I absolutely love Puerto Vallarta! It is one of my favorite cities in the world! The city calls to me and I just love any time I can spend wandering the Malecon, eating way too much queso, and soaking in the art and culture that abounds in Puerto Vallarta.I hope this Puerto Vallarta By Cruise Ship Guide helps you make the most of your day in port!!!
The cruise ship dock is about a 20-minute drive via taxi to the downtown area and the Malecon. I have paid $5 a person to reach the center of town and be able to wander the Malecon from the cruise port. You can walk from the cruise port area to a shopping center, Walmart and Sam’s Club across the street within a few minutes of leaving the ship.
There is normally a small market set up outside of the cruise ship with a pharmacy, bars, tequila tasting and souvenir shopping. This is a great stop to pick up last minute gifts or items you want to take home with you.
I have always felt incredibly safe every time I visit Puerto Vallarta. Saying this I always recommend being aware of your surroundings and where your valuables are.
Top things to do in Puerto Vallarta while on a cruise
There are so many amazing things to do in Puerto Vallarta it is hard to spend only one day in town.
Walk along the Malecon and check out the art and amazing restaurants.
Do nothing and soak up the sun on the beach
Give back to a local community by participating in the Give back with purpose excursion
Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe to see the crowned clock tower
Enjoy a mango margarita at Cerveza La Union on the Malecon while the sun goes down or any time of the day one of our favorite Puerto Vallarta Restaurants!
Shop, Shop and shop some more at the local boutiques and art galleries
Things to know when visiting Puerto Vallarta
Most places will take a credit card but having pesos on hand can help with the conversion rate
Wear comfortable shoes to walk the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta
Check out all of our Puerto Vallarta Travel Tips
It is an easy uber ride from the port terminal down to the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta. Give yourself enough time on the way back to the ship for traffic.