Recently, we had the opportunity to visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. We found a wide range of activities and delicious food, but it also has many lodging options and breathtaking beaches.
One of the most popular accommodations in Puerto Vallarta is all-inclusive resorts. These resorts offer comfortable rooms, delicious meals, and plenty of activities for all ages. You can also find affordable and cozy hostels and hotels besides the gorgeous resorts. These options can be ideal for budget-conscious travelers.
Puerto Vallarta is famous for offering a variety of shopping and dining options. You can find everything from local Mexican delicacies to international cuisine in the 300-plus restaurants in the town. Our favorite meal on this trip was at the RiverCafe; the food was fabulous, and the ambiance was relaxing.
The Malecon boardwalk is a favorite spot for both locals and tourists alike. This waterfront walkway stretches for a mile and has shops, restaurants, and bars. You can find many street performers, live music and beautiful statues lining the boardwalk. We spent a lot of time at the Malecon and the surrounding area. Some great little flea market-type booths and a couple of nice restaurants on the island (also known as children’s island) sit in the middle of the river (take the stairs down from the middle of the bridge).
Be aware there are lots of street vendors on the Malecon offering everything from jewelry to trinkets and food. Most were not aggressive and will leave you alone if you simply say no thank you.
Best time to Visit
The tropical climate of Puerto Vallarta shines year-round. However, if you prefer mild temperatures, the best time to visit is between December and April. The summer months of June to September can be pretty humid, but if you want an affordable vacation, this is the best time, as most hotels and tours offer excellent discounts during these months.
Puerto Vallarta is rightly known for its beautiful beaches; however, the sand is darker than those you find in the Caribbean, and there are more areas of rocky shorelines.
Is Puerto Vallarta worth visiting?
Puerto Vallarta is an ideal spot for travelers looking for beaches, activities, and delicious food all rolled into one. With a variety of lodging options and seasonal discounts, Puerto Vallarta is always a good idea!