Your Guide to The Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta
What to Do, Where to Eat, and Where to Stay
The Romantic Zone, or La Zona Romanitca, in Puerto Vallarta is located just north of Conchas Chinas and south of the Rio Cuale. The Romantic Zone is bursting with culture, color, and charm. Whether you are looking to experience life like a local or you want to sip cocktails on the beach, you can do it all in the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Where to Eat
Fancy dinner situated right on the beach? Yes please! Though La Palapa seems to be on the expensive side for our wallets, it will seem like a bargain coming from the United States or Canada. La Palapa has excellent food, top notch service, and the best view in town!
Púlpito 105-3, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
Memos Taco Stand
You cannot visit Puerto Vallarta without eating street tacos! The quesadillas are extra cheesy and they even have a taco that I like to describe as a cheeseburger in a tortilla (called the “bush” taco). Memo and his wife have been running this stand for years and are great people.
Basilio Badillo 400, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
Tucked away off of Olas Altas, Coco’s kitchen has a great outdoor atmosphere, a cheerful waitstaff, and the food to match! Whatever you order, make sure you get the biscuits!
Púlpito 122, Olas altas, Puerto Vallarta, JAL
Where to Stay
Located right in the heart of Los Muertos Beach, you will be close to all of the action if you stay at Los Arcos. With a great buffet, excellent rooms that are reasonably priced, and its own private section of Los Muertos Beach, Los Arcos Hotel is perfect if you want the full Puerto Vallarta experience.
Olas Altas 380, Emiliano Zapata, 48280 Puerto Vallarta, Jal.
This is the Airbnb that we stayed at whenever we moved to Puerto Vallarta for the first time. It has amazing views, all of the amenities of home, and is a short walk to everything in the Romantic Zone. However, it is up a very steep hill though so we do not recommend this location if you have trouble walking up hills or you would prefer to stay close to the water. Ryan is (hands down) the best host we have had and we do not hesitate to recommend his places to anyone visiting PV.
What to Do
Shop the Rio Cuale
Located on an island on the northern border of the Romantic Zone, the Rio Cuale is the perfect place to do all of your souvenir shopping. Added bonus: you may spot a few iguanas while you are there too! (Look high above in the trees lining the river.) The Rio Cuale is a perfect place to visit on a hot day because it is shaded and tends to stay cooler.
Go to Los Muertos Beach/See the pier
If you are coming to Puerto Vallarta for vacation, you are probably wanting to spend a lot of time at the beach! We have written a complete post about Los Muertos that you can check out here. Los Muertos is the perfect beach to kick back, relax, drink a cocktail, and people watch!
Get churros from THE churro man
At 1 peso per churro, making a visit to the churro man is one of the cheapest, most delicious decisions you could ever make. Try and head there after dinner between 6 and 8pm.
He is located by a large church at the corner of Aguacate and Lazaro Cardenas
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There you have it, your guide to the Romantic Zone in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Now you know what to do, where to eat, and where to stay for your next trip to Puerto Vallarta. Check out this post for even more things to do in Puerto Vallarta! If you are like me and would like to see your destination before booking the plane tickets, you are in the right place! We have posted a ton of great videos to our YouTube channel that have great information about this great place. There may be a few clips of Hillary dancing too. Okay, more than a few. And cats. Lots of cute cat footage!
Keep it Kinetic,
Hillary and Greg