Zona Romántica

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Zona Romántica
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David D
Devon, UK15,515 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Thursday 3rd February and we had spent some time exploring and sightseeing in El Centro while walking along The Malecón enjoying the sights and attractions.

It was time to move on and we crossed over the Puente Rio Cuale and the next part of our adventure began in Zona Romántica. North of the Bridge, which was the original Malecon, however it now includes the entire strip, both sides, including Paseo Díaz Ordaz.

Once over the Bridge The Malecón continues and runs along Playa Olas Atlas, walking along here we ended up at Playa de los Muertos and it's Pier. We were able to walk along the small pier and around the impressive Sail, an integral part ot the Pier.

This is a trendy area, with a Bohemian feel to the area. It may not have the initial visual impact, like it's neighbour, El Centro, however it does have its own unique charm and appeal. The cobbled streets are lined with cafes, bars, shops and restaurants, some with quaint verandas, and others with seating on the street. Ideal place to stop for some cold refreshments, a snack or a meal and just enjoy the ambience and also people watch.

A number of statues and sculptures are dotted around the streets.

There are a large number of LGBT Bars, a very welcoming place, numerous drags show are advertised around the area.

One of the features of the Zone is the colourful Parque Lazaro Cardenas, with statues,  colourful mosaic benches and walls.
Written March 17, 2022
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA21,824 contributions
Apr 2021
Zona Romántica is a trendy neighborhood in Puerto Vallarta, popular with Canadian ex-pats and the LGBT community, with lots of bars, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries scattered around its cobblestone streets.
Popular events and sights are the Olas Alta’s Farmers Market in Lázaro Cárdenas Park, and the Playa Los Muertos pier built-in 2013, with its large sail that changes colour at night.
Elizabeth Taylor's old home in Gringo Gulch, Casa Kimberly is a very good place to enjoy romantic evenings, or if you are more adventurous check out the drag shows at the Palm Cabaret and bar.
The ever-popular Los Muertos Beach (Beach of the Dead) attracts locals and visitors alike to its golden sand and sparkling ocean water. A brisk walk along the waterfront will take you past dozens of unusual and beautiful bronze sculptures

TIP: Take a boat trip from the end of the pier for a fishing trip or to visit the more secluded beaches!
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Written September 1, 2021
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lovetodineFlorida
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico183 contributions
Mar 2022
Also known as Old Towne this is the most popular section for tourists. Hundreds of eatteries, boutiques, souvenir shops, pharmacies, and Bars abound here. Very popular with the LGBTQ crowd and families alike. If peace and quiet are what you appreciate, stay in the Hotel Zone and either Bus, Uber, or Taxi to the area as nightlife is abundant and noisy until 2:00 am and beyond. The unfortunate side of the equation is the knocking down of original building to make room for high-rise condos, due to the lack of competent city planning.
Written March 26, 2022
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN12,104 contributions
Jan 2022
We really loved our time in Puerto Vallarta, the old downtown area. The friendly business owners, the Isla Cuale with the little shops, the old La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Catholic church) and just walking around exploring.

What is called the "Zona Romantica" is really just a central city park area where tourist shops are located, but in general most people refer to the entire old downtown area as zona romantica. Whichever it is in reality no one really knows. So if it refers to the entire downtown, yes, it is a wonderful way to spend a day. Plenty to see where resident locals merge with tourists.
Written March 1, 2022
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chiller55
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico9 contributions
Oct 2020
I went on a bar tour on a Saturday night and OMG I had a ball. The clubs are clean, fun and fresh. The men and women are gorgeous. I felt safe and secure, nobody was pushy and the drinks were strong and delicious. Try Los Otros Blondies, 69, and Wet OMG I highly recommend them all.
Written October 20, 2020
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Rosheen O
9 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We stayed in the Romantica Zone 3 years ago for the first time & it was a great trip. Unfortunately this trip Feb 2020 to the Romantica zone found it too busy, too dirty , too noisy and expensive. Just felt like a typical tourist targeted to make a buck off. People were friendly but it just wasn't enough. Our small boutique hotel is a quirky one but the oddities wore thin after a few days. Walking on cobblestones & narrow, lopsided sidewalks lost its charm for us. We actually gave up the last night & moved to a nice, clean, bright Holiday Inn Express. Even with the airport very close to the Holiday Inn Express we didn't here a thing. As in it is quieter than the Romantica Zone ! I would imagine there may be quieter spots within the Romantica zone but you still have to leave your hotel or condo for meals or to walk amongst the masses. Won't be going back. Not sure what the answer is as 'All Inclusives' are a bit generic. Perhaps we'll try a smaller town in Mexico if we come again.
Written February 28, 2020
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Charmain
United States59 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
I enjoyed the hustle of Zona Romantically, as well as the authentic sights and sounds. Lots of great restaurants and places to shop. The local community is extremely friendly and many speak English fluently. Great place to stay, dine and take in all of the sights and sounds. All of the beaches are well-maintained and offer chair service. The public restrooms are clean and well-maintained. Definitely will be back.
Written December 25, 2020
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Martha S
Bucerias, Mexico15 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We stayed in a small condo here and really enjoyed walking the streets exploring the area. Super safe feeling. Take note though that last week in January is bear week so gay population really explodes then. Some great restaurants in this area and you don't need to be on the boardwalk.
Written March 4, 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,751 contributions
Jan 2020
Zona Romantica, also called old town, the southside and Colonia Emilano Zapata is the favorite destination for expats, tourists and locals. Old Town has the largest concentration of restaurants and bars from street food to high end restaurants with ocean views like Azui Bistro. There is an international selection of cuisine to choose from which includes Japanese, Mediterranean, Cuban, German, etc.. The area is colorful and tree lined featuring boutiques, jewelry stores and other unique shops. Mercado Isla Rio Cuale is the local flea market. It is a large market with a wide variety of goods including souvenirs.

There is also a diversity of housing options ranging from a few hostels, budget hotels, boutique hotels, rental condos and B &B's. The vibrant colors, flower boxes, cobblestone streets, and architecture create a bright and cheerful ambiance.

Los Muertos Beach to the west of Zona Romantica has white sands, low wave heights and cool waters. During high season (Nov-April) it can get quite crowded. One of the highlights is the Los Muertos Pier which lights up in the evening in green, red, blue and yellow lights.
Written November 19, 2020
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JBG1
Leicester, UK679 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This area if Puerto Vallarta is an area which must be visited if you are staying in the vicinity. Obviously the experience changes between day and night but nevertheless is worth absorbing if in Puerto Vallarta itself. Bronze artwork cafes and bars plus street entertainers make it all tick All you need to do is walk it and absorb the local DNA It's infectious.
Written February 8, 2020
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