Without a doubt, Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer to locals and tourists.
There are so many things that we could not finish counting them, but even so, we dared to create a list with 10 places that you must know in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is located on the Mexican Pacific coast, in the state of Jalisco. This is precisely where the famous Bay of Banderas sits. Surrounded by the Sierra Madre Occidental and the sea, they created the perfect place with beautiful beaches and a jungle that will make you fall in love with its unparalleled view.
Join us to get to know these 10 places you must know in Puerto Vallarta!
1 – Malecón:
Located in the heart of the port, the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk with a length of almost one kilometer is the ideal place to take walks along the seashore, either day or night. By the way, from here you can see one of the best sunsets in the Mexican Pacific.
Throughout the entire journey of the Malecón there are several sculptures, among them the most famous sculpture, with which Puerto Vallarta has been identified many times, we speak of the Caballito, or rather “The boy on the sea horse” as it was originally called by its creator Rafael Zamarripa.
At the end of the Malecón you will find the Aquiles Serdán open-air theater, or better known as “Los Arcos del Malecón”, here every day night shows are presented, such as clowns, contests, dance and music. Los Arcos del Malecón have also been the scene of important events and movies.
So if you are about to travel to Puerto Vallarta, do not forget to walk along the Malecón, it is almost mandatory.
2 – Romantic Zone (Olas Altas):
We are sure that you will love La Zona Romántica. This area is also known as “El Viejo Vallarta” since it is crossing the Cuale River and is where the first settlers of the city began to build their houses.
This area is characterized by preserving the typical image of the Port, cobbled streets, white buildings and red tile roofs. You can also find several places to eat from traditional tacos to gourmet meals.
To get to the Romantic Zone, you can do it by walking along the entire Malecón of Puerto Vallarta until you reach the Lázaro Cárdenas Park. So don’t forget to visit this wonderful place!
Mirador de la Cruz:
If you are in good condition, getting to the Mirador de la Cruz will not be a problem, but if you need a little exercise, you will have to leave prepared to climb many steps. But don’t worry, it’s not a contest to see who gets there faster and paraphrasing José Alfredo Jiménez: “You don’t have to get there first, but you have to know how to get there”, so take your time and enjoy the views that each step offers. In the end, the view and the experience you will have at the Mirador de la Cruz will be something extraordinary.
To get to this viewpoint, you must go to the center and look for Calle Abasolo, once there, you must go straight to the mountain and that is how you will get there. As advice, wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes, take a facial towel and a bottle of water, we think you will need it.
¡Al final vas a enamorarte de la vista!
4 – Arcos de Mismaloya:
Being a National Marine Park, Los Arcos de Mismaloya is one of the perfect places to practice snorkeling or diving.
This place is protected because various seabirds breed here, some of the important species are boobies, some species of parrots, pelicans and others. There is also a great diversity of marine fauna, which makes diving and snorkelling more attractive in this precious place.
To get here, you must approach our hotel staff so that they can guide you, since only by boats or authorized boats can you get there.
5- Muelle de los Muertos:
The ideal time to visit the pier is at sunset, here will be the ideal place for your perfect photo, either in the day or at night, as it has lighting designed to startle at night.
During the day the “Pangas” or “Water Taxi” depart from this pier and take you to different beaches, such as Las Animas, Quimixto, Yelapa and many more.
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6 – Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a very beautiful place to take a souvenir photo, the crown of this church is an icon of the city.
With a tall tower, the Church is located in the center of Puerto Vallarta. During the first 12 days of December, the traditional pilgrimages in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe take place.
7- Isla del Cuale:
This Island is a wonderful place, surrounded by the waters of the Cuale River and lush trees. On this island you can find merchants so you can buy a souvenir from Vallarta or a craft that is to your greatest liking.
You can also find several restaurants, as well as the Museo del Cuale where admission is free.
At the end of the Island, you will find the Cuale Cultural Center, where the Municipal Government conducts several cultural workshops for the inhabitants of Puerto Vallarta and tourists.
During the entire journey of the Isla del Río Cuale you will fall more in love with this place, so this Island should be on your list of places you should know.
8 – Matamoros Lighthouse Lookout:
Perhaps you have seen the Lighthouse on the Malecón, but did you know that there is another and it is enabled as a viewpoint? You did not know? Well, it’s time for you to meet him!
The Matamoros Lighthouse, as its name says, is on Calle Matamoros in Downtown Puerto Vallarta. This lighthouse was built in 1932 by the captain of the port, Roberto Alcazar. It is currently out of function and was remodeled to be a viewpoint, it should be noted that it is somewhat small, so if you have to see many people, have a little patience, since having a photo in this place will be incredible.
9 – Marina Vallarta:
Marina Vallarta is one of the exclusive places in the city, although this complex is a residential place, it has a Malecón where you can see the yachts that visit this city. At the entrance of Marina Vallarta you will be greeted by a whale with its calf, do not forget to take a photo of it, as it is a truly impressive sculpture, the largest in Puerto Vallarta.
During the tour of the Malecón de la Marina you will see several restaurants and offices where you can access tours of the city.
In Marina Vallarta, a place that you should visit is Calle Popa, where many shops are concentrated where gastronomic activity is what stands out, in addition to finding several bars where you can enjoy a drink.
10 – Boca de Tomatlán- Colomitos:
Boca de Tomatlán is a very colorful town, about 15-20 minutes from downtown Puerto Vallarta. In this place most of its inhabitants are fishermen and their products are offered in several restaurants that are located on the seashore, there you can enjoy a good fish “shaken” or “pregnant”.
If you are a person who likes to take a little more adventure or you simply like walking and hiking, here in Boca de Tomatlán you can take a tour that will take you to a unique place. We are talking about Colomitos, a beach that in recent years has been very popular.
To get to Colomitos you must cross the Los Horcones River which is the one in Boca de Tomatlán and follow the signs, you will cross a path along the hill, but do not worry, this path was made between the government and the ejidatarios of the area so that it is a safe place to walk and with infrastructure so that there are no accidents, although yes, it is not a very easy path if you have problems with walking, since it is a walk of 15 to 20 minutes. The result will be to enjoy a beach with crystalline green water, Colomitos is considered one of the smallest beaches in Mexico and in the world. You should not miss the opportunity to visit!
If walking is not your thing, from the Boca de Tomatlán pier you can ask a “panga” to take you to Colomitos.
* Bonus *
As we said at the beginning, Puerto Vallarta has too many places to visit, so we leave you these two bonuses so that you can also write them down on your list of places to visit.
Estero el Salado:
¿Sabías que Puerto Vallarta es un lugar donde desde hace miles de años los cocodrilos habitan aquí? Pero no te asustes, en el Estero el Salado es un lugar donde se mantienen vigilados y monitoreados, además se les da el cuidado necesario y alimentación para conservar el ecosistema de la zona.
El Estero el Salado es una Área Natural Protegida y es considerado un Estero Urbanizado ya que está rodeado de la mancha urbana. Puedes programar tu cita guiada para que biólogos expertos del área te puedan explicar sobre la conservación de flora y fauna en este Estero y sepas la importancia de mantenerlo. Como dice su eslogan ¡Aventúrate por el Salado!
La Riviera Nayarit se encuentra en nuestro municipio vecino Bahía de Banderas, Riviera Nayarit es en conjunto con Puerto Vallarta una Zona Metropolitana, también a esta zona se le conoce como Vallarta-Nayarit.
Riviera Nayarit tiene al igual de Vallarta un sinfín de lugares que puedes ir a conocer. Los lugares más emblemáticos para pasar todo un día es Sayulita, Lo de Marcos, San Pancho, Bucerías, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Estos lugares están en un radio de entre 30 minutos a 60 minutos desde el centro de Puerto Vallarta, si bien el trayecto es largo para llegar a uno de estos puntos de interés, seguro que dedicarle un día a visitar estos lugares maravillosos valdrá la pena.
La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
¿Ya apuntaste que lugares quieres visitar? ¡Puerto Vallarta es único, vívelo!
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