HIDDEN GEMS OF THE BAY

VAN TOUR

Established 2017

LOCAL FOOD. LOCAL PLACES. LOCAL PEOPLE.

Hidden Gems of the Bay Van Tour

As recommended by 99% of our guests on TripAdvisor

6½ hours

DURATION

8

TASTINGS

$79

STARTING PRICE

LOCATION

What to expect from this Tour?

One-of-a-kind Food Tastings   – Hidden Gems of the Bay Van Tour explores the foodie gems of Banderas Bay.  While riding in a 20-seat Mercedes Sprinter,  we will have stops in Vallarta, Pitillal, Mezcales, Bucerías, and La Cruz. You will sample an amazing variety of authentic regional eats. Full portion samples, enough for a satisfying lunch, are included in the ticket price. Authentic tasting locations include carnitas, barbacoa tacos, tortas ahogadas, tamales, atole, pescado sarandeado, aguas frescas, coffee, seafood tostada, steak tacos, and flan.  Come explore these hidden foodie gems around the bay with our colorful guides. All Tasting Locations are featured to the right of this page.

A Unique Cultural & Historical Experience  Between tastings, you’ll receive a behind-the-scenes look at these small towns.   After the tour you will feel comfortable exploring the bay on your own. Your informative guide will also talk about street food customs: how to order, how to pay and the secrets of how to find a quality taco stand. You will learn about the history of the authentic dishes and their ingredients, the owners and their unique stories.

Who should take this tour?

Anyone interested in a fun and unique tour experience. This tour is ideal for those that want to experience delicious off-the-beaten-path eateries while seeing the towns around the bay. These are not only traditional dishes of Jalisco but also we believe the best in the bay.  Also for those adventurous food lovers who know that some of the best food in the world is not found in touristy locations on the street! No matter if you are visiting for one day or live here full-time, this guided van tour is one of the top things to do in Vallarta. Eat wonderfully delicious regional foods. Explore the sights and sounds of beautiful Vallarta. Experience Banderas Bay!

Why take this tour?

Hidden Gems of the Bay Tour uncovers typical Jalisco and Nayarit dishes around the bay. We visit stands and restaurants  known and loved by locals, stands that have been around for generations.  You’ll experience the life of a local as you go around the bay, stopping to eat outside, alongside regulars. In addition to the delicious foods you will learn the culture and history of each town. The tour  leaves you feeling more connected to our beautiful Banderas Bay. This tour is recommended for absolutely everyone!

Buen Provecho!

tour tip:
For those that want to experience and explore beautiful Banderas Bay!.

LOCAL PLACES. LOCAL PEOPLE. LOCAL FOOD.

TOUR INFORMATION:

HOW MUCH: $79 adults, $59 children under 13

WHEN: Tuesday  at 11:30 am(Private tours are also available Thursday, Friday and Saturday)

DURATION: 6½ hours

WHATS’S INCLUDED: All food tastings and guide

WHO: All age groups and fitness levels.

MININUM: 4 Guests

MAXIMUM CAPACITY : 19 Guests

DISTANCE COVERED:  About 40 miles, around the bay visiting Vallarta, Mezcales, Bucerías and La Cruz.

Note: this tour includes transportation in a 20-seat Mercedes Sprinter

WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable clothing and shoes

WEATHER CONDITIONS: Tour takes place rain or shine

WHERE: Tour begins at 1193 Avenida Mexico in downtown Vallarta

TASTING LOCATIONS:

Delicious specialties served on the Hidden Gems of the Bay Van Tour:

  • Barbacoa – A local favorite, this family-owned restaurante has been serving up barbacoa tacos in Puerto Vallarta for generations.
  • Torta Ahogada – Serving this delicious pork sandwich bathed in a delicious sauce which is why it is called “drowned sandwich”. This tasting comes from our state of Jalisco.
  • Tamales – Learn how to make tamales at one of the oldest tamale making families.
  • Pescado Sareandeado – Made to order whole snapper cooked with a special sauce in bbq! Again only found in Jalisco.
  • Aguas Frescas – Try three different home made juices from a local favorite.
  • Seafood Tostada – We enjoy a mouth-watering tostada with shrimp, scallops, octopus at a local favorite.
  • Coffee Visiting the one roaster with blends from Oaxaca and Veracruz.
  • Asada  Taco – Freshly made-to-order asada tacos at the most famous tacos in the bay!

DIETARY RESTRICTIONS:

  • We CAN provide substitutions for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free and seafood allergies on this tour.
    Required substitutions must be indicated in advance at time of ticket purchase.
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