The Complete Guide to Visiting Puerto Vallarta in 2023

The Complete Guide to Visiting Puerto Vallarta in 2023


Where is Puerto Vallarta?

Located in the northwest corner of the state of Jalisco on Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is one of the best resort towns in the entire Western Hemisphere.

The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June, when the weather is pleasant and the surroundings relaxing and the room rates are affordable. If you are interested in watching humpback whales, visit from December to March.

Getting around: means of transport

Getting around Puerto Vallarta isn’t difficult, but it’s important to know where you’re going, take directions, and ask for directions from the hotel. The hotel can also help you find taxis. A word of advice, always refuse the price in advance. You can also rent a car. It is relatively safe and easy to drive in the area. If you don’t want to bother, take a taxi (fares are relatively low). So it’s best to avoid the stress, hassle, and extra expense of renting a car, unless you’re planning on going on a multi-day road trip.

Is it safe to go to Puerto Vallarta?

There are dangerous areas in Puerto Vallartato avoid, especially if you are not familiar with the place. Overall, the tourist area along the beach and the main road is well patrolled by police, and you will feel safe walking around the traditional Zona Romantica or the Malecon, where there are plenty of other people. As you move away from the beach, you will encounter more dangerous Puerto Vallarta streets where there may be local crime. However, most cases are limited to local assaults and occasional fights in the late evening. Most of them are never intended for tourists, but you should never be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The best advice is to stay in the tourist areas along the main avenue,

Puerto Vallarta hotels and resorts, at all price ranges and for all tastes, offer a wide variety of options. There are several accommodation options that will meet all needs, whether you are visiting Puerto Vallarta for a vacation with family or friends, to celebrate a reunion or to attend a wedding or a conference.

Where to eat ?

Puerto Vallarta is well known in Mexico as a foodie destination, so it’s best to plan to attend its annual Food Festival, which continues to gain international recognition.

Puerto Vallarta offers some of the best dining experiences you can find, whether it’s a street food stand selling ”  tacos al pastor “, a tropical palapa-style restaurant with tables on the beach serving the catch of the day, or a restaurant haute cuisine.

Puerto Vallarta also has a lot to say when it comes to drinking. The city is located in the state of Jalisco, a four-hour drive from the city of Tequila . So you’ll have plenty of opportunities to sample this famous Mexican liquor, and there are even places where you can see how it’s made.

What to do in Puerto Vallarta?

Visit the Malecón Turístico: this is the main promenade in downtown Puerto Vallarta, a beautiful and huge pedestrian street by the sea where you will find dozens of shops, restaurants, clubs and a wide variety of surreal and surprising sculptures with which you can take pictures.

Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the center: Puerto Vallarta is not only beautiful for its beaches, but also for the colonial beauty of its historic center, among the small white houses with tiled roofs that adorn the cobblestone streets. It gives you the feeling of being in a magical city.

Stroll to the Playa de los Muertos pier: This is the busiest beach in the port due to its large area and gastronomic offer, but also because it has one of the most beautiful piers in the country with a gigantic tower that illuminates its multicolored lights at night.

Shopping at Cuale Market: This is not just a market, but an artisan shopping center located in the middle of an islet in the Cuale River. You will therefore find green and leisure spaces there, as well as archaeological museums, suspension bridges and viewpoints.

Enjoy the nightlife: In Puerto Vallarta, there are many possibilities to fully enjoy the nightlife. You can choose between one of the clubs on the Malecon or a bohemian night in the romantic district of old Vallarta or even the “gay zone” for the wide range of LGBT tourism.

Climbing to the Cerro de la Cruz viewpoint: from the center of the port of Puerto Vallarta , you will find steep stairs that will take you to one of the highest points where you can enjoy a fascinating view of Puerto Vallarta and its surroundings.

Swim in the Mismaloya Arches: Giant arches in the middle of the sea, a work of nature that symbolizes Puerto Vallarta. It is a nature reserve formed by three islets, a refuge for hundreds of birds and colorful fish found all around. Swimming in this site is a fascinating experience that you must enjoy.

Visit the “El Edén” ecotourism park: the enigmatic site that made this seaside destination famous is a small region in the green mountains south of Puerto Vallarta. This place became the setting of the film Predator 30 years ago, so you will find traces of this filming. However, the main attraction is its natural spas formed by waterfalls and rivers, where you will also find zip lines, suspension bridges and a restaurant.

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