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Puerto Vallarta, also known simply as PV or Vallarta, is a world-renowned beach resort city in the Mexican state of Jalisco. The city is nestled in the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) in the Pacific Ocean and is the second biggest urban agglomeration in the Mexican state. PV, as it is often called by English-speaking guests, was named after Ignacio Vallarta, who once served as the governor of Jalisco.
Unlike other tourist destinations in Mexico, Puerto Villarta is special. It organically transformed from a small fishing town into a world-renowned holiday destination. While there’s no denying the city’s beauty, most of its sudden rise to fame can be attributed to Hollywood; Puerto Vallarta was used as the setting of the film The Night of the Iguana and was also the place where Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s love story was discovered.
At present, Puerto Vallarta has undergone major developments to cater to the influx of tourists arriving regularly. However, the city still retains its small-town charm and remains faithful to its Mexican heritage and traditions. If you’re in town, whether for a weekender or a full week’s worth of holiday, you don’t have to worry about your luggage with Bounce. All you have to do is find a Bounce location, deposit your items there and enjoy your time in Puerto Vallarta luggage-free.
As one of Mexico’s top tourist destinations and resort getaways, Puerto Vallarta welcomes a mix of local and foreign visitors daily. With so much to see and do around the city, you would want to maximize your time here without being weighed down by your heavy bags and luggage. With Bounce, you can store your items anytime and anywhere. Leave your belongings behind and lighten the load for exploring beaches and local markets.
Top Things to Do
There is no denying that the pristine beaches in Puerto Vallarta are the city’s main draw. However, when you get tired of tanning and beach bumming, you’ll find plenty of other interesting cultural experiences in town. These are a few of the must-see spots in PV:
The museums found in Puerto Vallarta represent the city’s art, culture, and heritage. Add the following museums in your PV itinerary:
Galleria Dante: Situated in the city’s “Romantic Zone,” the Galleria Dante is Puerto Vallarta’s biggest and most unique art gallery. Founded in 1995, the museum was created by a couple named Joe and Claire Guarniere, who were inspired by the love story of Italian poet Dante and his lover, Beatrice. The gallery houses a vast collection of artwork from over 50 different iconic and up-and-coming artists, most of which are Mexican. Aside from paintings, the Galleria Dante also features contemporary sculptures from all over the country. (Bag policy: Oversized bags or backpacks are prohibited inside the galleries. For a more seamless experience, leave your things with Bounce.)
Cuale Museum: One of the Isla Rio Cuale’s top tourist attractions, the Cuale Museum is a moderately-sized venue nestled between the Romantic Zone and downtown Vallarta. Named after the river surrounding the island, the Cuale Museum is home to an interesting collection of art and ceramics. Pieces are related to the customs and traditions of the native groups of people that inhabited the region from 5000 to 2000 BC. Some of the articles found in the collection, which date as far back as the pre-Hispanic period, are archaeological pieces that include hunting tools, pottery, shaft tombs, and more. The best part about visiting the Cuale Museum is that admission is free! (Bag policy: Large bags, backpacks, or luggage are not allowed inside the museum. Instead, find a Bounce location near the area and stow your luggage there.)
Puerto Vallarta Naval Historical Museum: Located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, this naval museum is housed in a colonial-style building and is only the fourth museum of its kind in Mexico. Part of the Mexican Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR) network of museums, the facility has five permanent exhibits. Various items, such as paintings, photographs, navigation instruments, scale models, documents, and weapons, are displayed. The museum also gives a detailed story of expeditions around the world. (Bag policy: Guests may not bring oversized bags inside the facility. To avoid any inconvenience, store your things with Bounce.)
Puerto Vallarta is not just a beach paradise; the city is a shopper’s haven, too! Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, clothes, beachwear, or even artwork, you will surely find something to satisfy your needs. Here are some of the best shopping areas in PV:
Malecón: The city’s famous boardwalk, Malecón. has plenty of shopping opportunities. In fact, the area is known as one of the best spots in North America for diamond shopping with plenty of prominent local jewelers. The boardwalk also has everything from clothes, souvenirs, leather goods, tequila shops, and street food.
Old Vallarta: Old Vallarta is easily recognizable for its cobblestone streets and its array of shops. With Mexico being one of the world’s largest silver producers, you will find several silver vendors at excellent prices. The spot also houses locally-owned boutiques selling handmade arts and crafts and unique souvenirs.
Isla Cuale: This small island in the Cuale River is a great shopping area with an abundance of vendors and stalls that sell local art, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Bargaining is more than welcome here, so practice your haggling skills.
Being among the most famous tourist spots in Mexico, it comes as no surprise that Puerto Vallarta has a fine selection of local and international restaurants catering to all palates. For the best dining experience in the city, check out the following spots:
Mexican cuisine: It is a shame to come to Puerto Vallarta without trying the best Mexican food in the city. Some of the best places to have authentic Mexican dishes are El Arrayan, La Palapa, Gaby’s Restaurant, El Brujo Vallarta, River Café and Pancho’s Takos.
Seafood: As a city by the coast, it’s a given for Puerto Vallarta to have a wide selection of top-notch seafood restaurants. Among the best options in the city are Ocho Tostadas, El Coleguita Mariscos, Joe Jack’s Fish Shack, El Barracuda and Restaurant Rio Grande.
European cuisine: If you’re looking for something other than Mexican, don’t fret because Puerto Vallarta has plenty of European restaurants that offer various cuisines. Some of the best international dining spots include Cafe des Artistes (French), La Cappella (Italian) and Barcelona Tapas (Spanish).
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The price for luggage storage in Puerto Vallarta is just MX$100/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations all around Puerto Vallarta which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Hidden Beach, The Malecon Boardwalk, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and many other areas.
Yes. Every bag is tagged with a security seal and comes with the $10,000 Bounce Guarantee. Every location is required to uphold tight security precautions. You may be asked to show ID and you will be required to use a credit card to book through Bounce in advance. With hundreds of thousands of bags stored, you can count on Bounce to handle your baggage in Puerto Vallarta.
Yes. There are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in Puerto Vallarta. Bounce has multiple locations throughout Puerto Vallarta where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 Bounce Gurantee.
The most popular restaurants to visit are Trio, Tapas Barcelona, and La Leche. Additionally, the highest ranked hotels within Puerto Vallarta are Casa Velas, Velas Resorts Wedding Planner Center, and Velas Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta offers several scenic parks including Isla Rio Cuale, All Access Park, and Plaza Valle Dorado.
You can find local tourist information at Marina Vallarta.