Puerto Vallarta, a paradise where everyone wants to stay

Story by: Evan Ballesteros     Date: 19 April 2021    Image by: Unsplash | Chris McQueen

4 minutes reading time Mexico

In 2000, I was born 5 blocks from the beach, in a hospital overlooking the ocean, not fancy at all. It is normal for local people to be surrounded by nature, you don’t need to have a lot of money to live well.

I have moved from city to city, but I always end up returning to the cradle where I grew up, this port that sees people from all over the world, each one with a different story. It is a very satisfying experience.

There are no boring moments, the same scenarios are very difficult to overwhelm you, you end up enjoying them just like the first day. The routine never gets monotonous.

I want to recommend places where I know you can go to have a good time.

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Always the beach

The first thing will always be the beach, although actually if you don’t enjoy going to the sea as much as I do, don’t worry, you can go to the Malecon. A place where you will walk and you can distract yourself a little with its restaurants, cafes, night clubs, etc.

Drinking Tuba

I recommend you to try the Tuba, a drink that you will love, I won’t tell you much about what it is made of, discover it, its flavor is very peculiar. You can buy it with gentlemen who carry their cooler with glasses and a tuba bottle, they are always dressed in white.

If you like photography, be warned that you will be stopping to take pictures, every detail of the malecon is very photogenic. I will tell you in a few words what you can find: Statues, urban culture, traditions, fashions and lots of palm trees.

Sometimes I go for a ride on my bike, and even though the route is the same, I keep taking new pictures every time I pass by.

The least crowded hours are: 9am – 4pm. After this time families, cyclists, party people start to arrive and it becomes a bit chaotic. Well, I’m exaggerating a bit, it’s always a good time to go.

Voladores de Papantla

Voladores de Papantla

You can see the Voladores de Papantla at sunset, between 6pm and 8pm. They are people who launch themselves from a fairly high altitude and descend in a circle, little by little, while their rope is extended at every instant, until they reach solid ground.
I recommend you to be careful, watch where this bike path is and respect it, because many bicycles pass by and we don’t want an accident to happen.

There are tourist information booths, you can ask them about tours, guides, places, etc.

An additional tip, do not accept all the offers they make you, there are people who just want to sell you something, so learn to say “No, gracias” and continue walking.

El Muelle de los Muertos

Do not forget to go to El Muelle de los Muertos, it is a very attractive construction at night, they turn on colored lights and from there you can have a different perspective of the area, sure you will have good photos in that place.

Finally, what I will ask you to do is to take care of the environment, do not throw garbage, the environmental brigades make a lot of effort to clean the beaches and keep it in its best condition. If we do not preserve these spaces we will no longer have these beautiful landscapes for vacationing, so please, respect those who came before us, nature.

If you liked this post, you can follow my new blog where I share some of my thoughts and experiences in the place where I live, I am currently in Vallarta. Tap here.

Hope to see you here!

Evan Ballesteros.

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