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Insider Tips

El Malecón Puerto Vallarta.

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. 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

Real Estate

Property prices continue to rise here in Puerto Vallarta but there are still some areas where you can beat the market. A huge number of condominiums have been built on the southside, many are quite reasonable.

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

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



Nacho Daddy MexTex restaurant.

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, will continue when the pandemic ends. Live Music at 8:30pm see Music Events. Basilio Badillo #287  tel. 223-0838 Web Site 




Moro Paraiso,Puerto Vallarta.

Up the river, Rio Cuale, a wonderful river side setting. Ask for the owner 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 from the Southside.  Web Site  Map




Bar La Playa.

Lázaro Cárdenas # 179A north side of Parque Lázaro Cárdenas.
Tel. Cell 322 100 2272
Open 12pm to 12am.

Great Cocktail Bar. Great Selection of alcohol and very interesting special cocktails. Alex is the owner with the assistance of Paula and the girls.



Los Muertos Brewery in Vallarta.

Lázaro Cárdenas. #302, corner of Constitución. Tel. 222-0308 Our First Brew Pub ! New pub at F. Madero 325.
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. On tap at the ground level Pub.



Neighbourhood Bar with kitchen open from 10am – 9pm.
Francisco Madero # 403, at Aguacate. The place for Real Football = Soccer !
At Happy Hour 1-5pm – 40 peso National Cocktails, 35 peso Beers, Tequila shot 30 pesos. Nice patio at the rear and super clean  bathrooms. Live Music.
Web Map



El Barril, Puerto Vallarta.

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.



Tony's Please, Puerto Vallarta.

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.



Archie's Wok Asian Restaurant, Puerto 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.



Langostinos Beach Restaurant, Puerto Vallarta.

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.



Ofelia's Shack, Puerto Vallarta.

Ofelia’s great Mexican home cooking with the best price in town. An unassuming “hole in the wall” but with surprisingly good food. Not open late, breakfast, 50-60 pesos, and lunch.
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.



Gaby's Restaurant downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Hidalgo & Mina, a lovely little restaurant.
Open for Lunch & Dinner.
1:30pm to 10pm
Mexican and International, from 110 pesos to 600 pesos. tel. 
222 0480



J & B (“Hota ee Bay”)

J&B Dance club in PV.


Fco. Madero 178 6pm – 4am. Wed-Sat 322 213 0867

The place for Salsa Dancing! Doesn’t get going till about 11pm. Classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00pm