Puerto Vallarta: vibrant beach city you shouldn’t overlook

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Puerto Vallarta’s impressive coastlines, taco tours and rugged mountains are not to be missed.

Puerto Vallarta hasn’t lost its humble routes, and with palm-lined beaches, turquoise waters and year-round sunshine — there’s plenty to love. Here’s how to explore Puerto Vallarta the right way…

What areas to visit in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta wraps around the Bay of Banderas – the second largest bay in the world – and is surrounded by the rugged Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range.

Downtown Vallarta – or Centro – which harbours the vibrancy of Mexico through its pretty squares, cobbled streets and friendly people.

Curious travelers can check out downtown Vallarta and the famous boardwalk – or Malecón – like a true local by taking a walking tour. Exploring the history of the city with Vallarta101 is also a solid excuse to get a glimpse of the yummy restaurants, try some rice water from a street vendor and experience Puerto Vallarta’s impressive art scene.

How to find adventure in Puerto Vallarta

PV offers up more than a sleepy walk around the town Centre, and if you want excitement, you won’t have to look far. Firstly, get yourself a boat to Las Caletas with Vallarta Adventures, which is hidden along the Riviera Nayarit.

Here you’ll get to experience Mexico’s very own adventure paradise surrounded by a jungle-clad mountain backdrop. As well as relaxing in the hammocks and making full use of the free bar, be prepared to kayak, snorkel, paddle board and zip line.

Where to eat in Puerto Vallarta

For killer authentic Mexican cuisine, hit the streets with Vallarta Food Tours and experience the buzz of Puerto Vallarta like a native. During the three and a half hour-long evening taco tour, you’ll munch your way through the city’s best roadside eateries, sampling everything from cow cheek to fish tacos.

And for the night crawlers…

You might not think it, but Puerto Vallarta is paradise for night crawlers and is pretty much a 24-hour city if you know where to look.

For after-dark parties, stick to South of the Río Cuale to the Zona Romántica which has the highest concentration of bars and restaurants. Here you’ll come across LGBT hotspot The Top Sky Bar. A sunset terrace restaurant by day, by night this place also hosts energetic dance shows and live DJs.

Carrying the party on into the early morning, just around the corner Mr. Flamingo is a happy-hour cocktail tavern which transforms into a booming club and spills out into the streets until around 3am.

Source: heart.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/puerto-vallarta-mexico-vibrant-beach-city/

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