Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta has transformed from a quaint fishing village to a bustling tourist hot spot. As demand for food, lodging and entertainment has increased, so have many of the prices. Don’t worry, though. There are still a ton of things to do in Puerto Vallarta for travelers on a budget.
- Take a self-guided food tour, from street vendors in the old town to small cafes. Look for a ‘Comida Corrida’ sign out front. The ingredients should be fresh and the meals typically budget-friendly.
- Visit the tequila shops along the Malecon. Shop owners are happy to pour samples while sharing the history of and process used to make the smooth beverage. Buy a bottle here and save on the happy hour tab at a bar.
- Walk the Malecon. This boardwalk extends nearly 12 blocks, with the bay on one side and bars, shops and restaurants on the other. Day or night, it’s a great spot for people-watching.
- Shop at Rio Cuale. Whether you’re looking for authentic handmade goods or gaudy souvenirs, the market at the River Cuale has it all, without the steep tourist pricing.
- Enjoy the nightlife. From 2-for-1 drink specials to dancing and food stalls lined up by Los Arcos, there are cheap options for entertainment.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. Museums, art and street entertainers abound, making it an surprisingly affordable vacation destination.