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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.

All things to do » Things to do

Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk
Puerto Vallarta's El Malecon Boardwalk
Attraction type: Piers & Boardwalks
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Superior Tours Vallarta - Day Tours
Superior Tours Vallarta - Day Tours
Owner description: Superior Tours Vallarta is the number one transportation and tour company in Vallarta for all your travel needs; besides daytours we are the only company in Vallarta offering... more Owner description: Superior Tours Vallarta is the number one transportation and tour company in Vallarta for all your travel needs; besides daytours we are the only company in Vallarta offering overnight tours that leave from Vallarta to Guadalajara, The Copper Canyon, Mexico City and other destinations. Tours are offered in multiple languages and all guided by certified guides. Furthermore, Superior Tours is the main transportation company for groups like incentives, weddings and airport transfers. We have normal cars, (mini) Vans, and 46 passenger busses for all your transportation needs. We customize any tour and have no limits! less
Attraction type: Taxis & Shuttles; Private Tours; City Tours; Dolphin & Whale Watching; Walking Tours
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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: $100 pesos (6USD) per person, children 4-10 are only $50 pesos each and those younger are admitted free of charge with their parents/guardian. Tours to the gardens are available... more Owner description: $100 pesos (6USD) per person, children 4-10 are only $50 pesos each and those younger are admitted free of charge with their parents/guardian. Tours to the gardens are available but not necessary, its easy to come on your own and cheaper. 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". - 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 $25 pesos per person ($50 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, Rhododendron House, Holstein Tropical Plant House, Tillandsia House, Tree Fern Grotto, Palm Collection, Tropical Fruit Trees, Butterfly Gardens, cool "Sierra Madre" mountain breezes, gift shop, Swimming in a crystal river, 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: Sacred & Religious Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Salud Super Food
Salud Super Food
Price: $4 - $7
Cuisines: Mexican, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Fusion, Healthy
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Cafedesartistes
Cafedesartistes
Price: $25 - $60
Cuisines: French, International, European
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
Bravos Restaurant Bar
Bravos Restaurant Bar
Cuisines: Seafood, Gluten Free Options, Italian, International
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
116 Pulpito Gastro Bar
116 Pulpito Gastro Bar
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Pizza, Spanish
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Tacos Revolucion
Tacos Revolucion
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5
Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa
$84 - $1,638
Ranked #9 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta
3.5 of 5
Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta
$73 - $141 (MX$1,448 - MX$2,797)
Ranked #12 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Vallarta Shores
3.0 of 5
Vallarta Shores
$98 - $476
Ranked #17 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Resorts by Pinnacle 180
4.0 of 5
Resorts by Pinnacle 180
$179 - $846
Ranked #3 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
4.0 of 5
Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa
$205 - $485
Ranked #6 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
4.0 of 5
Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa
$185 - $548
Ranked #7 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Garlands Del Rio
4.0 of 5
Garlands Del Rio
$58 - $295
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Rivera del Rio
4.0 of 5
Rivera del Rio
$81 - $281
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Casa Velas
4.5 of 5
Casa Velas
$405 - $1,483
Ranked #2 of 126 Hotels in Puerto Vallarta
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.