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.
Take a Food Tour
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 280 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.
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.
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.
Many have asked, “Where can I get a good cuppa Joe?”.
Well you did come to the right place. See the guide HERE.
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
Basilio Badillo #287 tel. 223-0838
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.
EL RÍO BBQ
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.
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.
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)
EL GRINGO LOCO
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.
Lázaro Cárdenas #542, just before Camachin and the Municipal Market.
A very reasonable seafood restaurant. The best Aguachile de Camarones I’ve had. Excellent food in the newly expanded location
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.
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.
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!
Lazaro Cardenas # 440, near Jacarandas. Open 5:30 -11pm
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.
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.
On Los Muertos Beach, corner of Manuel Dieguez. Dine under the palapa or on the beach.
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).
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
Basilio Badillo # 220, tel 223-3065.
8am to 11pm
Ask for Sergio or Alex
Breakfast 30 pesos, lunch – Comida Corrida 50 pesos. Excellent !
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”)
Blvd. F. Ascencio at Plaza Pelicanos Wed-Sat 224-4616.
The place for Salsa Dancing! Doesn’t get going till about 11pm. Lessons available.
421 Madero, Mornings only, Tuesday to Sunday, 7am to 12:30pm.
Basic breakfast – 25 pesos !