One of my all time favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta is to watch the sunset at La Palapa before heading out for a late dinner. The beauty of it all is La Palapa is a short walk from our condo so even if it’s quite warm out, you won’t work up a sweat getting there.
Sunset cocktails, does it get any better than this? Hibiscus margarita, Absolute Pear and soda, traditional lime margarita.
La Palapa has live music most nights in their bar, you can check on their website www.lapalapapv.com for details. It’s usually a soft jazz group that consists of a flute player, guitar players and a drum and percussion player. The musicians are very talented artists and have recordings of their music available for you to purchase. Perfect live music for a perfect venue!
Sunset cocktail in hand. You can see the band in the background.
View of the sunset from the bar. One of the best waiters too in action.
The staff are professional and very friendly, with most being employees of the restaurant for many years. I certainly have my favorites though, ha. The bar is under the big palapa with fans to help keep the air cool. However, you still have an amazing view of the sunset and people walking by. The bar at La Palapa is a great place to listen to wonderful live music, enjoy a tasty cocktail and watch the sunsets that make Puerto Vallarta so beautiful.
If you are in the mood to sip a mojito while listening to live Caribbean music then stop in to La Bodeguita Del Medio, found on the north end of the malecon. This lively restaurant and bar caught our eye one night with it’s scribble covered walls and lively atmosphere and we vowed to stop in next time we were in the area.
Scribble covered wall
The bar is long and the mojitos are strong in this Cuban chain restaurant. The walls are covered with signatures, sayings and drawings all done by people like you, the customer. While it’s not as lively during the day, we tucked in to wet our whistles and have a reprieve from the hot April sun.
La Bodeguita Del Medio bar.
Sitting in the front which was open to the street, we were able to watch people walk by and still enjoy the live Cuban band that was playing inside. At night, this restaurant turns more into a bar with many people dancing the salsa to more live music. But during the day, it’s more laid back and well, maybe not quiet, but definitely more relaxed than the night would be.
Live Cuban Band
We ordered a few cuban dishes to share and we all agreed, the food was excellent. And after we finished eating, the waitress came with a marker for us to sign our names on the wall. Victor chose to write our names on the ceiling as well as the lamp shade. It will be interesting to see if we can find them next time we go.
One of my favorite beach hangouts is the El Dorado. This charming surfer-esque styled restaurant and beach bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Early morning yogis can head down here for a sunrise yoga session on the upper patio, free! And for the night owls, the bar opens right on the beach serving cool cocktails and stereos pumping good vibes.
Tacos at El Dorado
El Dorado is directly left of the pier and offers seating with umbrellas and tables to relax at while you swim, people watch or just read a book. The music is always good with laid back beats, perfect for a lazy afternoon. The staff are friendly and courteous, and the food is reasonably priced and always good.
Beach chairs at El Dorado
What I really love about the place is the floor and bathrooms. They remind me of 1950’s surfer style with their retro zigzagged and multicolored tiles. Also, on the one side of the restaurant you can usually find art from local artists on display.