Since the 1960s, Puerto Vallarta has been one of the most famous destinations in Mexico and has been welcoming travelers from all over the world. Some even say that this lovely beach town is now the most favorite place to come if you’re looking for a healthy relaxing life. But it doesn’t matter whether you’re a backpacker with a low budget, a digital nomad looking to spend a month, a couple wanting a week-long vacation, or an expat looking to settle down, you’ll find things to do in Puerto Vallarta to keep you, happy , relaxed and well entertained. If your plan is to stay in Puerto Vallarta for a long period of time, you will, however, want to choose your spot carefully based on the vibe you’re after and the budget you have.
Living in Puerto Vallarta is great for retirees or expats, since you can find any convenience you might need. You have the international airport with plenty of direct flights from multiple cities in Canada and the U.S. So, you can easily fly back and forth from your hometown to Puerto Vallarta without scales.
All you can do in Puerto Vallarta
No matter the time or the day, there’s always something going on in Puerto Vallarta. As a tourism destination, there are plenty of entertainment options, as well as great dining and other activities such as The Boardwalk Malecon, the historical downtown, many beaches, Harbor Marina Vallarta, the gastronomical Romantic Area, arts, culture, the nearby village of San Pancho, Sayulita for surfers and sight watchers, and so much more!
You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants with an ocean view on the Malecon, a miles-long boardwalk. They offer any cuisine you might think of, like Italian, sushi, Argentinian, pub grub, fresh seafood, Mexican (from every region of the country), and so on. There are casual places and fine dining options there, and in the popular “Zona Romantica” district you can always find spectacular restaurants and bars frequented mostly by North Americans.
A favorite activity of expats and vacationers alike is to enjoy a meal on Los Muertos beach, which has several restaurants right on the sand. You can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner…or sunset drinks overlooking the Pacific as most of the people do. Near the south side of the pier, you’ll find lots of local families spending the day (especially on weekends). Further south from there is considered the gay area, which is always busy and a lot of fun.
There are also plenty of options for a relaxed evening or night with live music and more. There are theaters and piano bars, where you can find some romantic jazz music or rock’n roll depending on the day. There, and at other establishments, you can see jazz, classical, rock, acoustic guitar, and many other genres. Also, the ticket prices are much lower than you’d find in the U.S. or Europe, even though this is professional level entertainment.
But the most important thing you must know is that in Puerto Vallarta it’s not all fun and vacation. There are also plenty of features that make it comfortable and healthy long-term living.