Will you be vacationing in Puerto Vallarta on a budget? Perhaps you only have a set amount of money to spend on tours. No worries, you will find many pastimes that won’t cost you a penny, as well as free tours in Puerto Vallarta.
Here are a few of our favorite free tours in Puerto Vallarta that you can enjoy, so that you can save your pennies to enjoy the best tour in Puerto Vallarta on the Marigalante pirate ship.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday at 9am and Tuesday and Wednesday at 12 noon, this free tour departs from the Tourist Office located on the town square (Zocalo). You are welcome to take a stroll with a guide through Puerto Vallarta’s historic downtown. Learn about the history, architecture and famous property owners without spending a penny. This free tour takes approximately 2 hours. You are recommended to wear comfortable shoes and bring cold water.
Free Sculpture Tours
This free tour guided by Galeria Pacifico’s Gary Thompson begins every Tuesday morning at 9:30 in front of the “Millennium” sculpture (next to Hotel Rosita at the north end of Puerto Vallarta’s Malecón). Often, sculptor Sr. Fernando Baños (also known as Mathis Lidice) will start off the tour by explaining the history of his piece. The tour walks you through all of the sculptures found on the malecon, ending in Galeria Pacifico, where you have the opportunity to meet more artists. These free tours in Puerto Vallarta run weekly in high season (October through March), while it is advisable to call Galeria Pacifico to check times during low season.
Los Muertos Beach
Los Muertos Beach is located just south of the bustling boardwalk. A stroll on this beach is a must do and free of charge. Make sure to check out the pier and watch pelicans plunge. Los Muertos is the Waikiki of Puerto Vallarta. You can find fine dining restaurants many with chaise lounge and spend the full day people watching while you bask in the sun or swim in the clear blue ocean. If you like to shop, there are cheerful vendors roaming about offering you everything from lovely silver jewellery to arts and goofy t-shirts.
Isla Rio Cuale
A stroll along the Rio Cuale Island has no cost and is a lovely experience. Green foliage, hanging bridges, and the John Houston monument should be on your to do list. The Isla Rio Cuale is surrounded on both sides by the Rio Cuale River and at the north end the ocean, so essentially it is an island.
The Art Walk
Not strictly a free tour so much as an evening of art and socializing, the ArtWalk runs from October through April involving a number of art galleries in Puerto Vallarta’s downtown area. Grab an ArtWalk map and visit all of the galleries included in its circuit. You are sure to meet artists, enjoy a free glass or wine and mingle with other art lovers.
Don’t forget, U.S and Canadian dollars go a long way when converted into pesos making Puerto Vallarta is a great place to visit on a budget. Don’t forget to consider enjoying the best tour in Puerto Vallarta by joining us on the Marigalante Pirate Ship, day or night. It might not be a free tour, but it is certainly the best experience you will have on Banderas Bay!