Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide
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- 98%Luxury Travelers
- 81%Family Travelers
- 78%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 69%Adventure Travelers
- 68%Local Culture
- 68%Nightlife Lovers
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- Puerto VallartaMember ofBudget TravelersBusiness TravelersWellness+ 2
Great vacation spot in Mexico. Unfortunately the prices are adjusted for US tourism. But still a good deal. Numerous resorts and restaurants. Beware the time share sharks at the airport. Make sure your rental car contract is correct and you take a picture of all sides of the car before you leave! The rental car places with US names are privately owned and they will try to scam you!
- Puerto VallartaMember ofLGBTLuxury TravelersHistory Buffs
Wonderful Mexican city of Puerto Vallarta. Great artist colony, gay friendly locals and beaches, awesome high end restaurants, wonderful selections of hotels and resorts to choose from.Recommended for:
- Puerto VallartaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6
Beautiful city and beautiful beaches. Stayed at the Melia as an all inclusive and it was wonderful. We found an amazing last minute deal that included airfare and were able to stay for 4 nights, all inclusive for 2 of us for just over $1000! Best deal ever!
- Puerto Vallarta
Siince we entrance to the restaurant my sister and I we felt unconterble they gave us a table in the corner far way. The server Jesus Jolla had bad attitude. While we were eating the restaurant manager Marcos Fregoso came to welcome us he offer to take us a picture with my IPod he almost dropped I move right away to cachet and accidentally touch him in the stomach he laugh and said you touch my penne. Don't ever go there is a bad place.
- Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a great beach town with a colonial center and lots to do in and around the city. Think beaches, watersports, nightclubs, restaurants/cafes, and boutique shopping. A short drive north or south of the city will also land you in some laid back surfing towns and fishing villages.Recommended for:
- Puerto VallartaMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3
Puerto Vallarta is a perfect blend of everything for all travelers. There is culture, nightlife, parasailing and jungle. I can't even get into all the things that are available. Try horseback riding in the jungle or ziplining. Enjoy the Malacon at night and the stunning Pacific Coast during the day.Recommended for:
- Puerto Vallarta
When my cruise ship pulled into the port, I looked out the window and saw a beautiful beachside resort. When I ran to the top of the boat to get a 360 view of the port, I saw a Walmart and a Sam's Club on the opposite side. Vacation getaway meets commercialism. LOL!
That doesn't take away the fact that Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful country. It may not be as developed as other touristy parts of Mexico but it's very real. I had a chance to venture an hour outside of the cruise port so I was able to see the world outside of the touristy areas. I wouldn't necessarily revisit Puerto Vallarta for a relaxing getaway but it would be interesting to revisit to study culture, community, and social topics.
- Puerto Vallarta
Love Puerto Vallarta! We only stay in "old Vallarta" where the streets are still cobble stone, the food is authentic and the atmosphere is takes you back in time. We stay in the same hotel and have eaten at the same restaurants for years. The people are like family!
- Puerto VallartaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5
Overall my favorite place in Mexico, if not the world. The magic of Puerto Vallarta is pungent in the air. There is so much to this great area located on the Bay of Banderas that you will want to come back again and again!
- Puerto VallartaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
Puerto Vallarta is a lively place to vacation. It's got great beaches, great restaurants, great hotels, great people, great weather, and a great Malecon (Promenade) about a half mile long, with many arts and crafts stores along the way.
- Puerto VallartaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4
The town itself is not that exceptional but there is great food there, and it is surrounded by excellent beaches, great fishing, think jungles with wild mango trees, and some secret surf spots.
- Puerto Vallarta
I've been to to so many places in Mexico and by far, my most fave city is- Puerto Vallarta! So romantic and many beautiful spots to see and enjoy. So far, I've been to this city 5 times already- that tells you how much I love Puerto Vallarta!
- Puerto VallartaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily TravelersFoodies
1. i'm so glad that a friend warned me about the gauntlet of "official travel agents" that harass you as you just try to exit the aero puerto. wow, they are so persistent. it's true: just ignore them and walk straight to the official taxis at the final exit.
2. as long as you have hotel with good wi.fi, you don't need to buy international data service for your phone/tablet. starbucks is obviously a refuge for shamelessly uncultured american tourists and also provides reliable, free wi.fi. they give you a code on your receipt, but the code doesn't seem to change.
3. mariscos, mariscos, y mariscos! it's all about eating sea animals. fill up on ceviche; salpicon; y tacos de pescado, camarones, o pulpo. i highly recommend the vallarta eats street taco tour through viejo vallarta. our tour guide memo was cool. langosta loca sells great skewered marlin, reminiscent of tandoori fish tikka and also sells fresh coconut juice. it's actually somewhat possible to eat healthily and paleo / grain.free here if you skip the tortillas, which are at least usually 100% maiz (wheat.free).
4. unless you are really good at haggling en español, consider skipping the street vendors and flea market except for grey market items like items with copyrighted logos that won't be sold in official stores. evil wal*mart obviously sells all the souvenirs for cheap; but even the stores at the aero puerto's departure gates provide relatively cheap prices.
5. vallarta adventures offers a great prenatal dolphin therapy session. as a dad, i got to ride the dolphin, which was such an amazing experience.
6. take buses instead of taxis! the bus systems are relatively easy to use, and taxis are a waste of money especially since they charge extra when they see that you are tourists staying at a nice hotel.
7. don't worry too much about nonsense that questions the public water system. i drank bottled water sometimes but drank whatever ice water restaurants served. i didn't get any stupid vaccines or anything, and did not get sick.
8. nuevo vallarta is like a huge disneyland, far away from the real puerto vallarta. it's just for tourists. the dolphin adventure is cool, but you probably don't need to hang out there much. instead go somewhere with some real local flavour.
- Puerto Vallarta
My favorite place to go in Mexico. I've been at least a dozen times. I don't care for the new part, north of the Malecon. Stay south of the river if you can, but don't go into the small local bars. Unless you're with a local of course! The Zoo is fun and Andales is always fun. There's a hotel just down the street from Andales that is nice, clean and right on the beach. I can't remember the name but they would know at Andales. It's a good place to stay especially your first visit. It's in a good part of town, right on the beach, close to safe clubs and a short walk to the Malecon.
- Puerto VallartaFirst to Review
Puerto Vallarta...the romantic capitol! There is much to see and do here in this place and it doesn't take much to travel from Yelapa to Punta de Mita. Bus rides are an adventure for sure, and the locals LOVE Candians! Keep in mind that peddlars on the beach should be wear WHITE and have a licence around their neck, markets will barter with ya and you get the best deals when there is no cruise ship in, tourism tours are best booked with either your hotel or through Vallarta Adventures. We have tried a cheaper booking via misc peddlars on the streets that make great offers...be aware that if you go that route....when you get to the adventure site location you might just find that a local took your money and ran and you have no adventure or recourse! There is lots to do in PV....and it is a very miniaml cost to get from Yelapa to Punta de Mita and at most 1 hr and 20 min travel by local bus! Visit the markets, they have great deals, especially when cruise ships are not in, and by all means....there is nothing that will leave you bored! At first we stayed at Suites Del Sol....a very pleasant and well reputable place among the locals, not so much with tourists...but it is a quaint, well kept, clean and friendly hotel if you are looking for a much more laid back vacation. If you want something that offers a bit more...try the Pelicanos (which is just across the street)...I must warm ya tho...you have to get up at 5am to claim your sun chair and palappa..if you don't...well you snooze ya lose! You can also choose to stay in Nuevo, that is a bit more expensive, but if it's catering your are looking for then this is the place to be, it is 30 min (bus ride) outside of PV but at least the bus cost is minimal. You can also choose to stay in Mismaloya, a famous reknown film site....you can rent condos but check into the length of time you are required to stay. Some may be 3 wks, but you might find that if you book for a 3 wk vacation via airline it will cost more, as most airlines are booked on a 2 wk vacation plan. Some say PV is dirty, but I find it to be the cleanliest of most carribean and mexican places! Keep in mind that PV gets hit with hurricances once overy 5 or 10 yrs! The resources they have to rebuild are not what we are accustomed to. PV locals love their tourists and take great pride in presenting what they have to offer. Visit the Malecon in the late evening daily and see what they have to offer...there are nightly shows, comedies, artiists etc...they all will touch your heart!
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