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Top Places To Visit In Puerto Vallarta

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Many Americans are heading south of the border this year to sunny Mexico. Those who wish to play on the beach and sun may be headed to lovely Puerto Vallarta. If you are looking for things to do in Puerto Vallarta during your upcoming vacation, you are all set. So it doesn’t matter if you want to lie on the beach, ride an ATV, or party all night, you will have plenty to do at this magnificent Mexican city.

Things to Do In Puerto Vallarta

Relaxing Things to Do

Puerto Vallarta Pier and Playa de Los Muertos Beach

This pier and the beach are the place to go in Puerto Vallarta for relaxing and fun. On the pier, you can stroll around, drink, dine and shop. This popular tourist spot is also the place where you can charter a boat, go snorkeling or diving, plus many other activities. Before or after the pier you can head over to the adjacent Playa de Los Muertos Beach. This beautiful beach is perfect for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.

Los Muertos Pier.

Feel the Love in Zona Romanitica

Zona Romantica is also known as Old Vallarta or Old Town and is a must see spot in Puerto Vallarta. Couples will not help but feel romantic when walking the narrow cobblestone streets lined with buildings with colorful facades. This neighborhood has the laid back feel of a beach village, but with incredible restaurants and nightlife. 

Zona Romantica.

In this neighborhood, tourists can also browse the shops for handicrafts, pottery and folk art at any of the area’s art galleries or grab some keepsakes to take home from one of the many shops. Foodies may want to take a walking food tour to sample the best local food. The Old Town Farmer’s Market is a great place for tourists and locals to purchase fresh local produce. Tourists can also take many other landmark and site seeing walking tours in this area. 

Zona Romantica2

As far as clubbing and bar hopping, Zona Romantica has many bars and nightclubs to celebrate your evenings. The city comes alive at night, where some of the city’s best restaurants and nightclubs are located. The Olas Atlas area is where most of the gay bars, restaurants and beaches are concentrated. 

Zona Romantica3.

Adventure Travel Options for Puerto Vallarta

There are many adventure options in Puerto Vallarta on land and on the water. 

Have an adventure on the beautiful landscape of Puerto Vallarta. On the land you can do ziplining, ATV mountain adventures, motorcycle tours, skydiving, hiking and biking. There are biking tours that also include mural art tours along the route. Also available are many ecotourism and nature excursions including bird watching, sea turtle protection, botanical gardens and the zoo. 

Puerto Vallarta water sport

If you enjoy spending time in and around the water, Puerto Vallarta has it all. Activities in the water include whale watching tours, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing and boat charters. You can also take a trip to explore the Marietas Islands, which is a fantastic place for all water sports and activities. 

Puerto Vallarta sunset

Historical Sites and Museums

Puerto Vallarta has many museums for visitors to discover the history and culture of the area. Some museums are historical like the Naval Museum, the Manuel Lepe house, and Galeria Pacifico. While other museums are a little unusual such as the Museo de Tequila, and the ChocoMuseo. The Puerto Vallarta Art Walk is a great way to see awesome local artwork and the culture of several small neighborhoods at the same time. 

Mexican pottery market.

Puerto Vallarta has so many iconic landmarks that it would be impossible to name all of them. Many you will come across while you explore the city.  Take a leisurely walk around Central Historico and you will see Plaza de Armas, the cathedral, and the culture of the El Centro neighborhood. See one of the many iconic statues in the city such as the Caballito, which depicts a boy riding on a giant seahorse while he waves to everyone. 


Now is the time to book that Mexican vacation and start all the wonderful things to do in Puerto Vallarta. 


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Tuesday 27th of December 2022


As a local in PV and having grown up 2 hours away from PV in Tepic. I completely concur with your list. Great job!

Thanks! Emily