Places to Visit in Puerto Vallarta

There is no doubt that Puerto Vallarta - a.k.a PV - is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico boasting lovely weather, and plenty of opportunities for water activities.

Places to Visit in Puerto Vallarta
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However, you’ll be glad to know that water activities aren’t the only things to do in Puerto Vallarta. In fact, you can do anything for taking walking tours of Vallarta Old Town, which boasts beautiful cobblestone streets, to exploring charming villages in surrounding areas of Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta also boasts museums and lots of art galleries that you can check out and you can buy duty-free artworks produced by top renowned Mexican artists. Below, you'll find a nice handy list of top places to visit that you can take with you on holiday:

Museum Rio Cuale

Museum Rio Cuale is located adjacent Hotel Encino and overlooking River Cuale it’s one of the top places to visit in Puerto Vallarta if you’re interested in learning about the history of the area. Besides the history, you’ll be able to also see cool artifacts like pottery items and tombs recovered from nearby archaeological sites.

Gallery Uno

Gallery Uno (GalerĂ­a Uno) is one of the top art galleries in Puerto Vallarta where you can see and buy local art. This gallery is the oldest art gallery in town and it’s located in Jardines del Puerto neighborhood, which is near Galleria Vallarta Mall.

Gallery Vallarta

Gallery Vallarta (Galeria Vallarta) is located a short walk from the local stadium - Augustin Flores Contreras – and it’s another of the top cultural attractions in the city.

Gallery Vallarta boasts more extensive art collections and range of exhibits on display that include jewelry and sculptures, as well as crafts made by the local indigenous people of Vallarta.

Galleria Vallarta Mall

Galleria Vallarta Mall is located right behind Vallarta Military Base, and it’s one of the newly shopping malls built in the town. You can enjoy a bit of shopping and eating out at one of the mall’s fast food joints.

Banderas Bay

If you’re looking to do fun water activities like whale watching tours and swimming with dolphins, be sure to add Banderas Bay to your list of places to visit in Puerto Vallarta.

Banderas Bay is located near Puerto Vallarta International Airport, and it is one of the best spots on the west coast of Mexico to enjoy sport fishing and game fish, and see marine life such as dolphins, turtles and humpback whales (come between November and March).

El Malecon

A visit to Puerto Vallarta wouldn't feel complete without taking a walk along Puerto Vallarta’s stunning promenade – The Malecon.

Not only, you’ll be treated to amazing views of the sea along the way, but you’ll also find shops, discos, bars, restaurants, interesting sculptures that you can photograph, and visit an open air an amphitheater – Los Arcos – where you can catch regular events.

Gallery of Latin American Art

The Gallery of Latin American Art (Galeria A.L. Arte Latinoamericano) is the largest art gallery in Puerto Vallarta that is dedicated exclusively to paint works

Navy Museum

The Navy Museum is another interesting attraction located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, near Las Arcos Amphitheatre that you don't want to miss. Even if you think you won’t be interested in the history aspect of the museum, you’ll love seeing the cool artifacts on display such as old navigation charts, mini replica vessels, cannons and uniforms.

Splash Water Park

Splash Water Park is located in Las Juntas, just a short drive from Vallarta Adventures near Banderas Bay.

If you’re traveling with the family and are looking for fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta with kids, you'll definitely want to add this attraction to your list of places to visit in Puerto Vallarta.

This water park is around 20 minutes drive by car from El Centro (downtown Vallarta), and boasts many water slides, a kiddies play area, and entertainment shows such as dolphin and sea lion shows.


The village of Mismaloya is another cool attraction to visit in Puerto Vallarta, especially if you are a movie fan. It is on the surrounding area of this village that Both the "Night of the Iguana" and "Predator" movie sets were built, though the cabins and structures of the Night of the Iguana movie set lies in ruins now, you can still see them.

El Tuito

The town of El Tuito isn’t located too far Puerto Vallarta and it’s really worth adding to your list of places to visit in Puerto Vallarta, especially if you’d like to see a traditional Mexican town, experience rural Mexico, and sample some local delicacies such as the tasty Panela cheese.

You can easily hop on a bus from downtown Vallarta, and if you’re using car rental, El Tuito is just 50 minutes drive.

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

If you’re visiting El Tuito, you may as well add a visit to the Botanical Gardens since they are literary on the way to El Tuito town, just past the town of Aguacate.

A visit to Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens can easily be the highlight of your trip, especially if you’re looking for a cheap attraction that provides a quite and peaceful retreat from the crowds.

There are an amazing variety of plants, trees, gardens and flowers spanning over 10 acres of land, so there lots to see and smell!

Mercado (market) Municipal

Visiting a flea market in Puerto Vallarta is, undoubtedly, one of the top things to do in Puerto Vallarta. For instance, open air markets such as Mercado Municipal, which is one of the largest open air market in downtown Vallarta, offer you the chance to buy local crafts, souvenirs and sample tasty Mexican foods.

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