What to Do in Puerto Vallarta

So, you’re going to Puerto Vallarta. You will be thrilled to be spending some time in paradise. But what should you do when you get there? There are so many things to do in this thriving tourist destination. How can you pick just a few? Don’t worry; we have you covered. We spent some time down in Jalisco, Mexico, and we have all the details on the top things to do in Puerto Vallarta.

Play Golf at Marina Vallarta Golf Club


Perhaps the signature of a great vacation is a relaxing game of golf. Put that game of golf in a centrally located 6,700-yard Championship Course in Marina Vallarta, and you have for one epic experience. With lush vegetation, natural lagoons, and gorgeous views, Marina Vallarta Golf Club offers the perfect day of golf. Also, it’s your opportunity to eat a delicious meal in the club house and see real crocodiles. That’s right! The lagoon on the course has live crocodiles that lounge about while you play your game of golf.

Do the Malecón Art Walk


The Malecón in Puerto Vallarta is a 12-block, mile-long boardwalk that parallels the sparkling waters and bright beaches of Puerto Vallarta. While the beach views are absolutely breathtaking, the sculptures that adorn the Malecón are what truly give it personality. Each sculpture was well thought out and uniquely beautiful. “Searching for Reason”, “Nostalgia”, and “The Seahorse” are just a few of the great art pieces you’ll find here. “Vallarta Dancers” by Jim Demetro highlights the Mexican Hat Dance. Demetro loves to sculpt dying traditions of Puerto Vallarta so they can be remembered for all time. With this lovely piece, he frequently touches up the paint on the lady’s dress to keep the color from fading.

Take a Boat to Casitas Mariaka


Riding on a boat past the coastline of Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful adventure. The city is absolutely gorgeous from the distance, and it’s fun to pick out where you are staying and your favorite landmarks off on shore. But when you see Casitas Maraika, I’m sure your jaw will drop. This beautifully natural resort is hidden in the palm trees on an island, and you can have lunch at the beach club there right in the sand. If you want to feel completely at peace on an island, here’s the place to do it.

Go Shopping


Whether it’s for knick-knacks, adorable boho chic fashion, jewelry, or art, shopping in Puerto Vallarta is a great idea. Their market consists of many shops and boutiques with everything you could imagine in them. And, you can take the swinging bridge over the river into streets with more boutiques on the other side. The jewelry stores carry jewelry that is really hand crafted pieces of art. The fashion is unique and perfect for the beachy weather. And there are hundreds of different art galleries as far as the eye can see. It’s the perfect place to go shopping.

Eat at Eugenia


Eugenia sits up in the top floors of the Grand Miramar Resort & Spa, and the views alone are worth the trip out there. This culinary gem has an established vegan menu already, but it is also on its way to incorporating the Beyond Burger into their menu very soon. So, it is definitely the place to visit as a vegan. We tried the paella and the pumpkin star baby with pibil sauce accompanied with pineapple pure, and it was fantastic. This is the place to go if you are looking for an upscale environment with vegan dishes.

Relax by the Pool


Whether you are staying at the Almar Resort, the Grand Miramar, or the Sheraton Buganvilias, the best part of a vacation can easily be your relax time. Sit back by the pool, soak in the sun, and enjoy the paradise around you!

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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