5 Foods You Have To Try On Your Next Trip To Vallarta

Your heading to Mexico so we will assume that street tacos and Tequila are on your list of things to do, but you might be wondering what other foods you should try while you are here? Below is a list of 5 regional and classic Mexican foods that even if you’ve had outside of Mexico—you must try in Puerto Vallarta!

Seafood Restaurants In Pitillal


If raw fish isn’t your thing we urge you to have at least one bite of a freshly caught ceviche. Marinated in each restaurants signature blend you simply can’t go wrong. An excellent option for first timers is to head to our food tour partner Joe Jack’s Fish Shack for their ceviche sampler. They serve traditional regional Corvina bass, shrimp aguachile, shrimp and octopus, and tuna poke. If not, ceviche give fresh shucked oysters or clams a try.

5 Foods You Have To Try On Your Next Trip To Vallarta-Birria


Other than tortilla soup, soups and stews might not really come to mind when you think of Mexican food—but you must try at least one or two while you’re here. What I love is that Mexican soups are so different than soup back home giving you a whole new culinary experience. One of the regional specialties is birria, which is a spicy meat stew made with goat, lamb, or sometimes beef. What makes this slow-braised stew so special is each restaurant’s signature spice blend. Like most Mexican soup, it can be topped with onions, cilantro, and lime juice. While common as a stew our food tour partner Robles Birria Tacos serves it in delicious tacos. A must-visit taco stand you may not have found on your own.

5 Foods You Have To Try On Your Next Trip To Vallarta-Mole


You may have had mole before but if you have never tried it in Mexico then it must be at the top of your list. Mole can be served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Every restaurant has a family recipe that has been passed down through the generations with some containing upward of 100 ingredients. While similar each recipe is unique so it’s worth trying a couple of different restaurants.

5 Foods You Have To Try On Your Next Trip To Vallarta-Corn

Corn Many Different Ways

You’ve certainly had corn many times before but there are a few corn dishes you must try while in Vallarta. Corn tortillas will be served with your tacos but give the corn dishes below a try too.

Huitlacoche: this is a delicacy sometimes referred to as corn mushrooms or the Mexican truffle. It is a fungus that grows on corn, which is often turned into an enchilada sauce or soup you will be daydreaming about. Don’t think fungus sounds good? Trust me. Besides we eat cheese and mushroom without second thought.

Pozole: a simple but delicious corn hominy soup made with chicken or pork. Clear pozole is not spicy, red pozole has a bit of kick. Top with lettuce, radishes, lime juice, onion, and cilantro.

Corn On The Cob: you must try a fresh grilled corn on the cob while you are here, seasoned with lime and salt. If not corn on the cob give elotes a try—which is fresh grilled corn with crema (a Mexican sour cream) and cotija a crumbly cheese. It is then topped with your choice in spices—lime juice, salt, and a spice blend. Both will be found by street vendors.

Atole: this hot corn beverage is often served during festivals to celebrate. Made by toasting masa and adding cinnamon, vanilla, and local fruit juice like coconut or pineapple. It’s more of a dessert than a beverage.

5 Foods You Have To Try On Your Next Trip To Vallarta-Mexican Coffee5 Foods You Have To Try On Your Next Trip To Vallarta-Jamaica Agua Fresca

To Drink

There is a long list of drinks to choose from both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Here are just a few to prioritize:


Agua Fresca: a fresh fruit-infused water with Jamaica (hibiscus flowers) being a favorite.

Coconut water: fresh right out of the coconut.

Limonada: fresh lime juice with a local sparkling mineral water. Can also be made with orange juice as a naranjada.

Coffee: if you are a coffee lover skip Starbucks and head to the local coffee shops, most of which sell the beans they brew.


Tequila: a tequila tasting is a must, preferably one that includes the difference between Tequila, Mezcal and Raicilla. Or head to the town of Tequila which is only about 4 hours away.

Margaritas: if straight tequila is not your thing do a margarita instead. Since you’re on vacation upgrade to a top-shelf tequila.

Micheladas: a spicy beer-like Bloody Mary often topped with shrimp, carrots, and jimica.

One of the easiest ways to try most of the food on this list is to book a 3-hour tour with Vallarta Food Tours. Book on the first day or two of your trip so that you can head back to the restaurants you enjoyed most.

Where Should You Stay On Your Next Puerto Vallarta Vacation?

Puerto Vallarta and the nearby Nuevo Vallarta have something for travelers of every age, interest, and budget. One of the first things you must consider is where to stay during your Mexican getaway. Here’s what to consider when deciding where to stay.

Where Should You Stay On Your Puerto Vallarta Vacation-Resorts And All-Inclusive

Resorts And All-Inclusives

The great thing about all-inclusives is that you don’t have to do much in terms of planning. You can genuinely spend all of your time at your resort lounging at the pool, swimming at their private beachfront, enjoying 5-star meals, and leaving only to go on their add-on excursions. This is perfect for anyone who is stressed to the max and doesn’t want to think much about where to go and what to do. While you may enjoy the rest and relaxation, the downside is that you may spend your entire vacation at your resort without experiencing the unique culture that makes our region so special. At the very least take an Uber or taxi downtown at least once.

Where Should You Stay On Your Puerto Vallarta Vacation-Airbnb and Vacation Rentals

Airbnb And Vacation Rentals

Living like a local is one of the immersive travel benefits of booking an Airbnb, but most Airbnb’s in PV are in buildings that cater to tourists. Not all, but most. You can find an excellent mix of options some as low as $20 per night for travelers on a budget. This would include studio apartments and renting out spare rooms in a local’s home. You can also find luxury rentals of every kind on Airbnb, with the average price being around $75 per night for condos and small homes—some exceed $1,000 per night. If you are in town during low season expect to find luxury rentals at rock bottom prices. That being said, the cheaper the accommodations don’t forget to confirm if there is hot water, Wi-Fi, AC, towels, linens, and other basic amenities. Be sure to read the reviews and ask a few essential questions before you book.

Most vacation rental companies are geared toward luxury travel but are more likely to have the full range of amenities you desire—like a swimming pool or view of the bay. If you are staying for more than a week or two this is usually the way to go.

For super low budget there are plenty of hostels in the area.

Where Should You Stay On Your Puerto Vallarta Vacation-Mid-Range Hotels


Mid-Range Hotels

There is a long list of mid-range hotels, some global brands you know and love—others locally owned gems. These are an excellent choice for travelers who have yet to branch out to individual rentals but want a more immersive experience than a resort. You will find that many of the high-rated boutique hotels in town are only 3-star. This is because you may not find all of the amenities that come standard in most 4 and 5-star hotels. For example, no designated parking, no elevator, no restaurant or bar, no room service, or no fitness room. That being said, I can think of 20+ luxurious 3-star hotels with pools, Wi-Fi, and AC right on or just a few blocks from the beach. Just be sure to inquire if they have the amenities you prefer. Be sure to ask if they have private cabanas. 


Last but not least, with the high volume of snowbirds Puerto Vallarta is a pet-friendly city so it is easier to find hotels and accommodations that accept pets than in most cities you travel to. Just be sure to ask before you book.