Puerto Vallarta is defined by the natural charm of its beaches embraced by the Sierra Madre mountains; the essence of its culture, gastronomy and traditions; and the warmth and hospitality of being welcomed like a friend. This magical destination has an authentic Mexican taste and spirit.
Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty seems to have no end, and this diversity brings an infinite variety of adventures for you to enjoy. Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches, snorkel and dive the region’s reefs, sail the bay till dawn to admire the stunning sunsets, or discover the local culture and the vibrant nightlife at the Malecon, one thing’s for sure: fun will know no limits.
Before you leave home, check out these three top areas of Puerto Vallarta, and then plan your adventures and excursions with Vallarta Adventures. Tell them The Travel Mom sent you!
3 Top Areas to Explore
1. Malecon Boardwalk
Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant Malecon has been the town’s spirit since its foundation. The iconic Malecon is peppered with sculptures by renowned artists, art and crafts galleries, shops and restaurants, and it is considered the meeting point par excellence.
Enjoy open-air performances and artistic expressions at Los Arcos amphitheater and all along its almost one kilometer boardwalk; pamper your palate at the local and international restaurants with amazing views of the Pacific, and admire the emblematic Puerto Vallarta sunsets in front row seats.
Once the sun goes down, this boardwalk that runs starting at Hotel Rosita – the oldest hotel in town, founded in 1948 – all the way to the Cuale River, is filled with life and color at its many bars and clubs.
2. Romantic Zone
On the other side of the Cuale River you’ll find this fascinating, colorful and cosmopolitan neighborhood, known as the LGBT area, with trendy restaurants, plazas, coffee shops, and a lively nightlife to enjoy at sundown.
This area, also known as Olas Altas or South Side, attracts visitors with its authentic Mexican style, cobbled streets and picturesque facades. Art and culture play an important role in this area, so you are sure to find galleries with more than a 60-year trajectory exhibiting local and foreign artwork.
The Lázaro Cardenas Park (also now known as The Tile Park) is a must-stop. Admire the unique mosaic designs embellished into its benches, columns, planters, and walls that turn it into an open-air gallery. At this same spot, on Saturday mornings during high season, you can visit the Olas Altas Farmers Market, the first market in the bay with a handmade-homegrown concept, where you will find one-of-a-kind items made by local artisans, fresh produce, local and international delights, live music and so much more!
By day or night, the Romantic Zone will be one of your favorite hanging out spots to enjoy a coffee along a traditional or international dish, or trendy mixology by Los Muertos Pier with stunning views of the bay.
The Marina is a busy and important commercial, residential, and maritime area where some of the best hotels, shops, boutiques, cafés, art galleries, restaurants and bars in Puerto Vallarta come together along its famous Lighthouse and dock designed to harbor 500 yachts and boats.
Golf professionals and aficionados can enjoy an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Joe Finger. Marina Vallarta Golf Club is filled with challenges that put the golfer’s skills to the test, like competing against the breeze in the holes close to the shore and six lakes that add certain difficulty to the game.
Whether it’s on an adventure exploring steep rivers in the jungle or a relaxing and pampering trip, Puerto Vallarta has a wide range ofactivities and experiences waiting for you. Book your adventure at Vallarta Adventures!
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