A foodie-favorite destination in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta has surprises around every corner. The resort town on the Pacific Coast is more than just a holiday beach destination. From fine dining restaurants to family-run eateries, the local cuisine alone makes a trip to the city worth a visit.
You’ll find delicious taco haunts on small streets in the Old Town and Mediterranean-style tapas bars and gourmet seafood bistros on the white sand promenade. After much sampling across the city, I’ve put together this 3-day foodie itinerary to convince you that Puerto Vallarta is indeed home to some of the best food in Mexico.
Rain is scarce in Puerto Vallarta, which is sunny year-round.
If you only have time for one thing, make it Pitillal.
Puerto Vallarta is a food lover's dream. Combine history and culture with a broad intro to the food scene on a downtown walking food tour. You'll sample food at multiple restaurants with a knowledgeable local foodie on a small, intimate tour.
Later, take to the water of the Bahia de Banderas to Las Caletas. Enjoy a sunset cruise with a 3-course dinner and a show at the Pyramid Amphitheater, the legendary Rhythms of the Night. If that's not your thing, try a craft brew and bites tour. Tequila-infused beer and Mexican pizza can be enjoyed as the sun falls over the Malecon.
Satisfy your curiosity around Mexico's famous mezcal with a Mescalero tour in Puerto Vallarta. Visit four small mezcal distilleries and learn the minutiae of making mezcal. Or, if you're more of a wine connoisseur, try a tastebud tour of Mexican vintages where you sample from family-owned and award-winning local wines, accompanied by cheese and charcuterie.
Go off-trail and eat like a local at Pitillal to visit hidden food gems with a guide, stopping at numerous spots for samples. You'll taste real Mexican cuisine at family owned eateries in this working class neighborhood. Then, learn how Mexican chocolate, beloved by Mayans and Aztecs, goes from cocoa bean to bar on a tour.
If you're feeling active, instead take a 2.8-mile (4.5-kilometer) bike tour from Cinco de Diciembre through downtown and Old Town to sightsee and snack along the way. Finally, take an after-dark taco tour, tasting tacos, quesadillas, and churros before leaving Puerto Vallarta.