Our Favorite Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta That You Need to Do

our favorite things to do in Puerto vallarta

Our Favorite Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta That You Need to Do

Hillary and I moved to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in August of 2016 and we have yet to run out of things to do! Although we have not done everything (yet) that Puerto Vallarta has to offer, we have found some really amazing things to do and see in Puerto Vallarta! If you have been watching our daily vlogs on YouTube you have probably noticed a pattern of what we like to do. If you have not seen our videos, check them out-we have some pretty terrible sweet dance moves sometimes!

So without further ado, here are our top 5 favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta!

♥ The Malecon

Located right on the coast, the Malecon is a long stretch of shops, restaurants, and entertainment! Walking along the Malecon is the perfect way to spend an evening in Puerto Vallarta! We like to visit the Lady of Our Guadalupe Church, eat street food, and watch performers at the amphitheatre.  

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♥ Playa Los Muertos

Amazing water, plenty of shops and restaurants, and a constant party. What more could you want in a beach!? Playa Los Muertos is located in the heart of the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta. You will find many beach bars (our favorite is “Swell”), restaurants, and water sport activities to immerse yourself in. Hillary and I typically just people watch and enjoy the many mariachi bands playing in the background!

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♥ Eat

The food in Puerto Vallarta is amazing! It really is one of the best kept secrets. People here rave about the beaches, mountains, zip lining, and all of the amazing things to do, but people don’t talk enough about how awesome the food is! Whether you want authentic Mexican food, Asian, German, Italian, or American food, Puerto Vallarta serves it up right! As of right now we are on a mission to try as many restaurants as we can (challenge accepted 😉 ) Every time we try a new place we are always surprised by how good it is! At what point do we stop being surprised!?

We really love Memo’s Tacos, Coco’s Kitchen, Frankie’s Spaghetti House, Cafe de Olla, Salud Super Food and so many more. We have a few recommendations linked here!  

♥ Playa Amapas Conchas Chinas

Playa Conchas Chinas is the perfect beach to get away from the crowds and relax! The water is crystal clear, the rocks are picturesque, and there are plenty of sea shells to find! Check out all of the reasons we love this beach and find detailed instructions on how to get there by clicking here.


♥ Explore Los Arcos

Los Arcos is an incredible place to witness the true beauty of Puerto Vallarta. The rocks themselves are amazing to see up close, but the fish beneath the water’s surface are even better! We suggest taking the orange bus to Mismaloya and hiring a small boat to take you snorkeling. We have paid around $15-20 USD per person for a group of 6 to snorkel for an hour.

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There is so much to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. If you only have a few days in Vallarta, we suggest checking out a few of our favorites!

What are your favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta? It was really hard to narrow this list down to five things, so you really can’t go wrong here in Vallarta. Relax, smile, and take in everything this city has to offer!
Thanks for reading our Five Favorite Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta! 

Keep it Kinetic,

Hillary and Greg

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  • I’ve always wanted to visit Puerto Vallarta – so I appreciate these tips! Thanks!

  • Silvia Galván Peña

    Puerto Vallarta sounds like a lovely place to be! Could easily see myself exploring the arcos and wandering around the Malecon!

  • Puerto Vallarta sounds like a wonderful place steeped in warm waters and rich with culture. There seems to be so much to see, do and eat there.

  • Ski Trotters (SkiTrotters)

    We are real foodies and still remember the amazing meals we had in Mexico! Thanks for sharing your tips on the area, history, traditions and nature all look amazing 🙂

  • I’ve visited Cancun, but I have yet to go to Puerto Vallarta. I have, however, heard great things!! I’ve never heard of the Romantic Zone, but it sounds like an area I’d like to visit! If the Malecon is anything like the one in Havana, I’m adding it to my list!

  • Melody Pittman

    Filing this away for later this year when I do a press trip to PV. Looks and sounds fabulous. Thanks for the awesome pointers. 😉

  • I miss Mexico sooooooooo much! I missed PV but will def drop in there on my next visit 🙂 🙂

  • Skye

    Playa Amapas Conchas Chinas sounds perfect. Always hard to find a spot away from the crowds, especially in Mexico. Great tips.

  • Wow looks like an awesome place, would love to visit! 🙂 Mexico is on my bucket list!

  • Hanna Karlsson

    Oooh I so wanna go snorkeling now. Colorful fishes, marine-life, and so cheap! Great idea to rent a boat!