Mexico’s Puerto Vallarta has carved out a name for itself and continues to be a tourist haven. Check out our guide to the best beach bars on this beautiful coastline.
El Solar is a cool beach bar located right on Playa de Los Muertos, the beach that runs the length of the malecón in central Vallarta. During the day this is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy an ice-cold beer overlooking the sandy shores, and its location makes it incredibly easy to drop by. For anyone who likes some botanas (snacks) with their Corona, El Solar also has a comprehensive menu of tostadas and ceviche, among other items.
Paraguay 1290, Playa Camarones, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, +52 322 222 4034
Swell Beach Bar
Swell Beach Bar is an amalgamation of restaurant, bar, and beer garden, making it a great spot to come in a group, as everyone can find something. This fuss-free beach bar is a choice spot for people watching on Los Muertos Beach and they also offer a couple of sun loungers if you get there early enough to lay claim to them. Soak up the sun in Vallarta with a beer to one side of you and a plate of coconut shrimp to the other. Dependable year in, year out.
Amapas 182, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, +52 332 223 0497
Mantamar Beach Bar
Mantamar Beach Bar combines cracking ocean views, a refreshing pool to take a dip in, as well as some awesome four-poster beds to relax on – some of which are located right on the sand. Yes, beds. If anything screams ‘chilled-out beach day,’ it would be a four-poster bed and attentive wait service. The atmosphere and surroundings all radiate a first-class feeling, making you feel right at home upon arrival. Enjoy some of the delicious food available and order your drinks at the swim-up bar. DJs also play regularly.
Calle Malecón 169, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, +52 332 222 6260
Mango’s Beach Club
Drinks are on the beach at Mango’s Beach Club. Located right on the malecón, this lovely spot has understandably spectacular views of the ocean and outdoor seating which allow you to really take it all in. As well as being a beach bar, Mango’s Beach Club also offers a Sunday brunch menu and has a variety of food options running throughout the rest of the week. Aside from food, their drinks deals are affordable and change regularly. Check out the 2-for-1 margaritas or cubetas of beer.
Uruguay 109, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, +52 322 222 0796
Day Off Beach Bar
For great music and daily 2-for-1 beers, get down to Day Off Beach Bar. This spot, positioned perfectly on the malecón, is a lively hangout popular with tourists and locals. It offers an option for those who want to party with a view right into the early hours of the morning. While it’s not located in a smack-bang, sand-between-your-toes beach location, this is still a great beach bar with views onto the ocean and attentive service. Give it a go.
Calle Morelos 128, Local 7, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Aquazul Beach Bar & Lounge
Bar, Contemporary, Mexican, $$$
Aquazul Beach Bar & Lounge
A luxurious beach bar option with some absolutely top-quality facilities and service, Aquazul Beach Bar & Lounge is part of the Garza Blanca Resort and the place to be if you want to chill out and be pampered. The bar itself serves up a combination of light dishes and exquisite cocktails, perfect for a relaxed afternoon. It’s also located next to a swanky swimming pool for those of you who fancy a dip but don’t like salt water. This sophisticated looking place has seating both on and a little above the beach, both providing outstanding views.
Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, Carretera a Barra de Navidad, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, +52 322 176 0700