Hotel Rosita is located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, right by the famous Malecón, the ocean-side walk-way in the center of the city, right by the main shopping area, restaurants and everything that is going on in Puerto Vallarta. So if you want to know Mexico, this is a great place to start.
WHAT TO DO WHILE IN PV-
Stroll along the Malecon on a weekend evening
Watch the free dance/music shows at the 'arches' on Sundays
Eat tacos or corn on the cob from the street vendors
Go to the local cathedral and light a candle for a departed loved one
Go to the main local beach on the southside called Playa Los Muertos and have lunch at a palapa restaurant on the sand
Watch sunset with mariachis playing in the background,
Buy fresh squeezed orange juice from the lady on the corner
Get ice cream cones from Dolphy's, hot dogs from D'Mikes
Visit the tile factory & store
Go to the 2-story supermercado just south of the river called Rizo
Stop into a bakery.
Take an inexpensive local bus out to El Anclote or Destiladeras (towards Punta Mita) or south to Boca de Tomalan.
Or a day trip via water taxi from the Pier to Yelapa.
For more formal activities offered: sunset dinner cruises on the pirate ship, daytime snorkeling cruises out to Los Arcos, horseback riding in the jungle to a waterfall, rent a jeep, sign up to attend a Fiesta, or on the beach try parasailing, banana boats, innertubes.
One of the rooms in the hotel faces Malecon.
A mile-long "boardwalk" known as the "Malecon", runs along the downtown oceanfront and the oceanfront street, Paseo Diaz Ordas. There are several blocks of shops, galleries, gift shops, restaurants and night clubs across the street facing the ocean.
And this is "the" place where residents and visitors, shoppers, diners and lovers stroll along the ocean from morning to night. In the morning, about the time a few joggers are out running along the beach, fishermen set up an open fish market at one end of the "Malecon" near the Hotel Rosita (Puerto Vallarta's first hotel) where they sell their catch-of-the-day to the public. At the other end, there's an open air theater called "Los Arcos" (The Arches) where different kinds of free performances such as mariachis and puppet shows are given in the evenings, beginning at about 5:30 PM every Sunday and on special holidays. Local artists who paint scenes of the town square and the Guadalupe Cathedral, set up to sell their paintings nearby.
You may call a taxi from your hotel that will take you around the city. Before entering the taxi, ask the driver what the fare will be to your destination, and if it isn't close to the guide lines on this page, go to another taxi. Taxi fares in are usually set by zone. Since the lines between zones aren't clearly defined, agree on a rate before hand. Hotels usually post rates.
Don't think you'll have to share your ride with live chickens, but you may have live entertainment, all for 4 Pesos! Buses cost about 4 Pesos to almost everywhere, unless you go far out of town.
Example: El Centro (the center of town) to Boca de Tomatlan (about 6 miles south) 4 or 5 Pesos.
The bus stops are not clearly marked, but it will be easy for you to spot them. Just look for a group of people waiting near the roadside. The buses run frequently, so you won't be waiting long.
Buses into town from the north end at the 'Terminal' by Park Lazaro Cardenas. Buses to points south start from the South Terminal at Constitución and Basilio Badillo.