Puerto Vallarta beach
Beach,  Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta, a beach in the middle of the mountains

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Puerto Vallarta  Beach is a destination that will make you fall in love with Mexico.

The beautiful beaches, delicious food, the wonderful town and exquisite architecture makes you want to return many times.

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place that I have visited many times, but each one is different and makes me discover great new things about this paradise.

In my first visit I was 2 years old, so I don’t remember much, but in the last few years it has become one of my favorite places in Mexico, very different from the gorgeous Riviera Maya but so beautiful in different ways.

Let me tell you something, I love sunsets and I have had the opportunity to appreciate in different countries, but there is something special about this beach. The color mix in a special way every day and makes gorgeous postcards that you will never forget.

Vallarta ocean
The best sunsets in Mexico.

Why travel to Puerto Vallarta

It is very simple, there you will find the largest bay in Mexico, Bahia de Banderas.

Is not only huge and gorgeous, it is also part of the club The Most Beautiful Bays in the World, an international association created in Berlin that selects the most beautiful bays in the world.

 

Where is Puerto Vallarta located

Let’s start by saying that Puerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco, Mexico in the Pacific Ocean.

Puerto Vallarta is located next to New Vallarta (Nuevo Vallarta), which belongs to the state of Nayarit.

Both are fantastic, but each one has its own unique style. About Nuevo Vallarta I’ll talk about in another post because it deserves a completely separate mention.

But any of the two destinations you visit will be amazing.

Puerto Vallarta view
One of the best views of Puerto Vallarta early in the morning.

The best way to get to Puerto Vallarta is directly to the international airport, which is only a few minutes away from everything.

You can do it by car if you’re visiting Guadalajara, just keep in mind that it will take you around 5 hours by bus.

But let’s start with best.

What to do in Puerto Vallarta Beach

Walk

I will catalog it as the best activity to do there since it covers a lot of the special places I am going to mention.

You don’t need to use the transportation to most of the sites. I even do it from my hotel to different places walking only by the beach.

Beach view puerto vallarta
You can walk through the beach for hours.

Marina Vallarta

The Marina Vallarta is a beautiful place to enjoy in the afternoon, you will find very diverse stores, delicious treats, cafes, Mexican restaurants, fancy dining options and bars with a cool atmosphere.

My favorite part of the Marina is the Lighthouse, a very nice and romantic place for a drink to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. You will love the nice view of the yachts and the bay.

There is also a wonderful 18-hole Golf Course, for Golf lovers is a must.

The Marina Vallarta is only 5 min. from the Airport and you will find also on budget hotels or fancy resorts.

Marina Vallarta.
Marina Vallarta, one of my favorite places for lunch and more.
Storm in Puerto Vallarta
A storm is coming! so beautiful even on a rainy day.

Boardwalk Puerto Vallarta

The best part of Puerto Vallarta is the Boardwalk or Malecon it’s now pedestrian friendly and I promise you will find surprises on every corner.

There is no schedule to visit this wonderful walk by the sea.

In the morning you find delicious breakfasts and a quiet walk, at noon the food options are a lot more with restaurants and cafes offering Mexican food, International, snacks, sea food and why not maybe a beer or tequila!

At sunset the story is very different, people from different nationalities meet at the Malecon to appreciate the marvelous sunsets and enjoy delicious dinner. You can choose romantic, family or more festive restaurants with great views.

Puerto Vallarta restaurant
Delicious seafood with the great view!

Romantic Zone Vallarta

You’ll know that you are in the Romantic Zone by its cobbled streets and narrow sidewalks. You have to walk closer to your companion, this is why it is called romantic zone.

You’ll feel in a little town and also find cafes, bars, small restaurants, art galleries, little stores and a few small hotels.

If you want to stay away from the big resorts, here you can find smaller great options.

 

Parish Our Lady of Guadalupe

The favorite landmark in the city is Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. It can be appreciated from several points of the city and it is one of the most photographed spots in Puerto Vallarta for a reason, it is really beautiful.

The first foundations of the church were in 1903 but for many reasons and conflicts it was almost finished until 1952 and in 1965 they placed the beautiful crown on the top that we can appreciate nowadays.

Puerto Vallarta Parish
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish with the beautiful crown on top.
The Parish Vallarta
They were remodeling, but still beautiful Parish.

Art in Puerto Vallarta

Besides the beautiful beaches if you love Art, Vallarta has a lot to offer. There is a large number of art galleries and the most wonderful thing is that you can access all of them by walking on the Boardwalk and a few blocks back in that area.

Is the perfect excuse to explore every corner of the most beautiful part of Vallarta.

In addition to the art galleries, on the Boardwalk or Malecon there are several sculptures perfect for making beautiful postcards and even interacting with it.

But that’s not all, at the same place next to the beach you’ll find authentic artists who make marvelous and unique sculptures with sand.

They work only for a tip and when the night comes the tide undoes the sculptures, to start again tomorrow.

 

Statue Puerto Vallarta
Fun Statue in Puerto Vallarta

 

Sky statues Vallarta
Playing with Art in the Boardwalk.

Nightlife at Vallarta

My favorite places are Mandala Nightclub, The jazz foundation and La Bodeguita del Medio with delicious Cuban food, mojitos and great music.

My best recommendation is to walk along the boardwalk and choose the place that goes with your mood.

Mandala Bar Puerto Vallarta
Mandala Bar on the day light. If you like to dance it’s a great option!

Another Cool Activities to do in Puerto Vallarta

Diving

Snorkeling

Fishing

Zipline

Whale Observation

Afternoon Puerto Vallarta
Another sunset I know, but it’s so wonderful!

Other Places to Visit Near Puerto Vallarta

I will talk about in another post but if you are in Vallarta and you want to explore more there are some cool places to visit.

  • Sayulita Just a few minutes from Puerto Vallarta in Nayarit is another cool beach with a boho vibe, full with different shops, diners and a lot more. You can take a taxi or a cheap bus.
  • Marietas Islands Near to Puerto Vallarta in Nayarit are a group of unoccupied islands. The most famous is the Love beach or Hidden Beach accessible only by swimming when the tide is low. There were closed for a time for the damage that has been generate by tourists. But they are open now, just be careful and responsible with the environment.

 

Where to Stay and What to Eat in Puerto Vallarta

This will totally depend on what you want to spend and your personal taste, since there are many options about hotels and restaurants.

You can stay on a small budget hotel or in the most luxurious suite.

You can eat at the market, small cafes or more expensive and renowned restaurants.

Lunch Vallarta
Lunch time, a beer and my tired but happy face!
Mexican beer bar
Choose the Beer you like! A lot of Mexican beers.

I hope you enjoy the lovely beach as much as I do!

The tourist office is located at the Boardwalk if you need more information.

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