Guidebook for Puerto Vallarta

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Guidebook for Puerto Vallarta

Food Scene
Fun entertainment and good food
42
locals recommend
Andale's Restaurant & Bar
425 Olas Altas
42
locals recommend
Fun entertainment and good food
Great coffee shop but also the best burgers in Vallarta
17
locals recommend
San Angel Burgers And Tacos
449 Olas Altas
17
locals recommend
Great coffee shop but also the best burgers in Vallarta
Great seafood and great views. Ask to sit upstairs.
La Langosta Loca
Great seafood and great views. Ask to sit upstairs.
Great seafood restaurant with variety of ceviches. Then spend some time walking around the marina.
51
locals recommend
Mariscos 8 Tostadas
51
locals recommend
Great seafood restaurant with variety of ceviches. Then spend some time walking around the marina.
Best pastor tacos in town!
79
locals recommend
Pancho's Takos
162 Basilio Badillo
79
locals recommend
Best pastor tacos in town!
Best breakfast place in town!
39
locals recommend
The Pancake House
289 Basilio Badillo
39
locals recommend
Best breakfast place in town!
Great spot for mole and other traditional dishes.
27
locals recommend
Mole de Jovita Vallarta
27
locals recommend
Great spot for mole and other traditional dishes.
Great spot to have lunch and drinks at the beach.
10
locals recommend
Swell Beach Bar
182 Amapas
10
locals recommend
Great spot to have lunch and drinks at the beach.
Great beach club for food and drinks on the north end of the malecon. Quieter than the beach clubs on Playa Los Muertos.
20
locals recommend
Mangos Beach Club
20
locals recommend
Great beach club for food and drinks on the north end of the malecon. Quieter than the beach clubs on Playa Los Muertos.
Delicious food and views. Celebrating something special? This is the spot. Reserve a table on the beach.
149
locals recommend
La Palapa Restaurant
105-3 Púlpito
149
locals recommend
Delicious food and views. Celebrating something special? This is the spot. Reserve a table on the beach.
Absolutely the BEST panoramic view of the Bahia de Banderas. Be sure to arrive at least an hour before sunset. Plan on a 2 hour stay. Pre-arrange pick-up with your taxi or Uber.
8
locals recommend
Las Carmelitas Restaurante Bar
8
locals recommend
Absolutely the BEST panoramic view of the Bahia de Banderas. Be sure to arrive at least an hour before sunset. Plan on a 2 hour stay. Pre-arrange pick-up with your taxi or Uber.
Large "leave-a-book / take-a-book" library, and expat company.
15
locals recommend
A Page In The Sun
179 Lázaro Cárdenas
15
locals recommend
Large "leave-a-book / take-a-book" library, and expat company.
8
locals recommend
The Coffee Cup
146 Rodolfo Gómez
8
locals recommend
Starbucks Malecón Puerto Vallarta
Best ceviche spot in all of Vallarta.
49
locals recommend
Lamara
199 Francia
49
locals recommend
Best ceviche spot in all of Vallarta.
Great tiny spot for breakfast. Closed Sundays.
14
locals recommend
Mi Cafe Restaurant & Coffee Shop
505 Calle Francisco I. Madero
14
locals recommend
Great tiny spot for breakfast. Closed Sundays.
Casa Nicole has a great restaurant for breakfast. Usually no line, but food is excellent and reasonably priced.
Casa Nicole Boutique Hotel
203 Pino Suárez
Casa Nicole has a great restaurant for breakfast. Usually no line, but food is excellent and reasonably priced.
Looking for something other than Mexican Food? Yeo has fantastic sushi and Japanese cuisine.
19
locals recommend
Yeo Sushi & Bar
19
locals recommend
Looking for something other than Mexican Food? Yeo has fantastic sushi and Japanese cuisine.
Excellent Thai food. Locations in Old Town and Fluvial.
28
locals recommend
Siam Cocina Thai
271 Calle Francisco I. Madero
28
locals recommend
Excellent Thai food. Locations in Old Town and Fluvial.
Great Thai food. Locations in Old Town and Fluvial.
Siam Cocina Thai De Los Tules
317 De Los Tules
Great Thai food. Locations in Old Town and Fluvial.
Great Chinese fusion restaurant with long history in Puerto Vallarta.
81
locals recommend
Archie's Wok
130 Francisca Rodríguez
81
locals recommend
Great Chinese fusion restaurant with long history in Puerto Vallarta.
Excellent breakfast spot in Versalles
12
locals recommend
Cha'
167 Hamburgo
12
locals recommend
Excellent breakfast spot in Versalles
Excellent dining experience in Versalles. Chef comes out and explains the menu. Best rib eye I have ever had.
31
locals recommend
Barrio Bistro
305 España
31
locals recommend
Excellent dining experience in Versalles. Chef comes out and explains the menu. Best rib eye I have ever had.
Great tacos and great alternative to waiting in line at Pancho’s Takos.
10
locals recommend
Sonorita Olas Altas
234 Pino Suárez
10
locals recommend
Great tacos and great alternative to waiting in line at Pancho’s Takos.
Great lunch and dinner spot with healthy sandwiches and delicious potato salad.
36
locals recommend
Natureza Restaurante
36
locals recommend
Great lunch and dinner spot with healthy sandwiches and delicious potato salad.
Looking for a touch of Mediterranean? Check out this beautiful roof top terrace.
7
locals recommend
Restaurante Mykonos Cocina Griega y Mediterránea
199b Francia
7
locals recommend
Looking for a touch of Mediterranean? Check out this beautiful roof top terrace.
Sightseeing
This is a restaurant and bar under the largest palapa in North America. Great views! I recommend going for a drink and having dinner elsewhere.
39
locals recommend
Le Kliff
39
locals recommend
This is a restaurant and bar under the largest palapa in North America. Great views! I recommend going for a drink and having dinner elsewhere.
The main boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta. Starts at the end of Olas Altas and continues over the pedestrian bridge and ends at the McDonalds. Be sure to spend Sunday evening between about 7pm and 10pm here when all the locals come out.
330
locals recommend
Malecon Puerto Vallarta
330
locals recommend
The main boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta. Starts at the end of Olas Altas and continues over the pedestrian bridge and ends at the McDonalds. Be sure to spend Sunday evening between about 7pm and 10pm here when all the locals come out.
Great little village located at the end of the Orange line (catch in front of Costa Sur). Many great restaurants and small local beach.
54
locals recommend
Boca de Tomatlan
54
locals recommend
Great little village located at the end of the Orange line (catch in front of Costa Sur). Many great restaurants and small local beach.
This "pueblo magico" is a great day trip to the north. By car it's about a 1 hour drive. To take the bus, catch the orange bus back into town. Then catch the blue bus to Wal-Mart. Then catch the bus to Sayulita. Great little surfing village with many local shops and restaurants and beautiful beach.
12
locals recommend
Sayulita Playa bungalows
12
locals recommend
This "pueblo magico" is a great day trip to the north. By car it's about a 1 hour drive. To take the bus, catch the orange bus back into town. Then catch the blue bus to Wal-Mart. Then catch the bus to Sayulita. Great little surfing village with many local shops and restaurants and beautiful beach.
Yelapa has a very pretty beach and a cute small town only accessible by boat. Take the orange bus AWAY FROM TOWN to the end of the line (Boca de Tamatlan) then catch the water taxi. Get to the water taxi by 9:30am to catch the 10am boat. Be sure while you are there to either hike or rent a horse up to the waterfall.
61
locals recommend
Yelapa Beach
61
locals recommend
Yelapa has a very pretty beach and a cute small town only accessible by boat. Take the orange bus AWAY FROM TOWN to the end of the line (Boca de Tamatlan) then catch the water taxi. Get to the water taxi by 9:30am to catch the 10am boat. Be sure while you are there to either hike or rent a horse up to the waterfall.
Great place to get a quick history of tequila, see how it’s made and sample the product.
Mister Tequila
115 Avenida 5 de Mayo
Great place to get a quick history of tequila, see how it’s made and sample the product.
Wonderful beach spot only accessible by boat.
Quimixto
Wonderful beach spot only accessible by boat.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great local gay spot to get your drink on early.
13
locals recommend
Reinas Bar
13
locals recommend
Great local gay spot to get your drink on early.
Most popular gay night club. Doesn't get busy until after midnight. Drag shows at 12:30 and 3:00am.
22
locals recommend
Paco’s Ranch
278 Ignacio L. Vallarta
22
locals recommend
Most popular gay night club. Doesn't get busy until after midnight. Drag shows at 12:30 and 3:00am.
Mixed crowd with live music nightly.
30
locals recommend
Piano Bar & Jazz Garbo
142 Púlpito
30
locals recommend
Mixed crowd with live music nightly.
Late night dance club on the Malecon. Most popular spot. Mixed crowd.
33
locals recommend
Mandala Puerto Vallarta
600 Paseo Díaz Ordaz
33
locals recommend
Late night dance club on the Malecon. Most popular spot. Mixed crowd.
Mixed crowd bar with rock and roll
17
locals recommend
Roxy Rock House
217 Ignacio L. Vallarta
17
locals recommend
Mixed crowd bar with rock and roll
High end nightclub. Dress up for this one.
38
locals recommend
Strana
38
locals recommend
High end nightclub. Dress up for this one.
Popular dance club on the Malecon
10
locals recommend
Zoo Bar And Dance
630 Paseo Díaz Ordaz
10
locals recommend
Popular dance club on the Malecon
Great re-creation of the Cuban favorite. Often with live music and dancing. Located on the Malecon.
74
locals recommend
La Bodeguita del Medio
858 Paseo Díaz Ordaz
74
locals recommend
Great re-creation of the Cuban favorite. Often with live music and dancing. Located on the Malecon.
Dress to impress
13
locals recommend
La Vaquita
13
locals recommend
Dress to impress
Famous exclusive night club. Dress to impress.
71
locals recommend
La Santa
2468 Av. Francisco Medina Ascensio
71
locals recommend
Famous exclusive night club. Dress to impress.
Local favorite for drinks and singing karaoke.
Kinky Karaoke Bar
315A Lázaro Cárdenas
Local favorite for drinks and singing karaoke.
Get ready to dance! Fun open air place to dance to the best hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Always a fun party.
24
locals recommend
Mr. Flamingo
295 Lázaro Cárdenas
24
locals recommend
Get ready to dance! Fun open air place to dance to the best hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Always a fun party.
Shopping
La Isla Rio Cuale is the island located within the river. Lots of local vendors and a few good restaurants and bars.
19
locals recommend
Río Cuale
19
locals recommend
La Isla Rio Cuale is the island located within the river. Lots of local vendors and a few good restaurants and bars.
Newest mall in PV. Outdoors, high end stores and luxury movie theater.
132
locals recommend
La Isla
132
locals recommend
Newest mall in PV. Outdoors, high end stores and luxury movie theater.
Large indoor shopping mall with theater and casino.
121
locals recommend
Galerias Vallarta
2920 Blvrd Francisco Medina Ascencio
121
locals recommend
Large indoor shopping mall with theater and casino.
Essentials
Of course
34
locals recommend
Walmart
2900 Blvrd Francisco Medina Ascencio
34
locals recommend
Of course
49
locals recommend
Costco Wholesale
134 Av Fluvial Vallarta
49
locals recommend
7
locals recommend
Soriana Súper Flamingos
7
locals recommend
Similar to a Rite-Aid, has many of the essentials
28
locals recommend
Farmacia Guadalajara
28
locals recommend
Similar to a Rite-Aid, has many of the essentials
Closest hospital
Hospital Medasist
360 Manuel M. Dieguez
Closest hospital
Close hospital
CMQ Hospital Puerto Vallarta
365 Basilio Badillo
Close hospital
Most iconic Catholic Cathedral in Vallarta, known for its crown tower.
39
locals recommend
Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
370 Miguel Hidalgo
39
locals recommend
Most iconic Catholic Cathedral in Vallarta, known for its crown tower.
High-end grocery store with full service: bakery, meat, deli and seafood. Also a great selection of gourmet and imported items.
36
locals recommend
La Comer Fluvial
36
locals recommend
High-end grocery store with full service: bakery, meat, deli and seafood. Also a great selection of gourmet and imported items.
Entertainment & Activities
Luxury seating
10
locals recommend
Cinépolis VIP
2477 Puerto Vallarta Jalisco
10
locals recommend
Luxury seating
Getting Around
DO NOT use this company under any circumstances. They are crooks who will steal your credit card information.
Thrifty Car Rental
DO NOT use this company under any circumstances. They are crooks who will steal your credit card information.
Book your car rental online for very cheap rates (excluding taxes and insurance). BY LAW, all car rentals have minimum liability insurance as required my Mexican law. Granted, it's very minimal and may not be enough if you cause a major accident. If you pay with your AMEX card, you can decline all other coverages as well, but they will place a hold on your card of about $3,000 USD. I used my AMEX Platinum which has no spending limit and so its not a problem. Verify first with your credit card company that their coverage extends to Mexico. Note: the credit card only covers damages to your car and your passengers and does not cover additional liability.
National Car Rental
Book your car rental online for very cheap rates (excluding taxes and insurance). BY LAW, all car rentals have minimum liability insurance as required my Mexican law. Granted, it's very minimal and may not be enough if you cause a major accident. If you pay with your AMEX card, you can decline all other coverages as well, but they will place a hold on your card of about $3,000 USD. I used my AMEX Platinum which has no spending limit and so its not a problem. Verify first with your credit card company that their coverage extends to Mexico. Note: the credit card only covers damages to your car and your passengers and does not cover additional liability.
Closest gas station.
PEMEX
Closest gas station.