Best of Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

I closed out 2021 with a family trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico & we had the best time! We decided to stay at a condo, so this would be the perfect place for a girls trip, family trip or bach party! I wanted to make a travel guide for you to check out the next time you’re in need of a little paradise. Read more to see what I wore, where I stayed, what I ate and all of our fun activities.

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where should I stay?

We stayed in an air bnb in Portofino Marina Vallarta. It had four bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, a dining room (inside & outside!) and we had our own private pool & hot tub out on the balcony! The complex is gorgeous & has tons of amenities! You’ll have access to the gym, tennis, paddle & beach volleyball courts, restaurant & private beach! 🌴

Need a new bikini? I linked some of my favorites here!

where to eat & drink in Puerto Vallarta

  • Cafe de Tacuba in Mexico City. It specialized in Mexican food (obvi) and seafood & the margs were as big as my grandma’s face. Super fun vibe!
  • Los Mariachiles Restaurante in Puerto Vallarta! This restaurant was super fun – they love to make you wear sombreros & take tequila shots (not me, though 🙅‍♀️).
  • El Palomar de los González in Alta Vista, Puerto Vallarta! Super fun spot, the band came up & played next to our table!
  • Restaurante Barcelona Tapas Puerto Vallarta! Super cute tapas spot! Perfect excuse to dress cute & take a pic in the sunset!
  • Tintoque in Puerto Vallarta! We celebrated NYE here & it was super fun! They have a super creative menu & we ate so many interesting tapas! If you’re looking for a nice dinner, this is the place!

What to do in Puerto Vallarta?!

This place was paradise! We spent almost all of our time in the pool & at the beach. We also spent one day out on a yacht excursion. We rented it from GetMyBoat Puerto Vallarta! Highly recommend – the view is gorgeous & they had paddleboards & kayaks for us to use!

what to wear on your tropical vacay?!

Your cutest bikinis, some straw purses & plenty of cute dresses! I also recommend bringing a crossbody for the more casual nights – dinner & dancing, clubs, traveling, etc. I might be an overpacker but I wore basically everything! I brought one bikini for every day, a couple cover ups, one dinner outfit per night & a couple casual outfits to wear on the off chance I’m not in a bathing suit. I usually plan my outfits with shoes so I always bring a ton. But if you’re looking to save some space, plan to bring a pair of shoes in all the neutral colors – one black, brown & white!

Here are my tips on packing for a two-week trip with only a carry on!

Hope this helps when you’re planning your next tropical getaway! It was the perfect blend of fun & relaxation because we all deserve a little break! Let me know if you have any other recommendations!

Not feeling Mexico? Check out my other travel guides here, including Nashville & Vegas! ✈️

xoxo, E

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