Awaken your senses in the home to tequila and mariachi! No matter your budget, Puerto Vallarta will meet your needs with regards to finding the perfect activities to make your trip enjoyable.
With the marina 22 miles from the city center, beaches across the street, and activities close by, you will find an activity that meets your desired level of activity.
The marina has many options for eating, shopping, and lounging. This would be a great day-trip if you are staying in downtown. One primary landmark is the El Faro Lighthouse. It is a 110-foot high lighthouse that features a 360° lounge that serves only drinks with background music. The view from the top of the lighthouse is that of the marina below and the greenery around. Keep in mind that the lounge is at the top and the elevator is manually operated and can only handle 3 passengers at the same time.
El Centro (downtown) is a great place to shop and walk. On the north end of the Malecon (waterfront), you will find many art galleries. They have open houses on Wednesdays and many serve snacks and wine. On the southern end of the Malecon, you will find a small stage that turns into a local production on Friday nights. A dance company puts on a show with an emphasis on the local culture. In the center of downtown, you will find Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral. There are various services to attend or you can simply visit to see its architecture. Keep in mind that there are many outside vendors that you will pass before entering.
Golf is a must for some. If you want to experience the thrill or agony around the course, you have a few options. Marina Vallarta Club de Golf is in the heart of the marina and located at Paseo de la Marina 430 and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Another options is Vista Vallarta Club de Golf which was designed by legendary golf professional Jack Nicklaus. It has two 18-hole, par 72 championship courses. The location is at Circuito Universidad 653 and email email@example.com. Flamingos was the first course built in the area and remains one of the friendliest and least expensive. They provide pick-up service from some hotels and is only 15 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. They are located north of Nuevo Vallarta at Xalisco-Puerto Vallarta, online at http://www.flamingosgolf.com.mx/en/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org<email@example.com.
Horseback riding is a way to experience the country and backyard of the area. One company that focuses on horseback riding is the Rancho de Ojo de Agua. They are family owned and operated. The owners are bilingual and proud to have healthy and reliable horses for your entertainment. They are located at Cerrada de Cardenal 227, Fracc. Aralias and will offer a discount if tours are booked online at http://www.mexonline.com/ranchojo.htm.
Night life has a new meaning at the Malecon. There are many options to choose from based on your taste. La Bodeguita del Medio offers great music and Cuban cuisine. Carlos O’Brian’s offers Mexican cuisine and a pack-filled house that seems like a college party. Z’Tai is specious, offers Asian-inspired cuisine, electronic music, and a 1,000 bottle wine menu. For a list of the top 19 night life options, visit http://www.frommers.com/destinations/puertovallarta/152_indnight.html.
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Enjoy your stay as you play!