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[[Image:Puerto_Vallarta_Seahorse.jpg|thumb|250px|Seahorse sculpture on Playa de los Muertos; one of several large public works donated by local artists for the malecon.]]
[ '''Puerto Vallarta'''] is a city and popular vacation resort on the [[Pacific Coast (Mexico)|Pacific Coast]] of [[Mexico]].
==Understand==[[Image:Puerto_Vallarta_Seahorse.jpg|thumb|250px|Seahorse sculpture on Playa de Los Muertos; one of several large public works donated by local artists for the Malecon.]]Around the Bay, beautiful beaches, lush jungles and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous, while five -star resorts, world-class shopping , and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveler. Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, a newly extended and refurbished boardwalk along the ocean, called the Malecon, passes by any number of shops, restaurants, and hotels, and often plays host to mimes, breakdancers, clowns , and artists.
The residents of Puerto Vallarta are very friendly and generally willing to help with directions and other requests. Old TownVallarta Town Vallarta (or the Zona Romantica district) south of the River Cuale is more like a Mexican town and less like a tourist trap.
English is widely spoken, and as a tourist destination prices are higher than many other places in Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is very crowded at holiday times, if planning a visit to Mexico that coincides with a major holiday consider opting to visit [[Mexico City]] or [[Guadalajara]] instead. The cities empty out as Mexicans and tourists alike flood to the beaches.
Puerto Vallarta has a, typical for the west coast of [[Mexico]], tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a long and dry 7-month period (Nov-May) and an intense and wet 4-month period (Jun-Oct). The dry season is slightly cooler than the wet season with high temperatures at or around 30°C (86°F) and lows around 16°C (60°F). Puerto Vallarta very rarely records temperatures at 10°C (50°F) or below and the lowest one ever recorded is 7°C (45°F). The drier months are by far February, March and April with a total of only 9 millimeters (0.4 inches). As June arrives the wet season starts and so does the heat. Temperatures are usually around 35°C (95°F) during the day and around 25°C (75°F) at night. Heat waves can hit the city and when this happens the mercury can reach 40°C (104°F) and combined with the high humidity the atmosphere can sometimes become unbearable. The highest recorded temperature is 45°C (113°F). Most of the rainfall occurs in the form of thunderstorms and falls mostly in July, August and September, which themselves account for 80% of the yearly precipitation. The heat continues through November (despite being in the dry season), and finally starts to dissipate by early December.
==Get in==
Note that the arrival area is plagued by timeshare hucksters as you come out from customs. They will offer to arrange a cab for you and try to rope you into a timeshare sales presentation. After you clear customs, walk quickly through the next room - the one housing the hucksters - continue walking past the rope-line. Now look for the official taxi kiosk out in the main airport atrium. You purchase your taxi trip here. All other offers of cab rides you will receive between customs and the kiosk will be from timeshare hucksters. Ignore every one of them. The bad experience of those taken in can ruin one's first hours in PVR, and that would be a shame. Or hire private transportation.
If you've packed lightly you can take the city buses into town. Turn left as you come out of the building and go towards the main road. The bus stop is to your left, under the pedestrian overpass (1/4 block from the airport door), next to the airport terminal building. Wait for a bus (5 minutes or so) marked "Centro" or "Zona Romantica" (but NOT marked Pitillal or Bobadilla), wave it down, pay your M$710.50 00 pesos, and enjoy the ride. The bus stops all throughout the town. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes for the bus to get to its farthest southerly stop. You've just saved US$20 ($250 pesos)! You don't need exact change for the bus. Drivers will make change for bills $50.00 pesos & smaller. If going to the main bus station (or a bus to Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, and anywhere north along Hwy 200) go over the pedestrian bridge to the other side. The other stop is under the bridge at the opposite side. Get off at Km 9 or 9.5 which is front of the Corona building and walk up two or three blocks along Las Palmas (one of the roads beside the building) past the building to get there. Some of the of the buses such as the "IxtapasIxtapa" or "Central Autobuses" buses may make a turn at the Coronas building and go by the bus station. Ask the driver when getting on.
===By private transportation===
If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, you should consider private pre-arranged transportation directly from your airport to your hotel. This transportation can be arranged by contacting a company by phone, or booking online. This will save you time and money. There are several companies that can take you anywhere in Puerto Vallarta and surrounds like:.
===By car===
There are modern, well -maintained toll roads all the way from the border, other local roads are not as well maintained especially in outlying, poorer neighborhoods where the roads are still dirt roads, but are still suitable for the drive. See also [[driving in Mexico]] for further tips regarding driving in Mexico.
'''Federal Hwy 200 (MX Hwy 200)''' begins in Tepic (168km north) and goes through Sayulita, Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta and into '''Puerto Vallarta'''. The highway continues south through Barra de Navidad, Manzanillo, Acapulco, etc. The road passes through town as a local road (at slower speeds) between the airport and the hills south of Zona Romantica. In downtown (north of Rio Cuale) the highway goes through as Av Mexico & Morelos (southbound along the Melacon Malecon or 1 block in) and Juarez & Colombia (northbound). South of R. Cuale, in Zona Romantica, the highway becomes Ignacio L. Vallarta (southbound) to Basilio Badilla and Insurgentes (northbound only between Basilio Badilla and R. Cuale).
From '''Guadalajara''' go west on Hwy 15 and exit at signs pointing towards "Ameca" to go through Mascota and America in the mountains along MX 70/90. Enters into town from the NE in the Ixtapa neighborhood as Carretera Las Palms & A Ixtapa. Or continue on Hwy 15 to "MX 68 Compostela Cuota/MX 68 Pto Vallarta Cuota" exit and go west along MX 68/200D to the Hwy 200 intersection just southwest of Compostela and go south on Hwy 200 to Pto Vallarta.
From '''Manzanillo''' simply go north on Hwy 200 for the next 284km . Winds into town on a curvy 2 lane road into Zona Romantica from the south.
===By boat===
* <listing name="Vallarta Plus" alt="" directions="Along Palma Real between Plama Sica and Bahia Sin Nombre (front of main bus station)" lat="" long="" address="Av. Palma Real N.140" phone="+52 322 209-0910 or 221-3636 / 3656 " tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""> doesn't stop at the main bus station but have their ''own'' terminal at Av Palma Real 140, a block towards the Corona building from the main bus station., next to the main bus station.</listing>
Second class buses run from coastal towns throughout the riviera Riviera [[Nayarit]] such as San Blas. Fares on second class buses can be paid to the driver if picked up from along side alongside of the road.
To catch a local bus into town, exit the bus station and keep walking across the parking area. Then walk to your right toward the corner. The city buses will stop here. Any bus you pick up here will take you all the way down to the "Romantic Zone (Zona Romantica)", about a half an hour drive, for just Mx$510.5000! Although not really known to tourists, the buses are one of the best ways to mingle with the locals, as well as getting a nice view of the town.
It is possible to walk between the airport and the bus station, however , catching a city bus is a cheap and reliable option from the other side of the road from the airport terminal. Go across the pedestrian bridge and the stop is under the pedestrian bridge at on the other side.
In town , there's an additional bus stop at the NE corner of Aguacate & Venustiano Carranza in Zona Romantica (Colonia Emiliano Zapata) for first & second class buses going south to El Tuito, Manzanillo and anywhere along the way. Tickets can be bought from vendors in front of Abarrotes Don Chalio on 402 Venustiano Carranza; Farmacia Guadalajara on the SE corner of Insurgentes & Lazaro Cardenas; or Superior Tours on Ignacio L. Vallarta 228 (SW of Ignacio L Vallarta & Calle FCO Madero - Tel: 322-222-0024). Fares for second class buses can be paid to the driver at boarding. If coming into town from the south ask to get off in Zona Romantica (along Insurgent) if going to downtown or Zona Romantica, otherwise stay on the bus to the bus station (north) to continue north to Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, Sayulita, Tepic, or anywhere in the Riviera.
The following have their own terminals and/or stops elsewhere instead:
===By taxi===
Hotels may provide a price list for cabs (expect to pay about 50 pesos for short trips, and 200 for longer trips). Hotels will also offer (expensive) transport from the airport to the hotel., but it is much better to take a taxi. If you've booked with a travel agency, they will most likely provide you with transportation to and from the airport.Be prepared for fast speeds, as the cab drivers have schedules to adhere to. Many of the cabs do not have working seatbelts or speedometers as well. Taxi drivers tend to gather at the intersection close to the liquor outlet in the Centro District. They are friendly and you can negotiate trips outside of Puerto Vallarta at a very reasonable cost on slow days. They will wait for you while you dine or shop as well as take a photograph of you and your mates. Include a small tip with the very reasonable fare.
Tip: From the airport, there are two types of taxis available to get you to where you are going. The white federal taxis are available immediately upon exiting the airport but are more expensive. Cross the pedestrian bridge over the highway for the cheaper yellow taxis that are more common in other parts of the city. Crossing the bridge is also where you will need to meet your rideshare (Uber/Lyft) driver.
===By bus===
*'''Local trips'''
Bus trips cost around $6.50 10 pesos, which is about US$0.5052 (0.35 46 Euro) that you pay to the bus driver when you get in and every ride is good for as long as you have to stay on... the whole city if you'd like. It is easy to find a bus stop. You will see large amounts numbers of people loitering on the sidewalk. If you wait a few minutes, a bus will stop as they run quite frequently. Look for your travel location on the bus windshield. Buses stop almost every five to ten blocks and at peak hours tend to get very full & can get very hot, so be ready for that. If you are a man, be ready to give up your seat to women if the bus becomes crowded. Bus drivers will make change for any amount up to $50.00 pesos, but won't break larger bills. (these prices updated August 2010)
The buses are very reliable quite handy to get to places like Pitillal (the rapidly growing suburb to the NE) and Ixtapa (including the nearby U of Guadalajara campus with its gallery and crocodile farm). They are also useful for travelling traveling from the hotel zone and marina area to the downtown or old-town areas. Any bus marked Centro will pass through both. Buses marked Tunel "Túnel" will skip downtown and head directly to the old-town / zona romantica via the tunnel bypass.
*'''Out of town trips'''
The easiest way to catch a bus to Bucerias, Punta Mita or points in between is to catch a city bus to Wal-Mart/Sams. Walk along the main road to the northernmost bus shelters in front of Wal-Mart. The buses to Bucerias leave from here.
If you want to catch a bus south to Barra de Navidad or any of the towns south to Costa AllagreAlegre, you can catch the bus at the corner of [Dieguez & Aguacate] at the south end of town. Busses leave at 6am 6 am & 9am9 am. Look for the blue bust bus stop sign. You will have to pay the driver in Peso's (fares vary on distance). Just tell the driver where or when you want to get off the bus. Most busses make frequent stops but have A/C. Regional busses buses are very reliable & run 7 days per week.
To the South, the hills cascade towards the sea creating a rich palette that mixes the vivid green foliage with the deep blues of the water. At their feet nestle secluded coves and small fishing villages, many of which are still accessible only by sea.
To the East, the jungle -clad Sierra Madre Mountains, which quickly rise to over 8,000 feet, encircle and protect the town from the winds and regulate the semi-tropical and humid weather.
And, to the West, the Bay of Banderas is home to a wide variety of aquatic life. Humpback whales come here to mate every year from December to March, and sea turtles nest on the beaches from May to October. Schools of dolphins and giant manta rays also inhabit these waters. The Bay and the Marietas Islands offer an amazing kaleidoscope of tropical fish, attracting snorkelers, scuba divers and sport sports fishermen alike.
Hacienda de Oro Visitor's Center with spectacular mountain views, is also where you will find '''Hacienda de Oro Restaurant''', with a courteous staff, delicious brick oven pizzas, salads , and other Mexican specialties. Hacienda de Oro Restaurant was designed by Santa Rosa, CA native , and world-renowned fine artist, Anthony Sbragia. Also, in this area are the famous "classy" restrooms. Located in the heart of an old growth native forest, with thousands of native and ornamental plants, a short ride from town - by car, bus, taxi.
'''Whale watching'''
* Puerto Vallarta’s whale watching season runs from December to March of every year. Humpback whales are the top liners of this fantastic nature show, but you can also see dolphins, porpoises , and other animals. Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Tours take you to see humpback whale mothers and their calves in Banderas Bay.
* International Charter Group: []. Yacht charter and sailing, one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed in Puerto Vallarta. Operating from nine offices worldwide (USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Honk Kong and Dubai).
* Go kayaking or rent a boat from Bilbobentura [15] (a company that rents out kayaks on the bank of the river nervion).
* La Marina Vallarta Golf Course-Have to have good accuracy for this one due to narrow fairways that are guarded by water
* Los Flamingos Golf Course-Known as one of the easiest to play
* The Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta Golf Club, ''18-hole par 71 course'' designed by Jim Lipe. Address: Paseo de las Moras S/N, Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico 63735, []. Fun course with many obstacles is on the spectacular beaches of Vallarta between the Sierra Madre mountains and the Bahia de Banderas bayBay. The Vallarta course offers interesting competitive advantages and challenges to golf lovers for the vast fairways appear to be the easy part but the lakes complicate the game for the most expert golfers.
* El Tigre Golf Club-Long course with many traps and water
* Vista Vallarta-Hosted the 2002 EMC World Cup Championship
* The beaches in Puerto Vallarta are not ideal for surfing, but a daytrip day trip out of town up along the coast of Banderas Bay will take you to some great surf spots! Passing the Ameca river along the way to these spots, you find yourself in the next door northern state of Nayarit. Such trips can be coordinated with a local surfing instructor or done solo.
There are many surfing spots in the state of Nayarit: ranging from beginner waves, to perfect reef breaks for experienced surfers. The names of some of the more popular surf spots are: Veneros, Burros, la Lancha, Punta de Mita, San Pancho and [[Sayulita]]. The drive from downtown Vallarta to points inside the Bay takes roughly 45 minutes, and a bit over an hour to get to renowned Sayulita on the Pacific coast. Sayulita is a small village which is frequented by many tourists because it is easily accessible and a vast array of businesses cater to beginner surfers. You can find surfboard rentals, surf lessons , and great beaches. Sayulita is known for producing some of the best surfers in Mexico like Tigre Cadena, Kalle Carranza, Diego Cadena , and Adan Hernandez amongst others.
The main beach at Sayulita has consistent waves and the place is crowded during the winter months particularly. There are waves small enough for beginners and large enough for the locals and experts. Most of the adventure companies don't offer surfing lessons and you might need to find an independent instructor.
'''Snorkeling - Los Arcos'''
Los Arcos are is a set of caves accessible closest via Mismaloya Beach. You have a couple ways of reaching them
* Tour - In this option, you can book a tour through a major group.
* Panga from Los Muertos Pier(Muelle de Playa Los Muertos) - Pangas are smaller boats that can bring you to a destination. Here, a panga costs about $1,200 pesos for 4 people, and takes about 20-30 minutes to get to Los Arcos.* Panga from Mismaloya - Mismaloya beach is about a 20 -minute drive south from Puerto Vallarta [,-105.2925707,18.26z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x84215b96665c4165:0xcde60d72a78ac60a]. Although it is a further drive, there are pangas there which cost about $1,200 for 4 people, but it only takes 5 minutes to get there. Mismaloya is the closest point to Los Arcos. Here is a contact you can arrange in advance- Carlos - [email protected], +52-329-291-2070
Los Arcos actually is a pretty small area to snorkel. Although there are 3 big rock formations, only one is marked off for exploration. Spending an hour there is a sufficient amount of time to see everything.
'''Canopy Tour / Zip lines'''
* Puerto Vallarta is well known for its canopy and zip line tours. Experience the exhilarating rush as you fly over the tree topstreetops, securely fastened, from platform to platform.
* Banderas Bay is the second largest bay in North America, behind Hudson Bay. The deep, calm waters offer a very rich biodiversity, stunning beauty, romantic sunsets , and relaxed sailing.
* Kitesurfing is becoming more and more popular in Banderas Bay. Especially in Bucerias, a fishing village north of Nuevo Vallarta, you can see up to 30 people kitesurfing on a Sunday when the wind is good. The calm waters of Banderas Bay, the extended shoreline and the fact that it´s not too crowded with kitesurfers (yet) make it an excellent place to take lessons, for example from Jamison Smith [], an IKO Level 2 Senior Certified International Kiteboarding Instructor. The season is from February until May.
* You are able to parasail at pretty much every beach. The sky -high trip usually last lasts around 15 min. Avoid Claudia's Parachutes in front of the restaurant Coco Tropical. Claudia's, run by Pepe (alias 'Leche') is run by criminals laundering money for their cartel bosses. Your security is of little importance. Corruption runs deep in Mexico so they are allowed to continue to operate without consequences.
'''Jet Skiing'''
* Banderas Bay is home to annual Puerto Vallarta International Fishing Tournament held since 1956. Fish types include sailfish, dorado, marlin, bonita bonito and yellowfin tuna, roostertail, jack cravel, pargo, red snapper and more denizens of the deep, black, blue and striped marlin. **ProFishingVallarta Sport Sports Fishing in Puerto Vallarta [] - Offers fishing charter services throughout the whole year in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
'''Horseback Riding'''
* You will be hard-pressed to find information about simple hiking excursions, because no one makes much money from hikers while they are hiking.
So you must research this ahead of time if you wish to hike. However, one short and interesting hike may be accessed as follows. Take a water taxi to Yelapa. On the main beach in Yelapa, walk to the right and cross the creek. Hike upwards a few meters to the cobblestone trail. Turn right, and then follow the trail over a ridge and up the adjacent valley. After hiking about 1.5 km through a tropical deciduous forest, your persistence will be rewarded. The waterfall is about 10 m high, with a pool for bathers at the base. The falls are more impressive during the rainy season (northern summer).
*Davannayoga [] - great sunset yoga classes on a 360 rooftop in old town in front of the ocean. Well known for it's its traditional style of yoga. Only certified teachers offering Vinyasa Flow, Morning Yoga, Sunset Yoga, Children's Yoga. Calle Matamoros #542 on the corner of Corona.
*Yoga Vallarta [] - located in Zona Romantica (Basilio Badillo #325 3rd floor). This studio has high-mounted windows that bathe the studio in wonderful, natural light.
*'''Sea Life Park by Dolphin Discovery''' []- Discover Sea Life Park. Located off the first exit of Nuevo Vallarta; look for the water slides that can be seeing seen from the road. Open daily except Mondays and Fridays from 10AM10 AM. to 6PM6 PM.
Old Town Art Walk in El Centro - Will occur every Wednesday night, 6-10PM, from October 28, 2009 to May 26. 2010. Some of the local art galleries visited are:
*Galería Arte Latinoamericano - Two -floor gallery. Participates in the art walk
*Galería Corsica - Contemporary Mexican fine art
*Gallería Dante - Voted #1 Gallery in Vallarta Voice Reader’s Choice 2003
*Galería Feedma - A recent addition to the Vallarta art scene, with renowned Mexican and international artists and photographers (moves to mexico city Mexico City [email protected])
*Galería Omar Alonso - Dedicated to antique and contemporary photography, engraving and sculpture
*Gallería Pacificio Pacífico - One of Vallarta's leading galleries since 1987; Sponsors the Public Sculpture Walking Tour that starts at 9:30AM 30 AM every Tuesday on the maleconMalecon, Nov-April.Art Vallarta - A large Art Center, Voted #1 Art School in Vallarta Tribune Best of Banderas and Trip Advisor 2018. Offers painting, drawing, ceramic, painting on the beach and mixed media of art and cooking classes. Art Gallery of local and international artists featuring many of the teachers, students and visiting artists. Very popular art openings and art parties. Romantic Zone.
Puerto Vallarta didn't have an English language theater scene until recently. Now you can see up to four companies from the venue Theater , Agustin Flores Contreras.
*Malecon - You'll find live Cuban, jazz, rock, Latin American ethnic, Mexican ranchero and Mariachi
*South Side - Los Muertos Beach offers jazz at Daiquiri Dick's happy hour
You can also find blues, pop-rock , and jazz.
*Marina Vallarta & Nuevo Vallarta-You can have a Mexican dinner and listen to mariachi, marimba, romantic trios and folk harp.
* '''La Playa''' liquors and wines. At least two outlets - one in the old town and one in the centro. This is the place to go for reasonably priced tequila. Most of the flashy tequila shops are either factory stores or time-share gimmicks. Neither are good options for buying tequila at a decent price/quality ratio.
* '''Manta Maya''' a shop selling contemporary variations on traditional mexican cotton clothing. The clothing is made in their shop in Zapopan, on the outskirts of Guadalajara. Basilio Badillo at Ignacio Vallarta.* '''Galeria Indigena''' a shop specializing in Huichol art as well as art from other indigenous peoples. You'll see bead art everywhere, but this is one of a few shops that sell somethint at least a little more authentic than colorful beaded lizards and such. Juarez 628.* '''Arte Mágico Huichol''' another Huichol art shop. In addition to the usual bead art and yarn art they also sell piece of more traditional Huichol handicrafts. Coronoa Corona 179.
* '''La Casa del Habano''' Vallarta's best selection of real Cuban cigars. They also have a cigar bar. Aldama 170, Zona Centro. [email protected]
*<buy name="Curvas Peligrosas" alt="Swimwear and Beachwear" address="Juarez #178" directions="Downtown- Close to Flea Market" phone="322-223-5978" url="" hours="10AM-6PM" price="" lat="" long="">Offers high quality swimwear and beachwear for women in sizes 6 to 18 and Plus Sizes 20-40. Great for when you cannot find a swimsuit at home or forget to pack one. Huge selection, reasonable prices, beautiful suits. Closed Sunday. Summer hours M-F 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM </buy>
The rich cultural diversity of Puerto Vallarta is reflected in the cuisine that its many restaurants have to offer. From the most casual taco stands, to tropical beachfront palapas, to upscale rooftop restaurants with panoramic views, there are literally hundreds of restaurants serving exactly what you are hungry for.
However, care should be taken to avoid [[travellersTravellers' diarrhea|travelers' diarrhea]]. There are many beachside restaurants to tempt you with tropical drinks, but bottled beer is a much safer option. When water taxis or other guides seamlessly hand you off to their "amigos" at a beachside restaurant, do not be bashful about seeking other options, or just order a bottled beer to be opened in front of you. Do not trust that your guide has made a good decision, he will be gone with your tip long before you show any symptoms. Restaurants listed in reputable tour guides are a fairly safe bet.
* '''Chez Elena''' Famous hotel and restaurant located in Puerto Vallarta. It has been cited by Playboy Magazine and well -known actors such as Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Taylor.
*'''Coexist Cafe''' [] (In Hotel Rio)Locals and tourists coexist creating a unique atmosphere, where music is definitely an ingredient you will enjoy. We’re recommended for having an eclectic taste, reflected in our Mexican and international dishes. Live music daily!
* '''Epoca''' Just south of the foot bridge footbridge over Rio Cuale. Easy to overlook, hard to forget. Excellent food at very reasonable prices.
*'''Planeta Vegetariano''' (''just around the corner from the church.'') Planeta Vegetariano serves a buffet-style vegan meal with a varied and changing menu. All-you-can-eat fresh juices, vegetables, salads, fruit, and many traditional dishes served "sin carne" are to be found. Reasonable prices. They serve a breakfast and lunch buffet, each with different dishes.
*<eat name="Hard Rock Café" alt="" address="Presidente Díaz Ordaz 652 Downtown" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Has been closed for more than 1 year</eat>
*<eat name="Las Palomas Beyali" alt="" address="Cond. Royal Pacific # 245 Local # 129 Marina Vallarta" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> This restaurants sits in the beautiful marina of Puerto Vallarta. Surrounded by massive yachts and a peaceful ambience. The food here is very authentic and quite tasteful.</eat>
*<eat name="Buenos Aires" alt="" address="in the Marina" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> This is a steak house that is simply put amazing. Their menu features a 2 LB. tenderloin that is marvelously prepared. They also offer a decent wine list. The setting is beautiful and the food even better.</eat>
*<eat name="Ay Caramba" alt="" address="Ask taxi driver" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This restaurant is located atop a roof in the more residential part of Puerto Vallarta. They serve seafood that is freshly caught that day. Also , they feature live music and a view that is unmatched. A very intimate setting. One of Puerto Vallarta’s VERY best kept secrets. The restaurant offers an exciting, ascending taxi-ride to the restaurant entrance, (high in the hills of Puerto Vallarta). The entrance to the restaurant is non-descript and belies what is to follow after walking a few shot stairwells. Upon entering the panoramic veranda, the view from table-side is phenomenal - panoramic east-to-west). The prices are very reasonable when taking into consideration the presentation of entree and service/accommodation.</eat>
*<eat name="Black Forest Restaurant" alt="" address="C. Marlin 16" directions="La Cruz de Huanacaxtle" phone="013292955203" url="" hours="5 - 10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Situated in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 30 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta - Restaurant Black Forest is the creation of Chef Winfried Küffner and his family. It's thoroughly German, from the half-timbered exterior to the gracious service and authentic Black Forest cuisine which is truly a blending of many European flavors. Each of Chef Winfried's dishes contains traces of his professional background and his classical European training. His emphasis is always on freshness, quality and consistency in preparation and presentation which has earned them a loyal and growing clientele over the years.</eat>
Food is very nice, for around $10/dish. </eat>
*<eat name="Le Bus Burgers" alt="" address="Revolution" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="80 pesos" lat="" long="">BEST BURGERS IN THE WORLD! Best burger in town! Beef, chicken, fish and veggie, we barbeque our burgers to perfection. We are best known for the best garlic burger in the world. Huge burgers for the price. We source the freshest local and regional products. Our hamburgers are 100% grass-fed beef, the chicken is 100% free-range chicken breast, and the fish is Mahi Mahi caught by local fishermen that morning. Think Global Support Local! </eat>
* '''Cafe de Olla''' - Basilio Badillo, 168 (''near Olas Altas, Zona Romantica''). (322) 223-1626. Has good, cheap food. Try the pork ribs or chicken.
* '''Takos Panchos''' - Basilio Badillo, 166 approximate. Right next door to Cafe de Olla has awesome Al Pastor tacos for about $1USD each! Opens around 5pm 5 pm and is open late.  * '''Super Pollo''' - Calle Insurgentes and Francisco I. Madero. Whole chickens with Salsa, tortillas and many other side dishes. On Tuesday and Thursdays they have 2 for 1. 2 whole chickens with sides for $10USD. Across the street is a different chicken restaurant that is a chain with similar deals. Shop local though.  * '''La Joya de Mismaloya''' - Eat with your toes in the sand and a cold Corona in your hand. Any of these quaint beach side restaurants will delight you with some fantastic and authentic local seafood dishes. Some recommendations: Shrimp empanadas, Pescado Sarandeado, Tostadas de Ceviche de Camaron.
* '''Coffee CupSuper Pollo''' - Rudolfo Gomez 146 (''near Olas Atlas Street'')Calle Insurgentes and Francisco I. 222-8584Madero. An American-style coffee house that serves espresso Whole chickens with Salsa, latte tortillas and cappucino many other side dishes. On Tuesday and Thursdays, they have 2 for 1. 2 whole chickens with local baked goodssides for $10USD. It Across the street is a different chicken restaurant that is still rare to find this type of coffee in Puerto Vallartaa chain with similar deals. Local art is displayed on the walls Shop local though.
* '''Esquina La Joya de los CaprichosMismaloya''' - Miramar 402Eat with your toes in the sand and a cold Corona in your hand. 222-0911. Open 1 -10PM. Closed Sundays. Spanish Any of these quaint beachside restaurants will delight you with some fantastic and Basque tapasauthentic local seafood dishes. A few dishes and a glass of sangria is around $17 USDSome recommendations: Shrimp empanadas, Pescado Sarandeado, Tostadas de Ceviche de Camaron.
* '''La Cigale French bistroCoffee Cup''' - Hidalgo #398 Rudolfo Gomez 146 (''near Olas Atlas Street''). 222 7938 . open 5pm-12am8584. An inspiring menu featuring a great selection of French bistro gems American-style coffee house that serves espresso, latte, and cappuccino with a South local baked goods. It is still rare to find this type of France touchcoffee in Puerto Vallarta. Local art is displayed on the walls.
* '''Mr. PulpoLa Cigale French bistro''' - Basilio Badillo Hidalgo #219 - 398. 222 2598 7938. open 5pm- 12am. An inspiring menu featuring a casual Seafood restaurant great selection of French bistro gems with fresh fish, octopus, calmars, shrimps, mussels any style at affordable prices. Also propose great meats and delicious cocktails.a South of France touch
* '''Tia Katrina''' - A hip take on traditional food. Appetizers from $5, mains from $9 USD. The Tortilla Soup is recommended.
* '''Alaska's Diner''' - Lazaro Cardenas 515 ("near the tunnel"). Closed Sundays. American comfort food, award-winning chili, and International dishes. Dishes from $25 - $120 pesos.
* '''Barcelona Tapas''' - Matamoros & de Octubre, Downtown. Open for Lunch and Dinner, 12-noon to 11:30 pm (Every Day). Accept only American Express, Cash and, travellertraveler's Checks (with ID) - do not accept Visa or Mastercard. Link:
It may seem strange but Steve's Sports Bar on Basilio Badillo #286 has the best margaritas - and we've been testing.
*The El Pianito piano bar that used to be across the street from Steve's at Basilio Badillo #284 has closed.
*Club Roxy-Live R&B Hit among people over thiry thirty with live blues and rock. Ignacio Vallarta #217. Music starts around 10PM10 PM, no cover. Closed on Sundays
*Carlos O'Brians now closed, demolished to make way for the new upscale bar-restaurant Punto V
*Hard Rock Cafe-Live Music/Dancing Restaurant open until 2am2 am*'''Murphy's Irish Pub''' - Restaurant and bar. American sports on 5 flat screen TVs in English. 484 Morelos - Malecon. In fromnt front of the lighthouse on the Malecon.
*The Zoo-Disco/Dancing Attract the 20's crowd with DJ spun music and cages to dance in
*<drink name="Se&ntilde;or Frogs" address="Morelos #518 Downtown"> The Tues night foam party is the best and this place is the larger than most clubs. It has two bars and the service is awesome.</drink>
*'''Mandala''' - Restaurant and Disco-Bar. Located in front of the maleconMalecon, beside Zoo bar. This is one of the newest and hottest clubs in town. Open everyday every day from 11AM 11 AM to 6AM6 AM. Perfect for everyone.
*'''Collage''' - World Famous Foam Parties, as seen on E!, Playboy, MTV, and may many other TV Networks. This place can hold up to 2000 crazy partiers at a time! Tuesdays and Fridays open bar.
*<drink name="Christine's" address="NH Krystal Vallarta Hotel Hotel Zone"> This club is HUGE!! It is only open a few nights a week though. It is located close to most hotels.</drink>
[[Image:Puerto_Vallarta_side_street.jpg‎|right|thumb|Puerto Vallarta's cobble stone streets]]
Accommodations around the Bay of Banderas range from well-known international hotel chains and upscale villas and condominiums in the hotel zone, Marina Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, and Punta Mita to moderately priced hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, apartments villas, and condominiums in Old Town Vallarta. The south end of Old Town has a number of gay-friendly hotels.
* <sleep name="Oasis Hostel" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">At 180 MXN per person per night for a dorm bed it is one of the most inexpensive options. It is just off the centre of Puerto Vallarta, but buses and a reasonable walking distance (20 minutes) to town makes it feel well connected.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Viva La Vida Hostel" alt="[email protected]" address="Juarez #386, Puerto Vallarta Centro" directions="" phone="(322) 113 03 20" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="$150 pesos or $12 USD, Breakfast included" lat="20°36'31.46N" long="105°14'5.85O"> 1 minute from the beach, just opened in April 2009, they have free Internet both WiFi and a public computer and a massive TV with cable. right in the heart of the city and they have a Beautiful terrace where you can have a beer and watch the sun setsunset. the The staff its is very friendly and the food its is good & clean they always have an option for vegeteriansvegetarians. If you want a more community experience, choose Oasis. The security lockers here are very small.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Hostel Des Artistes" alt="" address="Bolivia #972, Col. 5 de Diciembre, Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco" directions="" phone="(01 322) 222 05 13" url="" checkin="make arrangements" checkout="make arrangements" price="$190.00 pesos / average" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">A great value for the personal level of service provided by David. Beautiful upper terrace area with view of the city & Bahia. Wifi is a bit weak on terrace but is better on the middle floor. To get to the hostel is a bit of an uphill walk (view!), which is nice because it attracts the adventurists & keeps away most typical tourists. Many local tiendas & food stalls are close as is the main bus avenue.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Casamagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa " address="Paseo La Marina 435, Marina Vallarta" phone="52 322 226 0000" Fax="52 322 226 0060" url="">Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa proudly holds a spot as one of the 100 World's Best Hotels according to Conde Nast Traveler. The Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort has completed its $10.7 million renovationrenovations! The enhancements include newly decorated rooms with luxurious bedding, contemporary bathrooms, new furniture with Mexican-inspired colors and patterns, a complete redesign of the resort's La Estancia restaurant, and exquisite updates to the banquet facilities and business meeting rooms.</sleep>
* '''Casa Velas Hotel Boutique''', #311 Fracc. Marina Vallarta, C.P. 48354 Puerto Vallarta, [ Casa Velas Hotel Boutique], Hotel Telephone: 52-322-226-6688 For Reservations Only : 1-866-529-8813, Experience Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Resort - Casa Velas Hotel Boutique is an all-inclusive, luxury vacation resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with stunning tropical scenery, a world-class spa, gourmet dining and an ocean-front beach club.
* <sleep name="Crown Paradise Club All-Inclusive Resort and SPA" address="Av. de las Garzas S/N" phone="226 6868" email="[email protected]" fax="226 6856" url="">A full all-inclusive program this resort offers: activities pool, water park with pirate ship, a castle and 9 water slides, playground area, outdoor family game area, options for fine dining & bars, programmed activities and more, perfect for a memorable family experience.</sleep>
* '''Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa''', []. A luxury resort on its own private beach cove. Accommodations include spacious ocean-view rooms and suites overlooking the ocean and large private beach. Several rooms and penthouses have twin floors and private swimming pools. To unwind there are three pools, four gourmet restaurants , and friendly lounges.
* <sleep name=" Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta" alt="" address="Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio km. 2.5 48333" directions="" phone="+52 (322) 226 2100" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">The recently refurbished Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta resort has 291 rooms. The hotel has three bars and restaurants. Located on site are both a fitness and business center. This resort is enjoyed by both American and Mexican tourists alike who enjoy the pool, massage services, water sports, beach volleyball, waterpolo water polo and bingo, or simply lie back and enjoy the beach and the sea breeze.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Golden Crown Paradise Adults All-Inclusive and SPA" address="Av. de las Garzas 3" phone="226 6800" email="[email protected]" fax="226 6855" url="">This medium-sized Adult Only resort offer spacious accommodations, a la carte dining, friendly service a vast selection of activities, sports and entertainment, as well as romantic settings for candlelit dinners.</sleep>
* <sleep name="Velas Vallarta " alt="" address="Av. Costera S/N, LH2, Fracc. Marina Vallarta Apartado Postal 139B" directions="" phone="+52 (322) 221-0091" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="+52 (322) 221-0755">An all-inclusive resort with studios, one, two and three bedrooms, all with kitchens or kitchenettes. Hotel offers on-site mini-supermarket, boutique, travel agents, car and bicycle rental, tennis courts, and "Kid's Club". Marina Vallarta golf course is within walking distance (2 min).</sleep>
*'''Villa La Estancia Nuevo Vallarta''' [], Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Phone: 01-322-226-9700, Fax:01-322-226-6901 Reservations – 01800 725-6277 / 01800–823-4488, E-Mail:[email protected] Spacious and impeccable garden surround the pool with its dancing fountains and Jacuzzis, creating a magnificent scenery and making this exclusive luxurious property a favorite destination for adults. The earthy colored buildings form a U-shape on top of a hill looking out to the Bay of Banderas. The lobby was designed to offer great comfort for the personalized check -in.
*'''Villa del Palmar Flamingos Beach Resort & Spa''' [] Paseo Cocoteros 750 Sur, Flamingos Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Telephone: 011-52-322-226-8100 Fax: 011-52-322-226-8101 Reservations:877-845-5247 (US & Canada) E-Mail: [email protected] Featuring Vanguard architecture with a fine Mexican touch, distinctive eight-story Spanish Colonial-style buildings are topped with red-tile roofs and blue-tile tiled domes. Bordering a central garden courtyard with freeform pool, the tan buildings form a U-shape looking out to the Bay of Banderas.
*'''Villa Savana''' [] Col Alta Vista, Calle Hortencias, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Telephone: 011-52-322-222-6433 Reservations: 855-858-8600 (US & Canada) E-Mail: [email protected] Beautiful 10 bedroom private luxury hilltop villa with commanding poolside views of Old Town and the Bay. It is an ideal venue for retreats, reunions, vacations or parties with family and friends.
* <sleep name="Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta " address="David Alfaro Siqueiros 164, Zona Hotelera Las Glorias, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, JAL, Mexico" phone="020 7644 1755" Fax="" url="">Secrets Vallarta Bay is situated on the golden sand beaches on the Pacific coast and located just minutes from the famous 'El Malecón' boardwalk. The hotel offers adults a world of luxury with a superior service provided for all guests. The resort also offers breathtaking views, gourmet dinning dining at the various restaurants along with lively bars and nightly entertainment</sleep>
==Stay safe==
Do not flaunt large amounts of cash and wear a concealed money belt to secure large bills and your passport. Make sure you always have small bills/ coins on hand to pay for small items.
The beaches and hotels have security people who are familiar with the area and tend to ward off most undesirable characters. As in many "tourist destinations", there are local "tourist police", who concentrate on keeping the area safe for visitors. They, and the locals, understand the value of visitors and make life very difficult for those who may consider preying on visitors.
Avoid confrontations with the police. In the event you do have a disagreement with them, expect to be treated poorly and expect to pay many a peso pesos to regain your freedom. Respect and co-operation goes go a long way with them, disrespect usually will not be tolerated.
For digestive issues, use Immodium. It is sold over the counter & works for most issues.
Note that not very many places take credit cards. Some larger hotel complexes, high -end restaurants , and shops do, but most do not. It is very much a cash -only economy with ATMs available in convenient locations and a bank downtown where in-person withdrawals can be made.
For the budget traveler - time your visit outside of peak holiday periods (eg Santa Semana/ Easter week). Accommodation prices during peak times can double or triple and the beaches become insanely crowded.
If you are traveling around Mexico leave your souvenir shopping until you are in [[Guadalajara]] or, even better, Tonalá, as prices in Puerto Vallarta are higherunless you haggle and choose the right marketplaces, sometimes bordering avoiding the tourist trap stores (mainly on exorbitantthe Malecon and main drag).
Your exploring does not have to be limited just to the Bay, there are nearby archeological sites to visit as well. Close at hand, in the region of [[Ixtapa]], studies have uncovered sites dating back to 400 B.C.
[[Mismaloya]] is a short drive outside town. It is famous for being the location for the movie "The Night of the Iguana" [] directed by John Houston[]. You can not tour the locationanymore.
Chico's Paradise, a river valley with rock formations and picnic/restaurant areas is a short drive or bus ride outside townsouth past Mismaloya Beach at Las Juntas y Los Veranos.
For a trip back in time to the 1600's 1600s and 1700's1700s; a day-trip up (4600') to the old silver mining town of San Sebastian del Oeste is worth the time. http[https://www.sansebastianmexicopuertovallarta.comnet/what_to_do/san-sebastian-del-oeste-mexico] is worth the time.
* A 30 -minute drive up the coast lands and you in arrive at [[Bucerias]], a small coastal village.
* Heading an hour north you can get to the quaint surf town of [[Sayulita]]
* An hour and half east is [[San_Sebastián_del_OesteSan Sebastián del Oeste]]
* Puerto Vallarta is less than a 45 -minute flight away from the inland city of [[Guadalajara]] and about an hour flight from Mexico City.
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