Isla Cuale Flea Market
Browse through this large flea market located by the northern shore of the Cuale River. It flows along downtown Puerto Vallarta and it's quite easy to find. If you are on the main square, just walk down Juárez Street going south (away from City Hall, the big government building by the square) until you reach Agustín Rodríguez Street. Once there, take a left and in less than 200 yards, you will see the market. Comprising a complete city block along the north side of the banks of the Cuale River is the Mercado Municipal (Cuale River Flea Market), also known as the Mercado Municipal Río Cuale. It's an indoor market with two storeys that feature vendors, suppliers and everything from pottery, jewelry, embroidered clothing, souvenirs and much more. If you like to bargain, this is a good place to get great deals, especially if you're looking for crafts at affordable prices. On the second floor you'll find food stands, too.
El Malecon (Seaside Boardwalk)
With a paved walkway all along the shore of downtown Puerto Vallarta, it's a very popular destination for guests and residents alike. You can enjoy the shopping, restaurants and the local Mexican culture. The Malecon was completely remodeled in 2011 and is now exclusively designed for pedestrians. It’s a safe, fun and fascinating family excursion in downtown Vallarta, where you can experience the many attractions and sculptures, too.
Located just five minutes away from Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport, this residential area has one of the largest Latin American marine piers. Along its promenade you will find art galleries, cafes and restaurants. You can also watch luxury boats and yachts or play on an 18-hole golf course.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Year after year, Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe welcomes thousands of Catholics, especially during a 12-day festival called the feast of Guadalupe each December. This is a must-see attraction in Puerto Vallarta. There are always activities in and around the church, where tour guides appear on a daily basis, respectfully sharing their knowledge of Mexican traditions. The church dominates the skyline of Puerto Vallarta in countless postcards as the city's most recognizable and endearing landmark around the world.
Almost anywhere in town and south of the city you'll be able to see some small islands by the edge of the sea in the South Zone. These are what are locally know as "Los Arcos de Mismaloya," the Arches of Mismaloya, in the past also known as "Las Peñas" (the big rocks) which was when the village was founded. In 1851, the original name was "Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe." Nowadays, they are a very popular day trip destination. Snorkelers, tourists, tour operators and scuba divers visit this place day in and day out. It's very beautiful as a scenic photo-op, but also quite impressive for its natural biodiversity above and below the water. These little islands sport tunnels that go through them, thus the name: the arches.
Museo Manuel Lepe
Considered one of the most prominent artists in Puerto Vallarta, Manuel Lepe’s work is celebrated in this museum and gallery. As the Illustrious Son of Puerto Vallarta, he’s honored every year. The museum is family-run and showcases Lepe’s beloved paintings of the city. Historic documents, ceramic pieces and souvenirs are available as well.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Located a bit out of town, south of Boca de Tomatlán and Mismaloya on the way to El Tuito, you'll find one of the treasures of the area, a fabulous, well organized botanical garden. There are a number of routes available with varying degrees of difficulty. At the orchid garden, you can enjoy a dip in the small river that runs through the property and if you are hungry you can experience one of the best restaurants in the area (including Puerto Vallarta) at Hacienda de Oro.
Las Pilitas (Baptismal Font) is a sea-level rock formation on the South end of Old Vallarta's Los Muertos Beach, close to the base of El Pulpito. This was where the "El Caballito de Mar" sculpture (The Seahorse) was originally located. After disappearing in a storm, a bigger replica was made by the artist and placed on the Malecon. The original statue was recovered and now stands there at Las Pilitas, too. A side street on Olas Altas (Old Vallarta) is named after this natural landmark.
Conchas Chinas Beach
Playa Conchas Chinas (Chinese Shells Beach), located in Fraccionamiento Las Amapas, is one of the city’s most secluded beaches. It is found south of El Púlpito on the south end of Los Muertos Beach in what is known as the South Zone. Conchas Chinas Beach is one of the most beautiful locations in Puerto Vallarta. Just minutes from the city, this beach lies between forest and mountains, a superb place colored by the blue-green waters and beige sand. Enjoy the natural pools formed by groups of rocks, taste a delicious fried fish, rent boats and water ski. The clarity of the water allows you to see the ocean floor and witness the different multicolored fish that live there.
This beach is semi-hidden just south of El Púlpito. When you arrive at the end of Los Muertos Beach, there is a path that climbs to the top of El Pulpito and also continues down to the other side. Las Amapas is not filled with vacationers and provides a more intimate space for a family trip or couple.
Plaza de Armas
The Plaza de la Presidencia or Plaza de Armas is the city's main plaza and the official center of political and cultural activities in Puerto Vallarta. Here, you'll enjoy public concerts at the bandstand (kiosko) or at the amphitheater across the street by the Arches. There is a large, two-storey building that houses government offices (and the Vallarta tourist office), plus a large outdoor terrace with a fountain. You'll also find one of the famous murals by local artist Manuel Lepe. This plaza is located between the Puerto Vallarta Malecon at Los Arcos Amphitheatre and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church ("Cathedral").
Old Town Farmers Market "Tianguis Cultural"
This has become one of the best weekend attractions in Puerto Vallarta. Locals and expats enjoy purchasing and sampling fresh regional produce. The market is a producer only market, which means all vendors must make, bake or grow the products they sell here. It’s open every Saturday from the start of November to May between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Also, it is now relocated at Lázaro Cárdenas Park.
Aquaventuras Park Vallarta
You'll find Aquaventuras Park on the way in to Nuevo Vallarta. It's a great place to chill out, float around in fresh water and do nothing. Your family can zip down the water slides, play around in the park or just enjoy the sun. There are ten waterslides of various styles (more for adults than children), a special area for kids, where the water is not that deep, and games that are more relaxed. You can enjoy the sea lion show or even swim with the dolphins at this park, too.
Zoologico de Vallarta
Discover Puerto Vallarta Zoo in the valley that ends with Mismaloya and Mismaloya beach, an exotic lush tropical jungle, in the village surrounded by the river and mountains. It’s a fun-packed family day trip. Even though this attraction may not be the most sophisticated of zoos, it has a unique take that makes it much more interesting than the normal sanitized options you'll find in other countries. You'll be able to pet and touch many of the animals. And you can even feed them with food provided there.
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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México