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Insider Tips

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Insider Tips.

Here is a list of places and services that some tourists will seldom find.

They all are either really good value or in some way unique. Watch for updates. Best Insider Tips for Puerto Vallarta on tours, accommodation and restaurants.

Bars & Restaurants

We have so many, but scroll down and you’ll find our favourites.

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Budget Lodging Tips

You can find a nice clean and safe room in Puerto Vallarta at Budget Hotels.

Hotel Belmar, Family Owned, the first economical hotel to have on-line reservations. Newly remodelled. WiFi, TV / AC available. From 450 pesos a night. Insurgents #161, tel 01-800 581-0483 (from Mexico).   Web Site and MAP

Apartments and Houses

Also available are some apartments and houses for rent direct by the owners at very good rates, see the Vacation Rentals page.

Real Estate

Property prices continue to rise here in Puerto Vallarta but there are still some areas where you can beat the market. Our Property page is part of ‘Rentals’ and contains property for sale that may not be listed by Real Estate companies.

Cyber Cafés

We sure have a lot of them for a small place like PV, and the service can vary a lot. You will see one on nearly every block with many offering high speed from 8-10 pesos an hour.

Coffee Cafés

Many have asked, “Where can I get a good cuppa Joe?”.
Well you did come to the right place. See the guide HERE.


Nacho Daddy a TexMex Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

TexMex food with great Live Music and Dinner Theatre upstairs in the Air Conditioned venue, & a TV Sports Bar. One of the few bars in town that is not ‘Tied’ to one beer company, and serves many beers you won’t find elsewhere such as Bohemia.
Dinner Theater 6 – 8:30 pm
Live Music at 8:30pm see Music Events
Closed Sundays. CLOSED Till OCT.
Basilio Badillo #287  tel. 223-0838

HappyHour board

Web Site


Logo for Pour Favor restaurant bar.

Canadian owned Sports Bar Restaurant, varied menu including favorites like Meatloaf, Hamburgers, Ribs, plus some local Mexican specials. Four big flat screen TVs showing sports. 12pm to 11pm.
Closed Wednesdays for the Summer. Live Music several nights a week, see:
Music EventsWebSite. Map. HappyHour board

Lázaro Cárdenas #245. 2 doors west of Ignacio Vallarta. Tel. 222-1955


El Arrayan Mexican Restaurant.

Voted best Mexican food in Vallarta Lifestyles magazine.
Pure traditional food of Mexico. For those looking for the real Mexican cuisine. Wonderful flavors from fresh ingredients only. Vegetarian menu available and children welcome, even a diaper changing area.
Traditional Chile en Nogada – 185 pesos
Chile Relleno de Jaiba – 175 pesos.

Web Site


Hungry Cougar restaurant bar in Puerto Vallarta.

Open for Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week. Mix of North of the Border favourites and Mexican dishes. Happy Hour 11:30am – 4pm. Tel 223-1906
Web Site.Map
Open Summer Hours 11:30am – 1 am.

Olas Altas #443, 2nd floor above Apache’s Bar.


El Rio BBQ on the Cuale River in Puerto Vallarta.

In Paso Ancho, beside the Rio Cuale, easy to get to on the #04 bus.
Tel. 222-2510
Tue – Sun 12 noon to 8pm Closed for the summer, reopening Friday October 13th.
Live music some afternoons, see Music Events.

Web Site.


Logo for Cafe Roma.

Encino # 287, 2nd floor right next to the Flea Market. 222-7378. Great Thin Crust Pizza, Salads, Ribs & Pasta. Beer 15 pesos
Open Mon-Sat 11am to 10pm. CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER.

Web Site



Canadian Food Eh! A mix of American and Mexican, plus Poutine and the signature drink, a “Salty Caesar”. Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 8am to 10pm, Closed Mondays.
Web Site. Map.
Francisco Madero #418. Tel. 223 9617, CLOSED FOR THE SUMMER.


Moro Paraiso Mexican Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

Up the river, Rio Cuale, a wonderful river side setting.
Ask for the owners Javier & Chuy.

Great food and very reasonable prices plus a full bar, including Raicilla !
This place is secret to most, because to reach it, you need: your own transport,
bus and hike 1K or rent horses in Paso Ancho.
Taxi should be 100 pesos.

Web Site


Bay La Playa in Puerto Vallarta.

Lázaro Cárdenas # 179A beside Parque Lázaro Cárdenas.
Tel. Cell 322 100 2272
Open 2pm to 1am. Closed Sundays.

Great New Cocktail Bar with nice snacks. Great Selection af alcohol and very interesting special cocktails. Alex is the owner with the assistance of Paula and Lucy.


Los Muertos Brew Pub in Vallarta.

Lázaro Cárdenas #302, corner of Constitución. Tel. 222-0308
Our First Brew Pub !

Brew Pub & Restaurant with Brick Oven Pizza. Burgers, Bangers & Mash among others dinners, on the second floor.
Six to seven different brews of beer, ales and a stout. Coming in the middle of December, on tap at the ground level Pub.

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Hacienda Alemana German Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

Basilio Badillo # 378, just east of Insurgentes. Tel. 222-2071

Best German food in Mexico ! Open for Lunch and dinner. Famous for the Oktoberfest, held on the first Fri & Sat of Nov. (no chance of rain then)


Logo for El Gringo Loco bar.

Neighborhood Bar with Snacks.
Francisco Madero # 403, at Aguacate.

At Happy Hour 25 peso National Cocktails, 15 peso Beers, Tequile shot 20 pesos. Nice patio at the rear and super clean bathrooms.

HappyHour board


El Colera Seafood restaurant.

Lázaro Cárdenas #542, just before Camachin and the Municipal Market.
Tel. 223-0769

A very reasonable seafood restaurant. The best Aguachile de Camarones I’ve had. Excellent food in the newly expanded location


Logo for Encanto Restaurant.

Aquiles Serdan #518. 222-5785
Open 5-11pm. Ask for Piano.

Coconut Shrimp in Mango Sauce, Crab Cakes, Mussels, Red Snapper in Banana Leaf. Full Bar.


The family of La Ronda Mexican Restaurant.

Aquiles Serdan #372. Just east of Insurgentes. Closed Mondays. Usual hours 1PM to 12AM, sometimes!
Sebastian, Vicki and Benjamin.
Mexican / International, a favorite with the locals. Entrees from 40 to 100 pesos.
Great food!!


El Barril Bar.

Guerrero #225, Upstairs on the corner of Juarez. Low prices and a nice feeling.
Few, if any, tourists. Mon-Fri. 1pm – 2am

New – extra room with another balcony.
Locals Bar. 12 peso beers at Happy Hour 2-4pm & 15 pesos cocktails!


Tony of Tony's Please Restaurant.

Lazaro Cardenas # 440, near Jacarandas. Open 5:30 -11pm
Closed Sundays.
Ask for ‘Tonio.

Great seafood, chicken, fish, meat dishes at a low price and don’t forget the frog’s legs.. Full bar. Now run by the son of the original Tony, with his brother Tony.


Logo for Archie's Wok Restaurant Vallarta

F. Rodriguez #130.
222-0411 Closed Sundays.
Asian Food, the best in town.
Founded by John Huston’s Chef, Archie, and continued by his wife Cynthia, son Sergio and daughter Kyoki.


Langostino's Beach Restaurant.

On Los Muertos Beach, corner of Manuel Dieguez. Dine under the palapa or on the beach.

Continental/Mexican cuisine.
Sunset Happy Hour at Langostinos is from 7 – 9 pm in the summer 5 – 7pm in the winter, 2x well drinks for 38 pesos ($3.40).

HappyHour board


Ofelia's Mexican Restaurant Puerto Vallarta.

F. Madero #366.half a block inland from Insurgentes.8AM to 4PM (sometimes later)  7 days a week – again sometimes
Ask for Ofelia perfect English spoken
Ofelia’s great Mexican home cooking.
Breakfast 18-30 pesos Lunch including Fish filet 45 pesos Burger 25 pesos


El Mole de Jovita restaurant in Puerto Vallarta.

Basilio Badillo # 220, tel 223-3065.
8am to 11pm
Ask for Sergio or Alex

Breakfast 30 pesos, lunch – Comida Corrida 50 pesos. Excellent !


Logo of Gaby's Restaurant in Vallarta.

Hidalgo & Mina, a lovely little restaurant.
Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
International and Mexican, from 65 pesos to 260 pesos – Rib Eye or  Comida Corrida for 65 pesos.

J & B (“Hota ee Bay”)

J&B salsa dancing in Puerto Vallarta

Blvd. F. Ascencio at Plaza Pelicanos Wed-Sat 224-4616.

The place for Salsa Dancing! Doesn’t get going till about 11pm. Lessons available.


La Esperanza

421 Madero, Mornings only, Tuesday to Sunday, 7am to 12:30pm.

Basic breakfast – 25 pesos !