Our list of the best nightclubs in PV was compiled by real Puerto Vallarta Nightlife residents and partygoers. We love everything about our town, especially
the epic party scene. We’ve watched nightclubs open and close their doors over
the years, but only the ones that have stood the test of time deliver the
unforgettable experiences you can only find here. These are the Puerto Vallarta
nightclubs that you cannot miss.
We saved Strana for last, because if it was first on this list, you may
have stopped reading. We promise your jaw will drop when you walk through its
doors. This Puerto Vallarta nightclub brings to mind a huge gothic cathedral.
Say goodbye to smoky clubs with low ceilings, Strana is open, epic, and full of
life. This club is known to be the top pick of the chic and sexy of PV, so make
sure you dress to kill.
Legal Drinking Ages Around The World | Puerto Vallarta Nightlife
The What, Where and How Old for Drinking in Puerto [...]
The What, Where and How Old for Drinking in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta nightlife is legendary, one of the many factors that make it one of the best Spring Break destinations in Mexico.
One reason why many younger travelers opt for a party vacation in Puerto Vallarta is because the legal drinking age in Mexico is lower than most parts of Canada or the USA.
The official drinking age in Puerto Vallarta is 18 years old, so you don’t need to wait until 21 to get into the hottest clubs in Mexico.
Now, like a lot of things in Mexico, there is the official law….and then there is the way things sort of go.
While 18 is the legal drinking age, and should expect to be asked to present identification at your resort or at any of the nightclubs in Puerto Vallarta, you certainly won’t always be asked.
Getting carded in Puerto Vallarta can be hit or miss, based on a few factors:
You look super wasted and already messy when you roll up to the club (getting carded)
You are a jerk to the bouncer (getting carded)
You look like you’ve got a lot of money to spend and you’ve already ordered bottle service (probably not getting carded)
You’re super hot and so are your friends (probably not getting carded)
But just because we’re telling you the truth, doesn’t mean that we’re condoning it. It’s never a good idea to break the law when you’re in a foreign country and you don’t want to put yourself at risk.
That said, if the question is “All my friends are 18 and over and I’m almost 18, do I have to stay at the hotel and feel like a sad and lonely loser when they go clubbing in Puerto Vallarta?” then the answer is (keeping in mind our handy checklist above) that you can most likely get yourself into the club but don’t be an idiot while you are there.
If you are heading down for a Puerto Vallarta spring break vacation, whether you are 18 years or older, there are a few things that you need to do to keep yourself safe and have a good time.
Nobody wants to wreck their vacation with an easily avoidable visit to the hospital, the consulate or the state prison. Here are some easy adulating tips to keep things right and tight:
Use the in-room safe or the hotel safe to store your passport and your tourist visa. The tourist visa will be given to you when you enter Mexico at immigration. You need it to leave, so tuck it in your passport where it won’t be lost. And then don’t lose your passport. Easy. Didn’t listen to us? That was dumb. There is a Canadian Consulate in Puerto Vallarta and an American Consulate in Nuevo Vallarta to help you out. But seriously, lock it up and use your driver’s license or other government ID while you are partying in Puerto Vallarta.
We are big fans of using Uber when you are club-hopping in Puerto Vallarta because you can share your ride with friends, so they know where you are. But taxis here are generally safe and you don’t need to take a “registered” taxi. The regular yellow cabs and white airport taxis are fine, just make sure to check the fare as you get in and text the taxi number on the outside of the car to your friends as an extra precaution.
Don’t do drugs in Mexico. Just don’t. Bad idea. And illegal, including marijuana – and if you happen to be from a legal weed state or province, you will find that pot here is crappy by comparison, so the risk of getting busted is nowhere near the reward.
Stay off the beach late at night. Not only will a mugger be happy to relieve you of your wallet on the beach in the wee morning hours, you may also encounter a wild crocodile who would be happy to relieve you of a limb. And swimming? No. You are not Aquaman. Swimming in the ocean, drunk and late at night, is a fabulous way to drown, because our water is calm and safe in the day but can have a strong undertow at night. And don’t do it at the resort either, because a loud drunken swim when the hotel pool is closed promises an easy way to earn yourself a forced early check out and get escorted off the premises by security.
Be careful before taking someone home. Is he or she insanely hot or super interested? Hotter or more interested in what you’re used to getting at home? You may have just met yourself a prostitute, my friend, who will have a big bodyguard making sure she gets paid, or a really nice guy who wants to “cuddle” until you fall asleep and then steal your watch and your wallet on his way out. We’re not saying you’re not a total babe but be smart about things.
Allow us to present your guide to the top three most popular Mexican spirits, so that you can order like a champion and be king of the club.
Tequila: yes, obviously you know Tequila, but did you know that Puerto Vallarta’s own state of Jalisco is the home of Tequila? To officially be considered Tequila, it must come from the region of Tequila, Jalisco, just like true Champagne can only come from the Champagne region of France.
You can just drop that little fun fact as you order a round of shots and be impressive. Tequila comes in 5 distinct forms:
Blanco or Silver: colorless and with a strong taste of the blue agave plant, from which all Tequila is made, blanco goes straight from the distilling process to the bottle or may be aged up to two months in stainless steel tanks. Some people think that silver Tequila is the cheap stuff but there are some that are distilled to be very smooth and of high quality. How do you know the difference? The price tag will tell you – or the brutality of the hangover the next day.
Joven or Gold: Young and usually inexpensive Tequila, this is the stuff usually reserved for making mixed drinks.
Resposado: meaning “rested”, this Tequila is aged in wood barrels for 2 to 11 months, and each brand will have its own distinct flavor profile. Grab some salt and lime, because this is perfect for shots.
Añejo: Tequila Añejo is made in small batches and aged in wood barrels for no less than one and up to three years, and is meant to be sipped and appreciated, like a fine cognac or brandy.
Extra Añejo: Now you’re getting fancy. Extra Añejo is “ultra-aged”, having rested in wood barrels for over three full years. Extremely smooth and with complex flavor profiles, prices can run up to $2000 USD for an elite bottle.
Mezcal: whereas Tequila can only be made from the blue agave plant, mezcal can be made from any type of agave plant, giving it a different flavor. Sort of like scotch and whiskey, they are related, but not the same. And like Tequila, mezcal also comes in blanco, reposado and añejo form.
Raicilla: another cousin of Tequila, this agave-based spirit has only recently become legal for sale in Mexico, having been a favorite bootleg booze made in underground distilleries in Jalisco for literally generations. Ask for this and enjoy the look of approval from your waiter or bartender.
And where should you be drinking? For the best Puerto Vallarta nightclubs, you will want to head to Bar Morelos in downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mandala and La Vaquita on the famous Puerto Vallarta Malecon, or La Santa, Strana or Biblioteca in the Vallarta Hotel Zone.
Even better, book one of our VIP Packages and experience Puerto Vallarta nightlife like a rock star.
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In fact, our party planning experts can take care of your Puerto Vallarta party vacation from start to finish, with everything you need for an epic holiday.
With just a click, access expert planners to book you and your group private villa accommodations, transportation, Puerto Vallarta sightseeing tours, beach and jungle excursions, spa packages, sport fishing or luxury private yachts, reservations at Puerto Vallarta’s most trendy restaurants or VIP booths at Puerto Vallarta’s hottest nightclubs. Whatever you need, the local party-planning professionals at PV Nightlife will be there to make sure your trip is amazing, and your partying is on point, every day and every night of your Puerto Vallarta vacation.
The Ultimate Cocktail Party Guide Ever – Puerto Vallarta Nightlife
Cocktails are final icing on the Hens night in Per [...]
Cocktails are final icing on the Hens night in Perth cake! Here are some pointers in regards to organizing cocktail events through organizations. When booking for a package ensure you find the minimum quantity of people for each package at the per person price advertised – for instance we charge $79.99pp for unlimited cocktails and waiters for four hours in one of our packages, this amounts to $1600 minimum at 20 people.
If you had 15 people, you would actually be paying $106.60 each for this service. Other organizations might charge $79 for seemingly more value, however when you enquire further you realize that you are actually paying a minimum of $2000, so proceed with caution when checking out your options.
I would also proceed with caution in regards to the word “unlimited” when discussing cocktail packages with your spoken provider. Many providers will state the word unlimited but in fact they will provide you with maybe 40 cocktails max, always investigate whether or not you can truly help yourself to unlimited cocktails for the full duration of your event and keep an eye out for any soft-caps that may be put on your event. At John Parker Events – our Hens night packages Perth always provide you with UNLIMITED drinks for the entire duration of the bachelor party packages.
Other, less reputable companies however may follow overly-strict RSA laws to cut you or your guests off earlier than normal in order to save on alcohol costs (another soft cap), I would always ask for a copy of the company’s terms and conditions before depositing any money.
Like anywhere, tipping the doorman to bypass the line can be a tricky equation based on many factors – how full the club is, how many people are in your group, your general level of hotness, what others have been offering that night to jump the line, if you’re a connected local – so why not just make life simple and book a Puerto Vallarta Clubs Package from PVNL Puerto Vallarta Nightlife, skip the line and get down to business with a VIP host, table reservations, bottle service, open bar packages and more, at the hottest clubs in Puerto Vallarta.
Wrapping things up
I hope this guide has given you a little bit of insight into hens nights in Australia, whether you have any experience in organizing these events or none at all!
Top Marina Puerto Vallarta Restaurants | Bachelorette Party
This Puerto Vallarta group dining restaurant suggestion is within easy
walking distance to the famous Mandala Puerto Vallarta nightclub, Bar Morelos
and La Vaquita.Porfirios is best described as a modern Mexican fiesta. The menu is a
sophisticated twist on traditional Mexican dishes, with beautiful and whimsical
plating, all offered at surprisingly bachelor party packages affordable prices
for a restaurant with such a sleek interior and top-notch service.
Classy Hens Party Games For an Unforgettable Hens Night
Hens Night Games One of the most difficult things [...]
One of the most difficult things when organizing a Hens night in Adelaide is deciding what fun hens night games to play – here is a list of a few I know and the ones I would avoid in my experience.
All of these games are best enjoyed with groups of 16+ and are definitely best enjoyed with topless waiters! Here are the best hens night games.
Good hens night gamesPenis Playdough!
Separate the girls into even groups (2-3) and make them battle it out in an epic sculpting contest of who can sculpt the best penis! Give each girl different prizes, most realistic, most creative and best representative of grooms! Let the Topless Waiters choose your winner! All you need is a few tubs of playdough, you can give them out at the end of the night to ladies with children/nephews anyway.
Q & A
Have the groom record himself answering pre-determined questions given to him by the bridal party about their relationship (make them interesting and a bit embarrassing) – then have the bride answer the same questions – whenever her answer doesn’t line up with the grooms she has to take a shot! When it does line up, the bride can nominate another to do the shot!
Jelly shots are great for this game, use a topless waiter to do body shots off for extra punishment! Don’t make the questions boring and keep it to 5-6 questions (otherwise the game can drag on), it’s more interesting to ask raunchy questions, which will force the bride to either lie or to guess whether her husband is going to lie!
This one is a classic, it consists of grouping up into pairs with one decorator and one model!
Essentially you must dress your model into the best toilet paper bridal dress possible! Place a timer on to give a sense of urgency, then perform a catwalk and let the Topless Waiters pick out the winner! Maybe not the best game to pay if someone is very environmentally friendly though… (save the trees!) A fun twist is to see how long the ladies can leave their dresses on for – with a prize for the winner (I’ve seen ladies take this so seriously they wear their toilet paper dresses out!!)
Ping Pong Twerk Off
Attach an empty tissue box to the bum of the different competitors and fill it with ping pong balls! They then must twerk-off and whoever gets all the ping pong balls out first wins!
BadMalteser in bowl game
This game involves girls forming teams of two and attempting to pick up a malteser out of a bowl using a straw and drop it off in a bowl – it is not a terrible game but it tends to be actually very hard and quickly grows quite boring. If you’re going to do this make sure you don’t use too many maltesers otherwise it will take ages!
Popping Balloons on people in sex positions
This is one that sounds like it would be a lot of fun in theory, but in practice almost always devolves into stupidity – basically anything that involves popping balloons is actually really hard to execute! Why? Because balloons are actually really hard to pop! You actually have to squeeze extremely hard on the person to pop the balloon and even then it may not pop – people begin using sharp objects or dig in their nails and the whole purpose of the game just gets ruined!
Games in general are a great addition to spice up a hens night, however they are not really essential to make your night a good one. If you see the ladies having a good time just chatting on their own and the party has good vibes then there is no real need to stop everything in order to play a game, however if it is a little dull then that’s a great time to get everyone into a game and a few shots in their bellies! I wouldn’t go too overboard on the games, 1-2 games across a 3-4 hour period is more than enough! Many hens I’ve been to don’t even play any hens night games, each to their own. The best night club in Puerto Vallarta contains 2 free hens night games to spice up your event, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!
PV Nightlife — The Four Things Every Lady Needs At Her Hens Night
The Four Things Every Lady Needs At Her Hens Night [...]
Are you tired of having to tie up your snow boots and scrape off the car just to watch the ball drop at the same old local bar? You’re better than that. New Year’s Eve is better than that.
Celebrate the last party of the year in a place with brilliant sun, endless beaches, incredible seafood, and city-wide street parties. New Year’s Eve 2019 in Puerto Vallarta is going to be better than ever. Here’s why you have to be there.
Why New Year’s Eve 2019 In Puerto Vallarta Is Going to Be Epic
Is it the bumping’ yacht parties with all-inclusive drinks? Maybe it’s the dancing in the streets in the old town or on the Malecón? Or is it watching the fireworks over Banderas Bay from the sky deck of a world-class nightclub? There’s so much to do this New Year’s Eve in PV that you’re actually going to want to stay up past midnight (do you remember the last time that
6 Days of Sun and Fun
That’s right. New Year’s Eve 2019 in Puerto Vallarta is NOT a one-night affair. The locals here are so serious about getting down for NYE that they usually stretch it out to four days of non-stop parties, food, live music, and activities like hiking, snorkeling and sipping piña coladas on the beach.
Rammstein, German legends of rock, are at work on a new album, and they’re coming to PV for New Year’s Eve 2019 for what is likely to be one of the most incredible live shows of all time.
These gnarled rockers have let a decade pass since releasing a new album, and their upcoming opus is expected to drop in 2019. They’ve been recording with a full orchestra and choir, and there’s reason to expect they’ll bring the full setup with them when they play on NYE.
Why do we think this?
Well, Rammstein has only booked two concerts this year, and both are on Puerto Vallarta’s beaches during the Nye bash (Dec. 31 and Jan 2). That means the New Year’s Eve show will be the only show the band has played in 2018. The greatest German rock band of all time is going to bring explosive energy, and music history is going to be made.
Dining at its Finest
Puerto Vallarta is one of the food capitals of Mexico, featuring a brilliant mix of tropical flavors from the jungle as well as some of the best seafood you’ll ever taste. When New Year’s Eve comes around, the Latin dining tradition comes to the forefront. In this culture, the biggest and most opulent meal of the year happens on New Year’s Eve.
This means that world-famous chefs who prepare incredible culinary creations every day treat THIS as the most important time of year. All the stops come out. All the most prized ingredients come into play. And the result is a dining experience beyond your wildest dreams. Most dinners include five courses, champagne, and live music. And the best part? The price is all-inclusive
and very affordable.
To find the right restaurant at the right price and to book a table worthy of the evening, you need some local insight. The insiders at Puerto Vallarta clubs have connections at all the best restaurants.
They can book your table, deal with all the translations, and even drive you to the restaurant.
Local Tip: We recommend dining like a baller at least once during your stay in PV, but don’t wait to book a table. People come from far and wide just for this culinary adventure!
Street Parties for All Ages
One of the best parts of NYE in Puerto Vallarta is the vibrant streets full of locals, tourists, families and more. Everyone is here for one reason: to celebrate and be happy! Without even entering a club or a restaurant, you can feast on the sights and sounds of PV all night. Here’s where to do it this New Year’s Eve.
Start with a cocktail to go and cruise down the streets of the Old Town. Beautiful antique buildings are cut into by narrow roads and alleys crowded with laughing locals and dancing children. Take a load off and gaze out over Banderas Bay or grab a snack and enjoy the live mariachi music hanging in the air.
This Oceanside esplanade is where the biggest parties happen. If you’re not dining at a restaurant, this is where you want to be for the best in PV street food, all your NYE beads and beers, and tons of people ready to dance and shout. The Malecón gets crowded, but it’s an unforgettable experience.
Called “The Romantic Zone” for its beautiful streets, cafés, and restaurants in the heart of the Old Town, this is a great place to start if you’re in the fine dining mood. It’s also about a block away from the bay and will make for a perfect spot for viewing those midnight fireworks while holding someone close. Olas Atlas will be crowded, but it has a much more traditional Mexican street-party vibe than the Malecón or Los Arcos.
Just south of the Malecón you’ll find another wild party in the Los Arcos central square. You’re sure to find plenty of dancing and music here, and there’s nothing obstructing the view of the bay in the background. If you want to be on your eighth cocktail and dancing like a maniac when the ball drops, you want to be at Los Arcos.
Going to Puerto Vallarta and not hitting the clubs is like going to New York City and skipping lady liberty. It’s just one of those things that you have to do at least once in your life, and if there’s ever a time to do it, its New Year’s Eve 2019.
PV is home to some of the most epic clubs in the world. Strana is a literal cathedral of sound and energy. La Santa has an in-club pool that guarantees a wet and wild night. La Vaquita features a giant flying cow and some of the craziest pyrotechnic shows you’ll ever see. And this is just on any old night of the week.
New Year’s Eve 2019 is going to be bigger than ever. The clubs are getting stocked with fireworks, buying new lights and speakers, booking the biggest DJs, and carting in champagne by the pallet. It doesn’t matter whether you get here before or after midnight because the NYE parties at Puerto Vallarta clubs will be going till dawn.
Unless you want to wait outside all night in line, you WILL need a booking to get into one of Puerto Vallarta’s world-class clubs. Get in touch with the local nightlife gurus at PV Nightlife for info on events, bookings, and VIP tables. We can book you an exclusive VIP table, make sure you never have to wait for a drink, and even drive you to the club!
Don’t Miss New Year’s Eve 2019 in Puerto Vallarta
The holidays might seem far away, but when it comes to booking the perfect Oceanside villa, getting in at the best seafood bistro, or grabbing a few tickets to Rammstein’s first (and last!) Performance of 2018, time is running out!
Don’t be shy! Prices south of the border are more affordable than you think, and the local nightlife experts at PV Nightlife have ALL the connections. Get in touch now to start planning your bash for New Year’s Eve 2019 in Puerto Vallarta!
So you’ve been given the daunting title of “maid of honour”
– in my eyes this title is more along the lines of “maid of organizing
everything including being solely responsible for the success or failure of my
best friends hens night!” but who cares about titles! It is your duty to ensure
this night is one you’re guests and more importantly, your hen, will always
remember (or forget completely).
Hen’s nights might seem like an awful lot of work – and they
are – but there are many things you lovely ladies can do to make life easier.
Topless Waiters, Male strippers Melbourne, Cocktail Parties, I have organized
thousands of hens nights across Australia – starting as a topless waiter myself
and working up to the manager/owner of my own hens night company I have seen
all sides of the Hens
Night process. Below is an accumulation of hens night information that I
think will benefit you, from conception to delivery!
This isn’t going to be like other articles that put out
basic things, like “save the date” as a key pointer on a hens night (duh?), I’ll
be leaving out the common sense stuff and going straight for the nitty gritty
of the best hens night Melbourne ideas!
Starting with Hens night Melbourne and
now located all across Australia this guide will draw from my experience in the
hens night industry, however I will make it very broad and include hens night
ideas for people from all around the world. Happy Reading!
Preliminary Easy Stuff;
Figure out who’s doing the guest list – you or
Get a feel for what the hen wants – if you know
her well (I would hope you do?) you might not even need to ask her (surprises
are better) – brainstorm some hens night ideas
Determine a location you want your hens to be
(I’m talking geographical here not specific), would you like topless waiters
Melbourne? Male Strippers Brisbane? A mobile bar in Sydney?
Those things should be easy to do, once you have a rough
idea of what country you want to have your hens night in and generally what you
will be doing – you can continue down the guide!
What Do You Want Out Of Your Hens? Hens Night Ideas!
This may well be the hardest section of the entire hens
night planning process – what is it that you actually want to do? Now this
isn’t a scary option because there isn’t enough to go off, it’s actually the
simple Netflix problem – there is too much to choose from.
I would start by asking yourself the question of guests –
because in the end you have to find that right balance between what the hen
would like and what the guests would be into.
Ask yourself the following validating questions before brainstorming hens
How much age variety is there at this hens, will
any oldies be attending who will be less inclined to participate in a raunchy
hens? Or the opposite, nervous youngsters who wouldn’t know how to relate?
Will your attending guests be of a conservative
nature – i.e. will they be for or against having topless men / topless waiters
walking around handing them drinks? What about a male strip show?
Are your guests big drinkers? Would they be
satisfied with only a couple of cocktails, or do you want to go all out with a
unlimited cocktail bar? (I know I would!)
How much do your guests make in a year? Would
they be happy to put in $80 each for an awesome hens night? What about $100,
Are your guests the adventurous type? Would they
want to do a fun activity – or keep it a bit classier, such as a cocktail
How many people will be attending? This one is
crucial, is it 8-9 people? 20? 40?
These are some great screening questions to ask your hen
also, you probably won’t know everyone who the hen has invited personally so
it’s important to gather this information before making any decisions.
Everybody is different, your hens may be the perfect bunch
of ladies who all get along famously and who are all big party girls who love
going out! In which case congratulations, your hens night will pretty much run
itself! But majority of the time there is a big split within hens nights in
terms of age/nature/family
(especially as the numbers creep higher).
My solution to this is never be afraid to have a hens DAY,
this could be something as simple as a daytime wine tour through your local
area (mine would be the yarra valley), enjoying some casual drinks with all the
ladies involved (including the prudes/oldies/unwanted family members/mother in
law) and then dispersing after the event and heading to your
hens NIGHT – where you can get as wild and crazy as you see fit, without
feeling like you left out the other guests. Trust me; the oldies are going to
thank you that they can get an early night anyway. High Teas are also a quality
option, as well as day spas/manicures/massages and day cruises! Contacting the
people you are unsure about and brainstorming a few Bachelor
Party ideas is also an option!
These top 20 things to do in Puerto Vallarta were recommended by real locals and will guarantee you see the very best of this incredible coastal city.
In Puerto Vallarta, you have the opportunity to experience vibrant local Mexican culture and a luxurious beach holiday all at once. From the shops and quaint cafes on the Malecon to hidden beaches and tranquil coves to epic night clubs overlooking Banderas Bay, there’s something for everyone in this Pacific paradise.
But, you can’t trust just anyone to tell you how to experience the best of Puerto Vallarta. As much as we love our city, we admit that tourist traps are popping up left and right.
That’s why the local experts at PV Nightlife decided to put together a top 20 list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta made 100% by locals!
We’re excited to share our beautiful city with you, but before we dive into our list, let’s take a look at the parts of the city you’ll want to explore.
Districts of Puerto Vallarta
North Zone: This area north of the city stays pretty quiet. Those looking for peace and relaxation can come here for lazy beaches, traditional villages, and good access to watersports like kite surfing.
Nueva Vallarta: This area is where the all-inclusive resorts are, so it’s not the best place to experience PV culture. Locals aren’t big fans of this area, but it’s a good spot for families looking for the ease of a package holiday.
Marina Vallarta: This is the first zone in Puerto Vallarta proper, yet it’s still relatively quiet and romantic. The Marina is a great place for shopping, grabbing drinks, and watching the sunset. It’s home to some high-end cafes and hotels, but locals often go here for happy hour.
Hotel Zone: The hotel zone is modern and convenient. You won’t find a lot of history here, but you’ll find all the malls, big supermarkets, cinemas, and of course, hotels. There’s also a nice harbor here, but the Hotel Zone is best for shopping and enjoying some air conditioning!
Downtown: This is where the magic happens! Downtown is the heart of Old Vallarta and home to our favorite place—the Malecon. It’s a long boardwalk along the beach that is full of shops and cafes. We love to sip coffees and cocktails in the fresh ocean air while people watching the day away.
Romantic Zone: Love is in the air in this small central district. It’s where you’ll find many of the most popular bars and restaurants, and it’s known for being trendy. There’s almost always something going on in the plazas, and Los Muertos beach is the hot spot for tourists looking for spring-break style fun in the sun.
South Zone: Leaving the city, the South Zone extends for over 25 miles south of Puerto Vallarta and is pocked with little beaches and villages. It’s easy to access by car, bike, or bus, and it’s also a popular spot for coastal hikes. Locals love to go to the beaches here to escape the crowds in the city!
Now that you know a bit more about Puerto Vallarta’s city districts, it’s time to jump into our list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta!
Top 20 Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta
We asked a lot of locals for their input on this list, so you can take the numerical order with a grain of salt (and then some lime and tequila, preferably!). This list is a mix of local favorites and what locals think tourists MUST do when they visit PV.
1. Playa las Gemelas Beach
Admit it—the first thing you want to do when you touch down in Puerto Vallarta is hit the beach! Playa las Gemelas is the one to visit first, according to locals.
Many tourists head straight to Los Muertos Beach, but it can be a bit rowdy and crowded. Playa las Gemelas is quieter and more relaxing, plus the water is an amazing mix of glowing turquoise and emerald. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the city.
Getting to the beach requires climbing some stairs, but it’s worth the trip. As you descend to the water, you’ll pass under a canopy of jungle greens and ropey vines that provide a perfect transition from “real life” to “stress-free, margarita-sipping holiday.”
2. Stroll on the Malecon
There’s no better way to get acquainted with Puerto Vallarta than to walk along the picturesque Malecon, a long boardwalk that spans most of the city’s coastline. Here, you’ll find a mix of tourist-friendly attractions like street performers, artists, and vendors of all kinds. It’s also home to plenty of historic restaurants and cafes where you can stop for a drink or a bite and enjoy some stellar ocean views.
Locals like to spend time at Bar La Playa, or if you’re looking for something a little wilder, try Senor Frog’s.
3. Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This is the most popular sightseeing attraction in the historic center, and the locals are very proud of it. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a beautiful architectural monument inside and out, and it’s a symbol of PV culture. Make sure to pay a visit regardless of your religious affiliation. Just make sure to be respectful!
4. Eat Street Food (Tacos, Tacos, Tacos)
It’s not hard to find an abundance of street food in Puerto Vallarta, but only the locals know the best of the best.
Here’s what you’ve got to try:
Tacos: Try our spicy shrimp tacos for a real local treat.
Tortas Ahogadas: A local sandwich filled with pork, tomato sauce, and chili. It’s a bit like a Mexican sloppy Joe!
Pescado Embarazado: This is basically a roast fish on a stick. But, the fish is marinated in lime and served with fresh salsa. It’s healthy and delicious!
Tamales: The perfect grab-and-go street food.
Grilled corn on the cob: It’s no delicacy, but we love this roasty, salty street food.
And here’s where to go to find the very best street food:
5. Take a Boat Tour
Most of the things to do in Puerto Vallarta take place on the waves, but you don’t have to be a swimmer or a surfer to enjoy our emerald seas. Hiring a boat is much more affordable here than it is in most other cities, meaning you can live the high life on a private yacht or take a relaxing fishing cruise with your buddies for less than the cost of a nice meal.
Or, if you’re looking for a party, try one of our bumping party cruises. Most party cruises have great DJs and plenty of singles looking to mingle. Even better, most include an open bar all day.
To find out how you can rent a boat or join a party cruise, get in touch with the local booking experts at PV Nightlife.
6. Plaza de las Armas
This is the main square in Puerto Vallarta, and there’s something fun happening here every day. It’s a great spot to buy local art, and it’s very close to the Malecon and Our Lady of Guadalupe church.
Make sure to take a photo with the statue of our city’s founder, Ignacio Vallarta, and take some shade under the beautiful bandstand gazebo in the center.
7. Experience Mismaloya
If you have time for an excursion, we recommend Mismaloya in the South Zone. This small fishing village captures the essence of what Puerto Vallarta was before the hotels and resorts moved in. Plus, it was where the classic film “The Night of the Iguana” was made, which pretty much put Puerto Vallarta on the map.
A nice blend of tranquility, history, and untarnished beaches, Mismaloya is a perfect skip away from the city for those looking to get away from it all.
8. Take a Hike
If your idea of getting out of town doesn’t involve going to a different town, then go for a relaxing hike through the South Zone. There are miles and miles of quiet beaches here, and the paths are safe and relatively easy (as long as you don’t take a short cut through the mountains).
Hiking along the coast is a wonderful way to experience the sea at your own pace, and it doesn’t take much planning. The main road is never far, so you can hop a bus back to the city whenever you’re ready. Just make sure to bring enough water and sunscreen.
You can start your hike from the end of the Malecon and head down to Conchas Chinas (it only takes about 40 minutes). From there, more adventurous hikers can continue south all the way to Boca de Tomatlan.
9. Share the love in the Zona Romantica
For food, drinks, and plentiful attractions, the Romantic Zone is the place to be. Weekends are full of life here, so be sure to make reservations for restaurants and bars. But there’s something going on every night of the week in Plaza Lazaro Cardenas. From traditional dancing to live music to local artisanal markets, you and a special someone are sure to see sparks fly in this part of the old town.
10. See the Sunset over Banderas Bay
Puerto Vallarta’s jovial streets are home to many shows and attractions, but the best one takes place on the horizon over Banderas Bay. Cozy up with a special someone on the beach and enjoy a fiery sunset before heading out for a night to remember.
Here in Puerto Vallarta, watching the sunset is our equivalent of stopping to smell the roses. Don’t forget to take in the peaceful vibes of our city and do the same!
11. Hit the Clubs
All of the locals we spoke to agreed on one thing—you CANNOT leave Puerto Vallarta without at least one night of wild fun at a PV club.
Puerto Vallarta clubs are a point of pride in the city. They are known for their excellent service, signature drinks, and world-class DJs. When partygoers talk about the best clubs in the world, PV’s clubs rank in the top spots with Las Vegas and Ibiza clubs. The difference is that they cost a lot less to enjoy!
Here’s where locals recommend for the best PV clubbing:
La Santa: La Santa is best known for having an on-site pool. Are you ready for your night to get wet and wild?
La Vaquita: A barnyard-themed bash, La Vaquita has a very relaxed dress code and serves massive drinks in styrofoam cups. A place to let loose!
Strana: A cathedral of light and sound, Strana is one of the most exclusive and immersive clubs in the city.
Nightclubs in Puerto Vallarta are very popular, so you need to book in advance to avoid long lines which often extend out the door and into the street. Or, you can let the locals at PV Nightlife take care of it for you and enjoy VIP access all night long.
Bonus: Puerto Vallarta Accommodation Hacks
The quality of your vacation in Puerto Vallarta will depend greatly on where you choose to stay. This city is full of resorts and hotels, but locals don’t recommend these places.
Resorts are ok for families, large groups, and the elderly, but those who want to explore and make the most of their trip won’t like the fake atmosphere and overcrowding.
Hotels are a luxurious way to travel, and Puerto Vallarta has some excellent ones to choose from. The downside is that you’ll pay international prices to book somewhere like the Hilton or the Hyatt.
If you’re traveling with your family or a group, we highly recommend booking a private villa instead of traditional accommodation. You can actually book a beachside villa with luxury décor and amazing amenities for less than the price of most hotels.
Even better, your villa can be customized in any way you like. You can ask for a private chef, a driver, for a mariachi band to come at night—the possibilities are really up to you.
When you work with an agency like PV Nightlife, there’s no limit to what you can do and where you can stay. Get in touch now to view beachfront villas and to turn your accommodation into a private paradise.
12. Scuba Diving
If you’ve never been Scuba diving before, Puerto Vallarta is the place to have your underwater adventure. If you have, you’ve never seen ocean floors like ours!
Enter a wonderland of crystal-clear waters and interact with playful fish and other sea life. You’ll encounter amazing rock structures, reefs, massive schools of fish, and even ghostly shipwrecks.
The Scuba tours in PV are led by licensed professionals, so all you have to do is suit up and be amazed!
13. Colonia Emiliano Zapata Municipal Market
The food culture in Mexico is protected by UNESCO—it’s the only culinary tradition to have that honor! So, when deciding what things to do in Puerto Vallarta, visiting a local market is an absolute must.
The Colonia Emiliano Zapata municipal market is full of colorful produce, tropical fruit, seafood, local spices, street food, and so much more. The best thing about this place is that everyone here is super helpful and always smiling. It’s the perfect place to get some cooking tips from real locals while going on a tasting spree.
The market is open every day from 6 AM to 3 PM. We recommend going in the late morning. It’s the perfect time to see all the vendors while they’re still fully stocked and to work up an appetite for lunch.
14. Los Muertos Beach
Los Muertos Beach is one of the hottest spots in the city. It’s great for lounging, swimming, and watersports, and it’s also full of bars and restaurants with music and beach sports. It’s more of a party beach than a relaxing spot, but that isn’t a bad thing!
Los Muertos is located directly off the Malecon, so it’s the most accessible beach in the city. In fact, it’s impossible to miss, as it’s visible from most of the city center. Even if you don’t like crowded beaches, stop at a beach kiosk for a margarita or two. The fun is contagious!
15. Mirador de La Cruz
Mirador de La Cruz is an observation platform just outside the city center. The locals know this spot offers the best views of Banderas Bay and the lush mountains bordering the city, but you won’t find many of us making the climb on a hot day!
The trek to Mirador de La Crus takes about 40 minutes from the Malecon, and the last 20 minutes are made up of steep climbs and stairs. Nevertheless, this is where you’ll be able to snap panoramic photos of the city and the sea that will make all your Insta followers jealous, so bring your walking shoes and don’t miss it!
16. Into the Wild
Just outside Puerto Vallarta’s antique streets, you can venture into the unknown and explore Mexico’s lush jungle terrain. Don’t worry, there aren’t any dangerous animals lurking in the depths, but there are plenty of exotic flowers, fresh fruits, colorful insects, and other amazing things to see.
You can tour the jungle on foot with a guide or you can schedule an ATV tour for an off-road adventure. We don’t recommend exploring the jungle alone.
17. Have a Spa Day
Take a break from all the adventure, sun, sand, and tequila by detoxing your body and rejuvenating your skin at one of Puerto Vallarta’s famed spas. Featuring specialized treatments made from sea minerals and local ingredients, there’s no better way to experience the ultimate in personal pampering while doing something good for your health.
These spas are well-known by locals as being reasonably priced and extremely professional:
18. Marina Vallarta
Marina Vallarta is a place where the wealthy bump elbows with locals and tourists who like to watch as boats pass over the horizon. Known for its iconic lighthouse bar, this area of the city is quiet and breezy, and it’s the perfect place to take a date before dinner in the Romantic Zone.
Locals don’t hang out here often, but we like going for happy hour at the rooftop bars nearby. Many luxurious clubs and hotels, such as the Marriot, offer half-priced drinks in the early evening, making this a great place to live it up on a budget.
19. Dine in Style
Street food is delicious, by you’d be missing out if you didn’t treat yourself to a bit of fine dining in this food capital of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is known for amazing BBQ and seafood dishes, and the chefs here are some of the most creative in the world.
Diners can enjoy rich salsas made with local fruits and vegetables as well as light tortillas and hearty soups like the local favorite “birria,” a spicy pork stew served with lime.
PV has also been influenced by an influx of international chefs, making this city a unique culinary jewel on the Pacific.
Here are some local favorites for decadent dining:
La Leche: Foodies looking for the perfect sharable photo love La Leche. The entire restaurant is white, making the colorful dishes burst with life.
La Palapa: Fine dining on the beach. Enjoy fantastic views and incredible seafood.
Café des Artistes: Featuring French and Mexican fusion, Café des Artistes may be the most upscale restaurant in the city.
20. Mezcal and Tequila
Two of our most beloved local pastimes—mezcal and tequila! Puerto Vallarta is a place for sipping and snacking, and our favorite liquors make each night go down smooth.
Both tequila and mezcal are produced in the Jalisco region of Mexico (where PV is located), so this is one of the best places to try artisanal liquors from some of the finest distilleries.
For a great selection of straight mezcal and tequila as well as signature cocktails and snacks, we have to recommend Bar Morelos. This place gets pretty busy and has a club on a separate floor, so you’ll need to book a table if you don’t want to get stuck standing.
Are you ready for your trip to PV? There are so many things to do in Puerto Vallarta that the hardest part is choosing! That’s where we come in at PV Nightlife.
Our local guides and experts are dedicated to putting together the perfect evening, weekend, or complete holiday for you. And our packages are never pre-set. We dedicate a planner to your vacation who works with you to deliver the exact holiday you want.
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