Spending a weekend in Puerto Vallarta will give you some time (although not enough) to explore every bit of this beautiful city. There are art galleries to view, horse trails to ride on, and reefs for snorkeling. Here’s a three-day list of itineraries you can do in the Mexican city.
The moment you reach your hotel, relax by having a good massage. After you have gotten your Puerto Vallarta mood, walk down the Malecon where you can find some good shopping and interesting art. Head to La Bodeguita del Medio for some delectable Cuban classics. It is a fun place that offers roast pork and great music. Then, head to the Marina Vallarta and charter a catamaran or a sailboat for an afternoon cruise.
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.
For a unique Puerto Vallarta experience, try an Aztec steam bath ceremony (temezcal) at Terra Noble Art and Healing Center. It is a nice place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city center. Afterwards, head to Los Arbolitos and get some nice fresh guacamole made tableside. Los Arbolitos is an authentic restaurant that offer s a great view of the mountain and Cuale River.
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.