Things to do in Puerto Vallarta
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This week a new list about Mexico. After Cancun , Playa del Carmen and Guanajuato it is now time for Puerto Vallarta. A beautiful lively city on the coast. We stayed there for a week in March and would go back if we could. Now we show you what you can do in Puerto Vallarta. Have fun with the “Things to do in Puerto Vallarta” list.
in the city itself
1 Being at the beach
Puerto Vallarta is located on the coast, so you can therefore lie on the beach here. And we think that is highly recommended. Like the Mexicans themselves, you can lie down on the busy Playa Los Muertos. Or you can lie down on the quiet part of Playa Camarones. We both did and we are just a little more a fan of Los Muertos because you have the real Mexican vibes here and at Camarones it’s really just a beach without much atmosphere (a beautiful beach).
Malecon is the boulevard on the water where you can enjoy a pleasant walk and come across nice shops and bars. You can compare this with a dike on our coast, but 10 times bigger, more beautiful and busier. On Malecon you will also find many nice restaurants to drink and eat. Although the best thing about this long boulevard is perhaps the numerous street performers and discotheques.
3 Zona romantica
A zone where you can stroll around. But you can also enjoy good food and drink . Unfortunately, this zone is not that big and you can get through it fairly quickly. But still this is more than worth a visit, especially towards the evening. Because then there is a lot of evening entertainment and there are nice stalls with Mexican street food.
4 Vallarta Botanical Gardens
The gardens of Vallarta Botanical Gardens are a beautiful day trip. With many native plant species and species that you don’t see anywhere else because they are almost extinct, this is quite an experience. Although you will find much more than just plants. For example, you can also attend a workshop to make medicines. Unfortunately we were unable to do this due to time constraints, but it is definitely on our list for next time!
Puerto Vallarta has a very nice and busy nightlife and in our opinion also better than that of the well-known Cancun. Especially because you can go out more in the Mexican way here and in Cancun it is mainly the noisy American style and also a bit over-the-top . The best dance halls and bars can be found on the Malecon. With Mandala Club as our absolute favourite. Although you can also go out in Xtine, La Santa and even Senor Frog’s. Let those dancing legs go well in Puerto Vallarta! If you go early enough, you can even get in for free!
6 Action in and out of the water
You can of course also do lots of fun water activities in this fun Mexican city. Like jet skiing, snorkeling or even paddling. These are all offered on the beach itself. The trick is to go and hear everything and then negotiate a good price. Because that is of course all part of this. But in addition to the water sports, there are also a few sports activities on land or even in the air. Such as quad biking, doing a zipline or mountain biking, all things that are definitely more than worth it. The providers of these activities can be found on the Malecon. The same applies here as on the beach: search and negotiate.
A day trip to charming Sayulita is simply a must! Because what a beautiful and authentic place this is! Actually, a day is even too short, but sometimes it is not possible otherwise. In Sayulita you have a really nice surfer vibe that a lot of people are looking for. You will not always be able to surf there, because the waves are not always the same height, but the atmosphere is there. It is breathtakingly beautiful, quiet and very relaxed. This place is really fantastic and we miss them every day. You have to take a taxi to Sayulita. After good negotiation you should pay a maximum of 25 euros for this. You can also take a bus, but we do not recommend this for this distance. Things to do in Puerto Vallarta So a visit to Sayulita!
8 Nuevo Vallarta
You can take a day trip from Puerto Vallarta to Nuevo Vallarta. And if you like large, long and quiet beaches, this is definitely recommended. But otherwise this really isn’t worth it. Although recommended by the tourist office, we found this to be a huge letdown. This is because there are only hotels apart from the beaches and there is no atmosphere. Agree, the beaches are nice and quiet, but you will certainly find those places in Puerto Vallarta! Not our favorite, but it certainly belongs on this list.
9 Marina Vallarta
Marina Vallarta is, as the name suggests, the port of Puerto Vallarta. Here you can spot some beautiful yachts. Mainly from American tourists, but that doesn’t make the ships any less beautiful. In the harbor you can also eat and drink well and especially under the lighthouse it is very cozy. Marina Vallarta is easily accessible via a bus from the city.