Spending a long weekend in Puerto Vallarta will give you some time to explore every bit of this beautiful city. There are art galleries to view, horse trails to ride on, and reefs for snorkeling. The four-day itinerary below will allow you to appreciate this beautiful city.
There are many beautiful beaches along the length of the bay. There are also some interesting little towns to see as you glide along. One of the loveliest introductions you can have to the city is being on the calm water as the sun goes down. Cap your day off by having a cocktail. Relax on the terrace at the first-class El Palomar de los Gonzalez, and try some of the fresh seafood and the steaks.
If you happen to visit the city during winter, see the igrating humpback whale. Guided tours operated by marine biologists have boats with hydrophones that you can use to listen to the whales. Also try the Mexican Folklore and Tequila Tour to know more about Mexican culture and tequila-making. La Palapa is a great place to visit for nice sunset drinks on the beach.
Start your day by taking a snorkeling tour to the Marietas Islands or Los Arcos. Vallarta Adventures is one of Puero Vallarta’s best ecotour operators. You will see the lively sealife in the bay: rays, turtles, eels, and lots of colorful fish. Spend your afternoon by taking a horseback ride to the Cuale Falls. It is worth the ride when you see the beautiful view and swim in the crystal-clear pools here. In the evening, go to Cafe de Olla and indulge yourself with their famous seafood platter. Get to this sidewalk cafe early enough to secure a seat, as the venue is popular among tourists and locals alike.
If you want to experience excellent dining and shopping experience, head south to the Zona Romántica. Have an island breakfast at the River Cafe overlooking the stream and a heavenly lunch at Le Bistro, where the monumental architecture and neo-Continental and romantic decor add to the pleasure. Go to Isla del Río Cuale for T-shirts and trinkets.
Watch the fishermen on the small pier at Los Muertos Beach and lie in the sun or sit in the shade with a really good book. You can also walk south to the Conchas Chinas Beach’s rocky coves. When the water is calm, the beach becomes very good for snorkeling. If you want to shop for souvenirs, go to Calle Basilio Badillo and the surrounding streets for housewares,folk art, antiques, accessories, and clothing. Head back to Los Muertos to have dinner, booze, and enjoy great live music.