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Puerto Vallarta
Strolling, shopping, and sipping tequila along the Malecon boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta is the best way to kick off your vacation. Then hit the cobblestone streets of Old Vallarta to browse the flea market for handmade crafts. The calm, warm waters of the Bay of Banderas make for excellent diving, or you can just watch artists sculpt spectacular creations in the sand. The cluster of fine art galleries in El Centro are perfect spots to hit on a self-guided art tour.

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Galleria Dante
Galleria Dante
Art gallery where the newest in classical and contemporary sculptures of many talented artists can be viewed. Great Place to SHOP for great art collection.
Attraction type: Art Galleries
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Paradise Adventure Park
Paradise Adventure Park
Owner description: Make your dreams come true with Puerto Vallarta's newest canopy tour! More than 10,000 feet of fun, spread out over 10 thrilling zip lines, up to a half-mile long, taking you up... more Owner description: Make your dreams come true with Puerto Vallarta's newest canopy tour! More than 10,000 feet of fun, spread out over 10 thrilling zip lines, up to a half-mile long, taking you up to an exhilarating height of nearly 700 feet over the beautiful jungle canopy and river far below.After the canopy you can enjoy our delicious food along with the relaxing sounds of the river, all of this while getting in touch with nature with our amazing green mountains. less
Attraction type: Amusement & Theme Parks
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Zona Romantica
Zona Romantica
Cozy restaurants and bars line the street in "romantic zone."
Attraction type: Historic Walking Areas
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Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Owner description: The Vallarta Botanical Garden was selected by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council in 2013 as one of the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For". It's clearly... more Owner description: The Vallarta Botanical Garden was selected by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council in 2013 as one of the "Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For". It's clearly Vallarta's best vacation value - only $80 pesos per person to enter (children 4-12 are admitted at only $20 pesos each and those younger are admitted free of charge with their parents/guardians). - Open 7 days/wk for the months of DEC, JAN, FEB, & MAR (except DEC 25 & JAN 1) - Open 6 days/wk for the months of APR through NOV (closed Mondays) Located at km. 24 Of the Palms to Pines Scenic Highway (Carr. 200) Just 30 minutes from Old Town Puerto Vallarta. To arrive on your own using public transportation, take the "El Tuito" bus at the corner of Aguacate and Carranza Streets in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Tell the bus driver you are going to the Botanical Garden "Jardin Botanico" and he/she will stop right at the Garden's entrance. The same bus offers return service to Puerto Vallarta (PV) with the LAST BUS TO PV AT 6 PM. The bus is currently priced at $20 pesos per person ($40 pesos round trip -- less than $3 USD). WHAT YOU CAN EXPERIENCE: beautifully landscaped grounds, stunning plant collections, jungle trails, mountain river swimming, bird watching, Hacienda de Oro Visitor Center, Vallarta Conservatory of Orchids and Native plants, Holstein Tropical Plant House, Tillandsia House, Tree Fern Grotto, Palm Collection, Tropical Fruit Trees, Butterfly Gardens, cool "Sierra Madre" mountain breezes, gift shop, plant sales, Tequila tasting, Vallarta's most-popular destination restaurant (famous for brick-oven pizza & authentic Mexican cuisine with dining to the backdrop of jungle-clad mountains while overlooking the Horcones River and the gardens)... And much, much more! less
Attraction type: Gardens; Nature & Wildlife Areas
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The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Beautiful cathedral featuring its trademark crown of angels.
Attraction type: Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Bravos Restaurant Bar
Bravos Restaurant Bar
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Ocean Grill Vallarta
Ocean Grill Vallarta
Price: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Mexican, Seafood, Barbecue, Grill
Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Cafe des Artistes
Cafe des Artistes
Price: $25 - $60
Cuisines: French, Mexican, International
Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Yucateco
Yucateco
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Chenan2 Restaurant
Chenan2 Restaurant
Price: $6 - $20
Dining options: Dinner, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Playa Fiesta BeachClub & Hotel
3.0 of 5
Playa Fiesta BeachClub & Hotel
$79 - $239
Ranked #2 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta
3.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta
$73 - $161 (MXN 1,187 - 2,619)
Ranked #6 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
4.0 of 5
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta
$100 - $747
Ranked #13 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Signature by Pinnacle
4.0 of 5
Signature by Pinnacle
$184 - $378
Ranked #4 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
$147 - $495
Ranked #5 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Casa Cupula
3.5 of 5
Casa Cupula
$133 - $394
Ranked #9 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Rivera del Rio
4.0 of 5
Rivera del Rio
$78 - $291
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Hotel Mousai
4.5 of 5
Hotel Mousai
$426 - $1,118
Ranked #1 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Casa Velas
4.5 of 5
Casa Velas
$336 - $563
Ranked #3 of 123 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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