Puerto Vallarta Marina in Photos -
Some Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, the Marina Harbor and Malecon

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Porto Bello, since 1989 - Puerto Vallarta Italian restaurant in the Marina
Marina Sol Local #7, Tel: 221-0003 

Here are just a few pictures a friend and I have taken over the years on casual strolls through the Marina Vallarta area, mostly along the boardwalk/harbor, and capturing a few landmarks and restaurants, bars, stores and cafes - no intention of being comprehensive or very detailed. The Marina itself consists of approximately 500 boat slips. You can contact Harbor master Sergio Bernal at Tel: 221-0722, 221-0275.

Travel tips and reminders: I strongly advise you to check prices before ordering, always keep an accurate account of your tab, and count your change. Better to pay when served, as opposed to keeping a tab at Puerto Vallarta nightclubs and bars. Please note too that it's customary in Mexico for the client to ask for the bill in restaurants and bars. Here are more Puerto Vallarta travel tips and vacation advice.

And yes I'd say that the Marina Vallarta area and the PV malecon downtown neighborhood along with other tourist locations in this beach town, are safe to walk around and enjoy, day and night. For the best map of the airport and the Marina district area which includes a golf course and many of the best quality 4 and 5 star Puerto Vallarta hotels, you can visit here for JR's up-to-date, very handy and definitive Marina map here, or check out the simpler (and older les sup-to-date) Map that I have below at page bottom.


Puerto Vallarta Marina and the Plaza Neptune shopping center at its entrance
(statue of Neptune - Roman god of the sea, and of fresh and salt water)

pictures of the puerto vallarta marina
A fine shot by Benoit of the bronze Humpback Whale sculpture at the entrance to Marina Vallarta
by Puerto Vallarta artist Octavio Gonzalez
Four years in the making, it was placed here in 2001
The biggest sculpture in the city, "Vallarta Whale" weighs in at some 12 tons, is 13 meters long and 9 meters high
There are 2 smaller replicas of this sculpture in Mission, Texas and in
Highland Park, Illinois, two of the town's sister cities


La Estancia restaurant along the Marina walkway boardwalk - Hola!

one of the most popular puerto vallarta marina restaurants mariscos el coleguita
Crowd-pleasing Mariscos El Coleguita (Seafood Buddy) known for its cordial service,
on Popa Street local 17 at the Condos Marina del Rey, Weds-Mon, 1pm-8pm, Tel: 108-9726
One of the most popular restaurants in the Marina with reasonably priced seafood

the marina puerto vallarta
the Marina in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

marinor of the seas cruise ship
Marinor of the Seas cruise ship, in port every week, as seen from the Marina
with the beautiful Sierra Madre mountains in the background surrounding the city

Friendly waiters from the restaurant El Fogon
located in front of the Condominiums Marina del Rey Local 14A, daily 10am-10pm, Tel: 221-3636

marina vallarta with full moon rising
Near full moon rising in January 2011

Elisa Mia boat from Wilmington, DE

puerto vallarta marina and el Faro bar lighthouse - pic thanks to Benoit
El Faro Lighthouse bar, 245 Paseo de la Marina, Telephone: 221-0541, 221-0542
Lighthouse cocktail lounge with guitar/easy listening music, open seating and panoramic views
overlooking the Puerto Vallarta Marina from the 110 foot tower. Pretty crowded for sunset. Daily, 5pm-1am

Sticky Fingers Grill House and Bar
112 Quilla, local 9, Marina del Rey, Tel: 221-0359
Fresh sea food daily, Mexican and BBQ
Restaurant 7:30am-11pm with bar service until 2am

marina vallarta restaurant Rincon de Buenos Aires
Rincon de Buenos Aires open air restaurant, Royal Pacific Yacht Club, local 126
Marina Vallarta, Phone: 221-2260

starbucks coffee shop in the marina puerto vallarta
the ubiquitous Starbucks Coffee now has at least 5 or 6 cafe locations in Vallarta

Angelo's Italian restaurant along the Marina boardwalk

marina puerto vallarta DZ route 66 restaurant - photo thanks to Michelle and Armando
Grand opening in November 2010 of the D'Z Route 66 Rock N Roll Diner
 Paseo de la Marina 3 Marina Golf Condos Local #6 - Tel: 209-0760, Daily 8am-10pm

Reportedly just about the best fish tacos in Puerto Vallarta can be eaten at one of Marisma Fish Taco stands/restaurants.
Three locations in town: in the Marina at Popa and Quilla just behind Plaza Neptune at the Condos Marina del Rey;
in Fluvial Vallarta at Carlos Barrios and Lake Michigan street; and on the South Side at 320 Naranjo.
Menu includes smoked marlin tacos, ceviche on tostadas, shrimp, crab and fish tacos.

puerto vallarta sunset in the marina
A pretty glorious sunset in the Marina Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta fishing charters PV
Fishing Charters PV, Office at 553 Venero street in Colonia Ojo de Agua
offering Puerto Vallarta fishing charters out of the Marina on some 40 different boats
Photo thanks to Mauricio Fuentes
Cell: 044-322-185-0147 from US and Canada: 1-888-933-5567
Information at Fishing Charters PV

the marina puerto vallarta mexico
Chappy's Sports Bar (facebook) open Daily, 10am-Midnight
with fifteen-twenty tables outside and 4-5 televisions with sports,
plus the inside seating and viewing area, with bartenders Ricky and Chuey.
Reasonably priced food as well, good to excellent reviews.
Chappy's is located at Ancla and Malecon streets at the Condo Club de Tenis Puesta Sol.
Tel: 209-0837, Cell: 044-322-136-2962


the Etnia Africana/African Ethnic shop in the Plaza Neptune Commercial Center, Local 14E-15E
Mon-Sat, 9:30am-7pm and Sun, 9:30am-1pm with Phone: 221-2920
Lamps and furniture as well as wood and semi-precious stone sculputres

Brando's sports bar & restaurant with Mexican and American food
Calle Popa, Local 10-11, at the Marina del Rey
Telephone: 221-2721, 209-1059. Daily, 12 Noon-2am


next three pictures thanks to Benoit Gagnon

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Marina Vallarta with the El Faro Lighthouse bar in the background

La Marina Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with its many boats in March 2011

puerto vallarta panoramic view
some of the hotels and resorts as seen from Banderas Bay - Puerto Vallarta panoramic views


Two more views of the terrific bronze Humpback Whale sculptures by Puerto Vallarta artist Octavio Gonzalez,
with the sea god Neptune in background, at the entrance to Marina Vallarta.
Other local statues and sculptures can be viewed on the art photos page.

marina vallarta humpback whale sculptures by octavio gonzalez

the Marina in Vallarta - a Map
Handy map of Marina Vallarta (click for a larger size)
Showing points of interests such as the Maritime Terminal, Plaza Neptune shopping center,
Amerimed hospital, Plaza Marina, and the Golf course
As well as the location of hotels such as the Bay View Grand, Velas Vallarta, Marriott Casa Magna,
Melia, Mayan Palace, Westin Regina, Club Embarcadero and Flamingo Vallarta.

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