Puerto Vallarta Highlights

I agonized over this years holiday travel for so long, and so happy when we finally locked in our plans for Puerto Vallarta! Couldn’t have imagine a more relaxing getaway than our week in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

☀ 8 Days 🌙 8 Nights
📅 December 2018: 12/19/2018-12/27/2018
👫 Couple’s Getaway
💵 Total Spend: $1000 + 100k Marriott points + 12000 Chase points

We spent 3 nights in Puerto Vallarta Zona Romántica, close to the Malecón and 5 nights as the Westin Spa and Resort in Marina Vallarta. This split was great for us. We got to spend 3 days exploring downtown and the busy city, eating our way through the Zona Romantica. Then we got to chill at the beach in a resort for 5 days, resting and relaxing on the private hotel beach.

Best part about this trip was the low expense with food and transportation. Makes me so happy when you can get tacos for CENTS and margaritas for $3 with your meal. ✨🥰

Zona Romántica

Zona Romántica is the busiest area of PV. We stayed at the Hotel Rio Malecón, which was a quick walk to the beach and to a large amount of restaurants.

Playa Los Muertos – Beautiful beach that’s pretty crowded all the time. There’s a line if restaurants along the beach and tons of peddlers on the street.

Pancho’s Takos – Don’t waste your time, just get the El Pastor (coming from someone who usually hates El Pastor). The Volcano – El Pastor on a tostada – was the best thing on the menu that we tried. The line tends to be pretty long here, so maybe don’t come famished?

Tacos Revolucion – Another great taco spot. We came here after walking away from the especially long line for Pancho’s.

The Sea Monkey – Great spot on the beach to grab a drink and some food. The fish tacos were 👌🏼, probably the best I had on this trip.

Mariscos el Guero – Very affordable seafood spot.

Mariscos Cisneros – Another cheap spot for seafood. The Pulpo tostada was great.

Joe Jack’s Fish Shack – Midprice option in the Romantic Zone. We got some drinks and the Grilled Red Snapper. It was good, but not as special as I anticipated.

Bar La Playa – Great little spot for drinks. They have some creative cocktails for reasonable prices. (130 pesos for a cocktail.)

Monzón Brewing Co. – Nice spot to chill and drink some beer. They have customizable flights to sample multiple beers.

Mismaloya & Boca de Tomatlan

Mismaloya Beach – We did a AirBnB experience to kayak during sunset and see bioluminescent algae. Definitely recommend. The sunset was gorgeous, and we got to see a few turtles swim by. 😍

Let Kliff – Gorgeous views at this restaurant. It’s a bit out of the way from PV, but if you’re in the area, check it out! We grabbed some drinks and enjoyed the view.

Marina Vallarta

We spent the last 5 days enjoying the beach and pool at the Westin and leaving the resort every once in a while for food. The resort was great, although I think their beds could be a bit more comfortable.

Sonora Grill Prime – Great spot for steaks and a nice meal. We came here twice. The complimentary cheesy bean dip is BOMB as is the onion salsa. 😍 I got the kiwi mojito, which is super tasty. Our waiter got us a free round of drinks after our meal, which was very nice. Upon receiving the bill, you can respond to a survey to spin a prize wheel. I got a free burger and we went back a few days later to redeem it. It was a pretty bomb burger and very worth.

Mariscos 8 Tostadas – Tasty seafood at a low price! The Shrimp Tiradito and the Taco Gobernador Camaron were my favorites. They charged us the wrong amount for our food, and after 2 back and forths we gave up and just paid extra, so the service was not the best. (This happened at more than 3 restaurants during our trip. So baffled as to how. One was at Le Kliff, we were charged for 3 drinks instead of 2… And we were the only ones in the entire restaurant!)

Tintoque – Sophisticated spot with tasting menu. We came here on Christmas for a nice meal. The menu that day wasn’t my favorite, but there were a few stand out courses. The Foie Gras ball in wine jelly was DELICIOUS and the raw fish and scallop appetizer was great as well. We had 8 courses for 1100 pesos, about $56. Drinks are very well priced, although the dinner is pricey for Mexican standards.

El Coleguita – Great spot on the Marina. Get the Cantarito! It’s a citrusy tequila drink that they serve up in a huge clay mug. The clams were quite good. We got the Fish Chicharrón, since it sounded quite unique. It was good, but the serving size was quite large.

Cerveceria Chapultapec – Everything is 19pesos/$1 here, including drinks! We grabbed a light snack of tacos and drinks. The chicharrón taco is a must have for a mere 19 pesos.

Mariana Fish Taco – More tasty fish tacos.

La Europa – Liquor shop with great prices. You can get them for cheaper if you use cash. We came here to buy souvenirs of tequila and mezcal.

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