Just across the bridge in Puerto Vallarta lies the old town known as Viejo Vallarta. Often overlooked by tourists, Viejo Vallarta retains the feel of a colonial Mexican city, right down to its friendly neighborhoods and cobblestone streets.
It is a town made for slow afternoon strolls ending in one of the local cantinas or restaurants, where you can sample local cuisine and wash it down with a cerveza or tequila.
Although not a typical tourist destination, Viejo Vallarta prides itself on offering a safe haven for travelers who want to experience a taste of the real Mexico outside of the commercialized areas that cater to tourists.
Along the Rio Cuale, you will find world class galleries, some of the best folk art available, and many restaurants and clubs. If you are interested in Huichol art and beaded masks, this is a wonderful destination.
In the Zona Romantica, Calle Basilio Badillo and Calle Morelos are wonderful places to find native treasures. Be sure also to try the Mercado De Artesanias if you want to add a native folk art jewel to your collection.
There is even a five star restaurant tucked away in Viejo Vallarta, Le Gourmet. You might choose to have a Cesar Salad freshly prepared at your table, or perhaps a filet mignon flambe, chateaubriand, steak Diane, duck a l’orange, or lobster Rio Cuale. For dessert, you can’t miss with banana flambe or crepes Suzette, made right at your table.