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Off the Beaten Path Puerto Vallarta

Destination(s): Puerto Vallarta

A great thing about Puerto Vallarta is that several small towns, full of local culture and flavor, and beautiful nature areas are just minutes from the city, so you can easily get away from the tourist circles and experience the real thing. read more about Off the Beaten Path Puerto Vallarta

Casa Cielito Lindo

Casa Cielito Lindo

San Sebastian Expeditions

San Sebastian Expeditions

  • A top the Sierra Madre
  • San Sebastian del Oeste, 46990

Just a short two hour drive from Puerto Vallarta lies San Sebastian, a tiny mountain village dating back to the 17th century, when it was a prosperous silver mining town. The mines closed over one hundred years ago, but the town retains its colonial heritage and provides visitors an opportunity to experience the traditional ways of living and working in a remote Mexican village. San Sebastian remains largely unspoiled because until recently it was nearly impossible to get there on roads that were treacherous at best, and little more than donkey trails and washed out bridges at worst. In 2004 a modern highway was completed, linking San Sebastian to the Pacific coast of Mexico. Today San Sebastian is one of the most popular day trips from Puerto Vallarta. If you don't want to drive, there are many tours that will get you there safely, including a light plane excursion. As an emerging tourist destination, you will find hotels built in old haciendas, on-going festivals, great restaurants, a town square and, of course, the obligatory church for you to explore. read more about San Sebastian Expeditions

Eco Tours

Eco Tours

  • Ignacio L. Vallarta 243
  • Col. Emiliano Zapata
  • tel:+52 322 222 6606
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380

Eco Tours offers you and your family a chance to discover the tropical nature surrounding Puerto Vallarta. During whale season, you can help out with whale identification research on one of the whale watching tours. There's also dolphin watching, turtle conservation (seasonal) and crocodile farms to visit. Bird watchers even have their own special tours. If you want something a little more strenuous, try a hiking, biking or diving trip.

Eco Tours is a small, reputable company and your guides are sure to be experienced in their fields of expertise. They are all biologists or naturists and environmentally conscious. These are tours you can feel good about taking.
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Terra Noble Art and Healing Center

Terra Noble Art and Healing Center

  • Tulipanes 595
  • Fraccionamiento Lomas de Terra Noble
  • tel:+52 322 223 3530
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48350

Owned by Mexican designer, Jorge Rubio, Terra Noble is truly a unique treat. Located on a sprawling property with an incredible view of Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area, Rubio has created a tropical oasis. There's no charge to visit the property. You can even bring a lunch and just walk the grounds, enjoying the view.

On site is Villa Kenya, a bungalow designed in harmony with nature by Rubio. It's mud design and incorporation of natural materials create an interesting and visually stunning structure. You can rent the villa by the night or the week.

Also on site is the spa where you can get chocolate body treatments, massages or the Aztec steam bath known as the Temazcalli Ceremony. The treatment rooms are open air and secluded for privacy. Terra Noble is also available for events and weddings. They occasionally hold healing workshops and other retreat-type events, so if you're interested, get on their mailing list.  read more about Terra Noble Art and Healing Center

Panaderia Munguia

Panaderia Munguia

  • Avenue Juarez 467
  • tel:52 322 2 2090
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380
Natura Bike Expeditions

Natura Bike Expeditions

  • Playa de Oro 109, Interior 2
  • tel:+52 322 4 0410
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48321
Cooking Classes

Cooking Classes

  • Av. Juarez 867
  • (Col. Centro)
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300
Cafe de Olla

Cafe de Olla

  • Basilio Badillo 168
  • Romantic Zone
  • tel:52 322 22 3 1626
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380

Cafe de Olla is a local favorite and regular haunt for expats living in the Romantic Zone. It's usually busy, especially in the morning because they serve delicious breakfasts (including cafe de olla, a Mexican spiced coffee from which the restaurant gets its name). Here you will find generous portions of authentic Mexican food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's located right in the Romantic Zone, near the beach so you can stroll to the water after or along the quaint shops or street vendors in the area. There's sidewalk seating for great people watching too.

During busy times of the day and especially in high season, you may have to wait for a table. Once seated, the tortilla soup is highly recommended. If you want a margarita, definitely try the raicilla version. Raicilla is a local liquor, similar to tequila but with a distinctive taste.
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Artesanias Watakame

Artesanias Watakame

  • Libertad #327
  • tel:+52 322 223 0773
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • Calle Hidalgo
  • (One block east of Zocalo)
  • tel:+52 322 222 1326
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48310

The stunning Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe that dominates the Puerto Vallarta skyline, is the subject of millions of photographs, and Puerto Vallarta's best known and most treasured landmark, is a must-see attraction. Each year it receives thousands of visitors, particularly during the 12-day festival celebrating the Feast of Guadalupe in December. There are guided tours daily. The original church was built over a 12 year period (1929-1941) but it was expanded and modified several times over the next 45 years.. From outside you will be enchanted by the majestic structure that is topped with a crown that is said to be a replica of a tiara once worn by the mistress of the Emperor Maxmillian. A little known fact among tourists is that the crown you see today is actually a replica of the replica. The original concrete crown was destroyed by a 7.5 earthquake in 1985. A fiberglass replacement was quickly commissioned but the material could not withstand its own weight and the crown you see today is slightly distorted. On-going fund raising efforts are in the works to restore the crown to its original state. Although you are welcome to tour the church yourself, nformation about guided tours can be found at the church or at information booths around Vallarta. read more about Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mariscos 8 Tostadas

Mariscos 8 Tostadas

  • Proa 28-29
  • (Marina Vallarta)
  • tel:52 322 221 3124
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48354

If you love seafood, you'll love "8 Tostadas." Seafood haters on the other hand, should skip this restaurant as they won't find much to nosh on. You'll find a variety of fresh seafood dishes from ceviche to crab enchiladas. It's a casual family restaurant and it closes early (6pm) so make sure you leave enough time to dine if you're going for dinner.
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La Cantina de los Remedios

La Cantina de los Remedios

  • Morelos 709
  • at J.O. de Dominguez
  • tel:52 322 2 1734
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

A relatively low-key bar during the day and early evening hours, La Cantina is a local hangout for Mexicans and expats alike. Things can get pretty rowdy later in the evening, with people dancing (sometimes on the tables) and occasionally fighting as well. If you stop by during the traditional happy hours (1-5pm) you'll get little plates of botanas, or snack to accompany your beer or tequila. In the evening, you'll hear traditional Mexican music, either recorded or live. Cash only.
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