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Guidebook for Puerto Vallarta

Julien

Guidebook for Puerto Vallarta

Food Scene
A great little deli, they have a lot of ready-to-eat items, euro-style meats, cheeses and sandwiches. They also have half-and-half which a lot of Americans have a tough time finding.
Mikey's Fine Foods & Delicatessen
A great little deli, they have a lot of ready-to-eat items, euro-style meats, cheeses and sandwiches. They also have half-and-half which a lot of Americans have a tough time finding.
Imagine the perfect picture of paradise - then live it at Casitas Maraika. Beautiful palapas sit on white sand beach looking out to the turquoise ocean. The food is divine and even better are the refreshing cocktails. You can either catch a boat from Boca de Tomatlan (5 mins, cost around 30 pesos/person) or walk from Boca de Tomatlan on a beautiful hiking path (it takes around 45mins). A true hidden gem.
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Casitas Maraika
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Imagine the perfect picture of paradise - then live it at Casitas Maraika. Beautiful palapas sit on white sand beach looking out to the turquoise ocean. The food is divine and even better are the refreshing cocktails. You can either catch a boat from Boca de Tomatlan (5 mins, cost around 30 pesos/person) or walk from Boca de Tomatlan on a beautiful hiking path (it takes around 45mins). A true hidden gem.
A very popular bakery with lots of delicious offerings. You can get pies, cookies, cakes, flans, cupcakes and cakes for occasions. A must try is their signature 'Beso' - a melt in the middle chocolate brownie.
Pie In The Sky
A very popular bakery with lots of delicious offerings. You can get pies, cookies, cakes, flans, cupcakes and cakes for occasions. A must try is their signature 'Beso' - a melt in the middle chocolate brownie.
A hotel with a beachfront restaurant just south of Conchas Chinas Beach. The menu has a selection of typical Mexican dishes as well as seafood and pasta. A great budget friendly place to enjoy the sunset looking out over ocean and lush, tropical hills.
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Lindo Mar Resort
2 Costera a Barra de Navidad
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A hotel with a beachfront restaurant just south of Conchas Chinas Beach. The menu has a selection of typical Mexican dishes as well as seafood and pasta. A great budget friendly place to enjoy the sunset looking out over ocean and lush, tropical hills.
A sweet cafe, a block away from Playa de Los Muertos. You'll find organic coffee, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, smoothies, baked goods, gluten free and vegan options.
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Barra Light
134 Rodolfo Gómez
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A sweet cafe, a block away from Playa de Los Muertos. You'll find organic coffee, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, smoothies, baked goods, gluten free and vegan options.
A pretty infamous gay bar and restaurant (and hotel) located right on the beach. They have organized events every day with no cover (gogo’s, drag shows, gay cruise, karaoke). It’s always busy.
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Blue Chairs
4 Malecón
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A pretty infamous gay bar and restaurant (and hotel) located right on the beach. They have organized events every day with no cover (gogo’s, drag shows, gay cruise, karaoke). It’s always busy.
If you want to give street food a try, this is a good start. The Baja Californian fish taco has won the hearts of North Americans, this is the P.V version and the best you will find. This stand has a variety of very good seafood options.
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Marisma Fish Taco
320 Naranjo
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If you want to give street food a try, this is a good start. The Baja Californian fish taco has won the hearts of North Americans, this is the P.V version and the best you will find. This stand has a variety of very good seafood options.
Sports bar and restaurant-grill with seven satellites and twenty-five televisions with capacity for some 250 fans and revelers. Showing all NCAA, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, UFC and NASCAR. It is well known for their BBQ ribs and chicken wings. Happy hour, 5pm-7pm.
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El Torito Sports Bar & BBQ House
290 Ignacio L. Vallarta
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Sports bar and restaurant-grill with seven satellites and twenty-five televisions with capacity for some 250 fans and revelers. Showing all NCAA, NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, UFC and NASCAR. It is well known for their BBQ ribs and chicken wings. Happy hour, 5pm-7pm.
The first craft brewery in Puerto Vallarta - it did take the town a while to catch onto the trend but it’s now booming. Aside from the large selection of beer, their pizzas are a favorite and very reasonably priced.
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Los Muertos Brewing
302 Lázaro Cárdenas
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The first craft brewery in Puerto Vallarta - it did take the town a while to catch onto the trend but it’s now booming. Aside from the large selection of beer, their pizzas are a favorite and very reasonably priced.
Very popular with vacationers, they serve Mexican and american dishes (eggs, waffles, pancakes) that are good quality for the low cost. It is busy pretty much every day - especially on the weekend. You can sit out in their little garden area or head inside to the refuge of air conditioning if it gets too hot.
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Fredy's Tucan
245 Basilio Badillo
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Very popular with vacationers, they serve Mexican and american dishes (eggs, waffles, pancakes) that are good quality for the low cost. It is busy pretty much every day - especially on the weekend. You can sit out in their little garden area or head inside to the refuge of air conditioning if it gets too hot.
Absolutely stunning location on the cliffs of Los Colomitos beach. It is regularly regarded as having the best food in Puerto Vallarta and it isn’t overpriced at all. You can make a lovely day-trip by taking a boat from Boca de Tomatlan (free for Ocean Grill guests) or hiking for 30/40 on a beautiful trail through the jungle. Relax on the beach, have a swim, watch the boats come and go then head back. Reservations: Essential, must reserve online at oceangrillpv.com Three seating times available 11AM, 1PM and 3PM. NOTE kids under 14 are not allowed at Ocean Grill. Closed Tuesdays.
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Ocean Grill Vallarta
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Absolutely stunning location on the cliffs of Los Colomitos beach. It is regularly regarded as having the best food in Puerto Vallarta and it isn’t overpriced at all. You can make a lovely day-trip by taking a boat from Boca de Tomatlan (free for Ocean Grill guests) or hiking for 30/40 on a beautiful trail through the jungle. Relax on the beach, have a swim, watch the boats come and go then head back. Reservations: Essential, must reserve online at oceangrillpv.com Three seating times available 11AM, 1PM and 3PM. NOTE kids under 14 are not allowed at Ocean Grill. Closed Tuesdays.
A stunning location and high quality food. The menu is inventive and a nice relief from the overabundant stereotypical Mexican food options in most of the tourist traps. The menu is really balanced and will be a crowd pleaser. So far we have never had a bad experience. You must try one of their Mezcal Margaritas, the combinations used were exquisitely chosen - a total party in your mouth.
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El Dorado Restaurant
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A stunning location and high quality food. The menu is inventive and a nice relief from the overabundant stereotypical Mexican food options in most of the tourist traps. The menu is really balanced and will be a crowd pleaser. So far we have never had a bad experience. You must try one of their Mezcal Margaritas, the combinations used were exquisitely chosen - a total party in your mouth.
Always a fantastic experience, the food is high quality and delicious - that’s why they have been in business since 1959. The menu is inspired by local ingredients and what they call ‘Tropical Mexican Cuisine’ that successfully combines Mexican, french and asian influences. You can almost guarantee everyone will find something they want and will be very happy when they leave. We recommend La Palapa for dinner, they do a fantastic job of breakfast and lunch too but you will get constantly bothered by passing street vendors (there are usually none at nighttime). They also have superb and inventive margaritas.
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La Palapa Restaurant
105-3 Púlpito
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Always a fantastic experience, the food is high quality and delicious - that’s why they have been in business since 1959. The menu is inspired by local ingredients and what they call ‘Tropical Mexican Cuisine’ that successfully combines Mexican, french and asian influences. You can almost guarantee everyone will find something they want and will be very happy when they leave. We recommend La Palapa for dinner, they do a fantastic job of breakfast and lunch too but you will get constantly bothered by passing street vendors (there are usually none at nighttime). They also have superb and inventive margaritas.
Drinks & Nightlife
Probably the hippest place in the downtown area. It’s a high-tech club, restaurant & video bar. Quite popular with the tourist and upscale crowds for its Hindu style-concept interior and the Spanish pop, electronic and party music selections. Has a Sky Bar lounge rooftop for drinks with a view. Dress code is flashy/formal. Hours: Daily, 6PM-6AM Cover: 100 pesos (US$6) usually (depends on the night) ladies often get in free.
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Mandala Puerto Vallarta
600 Paseo Díaz Ordaz
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Probably the hippest place in the downtown area. It’s a high-tech club, restaurant & video bar. Quite popular with the tourist and upscale crowds for its Hindu style-concept interior and the Spanish pop, electronic and party music selections. Has a Sky Bar lounge rooftop for drinks with a view. Dress code is flashy/formal. Hours: Daily, 6PM-6AM Cover: 100 pesos (US$6) usually (depends on the night) ladies often get in free.
A fantastic liquor store in a handy location on the quaint shopping street of Basilio Badillo. As the name implies, they do have a pretty good wine inventory but also hard to find imported scotches, whiskeys and other "top shelf" booze.
Vinos América Basilio Badillo (Puerto Vallarta)
284 Basilio Badillo
A fantastic liquor store in a handy location on the quaint shopping street of Basilio Badillo. As the name implies, they do have a pretty good wine inventory but also hard to find imported scotches, whiskeys and other "top shelf" booze.
An idyllic setting for sunset. The bar is set above a cliff with the waves crashing below. They have an ever changing menu of creative cocktails that can be accompanied by the seasonally-inspired tapas they offer daily. Find peace and calm before indulging by walking their labyrinth to the sound of the ocean.
Casa Karma
An idyllic setting for sunset. The bar is set above a cliff with the waves crashing below. They have an ever changing menu of creative cocktails that can be accompanied by the seasonally-inspired tapas they offer daily. Find peace and calm before indulging by walking their labyrinth to the sound of the ocean.
The only rhythm and blues venue in Puerto Vallarta. You can also hear Rock, Latin, Reggae, Jazz, Salsa, even Mariachi, nightly by the house or guest band. Often a lively crowd, especially on the weekends. Pool table. Music generally starts late at 10pm-11pm until 3am during week and 4:30am on weekends.
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Roxy Rock House
217 Ignacio L. Vallarta
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The only rhythm and blues venue in Puerto Vallarta. You can also hear Rock, Latin, Reggae, Jazz, Salsa, even Mariachi, nightly by the house or guest band. Often a lively crowd, especially on the weekends. Pool table. Music generally starts late at 10pm-11pm until 3am during week and 4:30am on weekends.
Sightseeing
The Malecon is a hub of activity. It is a seawall path that starts in Zona Romantica and passes through Downtown PV. It is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There are often street performers in the main square. It truly comes alive at nighttime, especially on the weekend.
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Malecon Puerto Vallarta
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The Malecon is a hub of activity. It is a seawall path that starts in Zona Romantica and passes through Downtown PV. It is lined with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There are often street performers in the main square. It truly comes alive at nighttime, especially on the weekend.
Parks & Nature
A very popular beach with the tourists. You'll find a huge selection of restaurants and activities. The north end leads onto the Malecon - a seawall path through to downtown Puerto Vallarta.
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Los Muertos Beach
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A very popular beach with the tourists. You'll find a huge selection of restaurants and activities. The north end leads onto the Malecon - a seawall path through to downtown Puerto Vallarta.
This is one of our favorite places. The gardens are a serene paradise, enjoy a beautiful walk through the grounds or split off on the more challenging trails and head down to the river and take a refreshing swim in a natural cold water pool. We highly recommend the restaurant that is perched on a cliff overlooking the tropical valley and river. The menu is quite small but everything is absolutely delicious. The highlights are the quesadillas made from handmade tortillas and the wood-fired pizzas. There is always a delicious breeze and lots of hummingbirds feeding next to the terrace.
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Vallarta Botanical Gardens AC
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This is one of our favorite places. The gardens are a serene paradise, enjoy a beautiful walk through the grounds or split off on the more challenging trails and head down to the river and take a refreshing swim in a natural cold water pool. We highly recommend the restaurant that is perched on a cliff overlooking the tropical valley and river. The menu is quite small but everything is absolutely delicious. The highlights are the quesadillas made from handmade tortillas and the wood-fired pizzas. There is always a delicious breeze and lots of hummingbirds feeding next to the terrace.
The most beautiful beach in Puerto Vallarta (and your closest). White sand, perfect turquoise water and absolutely nothing commercial. You will not be bothered by street vendors (except for the odd guy with shrimp on a stick). There are lots of fish and sometimes turtles so take your goggles.
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Conchas Chinas Beach
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The most beautiful beach in Puerto Vallarta (and your closest). White sand, perfect turquoise water and absolutely nothing commercial. You will not be bothered by street vendors (except for the odd guy with shrimp on a stick). There are lots of fish and sometimes turtles so take your goggles.
Arts & Culture
A lovely little theatre, check out their website to see what is playing while you are here.
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Act ll Entertainment Stages
330, Altos Basilio Badillo
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A lovely little theatre, check out their website to see what is playing while you are here.
Shopping
A great little market offering organic produce, artisan handicrafts, fresh flowers and ready to eat food. Every week there is a different live band. We highly recommend the artisan tamales - soooo delicious!! Saturdays 9:30 - 14:00
Olas Altas Farmer´s Market
A great little market offering organic produce, artisan handicrafts, fresh flowers and ready to eat food. Every week there is a different live band. We highly recommend the artisan tamales - soooo delicious!! Saturdays 9:30 - 14:00
A quaint cobbled stone street lined with interesting stores, restaurants and bakeries.
Basilio Badillo
A quaint cobbled stone street lined with interesting stores, restaurants and bakeries.
Essentials
The best produce store is actually opposite Fruteria California, it is called Fruteria Baca (the map wouldn't pick it up). It is a fantastic produce store with a big selection, the quality is always good and the owners are sweethearts.
fruteria California
560 Lázaro Cárdenas
The best produce store is actually opposite Fruteria California, it is called Fruteria Baca (the map wouldn't pick it up). It is a fantastic produce store with a big selection, the quality is always good and the owners are sweethearts.
A very well-stocked little grocery store. You can find fresh produce, pre-made items like guacamole, salsas, beans and all sorts of packaged goods including hard to find imported items. US visitors love this place because you can find half-and-half.
Amapas 215
215 Amapas
A very well-stocked little grocery store. You can find fresh produce, pre-made items like guacamole, salsas, beans and all sorts of packaged goods including hard to find imported items. US visitors love this place because you can find half-and-half.
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Cerrada de Los Pinos
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A well stocked and clean gym that offers a variety of fitness classes. A day pass is MEX$150 (approx. US$8).
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The Fit Club
130 Ignacio L. Vallarta
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A well stocked and clean gym that offers a variety of fitness classes. A day pass is MEX$150 (approx. US$8).
ATM
Cajero Banorte
195 Ignacio L. Vallarta
ATM
A private hospital offering a fantastic level of care. English is spoken fluently.
Hospital Medasist
360 Manuel M. Dieguez
A private hospital offering a fantastic level of care. English is spoken fluently.
The equivalent of 711, they have a large selection of chips, soda, snacks, alcohol etc.. Open 24hrs.
OXXO
The equivalent of 711, they have a large selection of chips, soda, snacks, alcohol etc.. Open 24hrs.