Top things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Top Choice Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa

Yelapa, the furthermost of the southern beaches from town, is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most secluded and beloved bays, and home to a small fishing community. Lots of day-trippers turn up on organized tours, but this…
Top Choice Gardens in Puerto Vallarta

Jardín Botánico de Vallarta

Orchids, bromeliads, agaves and wild palms line the paths of this gorgeous nature park, located 30km south of Puerto Vallarta. Follow hummingbirds through fern grottoes or head down to bask in a chair on the sand an…
Top Choice Fusion in Puerto Vallarta

Barrio Bistro

Once you've been seated, chef Memo visits your table with a detailed explanation of each dish featured on a chalkboard menu that changes weekly. At last visit the menu featured a wonderfully cooked rack of lamb with…
Top Choice Fusion in Puerto Vallarta

Café des Artistes

Many consider this to be Vallarta’s finest restaurant. You’re sure to enjoy its romantic ambience and exquisite fusion of French and Mexican influences. It has a candlelit garden, modern interior and whimsical castl…
Top Choice Jazz in Puerto Vallarta

El Patio de Mi Casa

Escape from the raucous nightclubs and take in a refreshingly calm jazz and blues scene at this open-air patio decked out with vintage furnishings. The bar pours raicilla (a mezcal-like agave drink) and you can orde…
Top Choice Museum in Puerto Vallarta

Museo del Cuale

On Isla Río Cuale, this has a small but very well-presented collection of pre-Hispanic ceramics and gives a good archaeological overview of the various indigenous groups who lived in western Mexico. Most panels are …
Mexican in Puerto Vallarta

La Leche

This milk-themed place has a dramatic entry, and the dairy gag continues in various ways throughout the meal. Service is very personal and friendly – expect pats on the back rather than kid gloves – if a bit scatty.…
Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

Tacos Revolución

Excellent carne asada (grilled beef), al pastor (marinated pork), fish and vegetarian tacos are prepared on handmade tortillas and served with kick-ass salsas at this revolutionary-themed establishment. Unlike most …
Tacos in Puerto Vallarta

El Banquito

For one of Jalisco's most emblematic snacks, head to this tiny taco joint aptly named after the sole stool (banquito) parked on the sidewalk. The specialty, taco de birria dorado, is a hard-shell taco with savory go…
Mexican in Puerto Vallarta

El Arrayán

Owner Carmen Porras takes special pleasure in rescuing old family recipes from obscurity, with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Specialties include crispy duck carnitas (deep-fried) with orange sauce, and pla…