Puerto Vallarta travel guide

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You're Going to Love Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort city that became popular with tourists after it was used as a backdrop for the 1964 movie "The Night of the Iguana". The city has evolved into a modern hotspot with rich nightlife and an EDM festival. It is also a popular LGBT destination.

You can discover the more traditional aspects of the city as you walk through the Zona Romantica and shop at the flea market, and see the more modern side of Puerto Vallarta as you explore the bars and clubs that border the Malecón.

Plan out your itinerary to see the Belle Epoque buildings, try the best seafood restaurants, or simply go explore the Zone Romantica and let Puerto Vallarta surprise you!

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When to Visit Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta has a tropical climate and temperatures can be high from July through September. The high season typically starts in November and ends in April. Traveling between April and June is ideal if you want to avoid crowds. The Electro Beach festival is held in March and attracts large crowds. The Cultural Festival in May is worth the trip, as is the Day of the Dead celebration in November.

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How to Get to Puerto Vallarta

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Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta

The Flamingo Vallarta Hotel & Marina or the all-inclusive Velas Vallarta are ideal options if you want to stay in the more modern area of the Marina. If you are looking for comfort, the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort is located a little further south on the beach. The Encino Hotel and Hotel Rio Malecón are more affordable options that are closer to the Malecón. If you want to stay in the Zona Romantica, consider the Hotel Eloisa, the Hotel Playa Los Arco, or the Hotel Posada de Roger.

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Shopping Streets

Go for a walk in the Zona Romantica or spend an afternoon at the flea market on Mercado Isla if you want to shop for souvenirs, art, traditional clothes, and food. There is a mall on Plaza Caracol just south of the river with modern Mexican fashion stores. You will find more shopping options in the Marina area, such as the art galleries and clothing stores on Plaza Neptuno.

Groceries and Other

There is a Sam's Club and a Walmart near the Marina and another Walmart located east of the Centro area. Groceries are very affordable and you should pay Mex$14 for a quart of milk, Mex$29 for a dozen eggs, and Mex$17 for a loaf of bread.

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£3.61
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A pair of jeans
£30.96
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Single public transport ticket
£0.31
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Cappuccino
£1.31

Where to Eat in Puerto Vallarta

Make sure you try local specialties such as red snapper marinated in peppers (Huachinango Zarandeado), skewered meat with hot sauce and lime (Mahi-mahi), and raw fish cured with lime juice (Ceviche). Head to Le Kliff, Vista Grill, or La Leche for Mexican fare and seafood. If you want a cheaper meal, Pancho's Takos and Pepe's Tacos are excellent choices. You will also find that Puerto Vallarta has some excellent steakhouses such as BocaDos STK and Asador La Vaca Argentina. A meal will typically cost Mex$160 to Mex$240 and eating at an upscale restaurant should cost Mex$700.

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