What to do in Puerto Vallarta


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I enjoyed being back in Puerto Vallarta after my first visit 14 years ago when I was there on a cruise celebrating my Father’s 90th birthday. I liked it then and enjoyed my return trip, though it has grown considerably in recent years. It continues to be a popular tourist destination.

Puerto Vallarta

I recommend visiting the old town, Zona Romantica, and its beach restaurants and bars. It has many to choose from. Old town also has some great galleries and shops to explore as well a number of small local bars and restaurants where you can find some great food.

Along the Beach

 

Casual Dining in Puerto Vallarta

 

Along the Beach

 

Zona Romantica

 

Zona Romantica

Centro, is a little more elegant and has more upscale restaurants, galleries and boutiques.

Zona Centro

 

Zona Centro

 

Zona Centro

 

Zona Centro

Make sure to visit the Cathedral, The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and see its crowned Renaissance-style tower. Worth a visit is the large square to the south to watch local artists painting in chalk on the sidewalks.

The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

Artists in the Square

 

Artists in the Square

The famed Malecon or boardwalk is a great spot to walk along the water and see some of its featured decorative statues and sculptures along the way.

The Malecon

 

The Malecon

 

The Malecon

 

The Malecon

Isla Rio Cuale/ Cuale River Island is located in the middle of the river between Gringo Gulch in Centro and the Zona Romantica. It has some nice boutiques, several good restaurants, a museum and an art center offering classes. Restaurant Oscar’s, has a tequila distillery onsite that offers free tastings of their different tequilas and a great mezcal.

Oscar’s Tequila

 

Isla Rio Cuale/ Cuale River Island

Puerto Vallarta has a number of art galleries that you can visit and enjoy. Galeria Uno, as Puerto Vallarta’s original gallery, has been showcasing Mexican artists since 1971 at Morelos 561, Centro. Galeria Pacifico at Aldama 174 opened in 1987. It features Mexican and foreign artists in both sculpture and painting.  

Galeria Uno

 

Galeria Pacifico

Galeria Pacifico participates in the Wednesday night Historic Center Art Walk/Camino Del Arte along with 11 other galleries from the end of October to the end of May. Make sure to explore and enjoy a meal before or after.

Galeria Omar Alonso, at Leona Vicario 249, Centro, was my favorite for contemporary art. It features works by over 20 artists. Across the street, Corsica Galeria de Arte is also worth a visit. Calle Guadalupe Sánchez 756, Centro. It is across the street from Cafe Des Artistes.

Camino De Arte

 

Galeria Omar Alonso

 

Corsica Galeria de Arte

Maracuya Beach, Art & Fashion is a fun store owned by La Palapa and El Dorado restaurants, that features art, clothing and accessories. Púlpito 102-1, Zona Romántica.

 

Puerto Vallarta has a number of outdoor activities to enjoy including, snorkeling, scenic hiking, fishing, mountain biking, zipline tours, whale watching, sailing, swimming with the dolphins, boat trips and jeep tours.

Fishing Charters

You can also visit the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Here you can explore the beautiful garden trails and then enjoy lunch in its popular restaurant, Hacienda del Oro.

Enjoying the Beach

 

Zona Centro

 

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