Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide
Puerto Vallarta Local History
This charming town was made famous when the filming of 'Night of the Iguana' was made here.
It originally served as a port to ship silver which was mined from the Sierra Madre mountains which lay just behind the city. It still has the character of a traditional Mexican town now interwoven with 21st century living.
Puerto Vallarta Attractions
Whale Watching From November through to March organised eco boat tours offer trips to see the hump back whales arriving to reproduce and bear their calves. This is an experience not to be missed.
Art Along the Malecon Stroll along the seaside promenade and take in the fanciful sculptures that line the shore. Closer to the main square is the 'Boy on the Seahorse' sculpture, an image which has come the represent Puerto Vallarta and the fountain near the square has a three bronze dolphin sculpture, which looks as though the dolphins are ready to leap into the bay.
Yelapa A tropical cove right out of a fantasy is a 45 minute trip from Puerto Vallarta and can only be accessed by boat. There are no cars and only one paved, pedestrian road. Casual and friendly it is home to hippies, artists, writers and a few other souls looking for tranquillity. A great place to swim, snorkel, eat fresh seafood and sample the local moonshine.
Restaurant Mi Rueda Mi Rueda is located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, 2 blocks up from the Hotel Rosita, the oldest standing hotel in town. It has a casual dining atmosphere and the service, along with the fantastic food makes for an evening you won't forget.
Food: Amazing Cleanliness: Clean
Service: Exceptional Price: Reasonable
Quality: High Atmosphere: Relaxed
Address: Corner of Venezuela and Columbia Streets
Colonia 5 de Diciembre
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
On the menu you will find a mixture of traditional Mexican fare as well as more Western choices such as;
Giant Jumbo Shrimp
Fresh Blended Margaritas
No one item is better than another, they are all to die for. Shrimp lover, the big giant shrimp are delectable.
submitted by Juan, 12/07/08
Roots Restaurant Modern Vegetarian Cuisine in the Puerto Vallarta Area. Fresh innovative cuisine and fresh fruit juice martinis and cocktails. A must see when in the area
submitted by Andrew, 07/09/06
The Best Party Collage is the best place to be on Tuesday for the famous Foam Party and Friday for Mardi Gras. Both nights are Open Bar and this club is the largest in PV. CHeck it out
submitted by Collage Club, 30/01/06
Puerto Vallarta Shopping
Huichol Indian Art Market - The Huichol Indians who are the last truly indigenous people in Mexico have a market in the centre of town selling their traditional artwork and crafts consisting mainly of yarn paintings and beadwork.
Isla Cuale - This tiny island in the middle of the river Rio Cuale, which divides the city in two, can be found numerous shops specialising in clothes and local handicrafts.
Puerto Vallarta Parks & Gardens
Museo del Cuale This tiny museum which features a collection of pre-Hispanic artefacts is surrounded by a beautiful, lush botanical garden.
Sayulita - A small beachside town a few miles from Puerta Vallarta will be the start of your trek into the authentic jungle which lies along the coast and inland towards the town of Tepic.
Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Puerto Vallarta has approximately 25 miles of stunning beaches many of which are secluded and can only be reached by boat. Don't let this discourage you, there are many cruises and tours available for you to explore the coastline.
Playa Olas Atlas 'Beach of the Big Waves' - South of town - Don't let the name fool you. The beach is beautiful, but there are never any big waves.
Playa de los Muertos - Another beautiful beach just outside town which is popular and always crowded.
Zona Hotelera North of town - As the name implies many hotels dot the beaches of Playa Camarones, Las Glorias, Los Tules, Las Palmas and Playa de Oro.
Puerto Vallarta Restaurants and Bars
Situated on the coast, the city is best known for its wonderful fish and seafood dishes.
Puerto Vallarta Restaurants
Cafe San Angel A classic sidewalk cafe, this is a local gathering place from morning to night and is always busy with notoriously slow service. From stuffed eggs, sausage, crepes filled with mushrooms, to delicious smoothies and classic Mexican dishes, this ample menu has it all.
Fajita Republic The speciality is, of course, fajitas, grilled to perfection with steak, chicken, shrimp, vegetarian and served with generous amounts of salsas and toppings. Situated in a garden of mango and palm trees, this place is festive, casual, fun and inexpensive.
Los Pibes Undoubtedly the best place in Vallarta for steak. Flown in from the US , you select your own huge portion of steak from a tray of fresh meat and while that is being prepared to your liking savour some of the many delicious starters, including a wonderful homemade sausage. Los Pibes also has an ample selection of salads, side dishes and pastas, as well as an excellent wine list.
Puerto Vallarta Bars & Clubs
Club Paco Paco A combination of disco, cantina and rooftop bar, they also stage regular transvestite shows four times a week. For a really fun night out, this is the place to visit.
Kit Kat Club The owner describes his establishment as cool, crazy, wild, jazzy and sexy and he's not wrong. Lounge around on cushy leopard patterned chairs or cream-coloured banguettes, listening to swinging tunes while sipping your martini. This is a really fun place to hang out for the night.
Andale Olas Altas For really good loud music, great drinks and open until late, this place is well worth visiting.
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