Parrotfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, and more have always been common sights at this federal underwater eco-preserve. The area around Los Arcos (The Arches) is also one of Puerto Vallarta's best snorkeling spots. For those wary of the water, try a glass-bottom boat tour.
It's no surprise that one of the world's greatest players would design one of the world's greatest golf courses. Built amid grassy hills, shady creeks, and views of the bay, Jack Nicklaus' course lives up to his reputation.
Sandwiched by shops on one side and the glittering Banderas Bay on the other, this oceanfront promenade is the spirit of Puerto Vallarta - a kind of Neverland where bronze sculptures tell stories of the town's past and artists depict the town's beauty.
Get away from the resorts with a visit to this charming, laid-back village. Puerto Vallarta's gay community is strongest in this lovely neighborhood, which offers a host of the best gay bars and beaches around, plus some of the city's best restaurants.
A day trip to this tropical beach hideaway should be first on your list if you want to experience the best of Puerto Vallarta. Once the private home of film director John Huston, the secluded natural haven is only accessible by boat and remains unspoiled. Guided snorkeling, diving, land-based activities, spa treatments, and cultural performances are all offered, but the main activity at Las Caletas is deep relaxation.
All celebrity couples pale in comparison to the cosmic love affair that unfolded between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in this neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta during the 1960s. Once you visit the area known as Gringo Gulch, you might understand why their scandalous romance began right here.
Hailed by many as the best restaurant in Mexico, this place has an incredible history that combines to make dining here an unforgettable experience.
The silhouette of this active church dominates the downtown skyline, and is one of Puerto Vallarta's most endearing features. The church is open to the public daily, with mass services held on Saturdays and Sundays. For a truly unique experience, visit during the 12 days of Our Lady of Guadalupe Festival, which occurs annually from December 1st to the 12th.
This island set on an inlet of Banderas Bay may seem hard to find, but it's just under your nose, near the heart of Puerto Vallarta. To find it, just walk south from Old Town until you reach the chain bridges that bring you to the island. The friendly, laid-back locals sell fresh fruit, local pottery, and many wonderful crafts to take home as souvenirs or gifts.
Known especially for its exquisite sunsets, Banderas Bay is the top destination for watersports and eco adventures in Puerto Vallarta. Keep your eyes on the horizon and you might also see giant Humpback whales breeching and cavorting from December to April. Cruises to the many islands dotting the bay are also available.
You have the chance to first learn about Dolphins and how to interact with them from trained professionals, followed by 40 minutes of swimming and playing in the water with them! You will learn about the fascinating nature of dolphins and their behaviour from bilingual (English and Spanish) trained professionals, and why they are so passionate about their jobs. Communicate with the dolphins on a one-on-one basis by using special learnt hand signals and positive reinforcement. Interact with them as they swim around you, you will have plenty of opportunities to hug them, touch them, and get closer to them than you ever imagined possible!
Enjoy snorkeling and sailing through the Marietas Islands National Park. This area is a natural reserve with a diversity of wildlife. Enjoy the best Mexican hospitality and service on board while you look out for dolphins, turtles and giant manta rays!
Swimming with dolphins is an experience you'll never forget, and so is kissing a sea lion! Even your little ones can meet and greet the dolphins, as the trained guides and facilities ensure a safe and awe-inspiring experience for all ages.
Jump on this exciting Sierra Madres Jeep Adventure safari and explore the fascinating, traditional "Old Mexico" villages. You'll have the opportunity to journey in the Mexican outback, as well as learn about the ecology and wildlife found in the mountains and jungles of the Sierra Madres in Puerto Vallarta.
Famous for the wide variety of sensational cuisines found in its many restaurants, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's premiere gourmet destinations. But, if you are looking for a Puerto Vallarta restaurant that offers fine dining at its most pleasurable, a visit to Café des Artistes is a requisite. A dream come true for owner/chef Thierry Blouet, Cafe des Artistes is one of the most renowned restaurants in Mexico. In its more than 21 years of service, Café des Artistes Bistro Gourmet, where you can expect exceptional service and a menu that will intrigue the most exacting palate. Open daily for dinner, Cafe des Artistes offers an incomparable ambience that includes comfortable air-conditioned dining rooms, romantic corners, a high terrace under the stars, a lush outdoor garden that provides the perfect setting for birthday celebrations, special dinners or group events.
The River Cafe offers its guests a wide range of national and International cuisine creations elaborated with first class ingredients. The sophisticated flavor of the dishes is a delight even for the most refined taste. They also offer a full list of the best Mexican and foreign wines as well as a large assortment of exciting cocktails.
El Arrayan Puerto Vallarta is an intimate little Mexican restaurant with a lot of soul. Offering a variety of authentic yet unusual Mexican food dishes using only the best traditional recipes and highest quality ingredients, and acquiring a wonderful reputation and large clientele along the way. Situated in the heart of Old Town, it's an easy walk from the Malecón. El Arrayán opened its doors November 2003.
Spearheaded by American Chef Patrick Robertson of New York and Chicago, Blanca Blue features the finest of fish, meat, game and organic vegetables, presented in a vibrant and exciting fashion. Blanca Blue's contemporary approach utilizes the modern influences of America, Europe and Mexico.
For those who enjoy European sidewalk cafés and fine continental cuisine, this award-winning eatery evoking Old Vienna at its heyday is sure to charm. A longtime Vallarta favorite, Austrian owner Andreas Rupprechter named the place in honor of a fellow countryman, Mexico's former emperor. And Maximilian himself would have loved dining here, perhaps choosing hearty comfort food like Wienerschnitzel with potatoes and Austrian salad or delving into gourmet renditions of contemporary European fare, like duo of duck breast and duck confit with Spätzle, mushrooms and sugar snap peas, duck reduction, foie gras oil. Whether dining al fresco with unparalleled people watching, or in an intimate, air-conditioned, Old World milieu, when a fabulous meal or just a perfect pastry and a special coffee is what is craved, this is the place to be.
Vista Grill is one of Vallarta's most exciting new fine dining restaurants, offering creative contemporary cuisine in the exquisite setting of the original Sr. Chicos Restaurant. With spectacular views of Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, gracious service and attention to detail, along with the finest International cuisine - Vista Grill offers a fine dining experience that is as memorable as it is pleasing to the palate.
A Puerto Vallarta landmark on Los Muertos Beach in the Romantic Zone, Daiquiri Dick's has pleased locals and visitors alike for more than three decades. The constantly evolving and innovative menu, best described as Pacific Rim with a Mediterranean flair, features the freshest ingredients combined to stimulate the palate and please the eye.
This unique tour takes you to the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, located about 25 minutes from the Romantic District in Puerto Vallarta. You will travel over two miles of ziplines across the jungle and beautiful river to 14 platforms.
La Palapa Restaurant combines gourmet cuisine, friendly service, and the tropical setting of Los Muertos Beach to achieve the perfect balance between fine dining and the warmth and charm characteristic of Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Located on Playa Los Muertos in the heart of the Romantic Zone, this popular restaurant is one of Vallarta's favorite places to enjoy great food in a casually elegant atmosphere. At La Palapa Restaurant you will discover all of the ingredients to a perfect dining experience - a relaxed atmosphere, attentive service, fine wines and fabulous food. No matter what the occassion, from breakfast with business associates or lunch with friends to a romantic dinner for two, La Palapa defines fine dining in Puerto Vallarta.
Bar Frida is a typical Mexican cantina. It is decorated in Frida's favorite colors and her paintings and memorabilia. Bar Frida is a unique bar where everyone is welcome.
Established in 1982, El Torito has become one of the leading restaurant bars in Puerto Vallarta. All televised professional games can be seen on their satellite TV's, conveniently located throughout the restaurant. While enjoying a game, patrons are welcomed to the bar, and are encouraged to try the world famous BBQ ribs. Whatever your reason for visiting Puerto Vallarta, be it vacation or business, El Torito will surely make your trip more enjoyable.
Indulge in a casual-chic night out with gastro bites and signature cocktails as you groove to the beats of lounge music and bossa nova in an elegantly designed space in the romantic zone of Puerto Vallarta. Marantina is a swanky lounge serving dinner, gastro bites, and some of the best cocktails in Puerto Vallarta. The menu is eclectic and international with Mexican accents and local produce. The bar features a broad array of cocktails, from martinis and margaritas of all kinds, to vintage cocktails and a great selection of wines. The space provides for indoor seating, sidewalk tables, and an outdoor courtyard lounge.