She was the moderator of the Puerto Vallarta Writer's Group, and is currently working on a collection of short stories about the people and troubles she has encountered in her seventy years. She chaired the committee that produced an Anthology of short stories written by the members of the PVWG. Her book, I'll be in the Fourth Grade Forever!
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Have you ever done one? Yep, a few people have mentioned this! They brought it in literally like a week after I was last there haha. There are a few hotels eg. Blue Chairs that market internationally because they offer same sex marriages on the beach. LGBTQ are all over town. Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe is a parish church, not a cathedral. PV does not have a bishop. The free tour operates Nov. I know about the photo issue and am working on fixing it as we speak! I know there are plenty of art galleries downtown, but there are also a ton in the Zona Romantica too. At the brewery they have good food too and the pizza is much too big for just two people, bring friends!
I have been to Vallarta several times and recently decided to move there. I have visited in various times of the year and agree with what you have said about the climate. My friends and family are all planning on visiting in the upcoming months and I tell them if you want the best weather, choose November through March.
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But it is crowded and expensive then. My partying 20 something daughters chose January.
My year-old friends are thinking January and April. There are gay bars and straight bars. You will see a lot of 20 something men walking in pairs not women for some reason just about everywhere. I am moving to Marina Vallarta next month so I know the area well. El Faro is pricy for what you get, but you are paying for the real estate. You mentioned Tacon de Marlin. I always recommend it to people coming in from the airport. Walk to the left of the OXXO, over the pedestrian bridge, and it is at the base of the bridge.
So, with the cheaper taxi ride, you kinda get a free lunch. The Food Park Vallarta is like a food truck court that is permanently there. Kinda cool if you are staying in the area, but I would not make a special trip there. You did not mention the market on the malecon on Sunday. There is some incredible food there sold by street vendors. If you eat at a restaurant in the area, save room for the deserts on the malecon. I could write 20 pages on restaurants in Vallarta alone. There are so many incredible choices.
Do you know of any good places for air bnb? Thank you for the very informative post, Lauren. Love the way you deftly deal with criticism. Loved reading your post and all your suggestions….. I think we would get along great! We are leaving in 2 weeks and will be there for 2 weeks, so I look forward to checking out the sights you recommend! Thank you for the information. D , they will.
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For anyone wanting avoid any type of disagreement, you can say nothing, but know that you can leave whatever tip amount you like. Thank you so much! Any added tip is, legally, just a suggestion. I think this was an out of the blue instance. Good luck with the move! Thank you for this guide, Lauren! I used it extensively throughout my recent trip to Puerto Vallarta. Pretty sure I saw you on a bus to Sayulita, carrying some takeout food on Friday, March I enjoyed reading all of your suggestions and remember doing most of those myself.
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I moved out of Vallarta almost 3 years ago and I seriously miss it almost everyday, even those hot sticky summers! But I am happy to be heading back there soon for a little vacation! You covered a ton of stuff, I just thought of a few others… Destiladeras beach and Bucerias are two that I enjoy although Conchas Chinas is my all time favorite and where I got married. I also love the tiniest beach ever by Ocean Grill. Yelapa is my favorite little getaway, I still consider Casa Miramar my second home.
Thanks for sharing your experience in Vallarta. We have lived here with our four kids for a year and are now returning home. We lived in PV for three years before that. Here are the tips: You want a car, period. And you want to stay overnight. At least one night. It is has, in all our years in Mexico, the BEST huevos rancheros and homemade tortillas we have ever had.
If it is closed, than one place past the tequileria is also tasty for breakfast, but Yesenia is legendary. And nothing special to look at, like so many culinary happy surprises in this country. San is a really great Pueblo Magico, especially after any daytime tourists depart. All little trails lead back to the plaza, and if you can be here in the rainy season watching the clouds roll in is a treat.
And sometimes in the evening it misty and foggy everywhere, and beautiful. It is a place to stroll and eat and have coffee and read a book etc. There are no beggars, hawkers, trash, and it is QUIET as there are very few cars especially as evening approaches. It is not unusual to see people come into town on their horses.
You hear birdsong often, and chickens, and the odd barking dog etc. There are no museums, per se. The local chuch, there is just one, is LOVELY, and the town — which once had 30, inhabitants and now has is all stone walls, adobe houses, and a very picturesque plaza. There are souvenirs to buy etc and the usual local treats. Or a hot ginger coffee.
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Annie, the owners wife is from the Dominican Republic, and its the only place to get it in PV. I prefer the iced version, personally. Closed on Tues and Wed as are many things bc the locals go and shop in PV for the weekend visitors. The owner, Walter is from Livorno, Italy and his wife, Coco is from here.
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The best in Mexico, and I spent 8 weeks in Italy. For coffee there is El Fortin on the plaza. Above the arches where the pharmacy and other small stores are there is Cafe de Montagne. And snacks, all of which I would avoid. Their deserts are fine. They have local teas and homemade cookies and treats too. It is a very pretty cafe, and the best place to chill and watch the plaza at sunset and after dark. Everyone here is uber friendly. Pozole, enchiladas, Carne en Jugos etc.
For a gorgeous splurge — Villa de Nogal. Just as you enter San Sebastian there is a wall on your left.
The villa is behind it and walking throught the gate, you are suddenly in Alsace, France. The owner, Michel, has an estate here and everything is farm to table. The pates, the French onion soup, the trout munierre…those are my faves on his menu. I am told his steak is excellent too — but it is the VIEWS especially as and after the sunsets and they light the lamps all around you.
Everything, every detail is exquisite. I will send you some photos if you want…no more expensive than a PV restaurant, and really beautiful. On a budget, have a chocolate mousse after your french onion soup and a coffee. The drapes, the open layout, the gorgeous big oven and wood burning oven…the bathrooms, lol. Really really well done and beautiful. For accomodations, you can find a room for pesos for the night and there are many options. I like Hotel Poze, with a painting of flowers. Fermin runs it and just ask for a room with its own little terrace. Or, go to El Fortin and ask for Terri.
She rents a casita and a larger white house on a quite street — that is where we have rented for our year here. When we are gone, the casita is great. Not sure what the rates are as we have both as long term rentals. The reason you want a car is that is the most economical way to get here and back to PV and it gives you transportation to La Bufa.