal sells beautiful glassware like drinking glasses, bowls, soap dispensers, hot pads tiles and many more in very colorful designs and layouts. The service is friendly, and the fine products are carefully bubble wrapped for your trip back home.
Olas Altas Farmers Market
Open air strolling at the old town farmers market will be an enchanting experience. A large selection of organic foods from the producers, good coffee, hand crafts and art is on offer and you can listen to some traditional music as well. This Market is a must when visiting Puerto Vallarta.
El Gato Gordo
Located in the "Old town" or "zona romantica", El Gato Gordo is the place to go to for top brand Cuban cigars, Mexican cigars, accessories, pipes and more. The owner is knowledgeable, nice and informative and can tell lot of stories about Puerto Vallarta.
Plaza Caracol
Plaza Caracol is an indoor air-conditioned mall where you will find everything from fashion stores, banks, fast food restaurants to a supermarket and a movie theater. If you need clothes, accessories, shoes, souvenirs or skin care head over here and stroll around to find your favorite items.
Plaza Neptuno
Located in Marina Vallarta, this small plaza is home to a number of home furnishing shops, clothing boutiques, and some casual restaurants including spas and beauty clinics. Plaza Neptuno is perfect for those seeking to spend a few hours browsing.

Tourist Information for Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Airport
Puerto Vallarta is a very popular tourist destination and the busy airport handles numerous tourists and passengers every year. The airport is located approximately 13 kilometers from the city and offers restaurants, shops and other necessary facilities.

To get to Puerto Vallarta from the airport you can order a pre-arranged transfer, go in a taxi, bus or rent a car. Several car rental companies are available at the airport including Hertz and Avis. It is recommended to book a car in advance. Beware that traffic in the Mexican cities can be very hectic, but renting a car could be a good alternative for exploring the surrounding areas. At the airport there are shuttles and transfers to some of the other popular destinations like Cancún, Cabo San Lucas, and Playa del Carmen.
Time Zone
Puerto Vallarta is located in the Central Time zone and all times are reflected in Central time.
Public Transport
The easiest way to get around Puerto Vallarta is either to walk (short distances) or to catch the local bus or a minivan. Buses in Puerto Vallarta are cheap, easy to use and generally operate along the coastline. Look for the blue and white buses. Each bus fare is one-time use only and make sure you have the correct change ready for the driver. You will see where the bus is headed in the front window. If you are going back to your hotel, look for a bus with a list of hotels in the front window. If you are unsure where the bus is going, just ask the driver.
Taxi
The taxis in Puerto Vallarta are yellow and easy to use. You can either hail them just about anywhere or find them at one of the many taxi stands. Usually they don't have a lot of cash so you should have small coins as well.
Post
Mexico’s postal service is called Correos de Mexico and the post office buildings are usually pink and white.

There are several mailboxes located throughout the city of Puerto Vallarta where you can mail your postcard.

Main Post Office is located:
Pharmacy
There are numerous pharmacies around Puerto Vallarta. You can also find pharmacies in new supermarkets.

Farmacia Puerto Vallarta:
Telephone
Country code: +52

Area code: 322
Electricity
110V, 60 Hz
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