Zona Romantica
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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This charming south side neighborhood is like a detached, unpretentious beach village that serves PV's more laid-back and less resort-conscious tourists. It's also the center of the city's strong gay population and has a bevy of gay beaches, bars and restaurants lining Olas Atlas. Travelers should keep in mind that this area is also known as Old Vallarta or Old Town.

Most agree that Zona Romantica is a must-see. The area contains a number of the city's best restaurants, excellent cultural opportunities and the most popular beach in the city: Playa Los Muertos. It's also home to a pier built in 2013 that offers seating for pedestrians and illuminates each evening with a kaleidoscope of colors. From the pier, travelers can board water taxis to some of the area's more secluded beaches. Recent travelers said you'll find a bunch of smaller grocery stores, restaurants and cafes away from the beach, as well as fewer peddlers selling souvenirs. 

Many past visitors recommended bedding down here. If you decided to stay elsewhere, you'll find this area of PV bordered by Rio Cuale (River Markets) on the north, Santa Barbara Street on the south, Insurgentes Street on the east, and Playa Los Muertos on the west. It is free to access 24/7.

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