Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican city that simply screams fun. It doesn’t matter whether you are after long days on the beach, adventure activities, or a thriving nightlife, because PV has it all. The best part is that the city caters to all budgets, so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy a well-earned vacation here.
If you’ve been wondering how to escape the US winter, consider heading to Puerto Vallarta. Here are 7 things you can do in the city to make your trip a memorable one.
Take a stroll along the Malecon
Walking is a great way to get around Puerto Vallarta as it allows you to take it all in and everything is close by. One of the best, and most popular, walks in the city, is along the Malecon. This beautiful promenade stretches for 1.5 kilometers, allowing you to wander between the stunning ocean and a long strip of bars, restaurants, and shops. Take a break on the sand to admire the view or head into one of the shops for some retail therapy. There are also endless opportunities to stop for a cocktail, so if you feel like a drink stop and take advantage of the cheap booze. The Malecon is most popular in the evening when it starts to cool down and you won’t want to miss the sunset here. For a classic tourist snap, you can’t go past the colorful Puerto Vallarta sign located on the Malecon.
Soak up the sun on Los Muertos Beach
If you’re looking for a beautiful beach that also has action, Los Muertos is for you. With clean, white sand and rolling waves, you can choose to laze away the afternoon with a good book or engage in one of the many activities. Go for a surf, head out on a boat, or try parasailing – so many options to get the adrenaline pumping! It’s also worth visiting the Los Muertos Pier to admire the unique architectural design. If you go at night, you’ll get a free light show!
Explore the markets
There’s no better place to get street food in Mexico than the local markets and Puerta Vallarta is no exception. The Municipal Market is a good option if you’re looking for fresh produce or some souvenirs to remember your trip. It’s open every day of the year and you’ll find it on Lazaro Cardenas, just up from the Malecon. Make sure to try some tortillas and seafood.
Hit up a bar (or three!)
Puerto Vallarta is renowned for its nightlife so it would be a shame if you didn’t experience it for yourself. There are cocktail bars, live music venues, and nightclubs where you can rave all night long. Hit up Elixir Mixology if you’re in the mood for a fancy drink or Zoo nightclub for an all-night party scene. If you’re not a night owl, you’re in luck! You can still enjoy PV’s party scene in the day with a visit to one of the various beach bars – Swell at Los Muertos should be top of your list.
Go to Rhythms of the Night
Seeing a show in Puerto Vallarta is a must-do and Rhythms of the Night does not disappoint. Just like the city itself, the show is big, bold, and all types of fun. Guests are taken on a boat to a private cove, enjoying drinks against the sunset backdrop. Upon arrival, they are shown to their seats for a night full of dancing, fire-twirling, and contortionist acts. A large buffet dinner is included, as well as return transport to the city – what more could you want! Tickets to the 5-hour show are $139pp and it starts at 7.30 pm every night Monday-Saturday.
Explore the underwater world
There’s plenty to keep you busy on land and on the water in Puerto Vallarta, but we highly recommend making time to get under the water too. The marine world is spectacular and will offer a completely different perspective of the city. The Marietas Islands offer incredible underwater scenery if you are equipped for two-tank diving, while Las Caletas is perfect for beginners. PV Ocean Tours offers snorkeling and scuba diving to get you to the best spots, so keep a look out for beautiful coral reefs, eels, rays, and turtles.
Take a hike in nature
Now, this activity isn’t in the city specifically, but it is well worth the trip. If you’re feeling adventurous, head out of Puerto Vallarta to experience some of the natural beauty in the region. There’s no shortage of lush rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and hidden beaches just waiting to be explored. Palo Maria is a popular option and one you’ll want to add to your list.
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