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Travel Destination: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

See our founder, Dave's top picks for where to stay, what to wear, and where to go in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta is a beach resort on the Pacific Ocean's Bahia de Banderas in the Mexican state of Jalisco. To the north, it borders the state of Nayarit and to the east, it borders the municipalities of Mascota and San Sebastian del Oeste and to the south, it borders Talpa de Allende and Cabo Corrientes.

Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, the former governor of Jalisco. In Spanish, Puerto Vallarta is frequently shortened to "Vallarta," while English speakers tend to call the city P.V. for short. Many refer to it by PVR, after its main airport.

Here are the On the Rocks founder, Dave's top picks for where to stay, what to wear, and where to go while in Puerto Vallarta:


Pinnacle Resorts - Modern Mexican vibe, gorgeous views

Villa Lola - Boutique bed & breakfast hotel, more traditional and quaint


Overall Dress Code in Puerto Vallarta:

By Day: Casual

By Night: Dressy Casual with a focus on color and pattern

As one would expect, men's style in Puerto Vallarta is resort oriented, but with a generally casual and laid back feeling, unlike the posh vibes that emanate in resort destinations like St. Tropez or the Amalfi coast. Due to the hot (and sometimes humid) weather, shorts and short sleeve shirts by day and in most places at night are the norm here.

But if you're headed to a fancy dinner or a night on the town at an upscale club with a strict dress code, you will want to bring a lightweight linen or cotton pant to pair with any of our signature short-sleeve shirts. Don't be afraid to wear vibrant colors and patterns - the more unique and colorful the better!

Dave suggests the following daytime looks to show up in style from easygoing strolls on the Malecon boardwalk to casual sunset dinners with perfect ocean views:

Look #1:

TOP: Vallarta Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt

SHORT: 7" Inseam Perfect Cut Short in Color Blanco

Look #2:

TOP: Mombassa Short-Sleeve Button-Down Shirt

SHORT: 7" Inseam Perfect Cut Short in Color Blanco

Look #3:

TOP: Ipanema Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt

SHORT: 5" Inseam Perfect Cut Short in Color Blanco

Look #4:

TOP: Shirtless, as shown or paired with our Santorini Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt

SHORT: Caliente 5" Inseam Short in our Sevilla Print

Look #5:

TOP: The Palmilla Short Sleeve Button-Down Shirt

SHORT: Caliente 5" Inseam Short in turquoise


  • BEACH: Conchas Chinas Beach is the southernmost beach in Puerto Vallarta and is accessible by foot. It is made up of a succession of small pools of warm seawater that stand out among the rock formations along this 2,700 foot long beach. Crabs and colorful fish can be seen in the pools. The sand here is golden and soft and there are small rocks and shells along the beach. Protect your feet with sandals if you visit here or enter the water. It is not very crowded, except on the weekends and you can see the Sierra Madre Mountains meeting the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Location: Pampelonne, 83350 Ramatuelle

  • BEACH: Another great beach, on the southern end of Zona Romantica is Playa Los Muertos. Head for the green chairs on the sand in front of Ritmos Cafe for spectacular beach views and full bar service . Chairs/umbrellas are set up and available for a nominal fee (or sometimes complimentary if you order cocktails). And their margaritas are fantastic! Location: Malecón 177, Zona Romántica, Puerto Vallarta


  • MALECON BOARDWALK: This pedestrian-only boardwalk spans 12 blocks and is chock-full of oceanfront eateries, tequila bars, and various vendors selling local foods, traditional sweets, art galleries, and shops. As you stroll down the boardwalk, you'll also be entertained by street performers and you'll see impressive bronze sculptures by renowned artists. Find a quaint outdoor bar along the Malecon or along the fantatsic beaches in the Zona Romantica district, just south of the Malecon for the perfect sunset views. After the sun goes down, many come to enjoy the vibrant nightlife, with some of the best bars, restaurants, and clubs that PV has to offer. Location: The Malecon runs along the beach from Calle 31 de Octubre on the north to the Rio Cuale on the south.


  • ATV JORULLA BRIDGE EXPERIENCE: During this half-day, adventure-filled excursion, you’ll have the chance to speed down Jorullo Bridge—the longest suspension bridge in Latin America—on your own rugged ATV or RZR vehicle. Choose to go in groups of four, pairs, or alone as you enjoy panoramic views over the Sierra Madre. Shared tours include round-trip transfers from Puerto Vallarta and an optional tequila tasting. Location: Plaza Villas Vallarta Jose Clemente Orozco Local H2A, Zona Hotelera, Zona Hotelera Nte., 48333, Puerto Vallarta. Learn More

  • CRUISE & CANDELIGHT DINNER BY VALLARTA ADVENTURES: Immerse yourself in the magic that is Las Caletas by night with an enchanting evening excursion from Puerta Vallarta. Watch the sunset as you sail to a secluded beach surrounded by rugged rock formations. Walk on a torch-lit path to your dining destination and enjoy a gourmet 3-course meal by candlelight before watching the renowned Rhythms of the Night show, a stunning spectacle that promises to transport you to a spiritual land. Enjoy an open bar set to traditional Mexican music and show at the Pyramid Amphitheater. Location: Puerto Vallarta Marina; Learn More


  • SHOP: Sayulita Shirt Company (Zona Romantica): fun, vibey printed shirts and accessories for men

  • SHOP: Amsterdam (Zona Romantica): colorful casual shirts and beachwear


  • EAT: IK Mixology Bar and Grill has a wide selection of carefully designed craft cocktails and seafood dishes inspired by the vibrant flavors and aromas of Puerto Vallarta, with spectacular views of the water. Location: Olas Altas 380, Zona Romantica, Emiliano Zapata, 48280 Puerta Vallarta. Visit the Website

  • EAT: The Iguana at Casa Kimberly, located in the gorgeous former Spanish Colonial homes of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, this restaurant captures the romance and glamour of Hollywood, PV style. Beautiful sunset views. Dave's Insider Tip: Order the squash blossoms! Location: Calle Zaragoza 445, 48300 Puerto Vallarta; Tel: 52 322 222 1336; Visit the Website

  • EAT: Cafe de Artistes is set in an art gallery and has a spectacular candlelit outdoor garden. If you are looking for an elegant night out, this is the restaurant to go to. Dave's Insider Tip: Request outdoor seating; Location: Guadalupe Sanchez Street 740, Puerto Vallarta; Tel: 52 322 226 7200; Visit the Website


  • DRINK: The Pinnacle Bar at the Pinnacle 220 Hotel completes the rooftop experience with a swim-up bar and delicious cocktails. It's one of those sit back and enjoy the beautiful views kind of places. Cheers! Location: Calle Pulpito, 220 Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta; Visit the Website

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