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  • Nick and Dariece | March 12, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    Puerto Vallarta Mexico: Some Tips and Travel Pics

    Puerto Vallarta Mexico: Some Tips and Travel Pics

    Photo by Greg Custer. All other photos by Nick and Dariece Swift.

    This tourist hotspot is a great place to escape the horrible winters in the north. Ever since the movie "The Night of the Iguana,” back in 1964, Puerto Vallarta has become a very popular city to travel to. Here you'll find a wide variety of activities on offer, some delicious restaurants to eat at and some excellent accommodation options. Not only are there many things to see and do in the city, but Puerto Vallarta is also a great destination to relocate to!

    Here are some travel pics and tips to get you excited about this west coast city.

    Where to Sleep:


    With a wide variety of sleeping options, you'll most definitely find something to suit your needs. For the budget and midrange travelers, most options are found around the Center and the Old Town area. Check out the cute, boutique Hotel Catedral, in an excellent location right near the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe. The rooms are bright and colorful, the staff is very friendly and the building is beautiful! The cost of a double room here is 700 pesos for 2 people / night.

    For the top end traveler, you may be interested in the Hotel Zone which has higher end hotels available, right on the water. There are also some new condos along the Malecon area between the center and old town.

    What to Eat:

    Eat anything and everything and you'll be happy. The food in Mexico is incredible and Puerto Vallarta has some excellent options. Going on a food tour is a great way to see the city and learn about some of the culinary delights, which include stewed beef/goat tacos, fresh seafood, ceviche and a special drink called "tuba.”

    Some great restaurant options include Gaby's, Barcelona Tapas (with excellent views!), El Hurachan (right near Hotel Catedral), CoExist Restaurant, and any of the street stalls that set up in the evening serving typical Mexican snack foods.

    For great drinking spots, head to Sea Monkeys on the Malecon, with beers and margaritas for $1, right on the ocean, you really can't go wrong.

    Getting Around:

    Local buses go everywhere within the city, with many buses going to nearby towns - Bucerias, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, San Pancho, etc.

    From centro, take any bus with "Wal-Mart" written on the front. Once you've reached the department store conglomerate, you can switch to one of the many buses going to your desired destination.

    From the airport, hop on any bus that says "Centro" on the front, just at the base of the pedestrian bridge. The cost is 6.50 pesos, vs. the 250 pesos you would spend on a taxi!

    The downtown and the old town are walkable areas.

    What To Do:

    Puerto Vallarta is a great place for lounging in a sun chair and enjoying some lunch and a drink - moving only to enjoy a dip in the lovely Banderas Bay. Make sure to stay for sunset when the sky morphs into incredible oranges, reds and pinks.

    If you're feeling more adventurous, whale watching tours, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, golfing, jet skiing and much more are available. Definitely make sure to go on a food tour and in the evening, you could check out the Rhythms Of The Night dinner and a show.

    Also make sure to stroll through the romantic zone, high up the hillside. The views looking down at the bay are spectacular and there's hardly anyone around.

    Pack Your Bags!

    So, what do you think? Does this city sound like somewhere you would like to vacation to? Not only does Puerto Vallarta have a lot to offer visitors, but it has some of the cleanest air and water in the world, plus it's a very safe place to travel.


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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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