Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week

Set up by Vallarta Lifestyles, Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week 2020 is a gastronomic event looking for the join of worldwide diners and chefs which will be celebrated from September 15th to October 10th in Puerto Vallarta.

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At this moment, 43 restaurants have joined as participants and have already prepared their special menus for each day of the event. The restaurants have been evaluated according to the hygiene guidelines established for operating given the actual situation in the world.

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Diners from the whole city of Puerto Vallarta are waiting with excitement the dates of the Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week to enjoy the different dishes specially devised for this (these) week(s); since restaurants have planned not just in new dishes but also in great offers so more people can enjoy and join the celebration.

Dishes prepared for Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week
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As the 16th event edition, this year’s gastronomic offer includes Mexican, Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, and fusion food.

What to expect when landing in Puerto Vallarta? (after global pandemic)

If you are an active traveler, or if you had plans to visit Puerto Vallarta before the COVID-19 disease came into place, you are probably wondering what to expect when landing in Puerto Vallarta now that it’s already open again as a tourist destination.

Puerto Vallarta has been operating exclusively for essential travel for about a month, but recently the restriction on non-essential travel was lifted, thus increasing tourist traffic at the Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR). This was possible thanks to the fact that Mexico is taking a step forward in certifying its main tourist destinations; Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos, with the Safe Travels guarantee seal provided by the WTTC to those destinations that adhere to the hygiene and safety guidelines established by the same institution in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

That being said, what to expect when landing in Puerto Vallarta?

The first thing you should know is that the use of a mask is necessary practically at all times of human interaction and that the destination is not yet operating at 100% of its capacity. Both hotels and restaurants, as well as means of transport and public beaches, operate in a capacity established by the local government to guarantee the health of visitors and residents. In restaurants, as well as in hotel lobbies, it’s possible to see the application of new hygiene and social distancing measures. This way, you will not have to wear the mask while enjoying a dinner at a restaurant, but you will not put yours, your relatives’ or local workers’ health at risk.

Once you board the flight to Puerto Vallarta, you will (mostly) be given a survey regarding your health and travel habits. This in order to know if you have presented symptoms of illness or if you have visited a destination with a high number of confirmed cases.

When you get off the plane, your temperature will be measured, you will pass through sensor cameras, be given antibacterial gel, and be asked to respect social distancing rules.

Once you have claimed your luggage, go to the exit labeled with “Shuttles”. Just right there, a representative of Puerto Vallarta Airport Transportation will be waiting for you to board your previously disinfected transportation. At the time of getting in the vehicle, a brief but effective process of disinfection of your items and clothing will be done.

Generally speaking, that’s what you can expect when landing in Puerto Vallarta.
Welcome! Enjoy your trip and take care of your health at every moment.

Puerto Vallarta reopens gradually

Although travel restriction has been extended until June 22nd, Puerto Vallarta started its reopen process with strict hygienic measures since May 18th, stepping forward with Cancun and Riviera Maya as safe destinations in Mexico awaiting for travelers.

The Tourism Secretary of Jalisco State considers allowing travelers to visit the destination “… when the time is right”.

This does not mean that businesses will open yet, it means that businesses are getting prepared following health protocols to obtain a certification that will allow operating to their 50% of capacity with a special attention schedule in order not to concentrate crowds. Crowded places will remain closed, such as nightclubs, beach clubs, bars, and gyms.

Coffee stores and restaurants which apply health processes and stick to social distancing guidelines might operate in 50% of their capacity as well.

Tourism Secretary stated that plans for the reopening of Puerto Vallarta are being done very cautiously, so a safe destination can welcome future travelers.

Marina Vallarta, a small and trendy destination

Marina Vallarta

A separate destination inside Puerto Vallarta. It has everything that a global traveler needs for a primary category vacation. A small and trendy destination, Marina Vallarta is located a few minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport and offers great attractions to visitors. There is a Golf Club and an exclusive dock that pulls luxurious yachts and boats coming from many places of the globe.

Marina Vallarta Golf Club

This elegant location offers a wide range of soft beaches from the dock to the town center, which, along with the luxurious Mexican-style hotels settled on the side, conform the right setting for great water activities. Marina Vallarta also has game courts, restaurants and night activities. 2 of the most effective nightclubs in the Puerto Vallarta area are settled here. The maritime terminal is the beginning point for many excursions and for cruise ships incoming to this destination.

Marina Vallarta beaches

Its proximity to the ocean and its refined atmosphere makes it distinguishable. It is found on Francisco Medina Ascencio Avenue, five minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Upon reaching it, you will discover the most iconic structure: An imposing bronze sculpture.

Marina Vallarta Sculpture

Discover a delicacy of flavors with the various frozen dessert stores, low-priced outlets, and restaurants, from typical dishes of the region to gourmet gastronomy.

You will be able to spend a nice time reading or taking photos. Marina Vallarta’s walkway comes alive with the skilled artisans’ market.

Cautiously, discover the majestic iguanas and crocodiles freely living.

Crocodile in Marina Vallarta

It is recommended to visit the Plaza Marina, a shopping mall settled on the avenue, between Marina Vallarta and the airport, where is possible to find different places of interest.

Plaza Marina, Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)

Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR), also called ‘Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz’ Airport is linked to USA and Canada top airports.

Puerto Vallarta International Airport
Puerto Vallarta International Airport

There are flights from several cities, such as Chicago, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal and national flights to and from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Cancun and more.

In the main level of the Airport, several small shops, small fast food restaurants and bars offer service. There is also a post office, a bank, a currency exchange and several magazine bookstores. In this level are the airlines check-in counters. Flight check-in, national and international flights arrivals are in this level.

PVR Airport
PVR Airport

International and national departure passengers must all go to the upper level, where the departure gates are. After walking through security, there is access to stores, restaurant-bars and duty-free shops.

Once walked through the passport and security check-in areas, there is a large waiting area with some more duty-free shops (mostly liquor and perfumes), this is Hall A. There are some bars, coffee stores and restaurants as well. National flights depart from gates on a level below. Passengers of international flights depart from the gates in Hall B that are positioned after a long passageway.

Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)
Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)

Things to consider arriving in Puerto Vallarta:

  • In customs, luggage is passed through a scan. One person per family has to press a button which, if turns the light green the security check wont be neccesary, if it turns red, all the luggage will be manually checked.
  • Once out of customs there is an area full of timeshare salesmen/women. Get out of there ASAP!
  • Once out, head to the exit that leads to the parking lot and find your Puerto Vallarta Airport Transportation driver waiting for you.
Puerto Vallarta Airport Transportation Drivers and Operators
Drivers and operators at PVR airport

In a nutshell, the process would be:

  • Get off the airplane
  • Get into the terminal
  • Go to the immigration desks
  • Get your bags at the baggage claim carousel.
  • Get to customs, pass luggage through the X-Ray machine and press the stop/go button when asked.
  • Walk straight out.
  • Find your driver.
  • Enjoy your stay in Puerto Vallarta!
Handicap Transportation Service by Puerto Vallarta Airport Transportation
Handicap Transportation Service by Puerto Vallarta Airport Transportation

Some other PVR Airport Data:

-Single runway (10700 ft – 3300m: length. 150 ft – 46m wide).

-Distances to:

  • Downtown Puerto Vallarta: 10 to 15 minutes, 8.5 km or 5 miles.
  • Marina Vallarta: 5 minutes, 2.2 km or 1.4 miles (can be shorter).
  • Nuevo Vallarta: 15 to 20 minutes, 13 km or 8 miles (varies).

-FlightStats code: PVR

-IATA code: PVR

-ICAO code: MMPR

-Latitude / Longitude: 20.678297 / -105.24898

-Passengers per year:

  • 3.52 million in 2015
  • 4.06 million in 2016
  • 4.52 million in 2017
  • 4.76 million in 2018.

-Time Zone: -6:00 hours from UTC/GMT

-Address: Carretera a Tepic Km. 7.5, Colonia Villa Las Flores, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta International Airport
Puerto Vallarta International Airport