Fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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    Vallarta Food Tours

    by pvmagnetic Written Dec 23, 2011

    This is a great tour to get oriented with best Vallarta has to offer. I enjoyed it immensely and made some new friends. The mole, ceviche, tacos, soups, and candy was amazing. It was just not the food but the info about vallarta that made this tour not good but great. I highly recommend this tour to anyone that is visiting Puerto Vallarta

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    Fiesta Night at Dreams Resort

    by Mindy_J Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    wonderful time.. games, mariachi band, contests, local dancing. It was rained out, so it was held in the resort ballroom. they had local vendors, so if you didn't get out that week to the markets, you can get just as good as a deal if you haggle.

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    Strollers Dream

    by jnjsrnr Written Jan 31, 2011

    Whether you are walking the cobblestone side streets, down the Malecon, or on the beach, all is relaxing in Puerto Vallarta. It is a relatively small area. If you dont go to el centro, you dont really see PV.

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    pub crawls

    by rkearns Written Aug 26, 2010

    is it just about meeting people? i was there (just got home yesterday) and there are plenty of bars in zona romantica. you could go out on your own or whomever you are with and not have to pay for cheap jello shots. imo, zona romantica is the best for a pub crawl.
    i would not go with a company or tour group.

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    The world's best sunset!!

    by jamiesno Updated Feb 24, 2010

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    For me in Peurto Vallarta on the Flamingo Beach my number one activity was vegging out with either a Tequilla Sunrise, a Screwdriver or a Sol or one of each until 6:30 and watch the sun set, this for me was unbeleivable!!

    I posted a special travelogue dedicated just to the sunrises that would happen daily. They were the greatest!

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  • Banderas Bay Hover Tour

    by Seeker42 Written Dec 9, 2009

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    This tour was fantastic! The tour began with a guided hike through a mangrove forest that was both educational and beautiful. We then met a local fishermen who taught us how to throw fishing nets which is much harder than it looks. Then we boarded a 6 place hovercraft and soared over beach, mudflats, and up the Ameca River. We actually flew with the birds! We saw pelicans, herons, egrets, spoonbills, blacknecked stilts and more. There were iguanas, turtles,and even 3 crocodiles! It was like stepping back in time and experiencing Puerto Vallarta when it was nothing more than a fishing village. I loved the fact that the guides were passionate about conservation and leaving no (or little) footprint. We also never felt like tourists. They keep the groups small so that the experience is truely special and low impact. My 70 year old mother and teenage kids all highly recommend this tour...and that really says something!!! You can see for yourself by going to their website and clicking on the youtube link.

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  • Mud Rats Off Road adventures (dune buggy's)

    by barrylazow Written Nov 25, 2009

    Hi,
    I wanted to get the word out that the “Mud Rats Dunne Buggy’s & ATV’s” company should be avoided at all costs. We had a wedding for our daughter down here last weekend and the bride and groom sponsored a dune buggy trip for the wedding party (plus others that wanted to join on Sunday). We arranged the buggy’s through a long time friend (vendor) in the beach who first quoted us $35/person (for >20 people) but then when we went to confirm said the owner changed the price to $45 because his competition had just been eliminated and he was the only option in town. They ended up renting 17 buggy’s and all but 2 broke down at some point. Instead of going up into the hills along the river as advertised, they were taken along the busy streets into Nuevo Vallarta (very dangerous). The guide lost track of one of the last buggy’s who then got lost. They ended up going down a one way street the wrong way, got stopped by the police and almost arrested. The dune buggy people had to come out to pay them a bribe and then they charged her for the money. Everyone had a miserable time….

    I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone!!!!!!

    Barry

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    Enjoy gorgeous sunsets!

    by monica71 Written Oct 2, 2009

    One of the best thing you can do in Puerto Vallarta is to be on the beach (or near the beach) at sunset. Sunsets are amazing here! I took this picture at sunset on the first day we arrived in Puerto Vallarta, on the way to our hotel. What a great way to start a vacation!!!

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    Get a massage!!!

    by monica71 Written Sep 30, 2009

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    There are several places in town and on the beach that offer cheap 60 minutes massages. You will see signs on the beach inviting you to go for a massage. There are also massage therapists that are walking on the beach and distributing business cards with their location, services and prices.

    We had a 60 minutes massage for 2 in Mismaloya, in a very private area located right on the beach. Like everything in Mexico, the price is negotiable. Your best bet is to pay in Mexican pesos instead on US dollars (it saves you some bucks).

    We paid 400 pesos (about 29 US dollars) for a 60 minutes massage for 2 people. It was really relaxing and worth it. The next day, I had a manicure and a pedicure done at the same place. The original price was 200 pesos, but after a quick negotiation I managed to get the price down to 150 pesos (about 11 US dollars).

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    Make sure you try "cafe de la olla"!

    by monica71 Written Sep 29, 2009

    If you happen to go to San Sebastian or to Masocta, make sure you try the "cafe de la olla" (rich, organic Mexican coffee laced with cinnamon and sugar). The taste is very unique and wonderful! I do not drink coffee, but I really liked it. My husband (heavy coffee drinker!) liked it so much that he asked for seconds :)

    I am pretty sure they serve this in Puerto Vallarta, too. I highly recommend you give it a try!

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    Enjoy more than one beach!

    by monica71 Written Sep 26, 2009

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    During your stay in Puerto Vallarta try to go to one of the beaches out of town at least once. We had the pleasure to enjoy several beaches during our vacation: Playa Los Muertos (in town), Playa Mismaloya (South of town) and Playa Sayulita (North of town). Each beach is unique and has its own beauty, you will not be sorry for checking them out.

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    Admire the sand sculptures

    by monica71 Written Sep 25, 2009

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    I was really excited to see such nice sand sculptures on the beach. I saw several shows on TV where they show people preparing the sand and carving the sculptures, but it was the first time I saw sand sculptures in person.

    There was about an hour of heavy rain before we went to the Malecon and the sand sculptures and I thought that the rain would have ruined them. I was so excited to see they were still standing!

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    The Malecon, Puerto Vallarta

    by monica71 Written Sep 25, 2009

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    The Malecon makes for a very nice stroll while in Puerto Vallarta. The walk is very nice and easy and you will be rewarded with great views of the beach, the sunset (if you go there in the evening), awesome sand sculptures and metal sculptures, great atmosphere and a lot of local flavor. You will see lots of vendors selling everything you can possibly imagine: souvenirs, fresh fruit and drinks, snacks, area tours and time shares! They are not as aggressive as the ones you will meet upon your arrival, inside the airport, so a simple "No, gracias" will do!

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    Cathedral-Our Lady of Guadalupe, Puerto Vallarta

    by monica71 Written Sep 25, 2009

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    Puerto Vallarta has a very nice cathedral that is worth a quick stop if you are in town. The construction started in 1929 and it lasted for 12 years.

    There are several masses during the day and it may be fun to stop by during one while visiting Puerto Vallarta.

    You really can not miss the building since its main tower has a huge crown on top of it. The crown was modeled after the one wore by empress Carlota in the 19-th century. It is said that she went insane after her husband, the king, was killed.

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    LOOKING OUT OVER THE LA JOLLA DE MISMALOYA BAY

    by travelgourmet Updated Apr 18, 2009

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    There is a lookout that sits off the road just before you get to the hotel La Jolla De Mismaloya. Stop and look over the wall. The view is magical with the Bay of Banderas and the hotel grounds and beach in full view. Straight across in the hills is where the movie "Night of the Iguana" was filmed.

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