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Puerto Vallarta is situated on the Pacific cost of Mexico in the north west corner of the state of Jalisco. Puerto Vallarta is a quaint, colonial seaside town encircled by the Sierra Madre mountains to the east and fronted by the Bay of Banderas, Mexico’s largest natural bay. The center of town is divided by the Cuale River.
A great time to be in Puerto Vallarta is between October and May with the average high at 86 deg and low at 60 deg. The rainy season is late June thru September. Time Zone Puerto Vallarta falls into Central Standard Time
Puerto Vallarta is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth, and Vallarta's weather can be described as tropically perfect. The weather in Puerto Vallarta is astonishingly nice boasting 322 days of sunshine each year, with warm and sunny days and cool and comfortable nights.
During the winter, temperatures in Vallarta are in the low to mid 80's during the day with nighttime temperatures ranging from the 60-70° F. Summertime, from June to October, is Vallarta's rainy season with temperatures ranging from the mid 80's to low 90's. Sure it's warm, but afternoon rain showers cool things off and the delightful ocean is just steps away. Vallarta's protected location on Banderas Bay gives PV an excellent climate for either vacationing or year-round living.
You will need a valid passport to enter into Mexico. A driver’s license is no longer acceptable. You will be arriving at the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport located four miles north of downtown. Upon entering Mexico, all visitors must get a tourist card. If you're arriving by plane from the United States or Canada, the standard tourist card will be given to you on the plane. They're also available through travel agents and Mexican consulates and at the border if you're entering by land. You're given a portion of the tourist card form upon entering Mexico. Keep track of this documentation throughout your trip; you will need it when you depart. You'll be asked to hand it, your ticket, and your passport to airline representatives at the gate when boarding for departure.
If you lose your tourist card, plan to spend some time (and about $30) sorting it out with Mexican officials at the airport on departure.
Mexico has some of the strictest policies about children entering the country. Minors traveling with one parent need notarized permission from the absent parent. And all children, including infants, must have proof of citizenship (the same as adults) for travel to Mexico.
Mexican Embassy in Washingon DC 202 728 1600 http://embamex.sre.gob.mx/eua/index.php/en/contact-us
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Pesos. Don’t expect to get the best exchange rate at “Casa de Cambios”, beach vendors, flea markets etc. You will get the best rates at the banks but you must show your passport and there are restrictions on the amount you change per day. Bills that are orn or defaced in any way will not be exchanged or accepted. US dollars, Canadian dollars, Pounds Sterling and Euros are accepted in Puerto Vallarta. Most banks in the normal tourist areas offer bilingual service and if they don’t, it is very easy to make yourself understood by these wonderful, friendly and helpful people. Average: USD 1.00 – 13.3 Mexican Pesos. Check for up to date exchange rate on http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/?Amount=1oo&From=USD&To=MXN
Spanish. Don’t assume that because there are a fair number of English speaking residents and visitors in Puerto Vallarta that all Mexicans are able to speak English well. A good many do, about 60 – 65%, with the remainder knowing enough to answer basic questions. Speak English slowly and clearly. Don’t worry – you will be surrounded by very happy and helpful people who are eager to please and help at anytime.
ATM cards work fine and there are many machines around the town but international bank charges by your bank might apply. Let your bank know you will be visiting Puerto Vallarta. There are 3 ATM machines at the airport if you wish to use them on arrival. ATMs (cajeros automáticos) are widely available, with Star, Cirrus, and Plus the most frequently found networks. Your own bank will probably charge a fee for using ATMs abroad; the foreign bank you use may also charge a fee. You'll usually get a better rate of exchange at an ATM, however, than you will at a currency-exchange office or at a teller window. And extracting funds as you need them is a safer option than carrying around a large amount of cash. Many Mexican ATMs cannot accept PINs with more than four digits. If yours is longer, change your PIN to four digits before you leave home. If your PIN is fine yet your transaction still can't be completed, chances are that the computer lines are busy or that the machine has run out of money or is being serviced. Don't give up. For cash advances, plan to use Visa or MasterCard, as many Mexican ATMs don't accept American Express. Large banks with reliable ATMs include Banamex, HSBC, BBVA Bancomer, Santander, Serfín, and Scotiabank Inverlat. Some banks no longer exchange traveler's checks; if you carry these, make sure they are in smaller denominations ($20s or $50s) to make it more likely that hotels or shops will accept them if need be. Travelers must have their passport or other official identification in order to change traveler's checks.
For U.S. and Canadian travelers, electrical converters are not necessary because Mexico operates on the 60 cycle, 120-volt system, however many Mexican outlets have not been updated to accommodate three prong and polarized plugs, so to be safe bring an adapter. Consider making a small investment in a universal adapter, which has several types of plugs in one lightweight, compact unit.
When tipping Mexico, remember that the minimum wage is just under $5.00 per day. Waiters and bellmen may not be at the bottom of that heap, but they’re not very far up, either. I do tip 15 – 20 percent at restaurants because of the incredible service with a smile I receive.
Puerto Vallarta and environs have a value-added tax of 15%, called the IVA. It’s often waived for cash purchases, or it’s incorporated into the price.
High-style sportswear, cotton slacks and walking shorts and plenty of colorful sundresses are the palette of clothing you will see in Puerto Vallarta, Bring lightweight sportswear, bath suits and cover-up’s for the beach. In addition to shorts, pack at least a pair or two of lightweight long pants. Men may want to bring a lightweight suite or slacks and blazer for fancier restaurants (although very few have dress codes). For women, dresses of cotton, linen or other lightweight, breathable fabrics are recommended. Puerto Vallarta restaurants are very tolerant of casual dress, but it never hurts to exceed expectations. A light weight jacket is a necessity in winter.
Our villas are equipped with wireless Internet access.
We will provide you with all this information in your Villa Handbook. The area code for PV (and the northern Costalegre) and Nuevo Vallarta is 322; San Francisco's is 311; between Bucerías and Sayulita, 329; Lo De Marcos and Rincón de Guayabitos, 327; San Blas, 323. The Costalegre from around Rancho Cuixmala to San Patricio-Melaque and Barra de Navidad has a 315 area code.
The country code for Mexico is 52. When calling a Mexico number from abroad, dial any necessary international access code, then the country code, and then all of the numbers listed for the entry. When calling a cell phone in Mexico from outside the country, dial 01152 (access and country codes) and then 1 and then the number.
Toll-free numbers in Mexico start with an 800 prefix. These numbers, however, are billed as local calls if you call one from a private phone. To reach them, you need to dial 01 before the number. In this guide, Mexico-only toll-free numbers appear as follows: 01800/123-4567. The toll-free numbers listed simply 800/123-4567 are U.S. or Canadian numbers and generally work north of the border only (though some calling cards will allow you to dial them from Mexico, charging you minutes as for a toll call). Numbers listed as 001800/123-4567 are toll-free U.S. numbers; if you're calling from Mexico, you'll be charged for an international call.
To make an international call, dial 00 before the country code, area code, and number. The country code for the United States and Canada is 1. Avoid phones near tourist areas that advertise in English (e.g., "Call the U.S. or Canada here!"). They charge an outrageous fee per minute. If in doubt, dial the operator and ask for rates.
Calls Within Mexico:
Directory assistance is 040 nationwide. For assistance in English, dial 090 for an international operator; tell the operator in what city, state, and country you require directory assistance, and he or she will connect you. There's no charge for the former; the latter can be dialed only from a home phone, as the charge appears on the monthly phone bill.
Internet & Telephone
Banderas Bay Cruises Puerto Vallarta
America Catamaran - Tel: 209-1306
Bora Bora Cruises - Tel: 224-3680
Marigalante and Jolly Roger Puerto Vallarta Pirate Ships (the Marigalante is a replica of
Columbus' Santa Maria) - Tel: 223-0309, 223-0875, USA 1-866-915-0361
Princesa Cruises - Tel: 224-4777
Sail Vallarta -Tel: 221-0096
Santa Maria - Tel: 221-2511
Sea Mi Amor Cruise - Tel: 224-111
Vallarta Adventures - Tel: 221-0657
Fishing in Puerto Vallarta while you are staying in one of our villas by www.vallartasportsman.com
Fishing in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay is considered among the best in the world for sportfishing. ANY TIME OF THE YEAR! Trophy-size Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna and Mahi Mahi, along with numerous other sportfish can all be found.
Banderas Bay - Recommended for Bottom fishing, trolling, larger groups, wives and girlfriends, cruise passengers, those on a tight budget or short on time, those who get seasick. Less than 1 hour of travel time.
Marietas Islands (Punta Mita) - Recommended for those who want the best deep sea fishing possible in 8 hours in Puerto Vallarta (run as a combo trip with El Morro), the best chance to see whales and dolphins from the boat, those who want a chance at a trophy fish but are on a budget. Approx. 1 Hour each way.
El Morro - Recommended for those who want the best deep sea fishing possible in 8 hours in Puerto Vallarta, run as a combo trip with the Marietas Islands. All fishermen, those who want an excellent chance at a trophy fish, but don't want the travel time of Corbetena or the Banks. Approx. 1.25 hours each way.
El Faro - Serious fishermen, trophy fishing, Marlin and Sailfish, Wahoo and Tuna. Used as an alternate to Corbetena at certain times of the year when the fish tend to cluster here. Approx. 1.25 hours each way.
Corbetena - Serious fishermen, trophy fishing, Marlin and Sailfish, Wahoo and Tuna. Our recommendation for the best overall fishing site in Puerto Vallarta. Approx 1.5 hrs each way.
The Banks - Recommended for only the most hardcore fishermen or overnighters. Popular for huge cow tuna, but at over 50 miles, it's a long haul. Approx. 2 hours each way.
SUNSCREEN - This is extremely important. The tropical sun shines very bright in Puerto Vallarta 322 days out of the year. The reflection off the water makes it even stronger. Make sure it's waterproof and AT LEAST SPF 15, preferably higher.
HAT - To keep the sun off your face.
BEER AND LUNCH
Birding Tours - With Gerardo Hernandez Vázquez, a bilingual guide specialized in Nature-oriented tourism. Further info Nature Vallarta. Tel: 227-9750
Birding Mexico - Villasol neighborhood - 591 Sol street. Tel: 222-7407, 221-0467, Cell: 044-322-303-8788
Offering four birding tours around Puerto Vallarta: in the farmlands of the Valle de Banderas (Banderas Valley, about 100-150 sq. miles) tropical deciduous forests, the Bay marshlands, at Las Marietas Islands, and in the pine & oak forests in the sierra of El Tuito. Tours include a certified specialized bilingual guide, transportation and food. Info at Bird Watching Mexico - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Eco-Tours of Mexico - Marina Vallarta - Proa street Local 20 Condo Marina del rey. Tel: 222-6606, 223-3130
Further information on their Eco-tours website page for Puerto Vallarta Bird Watching Tours. Visits to Los Arcos nature reserve, Mismaloya and Nogalito. They recommend bringing along binoculars, camera, comfortable clothing and shoes, hat, insect repellent and the 'birding spirit'.
Wildlife Connection - Colonia Aralias - 154 Tordo. Tel: 225-3621, Cell: 044-322-227-1645
Guides are biologists with masters degree in marine ecology, science journalist and professional wildlife photographer giving tours in river, mountain and coastal lagoon area. Also offers whale watching, turtle camp, hiking, snorkeling and dolphin tours. VisitWildlife Connection - Bird Watching Tours.
For U.S. and Canadian travelers, electrical converters are not necessary because Mexico operates on the 60 cycle, 120-volt system, however many Mexican outlets have not been updated to accommodate three prong and polarized plugs, so to be safe bring an adaptor. Consider making a small investment in a universal adapter, which has several types of pplugs in one lightweight, compact unit.
Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Forum - The Vallarta Whale Watching Forum is a privately funded, ecological group that promotes public awareness, education and responsible whale watching activities in and around PV and Banderas Bay. The official 2011-2012 season ran from Dec 8, 2011-March 23, 2012. The group distributes 100% of its profits to like-minded environmental organizations who are in the business of protecting the Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and other sea creatures and marine mammals worldwide.
Responsible Whale Watching with Ocean Friendly Tours - Los Peines Pier, Marina Vallarta.
Tel: 225-3774, Cell: 044-322-294-0385
Ocean Friendly Whale Watching Tours - Los Peines Pier, Marina Vallarta.
Cell: 044-322-294-0385; Telephone: 225-3774
Oscar Frey is an Oceanologist and whale photographer and started his Puerto Vallarta whale watching tours in Banderas Bay in the mid-1990s, while also running a research program involving humpback whale numbers, behavior and distribution in this area of the Mexican Pacific. Oscar is a consultant to the Department of Oceanography and Eco-Tourism. The Responsible Whale Watching Tours with Ocean Friendly includes oceanologist & naturalist assistants as your specialized bilingual guides, a meal service of homemade pannini sandwiches, condiments, fruit, snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks, illustrated field guides, a hydrophone system (underwater microphone to listen the whales songs and dolphins while aboard) and other amenities. Tours are open to all, for 4-8 persons. Advance reservation required. I have received excellent reports of the Ocean Friendly tours, one of the most highly rated and regarded of any Puerto Vallarta tours-excursions. Highly recommended. Note: December 8 to March 23 only. $99 USD per adult; $79 USD for children 2-8 years old. See some pictures from his great Puerto Vallarta whale tours. Office hours daily, 10am-6pm.
Whalecome to Puerto Vallarta. Cell: 044-322-135-9260
Whalecome to Vallarta is a pioneer in whale watching and eco-tourism in Banderas Bay, where the company has been directed and operated by Oceanologist Izabela Cardenas (since 1995), who has been a certified whale watching guide by the Tourism, Environmental and Natural Resources Authorities for over 14 years. Izabela has participated in several research projects with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the National Geographic Society and with the Institute of Marine Sciences in Ensenada, Baja California. Check out the site for daily Whale Watching Tours, 9:30am-1:30pm, limited to 12 passengers and you can book on-line. Excursion includes hydrophone, a licensed bilingual guide, fruit, bottled water, sodas and snacks. Departures are from the Los Peines Pier in the Marina. $95 per adult; $75 per child.
Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens - Carretera a Barra de Navidad/Coastal Highway 200 to Barra de Navidad at Km. 24
A non-profit educational research center and pleasure garden in the Sierra Madre Mountains. These lovely gardens are easily accessible, approximately 17 miles south of Puerto Vallarta on Coastal Highway #200, the Carretera a Barra de Navidad, just beyond Las Juntas y Los Veranos. Located on 20 acres of land, the botanical site features an amazing collection of 3,000 different species of plants, in other words a great side trip. Located in the heart of an old growth native forest, the Lonely Planet 2009 Guide to Mexico lists this as a "Puerto Vallarta must see" and will perhaps one day be a major Puerto Vallarta attraction. The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (see website) also has its own on-site restaurant. Established in 2005, with an admission of 60 pesos. Tues-Sun, 9am-6pm. Local telephone: 223-6182
Harris Tours - Tel: 223-2972
Sierra Madre Tours - Tel: 221-1136
ATV Adventure Tours - Tel: 298-0261
Vallarta Adventures - Tel: 221-0657
Canopy Adventure - Tel: 297-1212
El Eden - Tel: 222-2516
Los Veranos Canopy Tour - South Side - Francisca Rodriguez. Telephone: 223-0504
Office located on Francisca Rodriguez street across from the main Pemex gasoline station on the South Side. Around $79 USD per person but some 15% cheaper if you book on-line. Leaves on the hour from 9am-1pm, approximately 4-5 hours total. Reported to me by several clients and beach-vendors as perhaps the best tour of the bunch. Oldest zip-line adventure company in the city. In Canada and the US, Tel: 619-955-6993 or toll-free at 1-877-563-4113. Website for info: Los Veranos Canopy Tours - Puerto Vallarta. Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm; Sun, 9am-5pm
Canopy River - North Side/Hotel Zone - 1968-A Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio. Phone: 222-0560, 222-0860
Several tours available including Canopy River zip lines, Cuale mountain expedition into the Sierra Madres and ATVs. Office across the boulevard from Centro Comercial Villas Vallarta. Visit Canopy River Vallarta.
Vallarta Adventures - Tour includes light snacks, bottled water and round-trip transportation from their offices in the Marina or Nuevo Vallarta to their canopy reserve in the Sierra Madre mountains. $79 for adults, $55 for children. Tel: 297-1212
City Tours and Sightseeing Tours:
Gray Line Puerto Vallarta - Adventure, city, night and sea tours including the Marigalante pirate ship cruise, sailing to the Marietas Islands, canopy plus El Eden tour, horseback riding, dolphin swim, off road bicycle adventure, and a Vallarta city tour. graylinevallarta.com. Tel: 225-1190
Aquaventuras Water Park - Coastal Highway Km. 155, near Nuevo Vallarta.
With 10 water slides and more to enjoy (photo left). Other Puerto Vallarta water park activities include volleyball, basketball, a fun children's playground, sandbox and gardens. Main tourist attractions include sea lion, California seals and dolphin shows at The Dolphinarium with pacific Bottlenose dolphins. Formerly known on-line as Splash and also Sea Life Park. Entrance fee for the Water Park is around $19 USD per adult, $14 USD for children age 4-11 years old. Call for current prices. There is also a daily dolphin swim adventure 10am, 11:15am, 2pm and 3pm for $99 per person. Puerto Vallarta Aquaventuras water park has a variety of fast food stands, restaurant-bar and picnic areas. Located about a 5-7 minute drive north of the Puerto Vallarta international airport in Nayarit state. Water park, Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm.
Mayan Water Park - Marina - Paseo de La Marina Sur. Tel: 221-1500, 221-1628.
Water slides, kids play area and swimming pools with pool-side restaurant and bar. Lifeguards on duty. Across the street from the Mayan Palace hotel.
America Cruise Eco-Tour - Marina Vallarta - 214 Paseo de la Marina Sur in Marina Vallarta. Tel: 209-1306
On one of the newest cruise boats in Puerto Vallarta, the two-level 75' America Catamaran with day trips to Los Arcos, Colomitos cove & Las Animas beach (photo at left). This Puerto Vallarta tour includes snorkeling, kayaks, open national bar, continental breakfast and lunch at their Las Aniams beach club. 600 pesos for adults. Also available for private events and tours, contact Gonzalo Casillas. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm.
EcoTours of Mexico - North Side - Proa s/n Local 20, Condo Marina del rey Marina Vallarta - Tel: 222-6606, 223-3130,209-2195,
Offering environmental friendly adventures for people who want to learn about Nature and are concerned about conservation: scuba diving and snorkeling at the wildlife sanctuary of the Marietas Islands; whale watching (December to March); sea kayaking; sea turtle releases (July-early Dec); hiking the rivers and exotic areas in the Sierra Madre mountains; and bird watching of the nearly 300 species living in the Puerto Vallarta area. Since 1991. Info: ecotoursvallarta.com
Vallarta Adventures - Marina - Edificio Marina Golf Local 13-C, Calle Mástil. Tel: 297-1212, 221-2111
A long time and well-known leading provider of Puerto Vallarta tours, excursions and things to do. Among these are boat trips, eco-tours to Las Marietas Islands, swim with the dolphins, air excursions to the mining town of San Sebastian, scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing excursions, whale watching during the winter months Nov-March, 4-wheel drive tours into the Sierra Madre foothills and the popular Rhythms of the Night dinner and show at Las Caletas beach resort area.
Wildlife Connection - Colonia Aralias/North Side - 154 Tordo. Tel: 225-3621, Cell: 044-322-100-2908
Dedicated to the study and conservation of dolphins and whales. Apart of their research activities and educational efforts, specialized tours are organized by the folks at the Puerto Vallarta Wildlife Connection to offer the general public an opportunity to experience a close contact with nature and its wild animals, whales, dolphins, turtles and bird watching. Led by Biologist Ma. Eugenia Rodríguez (Maru) and wildlife photographer Eduardo Lugo, who have been acting with eco-tours and whale watching guides since 1995.
El Tigre Golf and Country Club - 800 Paseo Paraiso, Paradise Village, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. Phone: 226-8191, 226-8195
Reviewed as the Top 10 Best golf course of the country 2008 by Golf Guide Magazine and Golf in Mexico Magazine. Facilities and services include: Professional PGA golf instructions, equipment rental, lockers, bag storage, roaming beverage cart service, tournament and group operations, spa service, events and catering. El Tigre Golf Club. Daily, 7:30am-6:00pm
Marina Vallarta Golf Club - Marina - 430 Paseo de la Marina. Tel: 221-0073
Designed by American architect Joe Finger, with the beach on one side and Banderas Bay and the Marina on the other. An 18-hole par 71 course opened in 1989, it is located in the Marina and so it's close to most of the major hotels. Marina Vallarta Golf Club. Tel: 221-0073.
Flamingos Golf and Country Club - Nuevo Vallarta. Tel: 01-329-296-5006
This 18-hole par 72 public course in Nuevo Vallarta, approximately 9-10 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, also has a club house with pro shop, snack bar and several tennis courts. Designed by Percy Clifford in 1970 and with natural rolling hill terrain, lush tropical forest and natural lagoons-mangroves. Flamingos Golf Club.
Four Seasons Hotel Golf Course - Federal Highway 200, Punta Mita, Nayarit. Tel: 329-291-6000
Located some 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta's airport. A Jack Nicklaus designed 18-hole par 72 course, plus one truly unique hole: a 194-yard par-3, located on a natural island in the ocean (Golfers are transported to the island in an amphibian cart). Opened in September 1999. 58 kilometres/36 miles to downtown Vallarta.
Vista Vallarta Golf Club - 653 Circuito Universidad. Telephone: 290-0030
Opened in 2001 with two 18 hole courses at par 72. About 15-20 minutes inland from Marina Vallarta in the higher elevations of the Sierra Madres so there are grassy hillsides, dense forests of palm and ficas trees, several natural creeks and arroyos. Full club house, restaurant and bar. Member hotels include Marriot Casa Magna, Velas Vallarta, Sol Melia, Grand Velas and the Westin. Two signature courses with designs by Jack Nicklaus (7057 yards, par-72) and Tom Weiskopf (6976 yards, par-72).
Horse Back Riding:
Backcountry Tours - Tel: 222-0386
Rancho Capomo - Bilingual guide and daily rides from 9am to 3pm for three hours. Tel: 225-0450.
Rancho el Charro - The ranch is located in the rural village of Playa Grande, on the banks of the Pitillal river at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountains. Small groups for 3, 5 or 8 hours (photo at left) with bilingual guides, horses for all levels, children welcome. Horse rides-day trips go to the Pitillal river waterfalls. Visit their website for further information on Rancho El Charro Puerto Vallarta horseback riding tours. You can contact Pamela Aguirre, Tel: 224-0114 or cellular: 044-322-294-1689.
Rancho Manolo - From Mismaloya to El Eden, includes visits to sites of "Predator" and "Buccaneer" movies. Tel: 228-0018.
Rancho El Ojo de Agua - With 3, 5 and 7 hour mountain-river-waterfall rides from the ranch to a reserve in the Sierra Madre mountains. Small groups and children welcome. Since 1983, Rancho Ojo de Agua is a family-owned business by the Dr. Octavio Gonzalez family. 227 Cerrada de Cardenal, Colonia Las Aralias. Tel: 224-0607, 224-8240.
Natura Expeditions - Horseback riding, sailing cruise and bass fishing. Tel: 224-0410 and 224-8003.
The dive sites for these diving service providers below generally include: Los Arcos Underwater National Park, with depths of 25-60 feet; Majahuitas beach and its caverns; the Marietas Islands ecological sanctuary with its bird populations and many lava tubes and cave formations; El Chimo on the far southern bay shore with its giant manta rays and interesting underwater terrain; El Morro some 30 miles out from Puerto Vallarta on the edge of Banderas Bay to see the underwater pinnacles and caves as well as the whale sharks, rays, jacks, sailfish and mantas.
Chico's Dive Shop - Central - 772 Paseo Diaz Ordaz. Tel: 222-1895, 222-1875, 222-1897
Puerto Vallarta's well-known scuba diving operator since 1968. With scuba and snorkeling tours to Los Arcos and Majahuitas Cove on Wed-Fri, 10am-4pm. Also at the Marietas Islands, El Moro and Chimo sites. Scuba lessons and courses; guided tours aboard catamarans or speed boats. More info Chico's Dive Shop - Puerto Vallarta. Daily, 8am-10pm.
Pacific Scuba/Ocean Quest Dive Center - South Side - 230 Lazaro Cardenas. Tel: 223-4103, Cell: 044-322-135-7884
Scuba diving and snorkeling tours to the Marietas islands, El Morro, Los Arcos, Majahuitas. PDAI courses. Only small groups with a max of 6 divers, with two PDI pros on every trip. Formerly known as Ocean Quest Dive Center. Info: www.diving-mexico.com
Vallarta Adventures - Marina Vallarta - Calle Mastil, Local 13-C, Marina Golf Building and #39 Avenue Las Palmas, Nuevo Vallarta. Tel: 297-1212
PADI-certified scuba instruction and scuba diving trips to Las Marietas Islands marine reserve, Las Caletas, Los Arcos natural reserve at night, Los Anegados, Corbetena, and the world class site at El Morro with its rocky coral reefs and wide diversity of marine plants and animals such as manta rays, large schooling fish, moray eels, octopus, sharks, turtles and dolphins. Info: www.vallarta-adventures.com
Vallarta Under Sea - North Side Marina Vallarta - Proa street, local 24, Marina del Rey building. Tel: 209-0025
Day trips to all local dive and snorkeling sites, with top of the line gear; lunch and drinks included. Charter trips available. PADI certifications. Founder of the Beach and Bay Underwater Clean Up. "We meet all safety requirements and educational standards including environmentally aware diving." Scuba diving - Vallarta Under Sea.
Tequila Tour Puerto Vallarta - Mezcales, Nayarit - 197 Puesta del Sol, Col. El Palmar. Tel: 329-296-5189
The first tequila factory in the Banderas Bay area. The Leyva family will take you through the cooking, fermenting, distilling and aging process of the Blue Agave into their brands, Agave Leyva and Mama Lucia tequila liquors. From an email they sent me years ago, "...here you can see tequila is really made here besides that we still keep the traditional way to make tequila as 'home made Tequila'. Besides making some liquors as cofee, almond and mandarin...". Located just 15-20 minutes north of the city. Tequila Tour - Puerto Vallarta. Daily, 10am-4pm
On any given day of swell, there are over 20 spots to choose from offering everything from long unpeeling point breaks to fast thinking barrel grinders, to sizable or huge offshore reefs.
The best way to get to a lot of the surf here in Banderas Bay is by boat. There are numerous charter companies offering a day trip out to the best spots of the day -- this makes it easy when the locals know where to take you on any given day to find the best surf.
Surfing Punta de Mita which is on the norther end of the Bay, offers some superb surfing including 7 surf swells that make up the legendary "Mexican Malibu", 9 miles of clean, white sandy beaches and the "Cove" which is considered to have the "best breaks" around.
Surfing Saylulita is a little over an hour's drive northfrom our vacation rentals in Puerto Vallarta. The village of Sayulita is home to some of the best surfers in the world and is said to make all surfer's dreams come true, and offers wave types for all - beginners and professionals alike. Consistent waves that attract large crowds to the beaches in the winter months and breaks suited towards long boards, but also short board friendly.
Villa Vacations Puerto Vallarta is very excited to introduce you to our exclusive vacation rentals, and the most amazing destination on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta. Please take some time to read the information we have provided, to help you understand how much there is to do during your vacation. So much so, that you may consider booking a return vacation! The attractions that have made "Vallarta" one of Mexico's top destinations start with 26 miles of beaches occupying all sides of gorgeous Banderas Bay. It does not stop there, you will find all sorts of outdoor adventure activities from jungle excursions, sailing, whale watching and horse back riding, to cultural tours of the historic town and spectacular cuisine at the wide variety of restaurants. Our concierge staff will ensure that while you are staying at any one of our vacation rental accommodations, you will be charmed by their hospitality, and definitely leave wanting to return to your vacation villa next year. For more details about traveling to Puerto Vallarta, read "Fast Facts about your trip to Puerto Vallarta", and with help planning what to do while on vacation, also visit our Attractions and Activities, Fishing in Puerto Vallarta, Art Galleries, Weather, Festivals and Holidays, and our Restaurant listings pages. Also feel free to contact us either by phone at 443-786-7220 or by email anytime.
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Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas for you to experience while staying at one of our exclusive villas by www.villavacationspv.com
Puerto Vallarta Platinum Dining Guide from the wonderful website http://www.virtualvallarta.com
The Puerto Vallarta restaurant dining scene is so surprisingly diverse and extensive you would have to go to a different restaurant every day for over a year to try them all! Naturally, Puerto Vallarta is a great place to discover the amazing variety of Mexican dishes, as well as succulent seafood, fusions of popular cuisines like Mediterranean and Oriental, gourmet French; the list of restaurant dining opportunities is endless. And whatever your mood and pocketbook, there’s an ambiance and location to suit, stellar views often accompanying memorable meals.
There are two wonderful Puerto Vallarta restaurant events held each year you really should consider attending; the Festival Gourmet in November and the Puerto Vallarta Lifestyles Restaurant Week in May. Check out also our Vallarta Lifestyles Platinum Section Restaurants which includes samples of their menus, and our annual Readers' Choice awards, where you can discover some of the most popular options.
It's amazing how many restaurants there are in Puerto Vallarta - about a thousand at last count. And while it is great to have choices, so many of them can be overwhelming - especially if your time here is limited and you want to make sure that, from a culinary point of view, you make the most of it.
The Platinum Dining Guide lets you quickly review the very best of the local dining scene. To be included in this select group, venues must not only meet, but also continually maintain, stringent criteria in food, service and ambiance. Adherence to the highest standards is absolutely mandatory for membership. Restaurant reviews reveal the flavor of these prestigious places, as well as that of the food, while current menus are outlined and interiors photographed.
Francisca Rodríguez 130 — Tel: (322) 222-0411 — $$
Since 1986, Archie´s Wok has been legendary for serving original cuisine influenced by the exotic flavors of Thailand, China, and the Philippines. As chef for Hollywood film director John Huston, Archie helped establish the culinary foundation of Puerto Vallarta.
Ginger Garden Lounge
Las Palmas 3 (3.14 Plaza) — Tel: (322) 297-0381 — $$$
Enjoy a unique dining experience with authentic South Asian specialties on an exotic terrace in a private cabana or at the lively community table.
Francisca Rodríguez 136 — Tel: (322) 222-8609 — $$
This is authentic Chinese food, the Chinese chef-owner taking pride in every dish and adapting it to your needs upon request. Everything is specially prepared and outstandingly fresh.
Carr. 200 Norte Km 19 (inside The Four Seasons) — Tel: (329) 291-6000 — $$$$
A casually sophisticated dining experience featuring contemporary Asian cuisine
Insurgentes 323 — Tel: (322) 222-0175 — $$
Chinese restaurant with delivery service.
Paseo de la Marina 435 (at Marriott CasaMagna) — Tel: (322) 226-0017 — $$$
Let us tempt you with the fantastic Japanese and Thai cuisine, where our Teppan - Yaki chef cooks live in front of you. Also experience our Sushi bar, sake, Japanese beer and green tea. Enjoy the Asian ambiance
Tsunami Sushi Bar
Villas Vallarta A 32-34 — Tel: (322) 224-0105 — $$$
Since its opening in 1988, Tsunami has been a reference for Japanese gastronomy in Puerto Vallarta offering hot meals as well as a sushi bar with a great variety of national and international seafood.
Olas Altas 414 — Tel: (322) 222-1069 — $$$
KABUKI is the new concept in Japanese restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Gourmet Specialties from our hot cuisine as well as our Sushi Bar with a great variety of fruits from the ocean, Domestic & Imported.
Café des Artistes
Guadalupe Sánchez 740 — Tel: (322) 222-3228 — $$$$
After more than 23 years of history, Café des Artistes, proudly still gives the opportunity o.f experience the most traditional gourmet living at Puerto Vallarta to Mexico and the world
Café des Artistes Del Mar
Av. Anclote Lote 5 — Tel: (329) 291-5414 — $$$$
Thierry Blouet´s restaurants in Puerto Vallarta are fabulous, the standard by which others are measured. But his newest Mediterranean-influenced gourmet eatery and piano bar raises the bar. Right on the beach in Punta de Mita, everything about it exemplifies the good life.
Francisco Medina Ascencio km. 2.5 — Tel: (322) 293-0900 — $$$
Surprise, contrast, difference, happiness and deliciousness are the five experiences the friendly staff of La Leche focus on at their daily briefings.
Púlpito 103 — Tel: (322) 222-5225 — $$$$
Boasting longevity like few restaurants in town can—over 50 years!—this consistent Readers´ Choice Award winner features completely different but equally gratifying experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Thierry Blouet Cocina de Autor
Guadalupe Sánchez 740 — Tel: (322) 222-3228 — $$$$
This dining experience is like no other in Mexico, guests here sumptuously wined, dined and entertained as if favored members of a privileged family. Advancing chef Blouet´s philosophy of continual evolution, it was designed to "create a relationship with guests on a deeper level."
Púlpito 377 — Tel: (322) 222-3570 — $$$$
Fine contemporary dining with the utmost attention to every detail from the moment you set foot in the house defines this elegant yet affordable eatery located high in the Alta Vista hills.
The Blue Shrimp
Olas Altas 336 — Tel: (322) 222-4246 — $$$
A memorable dining experience awaits you at The Blue Shrimp, featuring a spectacular beachfront location on Los Muertos beach and a variety of specialty shrimp dishes, in 1/4, 1/2 and 1 kilo quantities, created with exotic sauces. American Express Visa MasterCard
Bubba Gump Shrimp
Paseo Díaz Ordaz 720 — Tel: (322) 222-9380 — $$$
An interactive theme-restaurant with a fantastic view featuring a casual environment where everyone can enjoy great seafood favorites and have some fun too in an absolutely Forrest Gump Style. And remember... "Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you´re gonna get!" American Express Visa MasterCard
Brasilia 469 — Tel: (322) 223-0363 — $$$
Mexican music, great service, fair prices and the best seafood in town make this restaurant a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
Venustiano Carranza 510 — Tel: (322) 223-2036 — $$$
Great variety of seafood and unique creations inspired in VIP clients. The owner and chef of this popular Vallarta eatery is Mr. Martin Ramos López, who has the experience of working for Grupo Andersons for 26 years.
Carr. Las Palmas 1595 — Tel: (322) 281-0872 — $$$
It all began on a simple seafood stand right in front of Cine Bahia downtown Vallarta in wich from the beginning you get to know the warmth and spontaneity and speed on the service as well as the quality and freshness of the food served.
Playa Los Muertos 109 — Tel: (322) 222-0894 — $$
Fabulous location right on Los Muertos Beach in the Romantic Zone of Puerto vallarta, with dining tables on the beach or inside the charming interior. The Rib-Eye and Seafood Pasta are divine for dinner as you watch the gorgeous sunset with a margarita.
Paseo Díaz Ordaz 920 — Tel: (322) 223-2803 — $$$
A seafood mainstay in Puerto Vallarta since 1990, Mariscos Tino´s features three locations with a common trait: outstanding family-style cuisine. Visa MasterCard
Proa L-28-29 — Tel: (322) 221-3124 — $$
Mariscos Ocho Tostadas is a tradition in Puerto Vallarta. Owners Silvia and Pepe Macedo oversee each of the dishes to guaranty the quality and presentation of the original seafood specialties available in this well known restaurant.
Paseo de la Marina Sur 205 (at Westin Resort & Spa) — Tel: (322) 226-1149 — $$$$
Arrecifes, our open-air dining and beach club spot, serves up a tempting array of steak and seafood specialties. Enjoy a great meal and a delicious drink with a great view of Bahia de Banderas.
Paraguay 1290 — Tel: (322) 222-4034 — $$
El Barracuda is a small restaurant located in the heart of Playa Camarones, the only Certified Beach in town. Specialized in seafood, el Barracuda also features non seafood lovers specialties like bbq ribs and salads for vegetarians and also a variety of steak dishes.
Café San Ángel
Olas Altas 449 — Tel: (322) 223-1273 — $$
Coffee shop with large terrace and ample menu of food, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
Olas Altas 350 — Tel: (322) 222-0092 — $
Coffee Shop and good variety of meals, such as one of the best Shrimp Hamburger in town. Come and visit!
Pie in the Sky
Aquiles Serdán 242 L-3 — Tel: (322) 223-8183 — $
A consistent favorite among Puerto Vallarta visitors and locals, Pie in the Sky has been a tried and sought-after source of pies, cakes, cookies and tarts since the late 1980s.
Ritmos Beach Café
Malecon 177 — Tel: (322) 222-1371 — $$$
Restaurant & Bar located in Playa Los Muertos with an incredible view of the whole Banderas Bay and the original "El Caballito" sculpture. Plus the best live music in town.
Dee´s Coffee Company
Rodolfo Gómez 120 — Tel: (322) 222-1197 — $
Tasty Baked in house treats and award winning coffees. DEEEEEElicious!
Adriatico Cucina Italiana
Lazaro Cardenas 43 — Tel: (329) 298-6038 — $$$
The discriminating manner in which chef Eduardo de Berardinis dines is also the experience he insists upon for his guests. Therefore, this avant-garde culinary artist can´t do anything less than go out in everything he undertakes! Visa MasterCard
Paseo de la Marina Norte 585 (inside Hotel Velas Vallarta) — Tel: (322) 221-0091 — $$$
Andrea offers a fusion of gourmet world cuisines in a casually elegant ambiance. From fresh local seafood to Mediterranean pastas, this beautiful restaurant specializes in creative Italian fare. Indulge in creative cuisine, from mouthwatering Italian dishes to Asian favorites. American Express Visa MasterCard
Langosta 10 esq. Coral — Tel: (329) 295-6185 — $$
This casual restaurant is located 20 minutes north of PV in the quaint village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Serving Italian specialties with a Tuscany flavor, antipasti, crunchy salads, homemade pastas and more hearty options as well as fine meat cuts, seafood and Norwegian salmon. American Express Visa MasterCard
La Dolce Vita
Paseo Díaz Ordaz 674 — Tel: (322) 222-3852 — $$$
A taste of Italy, a typical Italian restaurant serving exquisite dishes renowned for their original flavor and pizza prepared in a wood-burning oven. Extraordinary atmosphere featuring a romantic view of the sea. This is a corner of Italy in Puerto Vallarta. American Express Visa MasterCard
Rodolfo Gómez 143 — Tel: (322) 222-0650 — $$
This popular Italian venue features two locations for you to enjoy an Italian´s passion for food in a bohemian setting with an outdoor terrace and outside seating. American Express Visa MasterCard
La Terrazza Di Roma
Puesta del Sol L-2 — Tel: (322) 221-0560 — $$$$
At the heart of Marina Vallarta, this unique venue located in a terrace over the Marina has become a favorite of visitors and locals alike. This restaurant offers authentic Mediterranean Italian cuisine and specializes in seafood. American Express Visa MasterCard
Av. del Pacífico 33 — Tel: (329) 298-0350 — $$
One visit to this happening Bucerias beachfront restaurant will tell you why owners Sidney Lecther and Enrique Cremaschi are naturals when it comes to the restaurant business. Visa MasterCard
Av. Francisco Medina Ascencio Km 3.5 (at Holiday Inn) — Tel: (322) 226-1700 — $$$$
The real taste of Italian and international cuisines are close to you. Come to Piaceres at the Holiday Inn Hotel and enjoy yourself with a great selection of tasteful and colorful dishes. American Express Visa MasterCard
Francisco Medina Ascencio & Liverpool — Tel: (322) 225-2007 — $$
Great variety of food, such as pizzas, chicken, pasta, fruits, salads, desserts, etc. Visa MasterCard
Marina Sol L-7 — Tel: (322) 221-0003 — $$$
Torontonians Maurizio Pellegrini and Mario Nunes have owned this elegant Italian restaurant in Marina Vallarta since 1989. Enjoy fine dining in an air-conditioned salon, or for a more casual lunch or dinner, tables on the large patio overlook both yachts and mountains. Visa MasterCard
Restaurante y Pizzeria Pinocchio
Malecón 2 — Tel: (322) 222-1329 — $
What this intimate Italian restaurant lacks in size, it makes up for in options, its multipage menu featuring a considerable number of Italian specialties. Get ready to satisfy your cravings with healthy salads, bruschettas and antipasti such as frutti di mare, lasagna and pasta Alfredo.
Francisco Medina Ascencio 1952 — Tel: (322) 224-3939 — $$
Tarantinos Pizza was founded in 1984 by the Martinez brothers, Raúl and Rubén. Who to date, create the most delicious pizzas, pastas and spaghetti on a traditional brick oven. Visa MasterCard
Olas Altas 507 — Tel: (322) 223-2060 — $$$
To experience authentic Italian cuisine created with premium quality fresh ingredients, consider Trattoria. Food is prepared ´a la minute´ with care and expertise, so enjoy the view and sip a glass of fine wine, in anticipation of a fabulous meal and memorable dining experience.
Marlin 2 — Tel: (329) 291-3090 — $$$
In the quaint fishing village of Sayulita, under a giant oceanfront palapa, chef Nicholas Parrillo expertly prepares a wide range of Mediterranean specialties using only the finest and freshest ingredients. — Platinum Visa MasterCard
Mark´s Bar and Grill
Lázaro Cárdenas 56 — Tel: (329) 298-0303 — $$$
Mediterranean- and Asian-inspired, unmatched ambiance and overall experience define this award-winning Bucerias restaurant. Chef Jan Benton´s menu reflects her style of simplicity, depth of flavor and artful presentation. Visa MasterCard
Lázaro Cárdenas 33 — Tel: (329) 298-0273 — $
Greek and Mediterranean dinner specialties enjoyed in a romantic atmosphere —an intimate courtyard with lots of candles and art. Especially popular are the pasta Alfredo with shrimp and the Greek horiatiki salad. Visa MasterCard
Carr. 200 Norte km 19 (inside Porta Fortuna) — Tel: (329) 291-6990 — $$$$
Join the privileged residents at Porta Fortuna, an Inspired Resort, and dine in their spectacular Sufi restaurant. Sufism, which means wisdom, has always been an open door to truth, and although located in a private development, this restaurant has opened its doors to the public by reservations. Visa MasterCard
Guerrero 264 — Tel: (322) 222-2196 — $$$$
When it comes to elegant fine dining, few restaurants in town can match this intimate Mediterranean restaurant with its superbly prepared food, warm attention, exquisite service and the commitment to excellence of its two European chefs, Bernhard Guth and Ulf Henriksson. American Express Visa MasterCard
Libertad 2 & Malecón — Tel: (322) 222-8703 — $$
This swanky, oceanfront, Art-Deco bistro-bar offers classic and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in a casual European Riviera ambiance on the Malecon. Visa MasterCard
Playa La Manzanilla km 3 Carretera Punta de Mita — Tel: (329) 295-5697 —
Sandzibar is Riviera Nayarit´s hottest new beachfront restaurant and bar. There are four areas to enjoy: the bar, the deck, the pergola, and the palapa. The main restaurant seating is protected with an old world style wooden pergola outfitted with uv resistant glass casting a cool shade.
Matamoros & 31 de Octubre — Tel: (322) 223-0831 — $$
Open daily for lunch and dinner, this Spanish specialty restaurant has been delighting visitors and locals since the year 2000. From the get-go, chef-owner William Carballo has maintained his commitment to satisfying customers one guest at a time. American Express
Di Vino Dante
Basilio Badillo 269, 2nd floor — Tel: (322) 223-3734 — $$
Nestled in the heart of Emiliano Zapata´s popular Basilio Badillo St., Di Vino Dante features a variety of wines, with an emphasis on Mexican and lesser-known Latin American blends, available by the glass, along with a creative choice of tapas, cheese and meat platters.
Aquiles Serdán 242, Local 2 — Tel: (322) 293-5530 — $$$
Small in size but huge in flavors, La Albufera features family-style Spanish specialties. Previously in Colonia Versalles, the restaurant is now located across the street from the Molino de Agua condos in Colonia Emiliano Zapata.
Francisco I. Madero 263 — Tel: (322) 222-0339 — $$
In the midst of Puerto Vallarta´s happening nightlife scene and just a three-minute stroll from the town´s primo beach, this inviting South Side eatery offers up generous servings of flavorful international food and drink.
Olas Altas 314 — Tel: (322) 222-0566 — $$$
On the most popular beach in town, the kitchen of this casually elegant landmark perpetually reinvents itself. The menu, best described as Pacific Rim with a Mediterranean flair, uses the freshest ingredients and an artist´s touch to please the palate and the eye.
Olas Altas 380-B — Tel: (322) 223-0760 — $$$$
If you enjoy European sidewalk cafés and fine continental cuisine, this award-winning eatery evoking Old Vienna at its heyday is sure to charm you. The host Andreas Rupprechter named the place in honor of fellow countryman, Mexico´s former emperor.
The River Café
Isla Río Cuale L-4 — Tel: (322) 223-0788 — $$$
The River Café is a landmark in Puerto Vallarta, noted for its unique cuisine and ambiance. Opening its doors in 1996, owners Eva Sanchez and Margarito Larios transformed this natural paradise on the Rio Cuale Island, harmonizing its magnificent environment with a fresh image.
Olas Altas 425 — Tel: (322) 222-1054 — $$
This restaurant above the bar of the same name offers affordable, large servings of well-prepared food and tumbler-size wine glasses. Look for the private entrance leading to their dining terraces. Entrées include osso bucco, the fresh catch of the day and spareribs.
Robalo 79 — Tel: (329) 291-6468 — $$$
Stop by for drinks and great food. BAR CZAR is the place to socialize in Punta Mita. We are open for lunch and dinner. Don´t forget to ask for our specialty drinks. There is always something new on the menu to tempt your taste buds!
Asia 6 — Tel: (311) 258-4155 — $$
On the Patio, Hotel Cielo Rojo offers healthy and delicious food that pays tribute to the area´s abundance of fresh seafood and indigenous produce. The menu is exquisite yet reasonably priced, and the ambience is intimate and friendly.
Carr. 200 Sur km. 7.5 (at Garza Blanca Resort) — Tel: (322) 176-0700 — $$$$
Located just nine minutes from Puerto Vallarta´s Old Town, Blanca Blue Restaurant & Lounge has emerged as a premiere sophisticated dining venue with a menu that masterfully combines delectable flavors, aromas, temperatures and textures. American Express Visa MasterCard
Brasil Steak House
Brasil Steak House — International
Marina Golf — Tel: (322) 221-5027 — $$$
An exceptional all-you-can-eat-for-a-set-price restaurant, is renowned not only for the quantity but also the quality of its fare. Twelve varieties of meats cooked over an open fire are sure to satisfy even the most voracious meat lover.
Lázaro Cárdenas 625 — Tel: (322) 223-3834 — $$
A multi-sensory experience restaurant, bar and boutique! Indulge your appetite with one of their tantalizing appetizers, gourmet salads or wraps. Quench your thirst with one of 70+ drink offerings. Check out what´s "on tap" at their aromatherapy inhalation bar.
Casa Isabel, Madison South
Casa Isabel, Madison South — International
Privada del Bosque 483 — Tel: (322) 222-1451 — $$
Casa Isabel´s Madison South Bar & Grill, a full-service restaurant overlooking Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay, is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day. We offer our customers daily half price in appetizers 1 to 4 pm. (Excepts from special events.)
Naranjo 263 — Tel: (322) 222-3518 — $$$
Casa Naranjo has quickly become a favorite with in-the-know locals, its wisely concise Mexican and international menu created in consultation with renowned master chef Thierry Blouet of Café des Artistes. Everything is top drawer. Check out the specialty cocktails and desserts!
Champions Sports Bar
Paseo La Marina Norte 435 (at Marriott CasaMagna) — Tel: (322) 226-0017 — $$$
Good food, good times and good sports. Enjoy a delicious American menu with 42 monitors and a giant screen to offer you all your favorite live sports, DJ, dancing and pool tables. Don´t miss the action in our fantastic atmosphere!
Matamoros 520 — Tel: (322) 222-0161 — $$
Since 1954 this restaurant has been a favorite. Begin your evening at the rootop terrace and treat yourself to the "best Margarita in Mexico." After sunset you´ll be seated in a tropical paradise, where you´ll enjoy a selection of seafood, continental and Mexican dishes.
Paseo Díaz Ordaz 876-A — Tel: (322) 222-9926 — $$$
Here the artistic, modern Mexican décor in the air-conditioned, candlelit dining room is complemented by the soothing sounds of acid jazz playing in the background. And the Pacific Northwest menu with a modern Mexican influence is reasonably priced, creative and innovative. American Express Visa MasterCard
Coco´s Kitchen — International
Púlpito 122 — Tel: (322) 223-0373 — $$
Coco, the owner of this international restaurant, was renowned for offering breakfast in established restaurants for several years before finding the perfect space for Coco´s Kitchen on Pulpito Street, airy, tree-lined and with that special Vallarta flavor.
Basilio Badillo 101 — Tel: (322) 222-5485 — $$$$
In a splendid beachfront terrace, this elegant bistro café offers traditional European cuisine. Although the liveliness of a tropical ambiance is present, Swiss owner Heinz E. Reize, one of the founders of Vallarta´s Gourmet Festival, caters to suit European tastes with typical specialties. American Express Visa MasterCard
De Santos — International — Reserve Now
Plaza Península 2482 L-35 & 36 — Tel: (322) 221-3090 — $$$$
Since its opening, de Santos has been Puerto Vallarta´s trendiest lounge-bar-restaurant, attracting a steady flow of locals, residents and tourists with a taste for cosmopolitan setting. De Santos´ chapel-inspired architecture blends bare white walls and simple curves with brick walls and arches. American Express Visa MasterCard
D´Z Route 66 Rock N Roll Diner
D´Z Route 66 Rock N Roll Diner — International
Paseo de la Marina 3 L-6 — Tel: (322) 209-0760 — $$
Owners Armando and Michelle Jimenez bring their classic diner experience to Puerto Vallarta, jukebox and all, with yesteryear colors such as hot pink and turquoise predominating in a fun ambiance.
Púlpito 102 — Tel: (322) 222-4124 — $$$
Prepare to be pleasantly surprised as you enter this enduring restaurant, conceived as a hamburger stand back in 1961. Through the years, El Dorado´s staying power as a favorite beachfront eatery on Puerto Vallarta´s popular Los Muertos beach has been palpable.
El Palomar de los González
Aguacate 425 — Tel: (322) 222-0795 — $$$
El Palomar de los González, is without a doubt , one of Vallarta´s best kept secrets which we are thrilled to have you experience. A hillside treasure that serves you as a window to the most beautiful view of the bay.
Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez & Miramar — Tel: (322) 222-1818 — $$$
The most mesmorizing panoramic and sunset views in all of Vallarta! Enjoy our international offerings while absorbing the rythyms of our strolling guitarists and soft melodic music from our piano player Antonio.
El Patio de mi Casa
Guerrero 311 — Tel: (322) 222-0743 — $
A place to eat fresh and delicious, and enjoy a mix of Mediterranean and mexican food. Unique pizzas, bread and desserts made with local ingredients in a wood oven. Visa
El Rio BBQ
El Rio BBQ — International
Felipe Angeles 245 — Tel: (322) 222-2510 — $$
Open air restaurant and bar facing the Cuale River. True BBQ style ribs plus tacos, beef and pork.
Carr. 200 Sur km. 2.5 — Tel: (322) 221-5342 — $$$$
A beautiful place of dreams and magic, a great stage where the sunsets are present every day. Come and enjoy unforgettable moments with their fine international cuisine and good service. Recognized by 147 countries with its ISO 9002 certification in quality and service.
Pelícanos 311 (at Casa Velas) — Tel: (322) 226-8670 — $$$
The finest international and Mexican cuisine amid luxurious Mexican decor and tropical gardens. Blue crab soup and tuna tartar are potential starters. Filet mignon and lobster, beef medallions in blue agave sauce and grilled banana leaf-wrapped mahi-mahi are worthy follow ups.
Hacienda San Angel Gourmet
Miramar 336 — Tel: (322) 222-2692 — $$$$
Decorated in an elegant Mexican style with ivy-covered archways, the restaurant´s exquisite ambiance and spectacular views offer a unique setting to enjoy some of the most outstanding food in Vallarta.
Joe Jack´s Fish Shack
Basilio Badillo 212 — Tel: (322) 222-2099 — $$$
A fun, kitschy atmosphere with hand-crafted cocktails and inspired fresh Mexican seafood, like daily ceviches "frescado," baja-style fish tacos, simply-prepared grilled fish and meats, our famous "tasty burger", and a commitment to serving the freshest produce at the best value.
Paseo de los Cocoteros 700 (at Villa La Estancia) — Tel: (322) 226-9700 — $$$
You can choose to dine inside in our elegant surroundings or on the spacious terrace, where you will be enchanted by the spectacular scenery of the Bay of Banderas unfolding beyond our beautiful fountains and gardens.
Paseo de la Marina 435 — Tel: (322) 226-0017 — $$$
One of several unique dining options within the prestigious CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort. Las Casitas offers a diverse menu which includes fresh salads, seafood and grilled dishes, as well as refreshing tropical cocktails, all in a matchless poolside/beachfront location.
Isla Río Cuale L-16A — Tel: (322) 222-0283 — $$$$
This beautiful restaurant is a favorite with locals and visitors alike, who relax in an elegant ambiance and enjoy Vallarta´s most comprehensive jazz collection.
Carr. 200 Sur km. 17.5 — Tel: (322) 224-4002 — $$$$
Paradise does exist. And this giant palapa is in the midst of it. Providing stupendous views, it´s surprising that the food is so exquisite, too. Featuring fabulously fresh seafood as well as Black Angus steaks – you´re invited to mix and match, as you like.
El Anclote 14 — Tel: (329) 291-5107 — $$
A small restaurant located right on the beach with an extensive menu and very reasonable prices.
Palmas 130 — Tel: (311) 258-4424 — $$$
Well worth the 45-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta, this fun and very friendly restaurant and bar in atmospheric "San Pancho" is a delightful new North Shore option. Comfortable and unpretentious, the staff and music are great and the bar well stocked.
San Salvador 117 — Tel: (322) 226-7040 — $$$$
A warm and romantic setting is the frame for Murales, a novel proposal to Mexican cuisine under the guidance of Executive Chef Tony Martinez. Original dishes and culinary delights that fed from traditional recipes of Mexican cuisine.
Oscar´s Bar and Grill
Isla Río Cuales L-1 — Tel: (322) 223-0789 — $$$$
Situated on Isla Rio Cuale a few steps from the new bridge that connects downtown and the popular South Side. With casual atmosphere, romantic music and comfortable seating by the river or inside under the majestic palapa for breakfast, lunch or candlelit dinner. American Express Visa MasterCard
Francisco Medina Ascencio 4690 — Tel: (322) 225-4908 — $$$
The great thing about successful chain restaurants is that you know exactly what to expect from the food, service and ambiance, and once you discover that they have just what you crave, the decision on where to dine is automatic.
Prime 159 Steak and Wine
Nuevo Vallarta Plaza & Business Center Mall L-3 — Tel: (322) 297-6442 — $$$
A new family-oriented place in Marina Nuevo Vallarta where you can dine either in a romantic terrace watching the sunset with a view of the surrounding channels, or inside in the air-conditioned lounge. Come experience Prime 159´s unique concept in Banderas Bay!
Taste Restaurant at Casa Cupula
Callejón de la Igualdad 129 — Tel: (322) 223-2484 — $$
Sampling your way through carefully selected Asian, South American, Mexican and Spanish staple dishes at this one-of-a-kind eatery is fun and easy. Just about every entree available at Taste Restaurant @ Casa Cupula can be ordered in full or half (taste) portions.
Carretera 200 Sur Km 1.5 — Tel: (322) 113-0281 —
Small in size but huge in culinary scope, Bistro Teresa has been quietly (and steadily!) garnering devotees in Puerto Vallarta´s Amapas, Conchas Chinas and South Shore neighborhoods, and for good reason.
Paseo de la Marina Sur 205 (at The Westin Resort) — Tel: (322) 226-1151 — $$$
Delicious a la carte options throughout the day plus tempting buffet spreads at breakfast and dinner make El Palmar the perfect resort restaurant. Dine indoors or out on the rooftop terrace, enjoying lovely views of the pools and surrounding gardens.
Mango´s Beach Club
Uruguay 109 — Tel: (322) 222-0796 — $
Mango´s Beach Club is located in colonia 5 de Diciembre, the neighborhood where other important venues such as Teatro Vallarta and the Ley supermarket are located. It´s casual ambiance is ideal for relaxing in the afternoon or evening, enjoying treats like their Macadamia-crusted Fish Fillet with lichee sauce.
Carr. a Punta de Mita km 2 — Tel: (322) 115-7705 — $$
Located in the scenic Puerto Bahía Villas & Spa overlooking the sea, Raixes offers varied dishes of international cuisine and seafood. Carretera Punta Mita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit.
The Swedes Bar & Bistro
Púlpito 154 — Tel: (322) 223-2353 — $$$
At The Swedes Bar & Bistro you can enjoy a tasteful dinner inspired of the cuisine from Scandinavia, Europe and North America. At the Crow´s Nest Bar we offer you high class Martinis and Cocktails.
Mina 252 — Tel: (322) 222-0480 — $$
When you consider the small size of this conveniently located El Centro eatery, it is rather surprising to discover its four separate eating areas. There is balcony seating available on two levels, overlooking quiet Hidalgo St. Visa MasterCard
Amapas 114 — Tel: (322) 222-0577 — $$$$
The crash of the waves and refreshing ocean breezes along with spectacular food defines the dining experience at Si Señor Beach Mexican Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. American Express Visa MasterCard
Marlin 16 — Tel: (329) 295-5203 — $$$
Situated in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle –Restaurant Black Forest is the creation of Chef Winfried Küffner and his family. It´s thoroughly German, from the half-timbered exterior to the gracious service and authentic Black Forest cuisine which is truly a blending of many European flavors.
Café de Olla
Basilio Badillo 168-A — Tel: (322) 223-1626 — $$
Café de Olla has been a staple for Puerto Vallarta locals and visitors alike for years because of our quality food, tasty drinks and excellent service.
Leona Vicario 131 — Tel: (322) 222-3025 — $
Traditional Mexican "cenaduría" located right in the center of town, half a block from the Malecón.
El Arrayán — Mexican — Reserve Now
Allende 344 — Tel: (322) 222-7195 — $$$
Many restaurants in town feature a broad variety of Mexican selections; however, El Arrayan stands above them with the creative fusion of time-honored traditional recipes and a hip, contemporary twist. American Express Visa MasterCard
Ignacio L. Vallarta 290 — Tel: (322) 222-3784 — $$$
This restaurant was founded in 1981 by Mrs. Lina Castillón and her son Felix Pérez. It began with Mexican food and coincidentally one day (around 1982) some Americans asked if they could put on the Super Bowl and that´s how the concept of sports bar was born.
Club de Tenis Puesta del Sol L-17 — Tel: (322) 221-3154 — $$
Whether it´s a breakfast with family, a casual dinner, celebrate any important event, or just to enjoy your favorite sport ... We are always here to serve you and make you feel at home. Visa MasterCard
Rio Nazas 388 — Tel: (322) 127-8376 — $$$
Hacienda Xochitl is the place to enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine that will satisfy the most demanding taste. American Express Visa MasterCard
La Fuente del Puente
Insurgentes 107 — Tel: (322) 222-1141 — $$
We are a proudly Vallarta´s restaurant known for our rich and varied Mexican food. We are totally dedicated to quality so that our customers find product and service of full satisfaction in a friendly environment.
La Patrona Restaurant & Lounge
Ceilan 10 — Tel: (311) 258-4378 — $$$
Surrounded by a spectacular view of the jungle, this splendid open-air restaurant with romantic lighting provides the perfect setting for a unique experience: fine Mexican cuisine and exquisite Argentinean cuts in an ambiance of polo matches, equestrian shows, live music and performances.
Las 3 Huastecas
Las 3 Huastecas — Mexican
Olas Altas 444 — Tel: (322) 222-3017 — $
Traditional Mexican restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, located in Puerto Vallarta´s romantic zone, only one block from playa Los Muertos.
Las Palomas — Mexican
Av. Paseo de la Marina 121 L-9 y 10 — Tel: (322) 222-3675 — $$$
Founded on April 5, 1979 by Nelly Galvan Duque, the Restaurant Las Palomas is an emblem of Puerto Vallarta that offers locals and tourists the best in Mexican cuisine. For over 30 years our Food has been backed with the best quality ingredients and organic products. American Express Visa MasterCard
Las Palomas Doradas
Puesta del Sol L-12 — Tel: (322) 221-0470 — $$$
Known as the first restaurant in Marina Vallarta, this successful eatery features French escargot, mussels Provencal and pepper steak, nicely balanced by traditional Mexican favorites like tortilla and avocado soups, fajitas and a Mexican plate for two. American Express Visa MasterCard
Olas Altas 380 (inside Hotel Playa Los Arcos) — Tel: (322) 224-9652 — $$
Located inside Playa Los Arcos Hotel, Mi Pueblito Restaurant & Bar will surprise you with its ample menu and great cooking.
Pepe´s Taco — Mexican
Honduras 173 — Tel: (322) 223-1703 — $$
Are you a Taco lover? We are, and we prove it every day!
Pipis — Mexican
Guadalupe Sánchez 804 — Tel: (322) 223-2767 — $$$
Conveniently located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta. On the corner of Pipila and Guadalupe Sanchez, Pipis is easily found. Simply find a crowd of people listening to live music while they are waiting to eat in the cozy dining room. American Express Visa MasterCard
Morelos 484 Altos — Tel: (322) 222-8558 — $$
With a magnificent oceanfront location across the street from the seahorse statue on the Malecon, this traditional Mexican restaurant offers excel- lent Mexican cuisine, seafood, vegetarian food, pasta, fine cuts of beef and the best view of the flying birdmen descending from heaven. American Express Visa MasterCard
Pilitas 156 — Tel: (322) 223-1177 — $$$
Owned by Gene Mendoza, Fusion Gourmet is a beautiful old home, decorated as you would find in the rural hills of Mexico, with straw-stucco walls, a nice courtyard, an air conditioned Salon and rooftop terrace. The three very different spaces work perfectly for couples, as well as groups!
No Way José!
5 de Febrero 260 — Tel: (322) 223-2853 — $$$
By providing an array of authentic Mexican cuisine favorites in a warm, feel-good atmosphere, Alfredo González and Julie Guerrero´s No Way José! has quickly become a must-visit restaurant in colonia Emiliano Zapata, where live music helps create a festive ambiance in its two seating areas.
Basilio Badillo 162 — Tel: (322) 222-1693 — $
Located in one of the most popular downtown areas, Takos Pancho´s is an ideal place to experience a traditional Mexican taquería. The location features a small seating area, plus a table right on the sidewalk.
January 1 – New Years Day
January 6 - Day of the Kings - Dia de los Reyes Celebrated in Mexico the Day of the Kings has become a traditional gift-giving day for children, in memory of the three Wise Men or Kings who tradition says followed the Star of Bethlehem and brought gifts to christ in the manger. Ends the 12 days of Christmas. Some of the local Puerto Vallarta charities make a point to delivering thousands of toys to needy kids in town.
Every Saturday in January - Puerto Vallarta Race Cup Series Each Saturday in January the Vallarta Yacht Club sponsors sailboat distance racing. Check their website for details, Mike Danielson is the event chairperson, Tel: 297-2222
February 5 - Constitution Day Celebrations around the signing of the Mexican Constitution on February 5, 1917, the first such document in the world to set out social rights, it also guaranteed the supremacy of the State over the catholic church.
February 8 – February 12 The 2013 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Carnaval celebration. This will be the 5th year of Carnaval in Puerto Vallarta and, this year, it will include many parties and celebrations leading up to the final grand parade on Tuesday evening, Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras.
February 14 - Saint Valentine's Day
February 17-21 - Puerto Vallarta 8th Annual Charro/Cowboy Championship The competition includes approximately thirty-five of the best Charro or cowboy teams from all over Mexico. Some 900,000 pesos in prizes. Information Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
February 24-26 - Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference Each year with a different theme. The seventh annual Puerto Vallarta Writer's Conference weekend will once again be held in Feb 2012 at the Los Mangos public library. The theme was "Becoming a Writer Seriously". The 2012 featured speakers include Jacqueline Mitchard, James Strauss and Eileen Obser. Workshops will include: using social media, writing dialog, short stories/flash fiction, short essays/journals and writing for children. The Puerto Vallarta Writers Group has weekly meetings every Saturday, 10:30am-Noon at the International Friendship Club (IFC) above the HSBC bank building on Insurgentes Avenue and A. Rodriguez.
March 1-16 and March 17-31 - Huichol Festival Wixaritari Tatei Kie. Annual festival at the Plaza Caracol on Blvd. Francisco Medina at Km 2.5. Experience the art, food, traditions, ritual dances, music and songs of the Wixarika de Tateikie indigenous culture native to the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. More than 50 artisits will be exhibiting their art. Traditional and local music shows start at 6pm. Free. Daily, 10am-9pm
March 21 - Birthday of Benito Juarez National holiday celebrating Benito Juárez, born in Oaxaca in 1806, who was the first and only full-blooded indigenous national ever to serve as President, where he served 5 terms from 1858-1972. A great liberalizer, he was dedicated to democracy and equal rights for indigenous peoples.
March 20-24 - Banderas Bay Regatta The yearly Puerto Vallarta Banderas Bay Regatta for five days every March is now in its 20th season and provides a competitive opportunity for many classes of cruising ships and race boats. The Regatta is a non-profit event hosted by the Vallarta Yacht Club. The pleasant climate and consistent winds in Banderas Bay in March provide for a near ideal sailing venue. Sponsors include Grupo Lloyd, O'Rourke & Associates, Paradise Village Marina, PV Sailing, the State of Nayarit, Vallarta Adventures and Vallarta Lifestyles Publishing Group. Tel: 297-4065, 044-322-104-3736
March 22-28 - Puerto Vallarta Wine Festival The mission of the Puerto Vallarta Wine Fest is "to provide the public with different expressions of the Wine Culture such as cultural and artistic expressions", and to help promote Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay as a gastronomical and culinary tourist destination. The 6th annual wine event is supported by the Jalisco State Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Tourism, and the Banderas Bay and PV Tourism Trusts. Participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants include La Dulce Vita, La Leche, La Terraza di Roma, Le Kliff restaurant, Porto Bello bistro and the River Cafe, and Vallarta hotels include Casa Velas, Marival, Mayan Palaca, Sheraton Bugamvilias and Velas Vallarta. Usually occuring each year in Feburary, the 2012 Vallarta Wine Fest celebrations were moved to coincide with the Mexico Tourism Tianguis 2012 Exposition. Tel: 226-4600 ext. 5001
March 25-31 - Annual Flower & Garden show The Botanical Gardens has it's 3rd annual Flower and Garden show on March 23-30, 2011, open to cooperatives, plant nurseries, and anyone related to the flower and garden industry, as well as to the interested public. The event "Generates an alternative touristic attraction and a promotional space for those related to the industry in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay." Visit the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens website.
September 16 - Independence Day Commemorating the beginning of Mexico's war of independence from Spain (1810-1821), started by Father Miguel Hidalgo of Querétaro with his famous 'grito' of independence, and which eventually established the Republic of Mexico (the United Mexican States).
April 16-18 - World Economic Forum of Latin America Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will host the 2012 World Economic Forum of Latin America from April 16-18, 2012. The forum will attract leaders from business, academia, civil society, government and the media from across Latin America to discuss the global and regional economies.
April 22-25 - 4th National Folkloric Dance Festival Held at various locations throughout the city of Puerto Vallarta and presenting dance companies from 8 or 9 different States, including the local Vallarta Azteca Folkloric Group, Mixcoatl from Aguascalientes, Tequexquicalli of Queretaro, and Tezcatl Tlalli from Zacatecas.
July 1-15th - Japanese Today Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will host an exhibition of contemporary Japanese art from July 1-15, 2011 at the new Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center. Co-sponsored by the Japan International Artists Society and the PV Tourism Board, this exciting exhibition will introduce works from more than 200 Japanese artists. Japanese Today will feature over 300 works of art ranging from traditional Japanese calligraphy, kimono embroidery and ceramics to contemporary oil paintings and 3-dimensional art. Further info visit Puerto Vallarta hosts Japanese Today.
October - May - Art Walk Puerto Vallarta Downtown The ever-popular Old Town Art Walk this year has 16 participating Puerto Vallarta art galleries which host complimentary cocktail receptions and expositions on Wednesday nights from 6pm-10pm during the high season winter months starting October 27, 2010 until May 25, 2011. People wander from gallery to gallery in search of art, conversation and the perfect glass of wine, certainly a good way to meet some Puerto Vallarta artists and make new friends. Galleries participating this year are Art Gallery Millan, Corsica Galeria de Arte I and II, Emociones Art Gallery, Galeria Arte Latinoamericano, Galeria Corona, Galeria des Artistes, Galeria de Ollas, Galeria Omar Alonso, Galeria Uno, Galeria Vallarta, Galeria 8 y mas, Galeria Uno, Galeria Whitlow, Pacifico Gallery, Sergio Bustamante, and The Loft Galeria. Look for a map at your hotel or in participating galleries. Main info here for the Puerto Vallarta Art Walk (with map).
October 11-23 - Pan American Games The 16th Pan American Games will be held primarliy in Guadalajara, the captial of the state of Jalisco, with some events in other cities such as Ciudad Guzman, Lagos de Moreno and Puerto Vallarta. Further info visit the official website of the Pan American Games 2011 (in english). An estimated 6,000 athletes from over 40 nations will compete in 36 sports. Vallarta will be hosting sailing, beach volleyball, the triathlon on October 17, and open water swimming competitions.
October 17 - Puerto Vallarta ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup The Olympic-distance event (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run) is scheduled to feature nearly 100 of the top triathletes in the Americas aiming for regional titles. PATCO, the Panamerican Triathlon Confederation, is comprised of 38 national federations in the Americas.
October 31 - Halloween Halloween or All-Hallows-Eve is widely celebrated in Puerto Vallarta with trick-or-treating by the kids earlier in the evening in their neighborhoods, and then at many of the local clubs and nightlife spots late at night where there are contests for the best costumes. So plan on dressing up!
May 1-28 - Cultural Festivals of May The city-municipality of Puerto Vallarta, local businesses and artistic groups sponsor all types of performances throughout the town to showcase the talents of local and national artists. There are many concerts and dance performances in the Puerto Vallarta Theater, main downtown Los Arcos amphitheater, Los Mangos Library and at the Cuale Cultural Center, as well as art and photography exhibits, folkloric ballet and mariachi bands in Hidalgo Park, and other locales and neighborhoods.
May 1 - May Day Labor Day or International Workers' Day is a holiday duly celebrated by Mexican unions and members in parades and gatherings nationwide.
May 1-5 - Close Up Vallarta The 2nd International Festival of Video Creation, Close Up Vallarta presents a range of material from video art to experimental film. Categories include video art, animation, performance and experimental shorts. Venues include Teatro/Theater Vallarta and the Cuale Cultural Center.
May 2-5 - Poetry at the Sea The 2nd Poetry at the Sea organized by the Univ. of Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta include poets Zelene Bueno, Ana Belen Lopez, Elva Macias, Carmen Villoro, Eraclio Zepeda and 7 others from Mexico, Colombian Juan Manuel Roca, American Ilan Stavans, Magnus William-Olsson from Sweden, Iraqi Jasim Mohamed, and Annunziatia Rossi from Italy. Poetry readings, film screenings, literary workshops and book presentations are planned.
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's triumph at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 against the French invasion. Cinco de Mayo has limited significance in Mexico, although it is a national holiday, but the date is observed in festive celebrations by many Mexican-Americans in the USA.
May 6 - 7th Annual Altruism Festival Charity benefit put on at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort and Spa which includes culture, music and dance plus food presentations by nearly 30 Puerto Vallarta restaurants. All proceeds raised in this Puerto Vallarta charity festival are distributed among two dozen charities including: AGAPE, Amigos de la Cruz (APERCH), Between Friends of San Pancho, Casa Infantil Mojoneras, Botanical Gardens Vallarta, Childrens' football school Pumas Vallarta, DIVAC Disabled Vallartenses, Esperanza-Grupo for cancer survivors, Fundación Asistencial Down de PV, International Friendship Club IFC, Manos de Amor por Bahía, Nayarit library, Paraíso Felino, PEACE, Proyecto Pitillal busca un amigo, Puerto Vallarta food bank, Puerto Vallarta Los Mangos library, Rotary Club, DIF Vallarta, Santa Barbara rehabilitation clinic, Senior Center CAIAM, the SPCA, Toys for Tots, and Women's Association of Vallarta. Up to 1,600 people have attended this special event. At least 40 local Puerto Vallarta businesses sponsor the Altruism Festival.
May 10 - Mothers Day Mexico is still at heart a matriarchal society, so mothers receive special attention starting at midnight on May 9 with the singing of Las Mañanitas.
May 15-31 - Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week Vallarta Lifestyles' 8th annual Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week when many of the Banderas Bay area's finer restaurants offer enticing special three-course menus at a fixed price from May 15-31. Participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants include: Amapas Sunset, Archie's Wok, Barcelona Tapas, Cafe des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Daiquiri Dick's, El Arrayan, Hacienda San Miguel, Kaiser Maximilian, La Estancia, La Leche, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Los Chilaquiles, Mezzogiorno, Si Senor, the River Cafe, Thierry's Prime, Trio, Vista Grill and Vitea. Endorsed by the Puerto Vallarta municipality, the PV tourism bureau (FIDETUR), and the local Hotel and Motel Association.
November 1-2 - Day of the Dead On November 1-2 each year the Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead (Nov 1, All Saints Day and Nov 2, Dia de los Muertos or All Souls Day) to remember those who have died and on this day return for a visit. Altars are constructed on which photos, flowers, food, sweets, and other mementos and offerings to the departed are placed. For interesting info and many great photos of the Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead.
November 5 - Puerto Vallarta Golf Championship Cup The 10th annual Puerto Vallarta Golf Cup on the Vista Vallarta Golf course. Presented by Fideicomiso Puerto Vallarta. Sponsors include Corona, AmeriMed Hospital, Aeromovil, Casa Velas, Festival Gourmet, Four Season Hotels and Resorts, Honda, InfoGolf Mexico, Lans, Tequila Herradura, Toyota, Vallarta Opina, and Vista Vallarta. The Cup features play on the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf golf course.
November 7-10 - International Sailfish and Marlin Tournament The annual Puerto Vallarta International Fishing Tournament is now in its 57th year. Sponsors include the City of Puerto Vallarta, Corona, Mercury, Nextel, Santorini and Toyota PV. In an effort to protect wildlife and help preserve fish species, only marlin of over 100 kilograms, sailfish of more than 35 kilos, tuna over 30 kilos, and mahi-mahi over 10 kilos will qualify. Sailfish teams may also participate in the mode of catch and release.
November 8-18 - Puerto Vallarta Festival Gourmet The annual Puerto Vallarta Festival Gourmet (Festival Gastronomico) in November features the culinary talents of local chefs from Vallarta and the neighboring state of Nayarit, as well as guest chefs from internationally acclaimed restaurants and hotels. Highlights of the international Gourmet Festival include cooking classes, cheese seminars, chefs hell raising party, tequila madness night and the Gourmet brunch at Café des Artistes. Participating Puerto Vallarta restaurants have included Cafe des Artistes, Coco Tropical, Kaiser Maximilian, La Palapa, Le Kliff, Porto Bello, the River Cafe, Thierry's Prime Steakhouse, Tikul, Trio and some 15-18 or so other restaurants and PV hotels including Andrea at Hotel Velas Vallarta, El Patio at Dreams Villamagna, Gaviotas at Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center, La Casona at Villa Las Estancia, Las Casitas at CasaMagna Marriott, L'isola at Fiesta Americana Hotel, and Westin Resort & Spa. Tel: 222-2247
November 14, 2012 - April 11, 2013 - Private Home Tours with the International Friendship Club Take a tour through some of Puerto Vallarta's and Banderas Bay's most beautiful homes and villas. Sponsored by the International Fellowship Club (IFC), the donation goes to various Puerto Vallarta charities. Starting mid-Nov 2011 meet at Restaurant La Albufera, 242 Aquiles Serdan, west of Ignacio Vallarta street, Weds and Thurs, $35 USD cash only or peso equivalent. Ticket sales opens at 9am on tour day; advance reservations may be made at the IFC office. Buses depart at 10:30am and returns at 2:30pm after viewing 4 homes. Tours run from Nov 14, 2012 to April 11, 2013. Try to wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a camera. For further info call Tel: 222-5466 or 221-5681; Visit the International Friendship Club IFC - Puerto Vallarta on facebook.
November 20 - Revolution Day or Día de la Revolución Anniversary of the start of the Mexican revolution lead by Francisco Madero on November 20, 1910 which overthrew the 34 year dictatorship by Porfirio Díaz Mori. The 10 year revolution-civil war eventually created the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) which ruled Mexico for 72 years.
November 21-25 Thanksgiving weekend
November - April - Walking Art Tour of the Puerto Vallarta Malecon Galeria Pacifico sponsors a Public Sculpture Walking Tour that starts at 9:30am every Tuesday at the Millennium sculpture near the Hotel Rosita at the north end of the PV Malecon. You might be able to meet some of the sculptors of the statues and hear them speak about their work along the mile long malecon. Galeria Pacifico owner Gary Thompson acts as your guide and talks about the present local art scene. The Walking Art Tour every Tuesday, 9:30am-11:30am, Nov 15 to April 10. Free, no reservation. For further information call the Puerto Vallarta Pacifico Gallery, Tel: 222-1982
December 1-12, each year - Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe Festivities and processions involving tens of thousands of Puerto Vallarta inhabitants and visitors, who each year pay homage to commemorate the miraculous appearance of the Virgin Mary to the peasant Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. According to tradition, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak of Juan Diego, and to this day it is on display in Mexico City at the Basilica of Guadalupe which was constructed at the site of the appearance. Hundreds of local PV businesses and their employees have processions from their place of employment through the streets of Puerto Vallarta during the Celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and end up at the local downtown church, often referred to as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
December 6-10 - Puerto Vallarta Film Festival of the Americas Now discontinued, alas. The Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival event brings together filmmakers of divergent styles and subjects who face remarkably similar obstacles to the production and distribution of their films. At its core, the Festival hopes to create a forum where these films and filmmakers can come together and share their art, ideas and cultures. Tel: 297-1605 and 297-194