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The Ultimate Vallarta

Destination(s): Puerto Vallarta

This is the "Let's go All Out Vacation". Don't want to spend your entire vacation at an all inclusive? Good. This trip might be costly, but it will be unforgettable. read more about The Ultimate Vallarta

Casa Isabel

Casa Isabel

  • 483 Del Bosque
  • tel:1 877 561 7048 (Toll Free)
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380

Sitting on the hill overlooking the Romantic Zone is the 14-unit boutique hotel, Casa Isabel. It is adults-only and created with privacy in mind, making it a popular choice for honeymoons and other romantic interludes. The owner lives on-site for most of the year.

There are several pools and sunning decks, so you can catch rays without having to walk down the hill to Playa Los Muertos. The walk isn't too far however, if you want to get some beach time in. Casa Isabel has a nice restaurant on-site too but it's also just a short walk to the many fine restaurants in the Romantic Zone. The bar and grill is full service and a great place to view the nightly fireworks off the Malecon. It's also a prime location to view the evening sunset.

There are several types of rooms to choose from; standard hotel rooms to two-bedroom suites. This is a great choice if you love personalized service and some real relaxation time.
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Playa Conchas Chinas

Playa Conchas Chinas

  • Highway 200 Km 3.2
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Spreading out at the foot of the Conchas China, a neighborhood often referred to as the Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta, is one of the most dramatic beaches adorning Banderas Bay. Conchas Chinas is a fifteen-minute cab ride from Puerto Vallarta's "old town", just enough distance to keep away the thundering crowds and the beach vendors who follow them. A jungle of tropical plants and ancient trees embraces the beach and the beach is home to a variety of bird species. The solitude, the natural beauty of the jungle, the aqua sky and the clear, sparkling sea, makes Playa Conchas Chinas a perfect spot for a romantic picnic, or a long afternoon with a good book and a bottle of wine. Unlike the long stretch of sand and gentle surf at other Puerto Vallarta beaches, Conchas Chinas is a jigsaw puzzle of white sand patches separated by looming rock formations and intriguing tide pools full of teeming marine life. read more about Playa Conchas Chinas

Malecón (El)

Malecón (El)

  • Paseo Díaz Ordaz
  • Centro
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Returning visitors to Puerto Vallarta long for two things – that first margarita and a visit to the magnificent El Malecón (boardwalk). This beautiful, mile long oceanfront walkway, an easy walk or short car ride from most of the city's hotels, traces the beach, running parallel to the main street. The Malecon offers stunning, unobstructed views of sand and surf and is the perfect place to watch Vallarta's magical sunsets. In 2005 the Malecon was extended to link downtown with the popular Romantic Zone, giving all visitors easier access to enjoying it. Whether you are looking for shopping, dining or music – you won't be disappointed with a visit to the Malen. Don't miss the famous permanent sculptures by local artists. On Saturday nights, you are likely to see the customary Mexican "courting" ritual as teenagers walk hand-in-hand along the boardwalk, their entire family trailing two feet behind. Restaurants, bars and boutiques selling trendy clothing, silver, folk art, Cuban Cigars and tequila abound near the Malecon. If you want to dance the night away, head for the Malecon where the music begins at 11 pm and can continue to 6 a.m. the next morning read more about Malecón (El)

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

Boca de Tomatlan

Boca de Tomatlan

  • Highway 200
  • tel:+52 322 223 4267
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

There may be more beautiful beaches in Puerto Vallarta, but Boca de Tomatlan still draws its fair share of visitors. Boca is the last beach, heading south, that is easily accessible by car, making it the de facto water-taxi gateway to Yelapa, Los Animas and Quimixto. Hikers also like Boca de Tomatlan because it has a rugged, but spectacular, hiking trail that takes you over high cliffs and past many tiny beaches, eventually dropping you off onto lovely Las Animas beach. Those who prefer an easier trip can negotiate a good price with one of the many small boats that shuttle back and forth between Yelapa, Los Animas and Boca. Snorkelers also like Boca de Tomatlan for its clear aqua waters and gentle surf. Don't worry about lugging all your gear, the local vendors will rent you whatever you need. read more about Boca de Tomatlan

Sailing/Fishing Unlimited

Sailing/Fishing Unlimited

  • Marina Las Palmas 4
  • tel:+52 22 221 0920
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  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300
Galerie des Artistes

Galerie des Artistes

  • Leona Vicario #248
  • tel:+52 322 3 0006
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Galerie des Artistes is the keeper of some of the most beautiful art collections you will find in Puerto Vallarta. The eclectic mix of both modern and traditional artists enchants visitors as they explore from room to room, looking for that perfect treasure to take back home. The displayed art (some of it is not for sale) ranges from small decorative objets d'art to spectacular watercolors, by modern day artist Evelyne Boren, to extraordinary masterpieces by world-famous Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera, Gabriel Orozco and Pedro Coronel. A surprise bonus is a noteworthy collection of Mexican antiques for sale. If all this shopping has worn you out, wander across the street to Café Des Artistes for a dining experience you won't soon forget. read more about Galerie des Artistes

Galleria Dante

Galleria Dante

  • Basilio Badillo 269
  • tel:+52 322 2 2477
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380

Galleria Dante is the love-child an American/Canadian couple, Joe and Claire Guariere, who moved to Puerto Vallarta in the 80's to realize their life-long dream of supporting the arts. Their first business venture in Puerto Vallarta was a popular pizza joint on the now trendy shopping and eating street called Basilio Badillo. While the pizza was pretty good, their unique and beautiful personal art collection, brought back from visits to Europe, that adorned the walls was what really caught people's attention. Realizing they had something special to offer, they took out the pizza ovens and opened Galleria Dante, a remarkable juxtaposition of original contemporary sculptures and painting by over a hundred fresh artists (primarily Mexican). Rumors among the locals claim that if an artist can capture the interest of Galleria Dante they will most likely transition from starving artist to being a respected member of Vallarta's elite art community. New artwork comes in on a weekly basis, so even if you have visited this Gallery in the past, it is always worth a second look. Open Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. read more about Galleria Dante

Hard Rock Café

Hard Rock Café

  • Paseo Diaz Ordaz 652
  • Col. Centro
  • tel:52 322 2 5532
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  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300
Playa Yelapa

Playa Yelapa

  • Highway 200 Km 17
  • Yelapa, 48440

If you want to get an idea of what Puerto Vallarta was like in the distant past, you can hop a water taxi at Boca de Tomatlan or from the Fisherman's Pier in Puerto Vallarta to Yelapa and find out. Yelapa is only accessible by boat and only in the last few years was it connected to the local power grid. There are no cars, no massive hotel complexes or large groups of tourists here.

If you are staying for the day, hop the taxi in the morning. You can take a hike or horseback ride up to the waterfall, eat at one of few beachfront palapa-style restaurants and then spend the day sunning and swimming in the gentle waters of the cove (albeit among the fishing boats that tie up there). There are a few shops and vendors if you want to take home a souvenir and there are a few hotels/guesthouses too if you want to spend the night. The one thing you cannot miss is a giant slice of pie from the roving pie ladies of Yelapa. It's the best you've ever had.
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Daiquiri Dick's

Daiquiri Dick's

  • Olas Altas 314
  • tel:52 322 2 0566
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  • Puerto Vallarta, 48330
El Hilo

El Hilo

  • 588 Paseo Diaz Ordaz
  • Malecon Strip
  • tel:322 223 5361
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Located right on the famous Malecon, Hilo stands out from the rest of the bars and clubs thanks to the giant statue of a woman that stands about 40 ft high in front. The location makes it a top choice for people watching but the drinks can be expensive and service questionable. There can be a cover charge, depending on how the door people feel about you. You will hear new and classic dance music and can expect large crowds during times like Spring Break, or when the cruise ships are in port for the night.
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Barcelona Tapas & Bar

Barcelona Tapas & Bar

  • Matamoros 31
  • tel:+52 (322 )222 - 0510
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48300

Truly one the gems of Puerto Vallarta, Barcelona Tapas is a great restaurant for celebrations or romance. Although the several flights of stairs can be a deterrent for those with limited mobility, the climb is worth it for a stunning view of Banderas Bay. The tapas, or small plates, are delectable. You should not miss the Aioli Potato Salad or Stacked Roasted Beets for veggie dishes or the Angus Beef Brochette and Garlic Shrimp for meat-eaters. They are also well-known for the paella and their sangria. Everything on the menu, from the bread to the ice cream is made in-house in the open kitchen. This is a "don't miss!"
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Burros

Burros

  • Los Muertos Beach, Olas Altas #401
  • Lazaro Cardenas
  • tel:52 322 222 0112
  • Visit website
  • Puerto Vallarta, 48380