Downtown Puerto Vallarta
The heart and soul of Puerto Vallarta, this is where the action is, a sensory and cultural feast never to be forgotten. Eclectic and bohemian in feel with world-class offerings, its dining and art scenes are extraordinary, the nightlife abundant, no visit here complete without a stroll and people-watching session on the popular oceanfront Malecon.
The wide sandy coast stretching south from Marina Vallarta to El Centro is where many hotels and resorts are found, along with shops and restaurants catering to visitors.
Known as the South Side and the Romantic Zone, the atmospheric Isla Rio Cuale naturally divides downtown, this part south of the island. Vallarta at its funky best, it has swinging bridges, the bay's most popular beach, thriving English-language theater and gay scenes, and what many consider the town's best restaurants, bars and specialty shops.
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