Puerto Vallarta is well known as a top vacation destination across Mexico and the world. In fact, Puerto Vallarta was ranked #9 for one of the top places to visit in Mexico by US News & World Report magazine last year. Puerto Vallarta also scored high among other rankings including the following:
U.S. News & World Report magazine rankings
#9 Top places to visit in Mexico
#5 in Best Spring Break Destinations
#7 in Best Beaches in Mexico
#8 in Best Affordable Destination Wedding Spots
Charming cobblestone streets
One of the best parts of Puerto Vallarta is an area south of El Centro that is called Old Town or Zona Romantica. In addition to its beautiful beaches and coastline, it still has a authentic Mexican small town feel that you don’t find in many of the more touristy vacation destinations. As you walk the cobblestone streets of Old Town Puerto Vallarta, you pass charming shops and bakeries where you can enjoy some the most delicious fresh pastries and Mexican specialities around.
On Saturday morning in Old Town Puerto Vallarta there is a great farmer’s market with everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to artisan crafts and jewelry to beauty and health supplies. You can even get a massage or a chiropractic adjustment if you need it. Tortilla factories and taco vendors are just around on the corner, and the fresh seafood like ceviche and aguachile are some of the best you’ll try.
If you’re into a more hip nighttime vibe, there are lots of local clubs, bars and lounges for all tastes in Old Town and the surrounding areas of Olas Altas and El Centro.
Puerto Vallarta’s Culture and architecture
Then there’s also the beautiful Old Town architecture and art galleries in Puerto Vallarta. You never know what interesting property or hidden jewel you may come upon as you walk the local streets. Have you seen the local church “Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe” by the Plaza de armas with its beautiful crown which was added in 1965? It’s certainly worth a visit inside. Also, make sure not to miss the beautiful Los Arcos amphitheater right on the Puerto Vallarta malecon just steps from the church and Plaza de armas.
Unique mix of old and new on Banderas Bay
Old Town Puerto Vallarta truly has something special that other cities in Mexico do not. A beautiful and unique mix of the old and new. The friendly locals and Mexican handicrafts. The gorgeous beaches with dolphins and humpback whales often visible from the beach (whale watching season is from December through March). Coconut and oyster vendors walking along the malecon selling their fresh fares. World class dining and shopping with some of the most amazing views in the world.
Puerto Vallarta has an intrigue that is hard to describe, but easy to appreciate when you experience first hand why Puerto Vallarta is one of the top places to visit in Mexico. Come check it out for yourself and see what you’ve been missing.