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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: WHERE TO STAY: Pinnacle Resorts - Modern Mexican vibe, gorgeous views Villa Lola - Boutique bed & breakfast hotel, more traditional and quaint WHAT TO WEAR: 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 WHERE TO GO / BEACHES: 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 WHERE TO GO / CASUAL STROLL: 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. WHERE TO GO / FUN & ADVENTURE 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 WHERE TO SHOP SHOP: Sayulita Shirt Company (Zona Romantica): fun, vibey printed shirts and accessories for men SHOP: Amsterdam (Zona Romantica): colorful casual shirts and beachwear WHERE TO EAT 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 WHERE TO DRINK: 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
- Travel Destination: Saint-Tropez, France
See our founder, Dave's top picks for where to stay, what to wear, and where to go in Saint-Tropez, France. Saint-Tropez is one of the Mediterranean’s most fashionable beach destinations and is located on the French Riviera. This charming town is known for its laidback luxury, stunning sea vistas, and exquisite cuisine. Here are Dave's top picks for where to stay, what to wear, and where to go while in Saint-Tropez: WHERE TO STAY: Airelles WHAT TO WEAR: Pack your favorite On the Rocks pieces for your vacation getaway. Dave suggests the On the Rocks Mykonos Signature Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt (below), paired with the Handsome 7" Inseam perfect cut short in color blanco. WHERE TO GO: BEACH: Pampelonne Beach is the trendiest beach in Saint-Tropez. The sun, sea and sand is what has the majority of the jet set flocking to this coastal town and most come to this beach which is also the longest beach in the area. Pampelonne is known for its exclusive beach clubs that are packed with A-list celebrities, but you will also see everyday people taking in the gorgeous views. Location: Pampelonne, 83350 Ramatuelle EXPLORE: Old Town is a charming village with narrow passageways, pastel colored alleyways, cobblestone streets and lots of attractions to see. One of the most popular sights to see in Old Town is the Church of Notre-Dame, not to be confused with the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Location: Rue Commandant Guichard, Saint-Tropez MUSEUM: The Maritime History Museum (Musée d’Histoire Maritime) traces back to Saint-Tropez’s roots as a maritime city. The museum is set in a dungeon of St Tropez’s citadel. So once you’ve seen the artifacts from historical voyages off the French coast, you can also explore the 17th-century citadel itself, with its lookout points of the sea and mountains – a must-see for its incredible, sweeping vistas and picturesque views. Location: 1 Montée de la Citadelle, 83990 Saint-Tropez EAT: La Petite Plage is a seaside restaurant and bar near the port of Saint-Tropez. It’s a great place to enjoy refined Mediterranean cuisine, under the supervision of a Michelin-starred chef. You can stay well into the night when the locals and tourists alike come in droves on a summer evening to dance the night away. Location: 9 Quai Jean Jaurès, 83990 Saint-Tropez DRINK: Papagayo is located right on the harbor, therefore making it the perfect bar to go to for a sunset drink. Make sure to book a table in advance as Papagayo books up early. It has a lively atmosphere and is frequented by celebrities. Location: Résidence du Port, 83990 Saint-Tropez
- Cocktail Recipe: Desert Sunrise
Dave, our founder and head bartender (sorry, we mean designer) created this sunny, refreshing and easy cocktail perfect for an outdoor brunch or late afternoon, poolside. Cheers! Difficulty Level Easy Ingredients 1 part Vodka 1/5 part Cointreau 1 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice (you can also use chilled "cold pressed" grapefruit juice, which is often easier to find - try to avoid using pasteurized grapefruit juice) 1 part Dole Canned Pineapple Juice (we recommend using Dole's "not from concentrate" juice in cans as it tastes better than the chilled cartons, which are pasteurized and from concentrate) Directions Place all of the ingredients in a pitcher. Be sure to vigorously stir the ingredients and pour into glasses filled 3/4 with ice. Garnish You can garnish with a pineapple spear, grapefruit wedge, and/or sprig of rosemary. To spruce up your already glam cocktail, add a salt or chili-salt rim for a more savory cocktail.