Vibrant Puerto Vallarta | Where we like to stay and recommendations

9:46 PM Daniella Bella 0 Comments

Puerto Vallarta is a place I've been visiting since a kid.  It's not too expensive and I feel it has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and relaxation. It's very tropically dense there which really adds to the appeal for me.

Me and my partner really enjoying staying on the southern side of the city, in the Conchas Chinas area which is close to the romantic zone. This is far from the large all inclusive resorts and more near smaller hotels and villa's, although there are still some moderately sized hotels to be found. This area is all hillside, so depending where you stay it can be a hike back up to your room, but it's so worth it!

This past December we stayed at the Grand Miramar All Luxury Resort and Suites. This hotel is WAY up the mountain.  You wouldn't want to walk to the beach, unless you're into a really good burn on the way back. Every morning I really looked forward to walking down and up the hill (part way). It was so scenic I couldn't get enough of the view and all the birds around in the lush rain forest.
 The hotel was really nice, but more quiet than I expected (and I don't like a noisy or too crowded hotel). There were multiple pools and a stunning roof top infinity edge pool right by the restaurant.  The view of the ocean, and city, plus being nestled right against the lush jungle mountains made for an unforgettable experience.
Food in the hotel restaurants was good but nothing to remember or write home about.

Our previous trip in 2015 we stayed at a rental apartment which I really liked and would highly recommend. It was walk-able to the town but still a workout to get back. Here is the link to the condo: Casa de la Rosa ll 
Grand Miramar rooftop pool

The romantic zone is really special. Although it does cater to tourists it's not your typical touristy part of Puerto Vallarta.... if that makes any sense... The main city area of PV is where you'll find the really touristy parts, but the romantic zone is all about smaller businesses, better restaurants and nicer boutiques as well as excellent art galleries.

A few of our favorite spots to eat are Ponchos Tacos for a quick inexpensive bite. La Palapa for beach front dining, a tad pricey but well worth it. You can sit right on the sand if you choose. For location and somewhere unique to go we like Le Kliff Restaurant it's great for a special occasion.
Ponchos Tacos

We came across the Conchas Chinas beach which we'd never been to before and now that we know of it I'm sure we will spend a lot more time there on our next trip. The sand is very soft, and water was the clearest I've witnessed in Puerto Vallarta.

For a stellar day trip I can't recommend enough to head to Yelapa. Don't get sucked into the tour packages you can go yourself by taking a $15 - $20 cab ride from town to the bay (25min drive) where you need to catch a water taxi. The water taxi ride was about 20-30mins long and comes multiple times per day. When we went it was $7US.

Yelapa Waterfall

Once there, there are waterfalls and and venders to purchase from. There are smaller restaurants on the beach. Its a quaint little town that takes you back to another era. Just be sure to figure out times for the water taxi as that's the only way out. There are no roads back to Puerto Vallarta.


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