Hope you enjoyed my recent blog post Exploring Mexico, Sayulita! I mentioned it a few times on that blog post but if possible, I would visit both places in one trip. You can easily see both places in 5-7 days…recommend 7 days because of travel times. If Sayulita is the Tulum of the west then PVR is the Cancun/Playa del Carmen of the west? You tell me….
First, lets orient ourselves because PVR is ALOT bigger than I think people imagine…there are a few “neighborhoods” or “districts”that are in PVR. If you’re looking for more of a resort experience then the best areas Marina Puerto Vallarta, Conchas Chinas (ultra exclusive), Boca de Tomatlan, and New Vallarta. If you’re looking to be in an area with more night life, restaurants, and shops then Downtown, Zona Romantica (Romantic Zone), and the Hotel Zone are better options. Look into each areas to decide what type of stay and accommodations best suits your Mexico vacation!
Street Art..if it’s even fair to call it that? Walk along the Malecon (the boardwalk) and you will find plenty of sculptures depicting all kinds of things…I tried to capture a few of my favorites below but they’re marvelous in person. The weather in PVR is always 80+F so walking along the Malecon is easy especially when you can stop for margaritas and watch entertainment with beautiful ocean views.
Literally the most amazing seafood I’ve ever had in my life was hands down in Puerto Vallarta...I’m not kidding when I say the best ceviche that I’ve ever eaten was at La Merida Grille in Puerto Vallarta. However, out of all the restaurants we went to (which we ate like 4-5 times a day and ordered family style each time) we didn’t have a single bad meal! There’s plenty of options for restaurants and just as many street food vendors with a world of options.
This area of Mexico is famous for Tequila! So make sure to add Tequila Tasting to your list while in PVR. If you don’t have time to go out to the City of Tequila or to a factory with tequila tastings then you’ll find plenty of tequila shops in the downtown area…
Some beautiful site to see as you explore downtown is The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe…we actually went to Mexico because one of my best friends got married at this beautiful church. Its located right in the heart of the downtown area so you don’t have to go far out of your way to find it. The church is a beautiful piece of architecture and has a crown perched on its top…
<3 Happy Travels….