Puerto Vallarta is more than a fantasy land far away in the tropics of Mexico. It’s a magical land filled with culture, great food, genuine people, and some of the most beautiful, tropical beaches you’ll ever see. We spent some time here recently and have taken away more than just a few cute souvenirs from street stands. We filled our bellies with great food, stayed at one of the best Air BNB’s you’d imagine + explored off the beaten path of the backroads in Mexico. If you’re thinking about packing your bags + heading south of the border, here are a few pro tips to take with you to help you get outside the grind any day of the week.
Bug spray is a MUST! Pack tons or be eaten alive.
In Puerto Vallarta almost everyone you’ll meet will speak English, but don’t be shy to practice your Spanish.
Find a free local magazine called “PDI Now.” It is not only extremely cute, but it has the best calendar of (free + paid) local events. Ask for it at any local business.
Whatever you do, hit the beach + get a fresh coconut! Note: not every restaurant offers them, so make sure you ask before grabbing a seat. When you ask, many may say they have them but make sure it’s a fresh coconut, not “coconut horchata” which is a drink made from actual coconut. Equally delicious, but not the same thing.
Street vendors may talk to you a lot, sometimes even aggressively. Don’t panic or feel the need to engage with all of them or you’ll become exhausted. This is just part of the culture and how they do business here. A simple “gracias” will release you from starting a hundred conversations while walking through the local markets.
Here are a couple quick pro tips that will get you out the door + into a new traveling experience. Whether you live by the motto “catch flights not feelings” or this is your very first time, our travel tips + guides are made for you. Check out our 24 HOURS TO MEXICO: PUERTO VALLARTA, LOW KEY VOL. 1 GUIDE for a few recommendations on where to eat + drink, stay, play + get outside while in Mexico. Headed to Puerto Vallerta + taking more Q’s with you? Email Gabaccia here, she’ll be happy to send a few more tips your way.