Puerto Vallarta, beyond its beaches: 10 places of interest

Make the most of your visit to this port and live some incredible days by entering a more traditional and natural Puerto Vallarta with the following places of interest.


1 – Malecon
Visiting the malecon of Puerto Vallarta is one of the places of interest that you should not miss; In it you will find dozens of shops, shows, food, clubs and places to relax.
2 – Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe
It is, along with the seahorse and the arches of malecon, one of the most important places of interest in Puerto Vallarta. Its architecture is a mixture of neoclassical, European and Renaissance Baroque dating from the year 1902; It is a place full of traditional Vallarta history that you will not want to miss. We recommend visiting the parish from the 1st to the 12th of December, which is when the virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated with pilgrimages and food.


3 – Mirador de la Cruz

To get to this place of interest, it is necessary to walk from the malecon to the mountains on Calle Abasolo for 20-40 minutes. Enjoy a view of the bay like no other, especially for sunsets, ideal for taking photos. We recommend bringing some refreshments and water or go well fed since there are no shops at the top.


4 – Old Vallarta

Also known as a romantic area, it is characterized by its traditional architecture: the streets are narrower and are full of various shops, restaurants and cafes. A few steps from the romantic area, you can reach another place of interest: the «Los Muertos» pier, perfect for taking souvenir photos, offering access to boats and water taxis to go to nearby beaches or to enjoy activities related to the sea.


5 – Municipal Market

You find it in downtown Puerto Vallarta, right on the shore of the Rio Cuale. It opened its doors in the year of 1989; you will find throughout 159 stores a diversity of flavors and typical dishes of Mexican cuisine. Enjoy mole, chiles rellenos, ribs in salsa, tortilla soup, fish and other seafood. It is a place of interest that has low prices, where you can even haggle handicrafts and memories from Vallarta.


6 – Isla Cuale

It is the center of cultural activities: it offers exhibitions of painting, drawing, theater presentations, music, festivals and various workshops for the public throughout the year. You will also find on Cuale Island a beautiful tile bridge that goes up to one of the charming traditional streets of Puerto Vallarta and from where you can better appreciate the Island and its surroundings.


7 – Mangrove «el Salado»

It is a protected area, where hundreds of species of plants and animals live in a quiet way. It is a place of interest that is visited in guided and scheduled tours, we recommend visiting its website for more information.


8 – Los Arcos

It is a protected place of interest, located in the south of Bahía de Banderas, because several birds breed there, such as boobies, parakeets and pelicans. Explore the rocks in the form of bows on paddle board while enjoying nature.


9 – Eden

It is found in the same way in the south of Bahía de Banderas. It is a spectacular place of interest, full of fun and adventure located around a river and lots of vegetation. What made Eden popular? It was set for the movie Predator starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


10 – Botanical Gardens

It is located approximately 40 minutes south of Puerto Vallarta. It is a place of interest that seeks to promote ecotourism housing more than 3,000 species of plants and flowers. It offers different activities throughout the year, such as bird watching and taking pictures of its flowers.

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