Budget Puerto Vallarta



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Puerto Vallarta may seem like your typical resort location, but there's much more to do here for travelers on a shoestring budget. There's plenty of little towns full of cheap, delicious restaurants and beautiful beaches, and you can get around pretty much anywhere by bus for barely anything. In fact, you'll get a much more personal experience with PV this way.

Author: JennyMM


Day 1 - Puerto Vallarta


Avoid both spending a lot of money and getting stuck in an American chain hotel with a stay at Hotel Belmar, a simple yet comfortable gem in the Zona Romantica. In a part of the neighborhood that's mainly populated with locals, you'll be only a couple of blocks away from the beach and from touristy areas, but can get a feel for authentic PV life. One of the things that sets this city apart from other Mexican cities is the lively art culture. Begun over 50 years ago, there has been an explosion of galleries and studios in the past decade. Take a guided tour, or just walk around Old Town on your own and stop into any gallery that looks interesting. There's also an open-air market, where there's plenty of the typical souvenirs but some inexpensive treasures as well. Grab a pastry for lunch at the oldest bakery in PV, Panaderia Munguia, and continue to wander around on foot. Stroll along the boardwalk to see some more local art in the sculptures lining the walkway, and stop into any of the small shops or cafes along the beach. There's plenty of places to pop into for a drink if you are in the mood to try some unusual tequilas, too. Another beautiful downtown landmark that's enjoyable to visit is the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a fixture of the PV skyline. If you feel like getting in some beach time in before evening, journey to the Playa Las Glorias, just north of downtown. One of PV's most popular and most beautiful beaches, this is the perfect place to enjoy your first Mexican sunset on the water over a margarita. After the sun goes down, try dinner at Los Arbolitos, where the seafood is spectacularly fresh and is served on the rooftop garden. Less touristy than many of PV's restaurants, the food is very authentic and yet amazingly inexpensive for its quality.


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Artist Studio Tours

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Location:

Aldama 174
48310 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: +52 322 222 1982
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Panaderia Munguia

Location:

Avenue Juarez 467
48380 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 322 2 2090


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Malecón (El)

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Paseo Díaz Ordaz
Centro
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


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Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Calle Hidalgo
(One block east of Zocalo)
48310 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: +52 322 222 1326


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Playa Las Glorias

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Location:

Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascencio S/N
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: +52 322 224 0123


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Los Arbolitos

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Location:

Camino de la Rivera 184
48380 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 322 3 1050


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Hotel Belmar

Location:

Insurgentes 161, Col. E. Zapata
48380 Puerto Vallarta, MX

Contact:

tel: 52 322 222 0572
fax: 52 322 223 1872
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Day 2 - Puerto Vallarta


Just off the beaches of PV in the bay are several natural refuges that offer wonderful snorkeling and wildlife viewing. There are of course some expensive tour groups that can take you around the islands of Las Marietas and El Moro, but you can also just hire a panga boat from PV to take you around the islands. Since you can't explore the islands on foot due to protections for the rare wildlife here, including the charming boobies, you just need someone who knows the area to take you out for a cruise around the island and to stop at the best snorkeling spots. There are also a few cheap guided tours for snorkeling which are enjoyable, such as the Puerto Vallarta Tours trip to Los Arcos, one of the area's best snorkeling spots for viewing underwater flora and fauna. After such an active day, the Faro Lighthouse bar at the Marina is a wonderful place to relax over a cocktail and watch the sunset. Grab a fish tostada on the way over at Mariscos, cheap and fresh.


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Arcos (Los)

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Highway 200 Sur Km 12
Near Mismaloya
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: +52 322 223 2500


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Faro Lighthouse Bar (El)

Location:

Paseo de la Marina 245
48350 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 322 221 0541


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Mariscos 8 Tostadas

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Proa 28-29
(Marina Vallarta)
48354 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: 52 322 221 3124


Day 3 - Puerto Vallarta


One of the more fun ways to explore the tropical forests east of town is on bicycle. There are rides of varying length and intensity, and several good tour companies that provide bikes, gear, and a guide for a small price. The best tours ride up into the mountain a short ways, and stop at a waterfall for a quick dip in a pool and in a small village or two. Bring a picnic lunch to Playa Conchas Chinas, one of the less-crowded of the bay's most spectacular beaches. There are some beautiful birds to see here, and of course crystal-clear water to play in and sand to lounge on. Stay through the sunset, and then head back into town for some cheap, simple, and delicious fajitas at Fajita Republic in the Zona Romantica, a favorite off the tourist track.


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Natura Bike Expeditions

Location:

Playa de Oro 109, Interior 2
48321 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Contact:

tel: +52 322 4 0410
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Playa Conchas Chinas

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Location:

Highway 200 Km 3.2
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


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Fajita Republic

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basilio badillo 188
At Basilio Badillo, 1 block north of Olas Altas
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: 52 322 222 3131


Day 4 - San Sebastian del Oeste, Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa


It's easy to jump on a bus for a short trip to San Sebastian, a historic mining town in the mountains that hasn't changed much in the last century. This is a quaint way to get an idea of what much of the area was like in the 1800s. Have a snack in town or stop into Chez Elena for a late lunch in their garden. The chicken mole here is particularly good. If you're in the mood for some more beach time in the afternoon, head south of the city to one of the less-visited beach areas on the bay, Boca de Tomatlan and Playa Yelapa. At the end of the road, Boca de Tomatlan, is a great place to snorkel or hike, and if you'd like to go even further, hop in a boat to head further south to Playa Yelapa, a lovely place to go horseback riding. Since less tourists make it down here, the prices are very reasonable even though there's tons to do. Kick back with a couple of drinks for a relaxing evening once you get back into town at Burros, a casual and fun place to sit back on the beach and enjoy some fresh fish and one of the delicious specialty cocktails they offer here.


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San Sebastian Expeditions

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A top the Sierra Madre
46990 San Sebastian del Oeste, Mexico


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Chez Elena

Location:

Matamoros 520
Chez Elena Hotel
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 322 2 0161
fax: +52 322 222 2831
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Boca de Tomatlan

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Highway 200
48300 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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tel: +52 322 223 4267
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Playa Yelapa

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Location:

Highway 200 Km 17
48440 Yelapa, Mexico


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Burros

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Los Muertos Beach, Olas Altas #401
Lazaro Cardenas
48380 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Contact:

tel: 52 322 222 0112
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