Puerto Vallarta is so much more than just beautiful beaches and an azure sea. Our city offers a diverse array of experiences – from cultural excursions through to flavorful dining experiences, unforgettable sights and picturesque strolls. We are excited to share with you some of our favorite things to do, see and experience in the vibrant downtown of Puerto Vallarta, so you can see another side of one of Mexico’s richest – and most enriching – places.
Visit The Malecon Boardwalk
Where art meets history, welcome to Malecon where the iconic boardwalk is lined with artisanal restaurants, eye-catching galleries and shops, ranging from high-end luxury through to eclectic knick-knacks. You can spend an hour or an entire day getting lost yet feeling found within the enchanting music and personalities that decorate this truly phenomenal boardwalk. When the sun sets, the downtown core transforms into a hub of bars and clubs where you can dance, drink and savor the mosaic of Puerto Vallarta flavors.
Enjoy a Cultural Tour
Taking a cultural tour throughout Puerto Vallarta helps ensure you don’t miss a thing. It’s a great way to push beyond the traditional tourist limits to ensure no stone – or fiesta – remains unturned.
If you want your palette to guide you, as much as our expert tour orchestrators, consider the Pueblos Cultural Tour and walk through Puerto Vallarta, while learning about (and learning to cook) some of Mexico’s most iconic dishes and drinks.
Visit the Zona Romantica
Zona Romantica (otherwise known as the Romantic Zone), is located on the other side of the Cuale River – opposite to Malecon. This incredibly colorful neighborhood is as diverse as it is inclusive. Known as one of the trendiest areas in Mexico, you will absolutely fall in love with the shops, people and art that peppers this picturesque area’s famous streets. Don’t forget to visit the Old Farmers Market and the seaside Pier!
See Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish stands tall above nearly every other building in Puerto Vallarta. With its unmissable red brick and ornate crown topping, this historical monument is as breathtaking as its bells are noisy.
Shop in the Marina Vallarta
Experience an area of Puerto Vallarta that is close to all of the above yet feels somewhat removed in its highly modern, upscale design and atmosphere. Within this luxury resort and residential development area, you can walk along the water while shopping world-renowned brands and attractive boutiques. While you’re strolling this large-scale shopping destination, you can sway to the music or savor carefully cultivated dishes, either within premium restaurant real estate or while enjoying a more casual culinary vibe.
Experience the Culture and Beauty of Downtown Puerto Vallarta
From the boardwalk to the marina, pier and all the nooks and zones in between, Puerto Vallarta is not a sleepy resort town. Alternatively, it offers all the best amenities you would hope to find within a prestigious hotel brand, yet it is chalked full with life-enriching surprises, personalities and iconic moments. Plan your visit to Puerto Vallarta today and discover the best of every world – all within this beautiful tropical paradise.