El Barracuda

Seafood in Puerto Vallarta

This breezy open shack on the beach makes a top venue for a seafood lunch with ocean views. Grilled-shrimp tacos are famous; the tuna sashimi is more a carpaccio but still tasty, as is mariscos dinamita, a shrimp, octopus and fish rice dish. Do-it-yourself smoked marlin tostadas are fab.

Turtles still emerge here to lay eggs, and whales thrash just offshore all winter long.