Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Puerto Vallarta Vacation

Puerto Vallarta is a perfect mix of beaches, great neighborhoods with an artistic-cultural flavor, and the best place in Mexico to experience ecotourism.

Puerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco, on the western coast of the Pacific Ocean, and is part of the so-called Costalegre.

This magnificent beach destination is sheltered by the second-largest bay on the continent, the Bay of Banderas, known for its extraordinary natural beauties, its deep unexplored waters, and the abundance of its marine life. But at the same time, its charm also resides in its spas and grand tourism hotels that attract thousands of visitors.

The picturesque Old Town Puerto Vallarta has its own architectural style. Its cobblestone streets and adobe houses topped with red roofs highlight the elegance of the Mexican colonial style.

Famous for its sunsets, Vallarta is located in a fertile region rich in plants and marine life. The presence of species such as dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales adds to the rest of its natural attractions. In addition, adventure lovers will find numerous options for ecotourism activities such as diving and kayaking.

In recent years, Vallarta has become famous as an ideal place for art given the growing number of galleries and showrooms, as well as a gay-friendly destination. This tourist destination isn’t only the friendliest place on earth, it’s one of the most welcoming to anyone who wishes to plan their next vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Walk Los Muertos Pier

In the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta, you will find the Los Muertos pier, a meeting point for several boats that depart to the destinations south of Puerto Vallarta. But it’s not just the boats that meet at this iconic landmark, locals and tourists alike visit the pier to overlook the beauty of the Bay of Banderas and do some people watching.

Visit Our Lady of Guadalupe

Present in postcards, books, and tourist reviews of the city, this temple with its tower and its unique crown, has become a distinctive symbol of the city for those who know Puerto Vallarta and for those who do not know it. It is worthwhile to admire it up close and inside. It is an essential stop during your vacation in Puerto Vallarta.

Hike to the top of Mirador de La Cruz

The viewpoint of Cerro de la Cruz has a spectacular view of the entire Bay of Banderas. To get there, you have to go up Abasolo Street to get to the top. The route is a little challenging, lasts about 25 minutes. When you are at the mirador (viewpoint), you will know that it was worth the climb because you will enjoy a splendid view of one of the most beautiful bays in the world. Try to arrive about 40 minutes before sunset to enjoy the beautiful sunset of Puerto Vallarta.

Watch the Voladores de Papantla perform

In Mexico, the traditions have no borders, as the nightly show by the Voladores de Papantla in Puerto Vallarta reminds us. Every evening near the street of Leona Vicario, on the Malecón, you can see those who have dedicated their lives to keeping this traditional ritual alive, inherited from their parents and grandparents.

Stroll the Malecon

Virtually anything you are looking for in Puerto Vallarta can be found on the Malecón, or in its vicinity, from shops and restaurants to nightclubs and an outdoor theatre where you will always find free evening entertainment. This 1.5-kilometer boardwalk along the Bay of Banderas and has become the main meeting point for locals and tourists. A great place to witness the famous Puerto Vallarta sunsets.

Puerto Vallarta Activities

Los Muertos Beach

One of the most famous beaches in Mexico
Photo of Los Muertos Beach by David Stanley

Playa de Los Muertos is located south of the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta and the Cuale river, in the Romantic Zone. Here you can find great hotels, such as the Hotel Emperador Vallarta, or the popular LGBT hotel The Blue Chairs. You will also find a variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, and clothing stores among other attractions.

There are plenty of restaurants on Los Muertos Beach that offer lounge chairs, and some even offer towels to customers for the afternoon. Many will allow you to stay as long as you wish, as long as you are a paying customer.

Los Muertos Beach is the liveliest beach in Puerto Vallarta and a great place to people watch. You will find many activities in this stretch of beach, including jet skis, parasailing, banana boats, and more.

The southern end of Los Muertos Beach is popular with LGBT travelers.

LOS MUERTOS BEACH TIPS

Los Muertos Beach is a great activity beach and the water is suitable for taking dips in the Bay of Banderas to cool off, however, the name Los Muertos isn’t just a name. Los Muertos means The Dead in Spanish and the name of the beach comes from its strong undertow (rip current). It’s not recommended for children or adults who cannot swim or are not strong swimmers.  Don’t attempt to head out where your feet do not touch the ground. The water can also have many sharp rocks, water shoes are a good idea. If you like the beaches for swimming and calmer waves to enjoy the day in the water, head to the beaches north or south of downtown Puerto Vallarta where the currents are calmer and the water is more clear. If you love to parasail, jetski, boogie board, play volleyball, and other beach activities, then Los Muertos Beach is the place for you!

  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Pets on leashes (and poopy bags!)
  • Bottled Water (or beverages, no glass containers please)
  • A plastic bag for your trash, please keep our beaches clean!
  • Umbrella
  • There are some places that offer bathrooms for a few pesos, take some change, or have a cocktail or lunch at many of the beach clubs and utilize that time as a customer to also use the restrooms.
  • There are several outdoor showers on the beach to rinse off

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