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5 Days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Travel is an essential part of life for me— without it I feel like I’m missing out on experiences. I love to discover fresh outlooks and find opportunities to share new stories. And that’s what my trip itinerary for 5 days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was. An exploration of lifestyle and landscape unique from my […]

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Travel is an essential part of life for me— without it I feel like I’m missing out on experiences. I love to discover fresh outlooks and find opportunities to share new stories. And that’s what my trip itinerary for 5 days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico was. An exploration of lifestyle and landscape unique from my own home, even though we’re near each other.


It was an incredible experience! And I want to share my 5 day Puerto Vallarta travel itinerary with you, so you can experience it too. From incredible food and places to stay, to stunning hikes and paddle boarding with dolphins.


Puerto Vallarta is perfect for adventurers and beach bums alike!


The first thing I’ll tell you about Puerto Vallarta is I noticed immediately how kind everyone is. All the time. There are tons of expats from the US and Canada there, and it seems that the communities have merged. What I mean is, no one seems to resent the tourism, but rather embrace it openly as a lifestyle of tranquility and accepted differences. The locals are all very helpful, and were super kind with me as I practiced my Spanish.


I traveled there with Jordan, a client turned friend. We stayed in a lovely private home suite adjacent to our Airbnb hosts, with a shared kitchen and laundry in the main building.  It offers your own private balcony, reading room, bathroom, and bedroom. Absolutely perfect!


Before we get into the 5 day Puerto Vallarta travel itinerary, let’s take a look at the photos!


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With beautiful street views and a private porch! The AirBnB in Puerto Vallarta is a dream! Cooking on the AirBnB rooftop in Puerto Vallarta Mexico for our 5 day trip. The bus and starting point to the hike in Boca de Tomatlin near Puerto Vallarta Mexico. Fresh coconut and private beach time during the hike to playa Las Animas near Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta private adults only resort we found during the hike, with delicious food! Views from the hike to Las Animas. Pastries and drinks in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! Views from the tequila tasting experience in Puerto Vallarta (I suggest you take a car) Brunch at Azul Bistro with some of the best pancakes in Puerto Vallarta. Old Vallarta near our favorite brunch spot in Puerto Vallarta!Brunch at Gaby's + unique tequilas and medicinal remedies. The illusive churro man (we found him during our 5 day itinerary stay in Puerto Vallarta on Calle Naranja). Puerto Cafe, the best coffee shop in Puerto Vallarta! A must visit during your 5 day trip. Paddle boarding near Los Arcos in Puerto Vallarta, via an amazing airbnb experience! p.s. We got to see dolphins.


Doesn’t this trip look amazing?! It seriously was the perfect re-set, and incredibly affordable for a quick get away.

Want to find out my travel itinerary?


Here’s my 5 day Puerto Vallarta travel itinerary!

Day 1: Fly in to Puerto Vallarta, and check in to THIS beautiful AirBnB. Rest and visit the local markets to get a few local groceries for breakfasts and snacks. Dinner at Azul restaurant.

Day 2: Breakfast pastries at Yarita (HERE), followed by a walking tour of the city. Check out the romantic district (theres a famous “secret” churro man and traveling cart here, if you can find him!) and Old Vallarta. Check out Incanto Piano Bar for drinks and a show.

Day 3: Yoga on the private deck. Brunch or lunch at Gaby’s (seriously the best meal I had in PV) followed by a paddle boarding adventure with Felix at Vallarta Sup and Surf. Get drinks at Bar la Playa!

Day 4: Get coffee at Puerto Cafe:) Followed by a hiking day from Boca de Tomatlin to Playa las Animas. If you’re not exhausted after, try a tequila tasting with Alejandro at sunset! You can follow that by dinner at El Campenario (HERE).

Day 5: Relax, and get a final beach day in. Check out A Page in the Sun for coffee and books, and enjoy the local music, scenery, and water front. Pack up and get ready to head home in the evening, or leave in the morning on the 6th!


You’re seriously going to love this action packed itinerary for 5 days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! Of course, you can always add more days or pick and choose your favorites, if you want more time for RnR. I’m just so glad I am able to share this travel experience with you!


Now you know my exact itinerary for 5 days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!


As always, please message me if you have any questions about this post, or regarding planning your Mexico trip, honeymoon, elopement, or destination wedding. I love to travel, and if there is any way I can help, I’d love to be there for you! Drop me a line HERE and let’s become friends!


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