Photo Essay: The culture and sights of Puerto Vallarta

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It’s been a great few weeks sharing photos and stories from Puerto Vallarta. Now the time has come for a photo wrap-up.

From unique artwork on the boardwalk to residential neighborhood life to the excitement at the beaches, Puerto Vallarta has so much to see. Here’s a small sampling of what I witnessed during my week there.

Beaches and water

Who wants a coconut on the beach?

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Even early in the morning there was a lot going on at Los Muertos Beach.

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Would you be up for a vacation in a beachside hut like this?

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Paradise = muy bonita.

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Call up the water taxi for your aquatic transportation needs.

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Lots of folks like to ride jet skis near Los Arcos Marine Park.

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Some people prefer the relaxing environment of the kayak over the jet ski.

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Animals

These birds were everywhere, on the water, on the rocks, and on boats.

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A kaleidoscope of Mexican animals: An iguana on the beach; a parrot in an outdoor cage at a beachfront restaurant; butterflies sucking water out of the sand; a pig seen at a rural farm during my ATV tour.

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A peacock wandering around a luxury hotel; the only snake I saw during my trip was spotted slithering around the rocks on a secluded beach; crabs!; birds stealing fish food.

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People and places

Waiting for a bite. Be patient and don’t move!

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Who wants to hear a song?

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Okay, we’ll play you a song.

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It’s doggie bath time.

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The Malecon (boardwalk) is a great place for people-watching and sculpture-viewing.

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Impressive church in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

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Here’s me checking out the mountains while ATV riding.

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The collection of spare ATVs. I’d like to take one of these home with me.

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Art and culture

Manuel Lepe is a famous Mexican artist whose work appears around town.

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This is some pretty sweet street art.

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I found it interesting that politicians here get their own street art.

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I love this bench and sidewalk in the Zona Romantica.

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Buy a skull doll to take home as a souvenir.

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The Naval Historic Museum is one of the few museums in Puerto Vallarta.

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Random sights

Produce is plentiful in local stores.

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And on local trees.

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I love this photo. Look at all the Domino’s Pizza bicycles! Gotta deliver those pies hot and fresh and quickly! KFC had similar bikes.

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You know you want that pineapple bathing suit.

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Clean up after your dogs!

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Neon slinkys from the ceiling of the CC Slaughters bar!

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Mixed drinks and mini tacos. I’m missing these already.

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The little bridge connecting to Cuale River Island.

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Sitting on the colorful steps on the island.

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Puerto Vallarta from a distance

Houses in the mountains.

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The view from above.

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A view from the top floor of a bayside resort.

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The sunset is overcast, but still beautiful.

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Goodbye from PV!

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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