It is said Puerto Vallarta is well known for its beaches, and I can concur. There are so many beach locations it is impossible to pick one without being there. I will try to recap my favorite locations during my time spent there. Let’s take a quick look at my month living in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is definitely one of those places you should go. It is filled with wonders and escapes. There are so many varieties of hotels and places to stay that this can accommodate almost any type of vacationer or traveler of any budget. I was able to observe a night from the fifth story of a major hotel chain and had the amazing pleasure of staying in a simple and very pleasant Airbnb establishment. There are many hostels as well, if you like the shared-living life. All these places create such a variety to choose from. But alas, the variety of hotels makes up only a small portion of what thru city has to offer. Food, beaches and nightlife make up the other facets of this amazing place.
Let’s start with the beaches, the pride and joy of PV. I had the pleasure of being just two blocks from the beach and a wonderful beach-side restaurant. The Flamingo Beach Club is a small but very pleasant establishment for a cold beverage and a nice atmosphere. You also get a pristine view of the sunset right on the water’s edge. Honestly, it was my most favorite place to go. I would sit back and relax in a chair often and soak in the afternoon fading light. The sun set directly ahead, out into the ocean waves. Every evening was a captivating spectacle. As for the food, unfortunately I had come to PV during the off season so they served beverages only. However, I was told by some locals it was the best place to enjoy an evening meal during the busy season and family friendly. During my time I became quite a regular at the Flamingo and I can say it was a great atmosphere. I am sure they serve the best seafood meals so I can’t wait to return someday and try it out.
The best experience in Puerto Vallarta is definitely the variety of food. You can find so many types of food there, it is astounding. There were many places to get tacos, burritos or quesadillas, and if you wanted something else, just walk down the street 10 meters. You could find local street food on many street corners and the variety of restaurants was staggering, from Chinese to Burger King and KFC to Italian pizzerias you could find it all. But, one place stood out as my favorite place. For the longest time my friends and I just called it “the red roofed place” because we never remembered the name. Only now do I know it as Tacos Mar Y Tierra. You will find the BEST tacos and quesadillas at the cheapest prices. The price is the best compared to other local restaurants and it fills you up and is absolutely delicious. The quesadillas are the best at roughly 2$ USD each. I ended up going here 6 or 7 times in one month. What a great place. I would highly recommend it. But, if you want something less Mexican, you can go just down the road to Tarantino’s for some of the best brick oven pizza. And they make very large sizes for a fairly cheap price. It is about 17$ or 18$ USD for an 18 inch loaded pizza. Honestly, when you split this between several friends, the price is great.
Now, nightlife isn’t really my thing, but I know there are those who enjoy it. What I can say is, there are some really great evening bar and grill type establishments and clubs all along the Malecon. If you are unsure what this is, it is a famous walkway along the coast in one part of PV. It is home to many sculptures and statues, as well as some of the most popular restaurants and evening entertainment in the city. Also, they say the best places to enjoy the sunset are right there on the Mapleton near the archways at the southern end.
Last but not least is the place I stayed. I found a great Airbnb. The owner was awesome and had a great room rate at just over 400$ USD for a full month. Here is a little tip: If you are staying in an Airbnb for a month, make sure you book for at least 27 days, because most Airbnb’s offer huge discounts if you purchase 28 days or more. I was so glad cause I was just one block from the main road and right across from Mega Comercial Mexicana, a superstore similar to Walmart. Of course if you prefer Walmart they have that too.
All in all, Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer and there is a never ending list of places to visit and things to do. During my time there I was able to go on a cruise to the Marietas Islands. There is a hidden beach at these islands but it was closed the day I went. However, I went snorkeling and ocean kayaking. The experiences were incredible, unfortunately I lost my Gopro on that adventure, so I have no visuals to accompany the tale. To summarize, Puerto Vallarta is a place you must see to experience. No amount of reading can prepare you for the reality that is this amazing place. So, get out of your comfort zone and tell me when you head to Puerto Vallarta. Your adventure awaits.