Your Three Day Itinerary for a Great Vacation in Puerto Vallarta

WHAT TO DO IN PUERTO VALLARTA

Three Day Puerto Vallarta Itinerary

Three Day Puerto Vallarta Itinerary Three Day Puerto Vallarta Itinerary

Okay-so you are coming to the amazing city of Puerto Vallarta and you want to know what to do?! Luckily for you, we have created an amazing three day itinerary for your upcoming trip to Puerto Vallarta.

Feel free to check out our 50 Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta post for even more ideas on what you can do during your time in Vallarta!  

Where to stay?

We suggest staying at the Los Arcos Hotel in the Romantic Zone. This place as it all from great food options, nice rooms, and the PERFECT location! Bonus: beach chairs and umbrellas included!

Itinerary Map

Day 1

Breakfast: Coco’s Kitchen

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!

What to do: Check out Los Muertos Pier

After leaving Coco’s Kitchen you will be about one block away from the beach! We suggest heading to Playa Los Muertos and enjoying the beach before the crowds! In addition to avoiding your fellow beach-goers, the water tends to be much more calm during the morning hours. Don’t forget to walk out to the pier for some amazing views of the city!

pier at los muertos beach

Lunch: Salud Super Food

There is a reason Salud Super Food is rated as the number one restaurant in all of Puerto Vallarta. Who wants to look bloated while they sit on the beach?! No? No takers?! Isn’t that enough reason to check out Salud Super Food? Situated in the Zona Romantica just east of Los Muertos Beach, Super Salud is a perfect spot to grab lunch before or after hitting the beach.

The menu is complete with smoothies, all day breakfast, veggie burgers, wraps, salads, and bowls with a variety of ingredient combinations. The quality of food at this place cannot be beat!

What to do: Playa Amapas Conchas Chinas

Conchas Chinas is the perfect beach to get away 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

Dinner: Mi Querencia

You are in Mexico, you want amazing Mexican food, right!? Mi Querencia does not disappoint. Complete with great service, a great location, and most importantly, great food, this place has an authentic Mexican cheer to spread. The tableside guacamole is well worth it! I have had the Molcajete bowl, the fajitas, and the seafood and I have loved each (almost equally)!

What to do: Walk the Malecon

Located right on the coast, the Malecon is a boardwalk full 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 (near the church).  

 

Day 2

Breakfast: Cafe de Olla

Cafe de Olla has a more Mexican vibe to it than both Coco’s and Fredy’s. Try their coffee made with cinnamon “cafe de Olla” and the machaca eggs! Tip: this place can get crowded on the weekends.  They open at 9am and we recommend getting there around then to avoid the hubbub.

What to do: Souvenir Shop on La Isla 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. You may spot a few iguanas while you are there too (look high above in the trees surrounding the river!) Bonus: this area is a perfect place to go on a hot day because it is shaded and tends to stay substantially cooler than other places.

municipalmarket

Lunch: Marisma Fish Tacos

Marisma has the best shrimp tacos we have ever had! (and I have eaten lots of food in my short 25 years). Put some chipotle sauce on your taco and your life will be forever changed! With excellent prices and fast service, Marisma is a perfect lunch spot! Located about a 15 minute walk straight up Basilio Badillo from the water, turn left directly before the tunnel-bright orange stand-you can’t miss it!

What to do: Explore Los Arcos

Los Arcos is the perfect 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 (from Basilio Badillo and Constitucion) 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. Tip: we arranged with the boat driver beforehand to snorkel for about 30 minutes then take a nice boat ride along the shore to the north and south for the other time. Such a beautiful shoreline helps make for some great photo opportunities!

Dinner: La Palapa

Fancy dinner right on the beach? Yes please! Though La Palapa seems to be on the expensive side for our budget, 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!

 

Day 3

WHAT TO DO IN PUERTO VALLARTA

 

Breakfast: Fredy’s Tucan

If you are looking to enjoy a delicious breakfast in a great atmosphere, Fredy’s Tucan is the perfect spot! Fredy’s has a good mix of both American and Mexican breakfast staples. The buttery pancakes melt in your mouth, the chorizo is cooked to perfection, and the Machaca con Huevos is equally as delicious. The owner and entire wait staff are some of the friendliest in PV which makes this a weekend favorite of ours!

What to do: Relax at Swell Beach Bar at Los Muertos Beach

It’s the last day of your vacation, you deserve to sit back, relax, and drink a beer (or margarita. or piña colada. or all three.) Even if it is not even lunch time—there is nothing as relaxing as sipping a good drink on a (somewhat) empty beach! Tip: the margaritas here pack a punch. And by punch I mean I have two and I’m through 🙂

Lunch: Derby City Burgers

Sometimes a big juicy burger is the only thing that can fill those lunch time cravings! Derby City Burgers has an excellent selection of burgers, salads, and appetizers and at a great location too. If you are really hungry, we suggest ordering the onion rings or fried pickles. Trust us- they are worth your vacation calorie bucks! Bonus: these people (magicians, really) create the best milkshakes. Nutella is our favorite. 

Depart

Sadly, your time has come to an end in Puerto Vallarta. If you are crazy enough to want to move to Puerto Vallarta, we have some tips and tricks for finding cheap rentals here.

Conclusion

You are about to embark on a trip of a lifetime! There is so much more to do and see in Puerto Vallarta, but we assure you that you will enjoy the itinerary that we have put together for you! If you are looking for more things to do in Puerto Vallarta, check out this post.

How do we spend our days in Puerto Vallarta?! Check out our Youtube channel to find out!

Keep it Kinetic,

Hillary and Greg

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  • Travelling Dany

    Wow there are so many interesting things to do! I particularly loved the places you suggested where we could eat at, I have a friend who’s planning a trip in the area so I will point this article to her!

  • Charlotte Karp

    I’m so keen to get to Mexico and try some of the food – great post 🙂

  • Meghan Crawford

    Awesome suggestions! Salud Super Food sounds fantastic – to be honest, you had me at all-day breakfast! Who doesn’t love that?

  • Great tips, especially the one about getting to the beach early. I usually try to hit the beaches in the morning because as you said, less people better photo ops.

  • Danik Bates

    Puerto Vallerta looks like an awesome place to stay. Never heard of the place but the beach looks very inviting. Great tips here, have bookmarked this page for the future. 🙂

  • You’re a lifesaver!! I want to visit Puerto Vallarta sooner than later. Whenever I book, I will definitely be using your itinerary. Dinner on the beach is my cup of tea!!

  • Sarah Boyle

    Looks really cool. Especially the amazing sunsets and of course the food!

  • Rebecca Elizabeth Coates

    Such a great itinerary! So great to see all of the places to eat that you have recommended, that’s such a time saver as we always waste so much time trying to find and then decide on somewhere to eat! The beaches also sounds divine! Will definitely check them out when we make it there, thanks!!

  • Jes Dean

    Don’t you just love checking out artisan souvenir shops? I think you can learn so much about the culture, just by browsing the trinkets on display. The pier would have to be my second favourite place to visit. It seems like you guys had a great time!

  • DeafWanderlust

    These are great tips! I love seeing Puerto Vallarta through your Youtube channel. I am seriously considering another visit there so it’s great to visit Puerto Vallarta using this itinerary!