Most major car-rental companies, including National and Dollar, are represented at the Puerto Vallarta airport. If you concentrate on downtown, you don't need a car. You can...
Most major car-rental companies, including National and Dollar, are represented at the Puerto Vallarta airport. If you concentrate on downtown, you don’t need a car. You can get to outlying beaches by water taxi from the pier at Los Muertos beach or by local buses, most of which stop at Plaza Lazaro Cardenas. A taxi from the airport to downtown costs about $17.
Where to stay
Hotel Molino de Agua, 130 Ignacio L. Vallarta; www.molinodeagua.com. A small, low-rise resort just south of the Rio Cuale in downtown Puerto Vallarta. It has 52 rooms, a restaurant, two small pools and access to Los Muertos beach; rates for cottages begin at $72 double.
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Hotel los Cuatro Vientos, 520 Matamoros; www.cuatrovientos.com. In the Gringo Gulch section; 14 rooms from $55-$69, a restaurant, tiny pool and rooftop bar overlooking downtown.
Hotel Posada de Roger, 237 Basilio Badillo; www.puerto-vallarta.com/posada. A pretty budget place, with a small rooftop pool, restaurant and 48 rooms wrapping around a garden. Rates begin at $48.
Verana, 800-677-5156, www.verana.com. On a secluded hillside above the village of Yelapa, about 20 miles south of town. Doubles $320, including breakfast and dinner.
Four Seasons Resort, Punta Mita, 800-332-3442, www.fourseasons.com. One of the luxury chain’s newest resorts, at the northern tip of Banderas Bay, about an hour’s drive from downtown Puerto Vallarta. Doubles start around $300, depending on the season.
Where to eat
Bianco, 109 Insurgentes. Sophisticated contemporary cuisine in a minimalist setting; entrees $20 to $35.
Cafe des Artistes, 740 Guadalupe Sanchez. Chic decor especially the garden and cuisine, including such specialties as shrimp and pumpkin soup; entrees $20-$35.
Xi Tomates, 570 Morelos. Mexican fare with a nouvelle twist; entrees $20-$30.
Pipi’s, 804 Guadalupe Sanchez. A Puerto Vallarta Tex-Mex institution, famous for guacamole and fajitas; entrees $10 to $20.
Steak House Brasil, 210 Venustiano Carranza. All-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue, about $20 per person.
Puerto Vallarta Convention & Visitors Bureau, 888-384-6822 from U.S., www.visitpuertovallarta.com