Sunset Cocktails at La Palapa

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.

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.

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.

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.

The grand finale, the sunset. The grand finale, the sunset. Beautiful colors!

The grand finale, the sunset. Beautiful colors!

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Old and New Pier at Los Muertos Beach

For anyone who has had the pleasure of hanging out at Los Muertos beach you will have remembered walking out on the pier and taking in the sunset. Well, as most of us know the pier has been removed in place of a new modern looking structure soon to be completed…I hope.

Los Muertos beach Pier

Another beautiful day in paradise

I was going through my old photos and fondly remembered sitting at C y C’s, sipping a margarita, while watching the pier full of fishermen casting their lines, children playing, and couples romantically holding hands. By the way, when the sun sets it is magical. The whole beach goes silent for a moment to watch this spectacular performance. People applaud, as if the sun put this show on specifically for us. What can I say, you have to see it. When I think of Vallarta its memories like this that come to mind. After all, my partner and I fell in love at Los Muertos beach so everything about it brings back a flood of memories.

Los Muertos beach pier at sunset

Watching the sunset

Now this new pier is going to be incredible I’m sure, the artist renderings prove it. Target date of completion was Februrary of this year but that has since been pushed back. Last I had read in Banderas News that it was not going to be completed till after March. However, I still recommend going to C y C’s, having a margarita and watching the sunset sans pier. The beauty is still there and with the new pier it will be just that more spectacular.

Artist rendering of new pier

Artist rendering of new pier, photo from Banderas News

Cuates y Cuetes, a first stop tradition

Heading to our condo in Puerto Vallarta is always exciting and we’ve developed a couple traditions. After we get to the condo and unpack, we change into our warm weather clothes and head to the beach 2 blocks down. Most often we arrive at nighttime so we are not going to swim but rather to Cuates y Cuetes for a margarita on the rocks and a bite to eat.

Mmm, margarita on the rocks

Cuates y Cuetes, or C & C’s as most people call it, is a modest eatery on the Malecon directly right of the pier on Los Muertos Beach. It’s a bar type restaurant that’s totally open and facing the ocean making it a perfect spot to watch the sunset in the evenings.

Watching the action

I highly recommend going there any time of the day to enjoy live music (evenings), watching the sunset or just people watching. We recently had the pleasure of meeting the owner too that is just adorable and a pleasure to talk to. So head on down, have a margarita on the rocks and just watch the world go by.

View of the ocean from the restaurant

Enjoy the view from the restaurant