Over the last several years, there has been significant growth and development in the Puerto Vallarta Marina. After many years of declining tourism, a recent shift has occurred and the Puerto Vallarta Marina is now a happening place to be with lots to do. From many new restaurants, bars, boutiques, spas and shops, the Puerto Vallarta Marina has transformed itself into a hotspot not to be missed. Formerly mainly serving as a home base for luxury boats and yachts, there are now many excellent restaurants, hip bars, speciality shops and even a world class golf course right next door so that there is something to do for everyone.
Shopping and Farmer’s Market
Due to revival of the Puerto Vallarta Marina, it has now become a popular tourist attraction throughout the entire year. If you visit during the high season months between November through April, don’t miss the large farmers market that is held every Thursday evening starting at 6pm. Everything from beautiful local art, handcrafted jewelry, scrumptious pastries, Mexican ice creams to traditional artisan crafts and so much more is available at the farmer’s market. Additionally, there are numerous shops along the Marina boardwalk where you can find cute nick nacks or even a nice bottle of tequila to take home as a souvenir.
Variety of Restaurants
When it comes to dining options, the Puerto Vallarta Marina will not disappoint. Every taste and budget can be appeased thanks to the large variety of restaurants and bars that now call the Puerto Vallarta Marina home. In the mood for an elegant dining experience? Try Sonora Prime Grill and enjoy the air conditioned dining rooms as you sink your teeth into a fine cut of meat and a strong cocktail. Wondering where you can find Chinese? The new P Chan restaurant is a cute and cozy restaurant that offers delicious authentic dumplings, lettuce wraps, mongolian beef and much more. Authentic Mexican cuisine is found at the popular Victor’s Tacuba Cafe. Service is courteous and efficient, and you are welcomed to start your meal with a free tequila shot. Who wouldn’t like that? Trying to stay healthy and support organic restaurants? Almacen Gourmet is a hip spot that specializes in fresh and delicious organic cuisine. For the best Italian around, book a table at La Terraza di Roma which has patio seating above the water for an unique experience. Their homemade breads, pastas, pizzas will not disappoint.
Would you like to play a round of golf on your visit? The Puerto Vallarta Marina is home to Vista Vallarta’s signature design Jack Nicklaus Golf Course. The gorgeous par-72 course has amazing Bay and Marina views from various holes as well as shady ficus trees, natural creeks and palm forests located throughout. Puerto Vallarta Marina weather is consistently sunny and warm the entire year, so don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to keep you protected as you enjoy getting to know the best of the marina. Keep an eye open for local wildlife…iguanas, native birds and even crocodiles make their homes in the creeks and waterholes in the area so be aware.
Bars and Nightlife
Bars and nightlife in the Puerto Vallarta Marina are more laid back than some of the more wild options you can find in downtown Puerto Vallarta. In the mood for bar hopping? With numerous bars all within walking distance, the Puerto Vallarta Marina is a good spot for a night with friends. Check out La Condesa which is a local’s favorite that plays great music and the menu is well priced. In the mood for romance? Check out the El Faro lighthouse bar that you can access by walking up the narrow spiral staircase inside the lighthouse, or ride the antique elevator to the top if you aren’t claustrophobic. Stunning sunset views of the Puerto Vallarta Marina and the Sierra Madre mountains create an idyllic setting for a romantic evening.
Salons and Spas
With several salons, massage parlors and beauty spas in the Puerto Vallarta Marina it is a great place to take some time to pamper yourself. Want to try an unique pedicure experience? A fish pedicure located at the base of the El Faro Lighthouse involves you soaking your feet in cool water as little fish nibble off old skin cells. Does a massage sound like the perfect way to destress and re-energize? There are several reputable spas in the marina and you can have a deep tissue massage, reflexology or even a couples massage for two. Many spas do not require an appointment and always inquire if there are any promotions available.
Puerto Vallarta Marina has experienced substantial growth and improvements over the last few years, so don’t forget to visit the Puerto Vallarta Marina for yourself to see all the exciting changes in person!