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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Harbor / Marina
“This is the place for a morning walk or evening stroll along Banderas Bay. The 100% pedestrian only walkway is lined with lots of shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the beach and Puerto Vallarta's famous outdoor sculpture gallery.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Go right before sunset and get a table on the beach. The fishing boats are coming in for the day and the iconic Los Muertos pier tower is beautiful lit up at night. The service and food at this restaurant is the best, we go here every time we visit. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Best breakfast place in town! Delicious waffles, eggs Benedict and fresh pastries are some items they offer. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great food , casual atmosphere. All entrees are good. The whole red snapper is a personal favourite.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The newly completed La Isla mall is located right next to Grand Venetian in Vallarta's Hotel Zone. You can find many clothing shopping stores here along with an Apple store, AT&T and a VIP movie theater.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Clothing stores, department store and restaurants at this mall. Shopping for clothes is better at La Isla if that's what you're looking for.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Beach
“Los Muertos beach is a quieter, smaller beach than the main Sayulita beach. It is a 10 minute walk down Ninos Heroes rd, (dirt road to the south from my casa, Opposite way from town). ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Restaurant
“From barbeque ribs, chilaquiles or a Mexican platter, Cafe de Olla has it all. Cafe de olla is always a busy restaurant, especially during Vallarta's high season (December through April). Therefore, if you want to avoid a long line and a long wait time, try to arrive before 5:30pm or after 9:00pm (Cafe de Olla does not have reservations). Now, in terms of the best dishes at Cafe De Olla, here's a list of our favorites: - Barbeque Ribs (Costillitas a la barbeque - Mexican steak (Carne Asada) - Mexican platter: steak, stuffed chile, beans... a little bit of everything! (Combinacion plato mexicano) - Melted cheese (Queso Fundido) - Chilaquiles Our favorite drinks: - Mexican Coffee (Cafe de Olla) - Margaritas - Piña Colada ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Beach
“After almost three years, the Pier at Los Muertos Beach has been inaugurated with fireworks, music, and fun, on January 4th, 2013. The pier is one of the main elements in an ambitious renewal program for downtown Puerto Vallarta that includes a series of important projects around the town. These will add to the main existing attractions for both local and international visitors.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A great option for wood-fired pizza, burgers, and craft beer. There are many great brews on tap, and they offer a flight to try several beers. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice club with great drinks! Want to try something new? Try "mezcal" the famous mexican drink.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Nightclub
$$$
“A fancy but relatively laid back nightclub very close to the Grand Venetian in the Hotel Zone. Dress to impress and plan on spending some cash to get yourself a private table because the dance floor is small. This place is a favorite among locals and the music ranges from EDM to Mexican and American pop.”
  • 51 locals recommend
Beach
“The most famous public beach in Puerto Vallarta. You can bring your own beach umbrella or you can have some food and drinks in a restaurant and they will provide you with chairs and beach umbrellas "palapas". Do not forget to try "camarón en vara" or "shrimp in stick", the beach vendors will come to you to offer this delicious snack.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Gay Bar
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“Most popular gay night club. Doesn't get busy until after midnight. Drag shows at 12:30 and 3:00am.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Love Thai Food? This is a great location to check out on your visit near the Pier. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“Perfect place for Cuba lovers! The best live music and food. Be sure to try a "mojito". ”
  • 64 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Go right before sunset and get a table on the beach. The fishing boats are coming in for the day and the iconic Los Muertos pier tower is beautiful lit up at night. The service and food at this restaurant is the best, we go here every time we visit. ”
  • 116 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Best breakfast place in town! Delicious waffles, eggs Benedict and fresh pastries are some items they offer. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Restaurant
“From barbeque ribs, chilaquiles or a Mexican platter, Cafe de Olla has it all. Cafe de olla is always a busy restaurant, especially during Vallarta's high season (December through April). Therefore, if you want to avoid a long line and a long wait time, try to arrive before 5:30pm or after 9:00pm (Cafe de Olla does not have reservations). Now, in terms of the best dishes at Cafe De Olla, here's a list of our favorites: - Barbeque Ribs (Costillitas a la barbeque - Mexican steak (Carne Asada) - Mexican platter: steak, stuffed chile, beans... a little bit of everything! (Combinacion plato mexicano) - Melted cheese (Queso Fundido) - Chilaquiles Our favorite drinks: - Mexican Coffee (Cafe de Olla) - Margaritas - Piña Colada ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Nice club with great drinks! Want to try something new? Try "mezcal" the famous mexican drink.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Love Thai Food? This is a great location to check out on your visit near the Pier. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
“Perfect place for Cuba lovers! The best live music and food. Be sure to try a "mojito". ”
  • 64 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Timeless PV restaurant. Try to eat in the garden if weather allows it. Fantastic food and amazing service. ”
  • 80 locals recommend
Spanish Restaurant
“Food an atmosphere are amazing! A little on the expensive side but totally worth it!”
  • 55 locals recommend

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