Beaches

Playa Conchas Chinas Tiny cove popular with families.

Playa de los Muertos Busy beach with a section that's popular with gay men.

Playa de Quimixto Hike through the steamy jungle to a waterfall.

Playa de las Ánimas Enjoy fresh seafood by the sand.

Yelapa Spend the night here to enjoy it in peace and quiet.

Outdoor Activities

Ecotours de México See whales, go kayaking, watch birds and more.

Eco Ride Mountain biking tours for pedal-power enthusiasts.

Banderas Scuba Republic Runs tours to a dozen dive sites on the bay.

Rancho El Charro Let a horse do the hard work on a scenic mountain tour.

Hacienda El Divisadero A great range of activities in a rural setting.

Great Food

Café des Artistes One of Vallarta's top places to eat.

El Banquito Get your birria (goat) tacos on at this hole-in-the-wall taco joint.

Red Cabbage Café Old Mexican favorites and indigenous recipes.

Barrio Bistro Personalized attention, delectable food and darn fine raicilla.

La Ronda Traditional Mexican dishes cooked with flair and care.

Gay & Lesbian Nightlife

Frida Relaxed, non-sceney venue – good spot to start the evening.

Paco's Ranch Drag shows and friendly locals.

La Noche Hunky bartenders and a welcoming atmosphere.

Antropology Men-only dance venue.