If you’ve got a burning desire to be in-the-know, BanderasNews’ list of the 101 Hottest Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta is full of inside information and red-hot deals that’ll add spark to your Puerto Vallarta vacation. And since it’s not what you know – but WHO you know that really matters, we’ve also listed some of the local hotties that capture the warmth and spirit of Vallarta… If you have a hot tip or sizzling suggestion, let us know: Hottest(at)BanderasNews.com
1 At night, the Malecon is ablaze with activity. As you stroll along music drifts from the clubs and artists, while vendors and live music and dance performances add to the festive atmosphere of this favorite (and free) pastime.
2 It was here in Vallarta that Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s love affair first came to light, and the embers of their romance still burn bright at Casa Kimberley, the home he bought for her while filming “Night of the Iguana.”
3 Try the Lobster Tacos at Daiquiri Dick’s made with chunks of lobster tail sautéed with a dash of spicy Serrano chili pepper and topped with asparagus and hollandaise sauce. Marvelous! Olas Altas 314 Tel: (322) 222-0566
4 Burn off those extra calories, lose weight and look great! Stop by Curves, at Pulpito 146 in the Romantic Zone, where 30 minute a day 3 times a week is sufficient to lose weight and burn body fat while toning and firming your figure! 222-8621
5 de Santos, Vallarta’s hippest restaurant and most intense night spot, is a great place to seperate who’s hot from who’s not. Dining ’til 1 am makes you cool, and partying ’til 4 am makes you too hot to trot! Morelos 771 • 223-3053
6 Spend a day playing golf at Flamingos Golf Club, the Vallarta area’s first professional course. Show off your swing while burning up the greens, ’cause when you’re hot you’re hot! Carr. A Tepic KM 145, Bucerias • Tel: 296-5006
7 The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with its trademark crown of angels, fuels the fires of faith and strengthens the people of Puerto Vallarta’s perfervid passion for Mexico’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe.
8 Don’t get burned by high prices. When you’re ready to buy your vacation souveniers, you can get some red-hot deals on crafts from all over Mexico at the Mercado Municipal on Insurgentes on the northbound bridge over the Río Cuale.
9 Hot damn, he’s good! Artist and writer Peter Gray contributes his time, energy, and all proceeds from the sale of his works to local charities. He fervently believes that everyone can make a difference – and he most certainly does!
10 Work up a sweat running a few laps around the new Tartan Turf track at the sports stadium across the street from the Sheraton resort in Puerto Vallarta’s hotel zone.
11 Enjoy the glow of satisfaction that you’ll get when you take food to the kids at Casa Hogar. Director Sra. Eliza Cornejo. Carr. a Tepic KM 9, Hotel Zone North, Colonia Guadalupe Victoria • 221-1908
12 Feeling lonely tonight – or maybe just burning up with curiousity? You’ll find hot chicks and heated games of pool at the Gentlemen’s Club. Ladies are welcome too! Fco. Medina Ascencio 2033 in the North Hotel Zone • 221-2097
13 When your sweetie gets all hot and bothered, smother her with “Besos” from Pie in the Sky. They also serve coffee, espresso, latté, scones and ice cream at Lazaro Cardenas #247 on the corner of Ignacio L Vallarta in the Romantic Zone.
14 Get your heart racing, ride a bike! The Cascada Salto Bike Tour is a very advanced single track ride for anyone looking to burn off all that guacamole and all those margaritas! BikeMex, Calle Guerrero #361, El Centro • 223-1680
15 Learn to speak Spanish in a warm and supportive atmosphere. Take an accelerated learning, intensive Spanish class that’ll have you understanding, speaking, reading and writing basic Spanish in just 7 days! •  298-1707
16 Watch the steam roil off people’s heads when someone talks about drugs in an AA meeting. These discussions can get hot and heavy, so make sure you’re attending the correct meeting! • For info or help call Bob at 222-5389
17 Puerto Vallarta is a hotbed of creative energy. Check out the local art scene, and a wide variety of intriguing art forms while having fun – and free cocktails – at the Old Town Art Walk, every other Wednesday from 6–10 pm
18 After an outdoor event at Los Arcos stage or a sunset stroll along the Malecón, stop by Tacos de Los Arcos for mouth-watering tacos filled with rotisserie-cooked meat and sizzling salsas. Zaragoza 120, below Hooter’s
19 Anna Reisman’s blistering criticism and caustic comments about anything and everything in Puerto Vallarta will surely make some ears burn. Check out her column in the Vallarta Tribune to see who’s in the hot seat this week.
20 Escape from tourist hell at Costa Azul, a tropical, all-inclusive, oceanfront resort that caters to surf and adventure travelers. Located approximately 1 hour north of Puerto Vallarta in San Pancho, Nayarit • 01 (322) 258-4120
21 Home to Puerto Vallarta’s famous ‘Restaurant Row’ and a scorching nightlife, the Romantic Zone is where you’ll find all the sizzling clubs, hot Latin lovers and sexy sirens who set this town’s streets and hearts afire!
22 Only accessible by sea, the eco-friendly Majahuitas Resort uses solar energy – and when night falls, torches, candles and lanterns light up this rustic, yet luxurious, all-inclusive resort on Banderas Bay. • 293-4506
23 Blow off some steam with stress management expert Joy! Specializing in pain, stress, illness, injury & negative programming workshops, if you don’t leave stress free and with tools to manage your stress, your session is free. • 044  129-1128
24 Night transforms the tropical beach hideaway of Las Caletas into a magical paradise where you’ll enjoy an intimate dinner and contemporary dance show illuminated by flickering torches and moonlight. Rhythms of the Night • 297-1212
25 Artist Marta Gilbert has a definite flare for capturing the spirit, honor, and mystique of the Native Mexican Indians. A hot commodity among Mexican contemporary art collectors, her art is on display at Arte Latinoamericano.
26 Since part of living full-time in Vallarta means adapting to its hot and humid summers, Toody Walton, owner of La Bohemia, designs cool and comfortable fashions that are perfect for tropical temperatures. • 222-3164
27 Visiting the Iglesia Guadalupe can be a fiery experience – even if you’re not a fervent follower of the faith. On Sunday mornings, Vicky sells the best hot tamales in town in front of the church [and in Parque Hidalgo every night.]
28 When your money is burning a hole in your pocket, head down to the Isla Rio Cuale where the shopkeepers are always fired up and ready for some heated haggling over Mexican handcrafts – especially if you’re buying more than one item.
29 After burning through your cash, and energy, on the Rio Cuale, refuel with flamed filet of beef with grilled green onions, cold drinks and cool ocean breezes at Oscar’s Restaurant. Credit cards accepted. Isla Río Cuale 1 • 223-0789
30 Blazing saddles! Take a ride on the wild side with Rancho Charro. Beautiful horses and bilingual guides will take you on a ride through the jungle, up mountain ridges and down into canyons on the “Devil’s Trail.” 224-0114
31 Can’t stand the heat? Get outta the kitchen! Make your next dinner party a sizzling success. Call super-chef and caterer Kathy Overly, who’s skillful preparation of delectable delights qualifies as “haute cuisine.” • 224-5007
32 With a smoldering voice and a no-nonsense style, restaurateur Alberto Perez is as passionate about music as he is about fine dining. Alberto lights up the stage on Monday and Tuesday nights at La Palapa on Los Muertos • 222-5225
33 Playa El Anclote in Punta Mita has everything you need for a day of fun in the sun. After you’ve stuffed yourself at one of the palapa-topped restaurants, burn off those calories while jet skiing, kayaking, surfing, or snorkeling.
34 Sun worshiping dates back to pre-Hispanic times when the sun was considered a god, and Puerto Vallarta boasts many beautiful beaches that are ideally suited for lazy afternoons basking in the warm rays of the sun.
35 One of Vallarta’s hottest hideaways, Chico’s Paradise, is a great place to chill out while enjoying great food in the middle of the jungle next to a cool waterfall. Located east of the PV-Manzanillo highway at KM 20 • 222-0740
36 Spicy food lovers enjoy burning spice and wonderful flavors in the same dish at La Piazzetta Italian Restaurant, offering awesome pasta and 24 different pizzas baked in a wood-fire oven. Rodolfo Gómez 143 at Olas Altas • 222-0650
37 Rekindle your romance at Villa Vera, where you can spend a relaxing day soaking up the warm rays of the sun on the pristine sand beach or beside one of the two sparkling pools. Open daily 10-6. For more information, call 221-1401
38 Hiking to the waterfall in Yelapa is a great way to beat the heat. If the walk up leaves you burned-out and blistering, a jump in the ice-cold water that pools at the bottom of the falls is both thrilling and chilling.
39 A talented artist, Judith Ewing-Morlan defines painting as color, and says that the reason behind her coming to Mexico was to warm up her palette – and what blazing colors she found here in Vallarta! Calle Miramar #237 • 223-2179
40 It may not be North Shore Hawaii, but for surfing check out Papa’s Palapas in Sayulita. Don’t know how to ride the breakers? Take a lesson from the fervent Mario, so you won’t crash and burn. • Tel: 01 (329) 275-0282
41 New York jewelry designer June Rosen Lopez has forged a new life here in Vallarta creating one-of-a-kind sterling silver and semi-precious stone jewelry designs that blaze with her brilliance. • 222-5049
42 When you’ve had enough of the heat, burn up the lanes bowling at Collage. Pool Tables, Puerto Vallarta’s largest disco and nightly specials make this a great place to hang out. Just south of the entrance to Marina Vallarta.
43 Work up a sweat dancing to live music seven nights a week at Club Roxy. Never a cover, always great Rock-n-Roll, Reggae, and Latin music. Opens at 8 pm. Ignacio L. Vallarta between Fco. Madero and Lazaro Cardenas • 223-2404
44 Every May, hot and heavy sporting events fire up competitive spirits with 5k and 10k runs, basketball, softball, beach volleyball, tennis, and soccer competitions at the Puerto Vallarta International Sports Classic • 224-1175
45 Share the fantasy of Casablanca brought to reality in the exotic atmosphere of Bogart’s. Try the Shrimp Krystal flambéed at your table and served with lobster bisque and pasta. At the Krystal Vallarta Hotel • 224-0202
46 When your late-night hunger burns hot after a late night of partying, stop by the only 24-hour restaurant on Olas Altas. Across the street from Andale, El Chavalon serves great tacos and burritos with thermal salsas on the side.
47 Only in your wildest fantasies have you swung from treetop to treetop through dense tropical vegetation! Fast, fun and electrifying, Vallarta Adventures’ Canopy Tour finally brings these dreams to life! • 297-1212 ext. 25
48 Got fishing fever? Mr. Marlin’s Captain Juan Moll has been fishing these waters for over 50 years, and has a red-hot reputation as one of the greatest fisherman on Banderas Bay. Puesta del Sol Local 6, Marina Vallarta • 221-0809
49 Barbara Peters has been fanning the flames of the Puerto Vallarta art scene since 1989 as one of the founders of the Old Town Art Walk and the owner of Galeria Vallarta, one of PV’s favorite art galleries. Juarez 263 • 222-0290
50 At Buddy’s Hacienda Jalisco in San Sebastian you’ll be immediately engulfed by its Old Mexico charm, a warmhearted welcome, warm hospitality, comfortable rooms and great food. For more information call Pamela Thompson at 223-1695