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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.
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Budget Lodging

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 remodeled. WiFi, TV / AC available. From 280 pesos a night. Insurgents #161, tel01-800 581-0483 (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. My 'Property' page is an of-shoot of the original 'Classifieds' because it was getting too large, 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.
Bars & Restaurants
First, let me confess to being a pretty fair chef. So I don't eat out as often as others might but, of the places I've eaten, I recommend the following:
Nacho DaddyRestaurant Nacho Daddy

TV Sports Bar.
Dinner Theater 6 - 8:30 pm
Live Music at 8:30pm
Basilio Badillo #287
Map HappyHour board

TexMex food with regular performances by Joe 'King' Carrasco.
Live Music Thursday to Saturday.
Kitchen open 11am-11pm, bar closes when everyone leaves
Every Hour is Happy Hour.
Web Site

Pour FavorPour Favor

Lázaro Cárdenas #245. 2 doors west of Ignacio Vallarta Map.
Tel. 222-1955. 12pm till 11pm
HappyHour board

A Sports Bar - 4 x 45" Flat Screen Hi Def TVs, their satellites have feeds from the USA, as well as Canada. The Menu is a mixture of Mexican & American Comfort Food.
El Arrayán

Voted best Mexican food in Vallarta Lifestyles magazine.
Allende #344 on the corner of Miramar.
Tel. 222-7195. Dinner only, 5:30 - 11 pm. Closed Tuesday. Map
Los Frijoleros play every Sat.
Ask for Carmen Go to the Web Site

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 Rio BBQEl Rio BBQ

In Paso Ancho, beside the Rio Cuale, easy to get to on the #04 bus.
Tel. 222-2510 
Tue - Sun 12 noon to 8pm
Map. Web Site.

The very best BBQ Ribs. The only slow cooked and smoked food in Puerto Vallarta.
Lower level with beach sand and loungers next to the river.
Live Music Wed & Friday Afternoons at 4pm
Sunday from 2pm - 4pm Mariachis and a BBQ Buffet.
Alaska's Diner
alaska diner

Lázaro Cárdenas # 515 close to the Central Market.
May - Oct Open 5pm to midnight and Happy Hour all day!
Nov - Apr Open 5pm to midnight
Happy Hour 5 - 7 pm
Ask for Roger Web Site Map HappyHour board

Fresh Fish, Thai Curries, Steaks, Chili Dogs, Shepherd's Pie, Mac & Cheese, with down to earth prices. A fully loaded Jukebox with classic Rock. Beer and Wine. Free WiFi and long distance Phone. Sorry, No Dogs allowed.
Saturday Rock N Roll DVDs on the giant screen
Mariscos PoloPuerto Vallarta polo

Francisco Madero # 376, around the corner from the Hotel Belmar. Cell. 322-113-0364 or (322) 141-7839
Noon - 10pm
Closed Tues. in the summer.
Map. Go to the Web Site

Excellent Seafood, one of the best in Vallarta. Defiantly the best on the south side. Ask for Polo, Who else?
Cafe RomaCafe 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. Web Site Map

The Cheers of Vallarta. Sr.Fox, his wife Cheryl and the rest of Family Roma know how to make you feel welcome. Live Music Jams and Karaoke, Satellite TV, Free WiFi and calls to the USA and Canada.
Weather Station.
Web Cam
Lucy's CuCú Cabaña Puerto Vallarta Lucy Basilio Badillo #295, 2 doors from Constitución, 222-1220
Mon - Sat: 10 am to 6 pm.
Closed for the season Apr 28th.
to Oct. 25th.
Prices from $1.00 to $70.00 US.
Map Site
Wonderful Mexican Folk Art from all over the country, which Lucy and Gil collect during thier summer shopping trip.
New, quality handmade guitars.
Don't forget to get your copy of "Slime & Punishment, Puerto Vallarta on 49 Brain Cells a Day", Puerto Vallarta on a Donkey a Day & "Refried Brains" by Gil Gevins
Moro Paraiso

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

Map Web Site

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.
Bar La PlayaLa Playa Lázaro Cárdenas # 179A beside
Parque Lázaro Cárdenas. Map
Tel. Cell 322 100 2272
Open 2pm to 1am.
Closed on Tuesdays.
Great New Cocktail Bar with nice snacks. Great Selection af alcohol and very interesting special cocktails. Francie and Alex are the owners.
Los Muertos Brewing brew pubCompany

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

HappyHour board

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.
Hacienda Alemana

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 LocoGringo Loco

Neighborhood Bar with Snacks.
Francisco Madero # 403, at Aguacate.
Happy Hour 1-4pm Map

At Happy Hour 25 peso National Cocktails, 15 peso Beers, Tequile shot 20 pesos. Nice patio at the rear and super clean bathrooms.
El Colera Lázaro Cárdenas #542, just before Camachin and the Municipal Market.
Tel. 223-0769   Map
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.
La RondaPuerto Vallarta ronda Aquiles Serdan #372. Just east of Insurgentes. Closed Mondays. Usual hours 1PM to 12AM, sometimes!
Sebastian, Vicki and Benjiman.
Website Map

Mexican / International, a favorite with the locals. Entrees from 40 to 100 pesos.

Great food!!

Fonda "La Esperanza" 421 Madero, Mornings only, closed Sunday. Basic breakfast - 22 pesos !
Gaby Hidalgo & Mina, a lovely little restaurant. Comida Corrida from 50 pesos
Puerto Vallarta barEl Barril 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's PleasePuerto Vallarta tony 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 buy the son of the original Tony, who is still there every night.
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 !
Ofe's ShackPuerto Vallarta ofe

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
Archie's WokPuerto Vallarta wok F. Rodriguez #130.
222-0411 Closed Sundays.
D'Rachael performs on harp and flute, Thur-Sat from 7:30 to 10:30pm.

Asian Food, the best in town.
Founded by John Huston's Chef, Archie and continued by his wife Cynthia and daughter Kyoki.
Langostinos On Los Muertos Beach, corner of Manuel Dieguez. Dine under the palapa or on the beach.
222-0894 HappyHour board
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).
J & B ("Hota ee Bay") Blvd. F. Ascencio at Plaza Pelicanos Wed-Sat 224-4616 Map. Also now at F. Madero #176, 1/2 block from the beach. Every Day. 223-3609

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

For the Taco Stand Guide see
PV Street Food Guide

Other Select Restaurants
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