Puerto Vallarta is more than just a Mexican getaway for Howard and Patty Fleischman, owners of Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair shops (seven Valley locations). The couple married in the tropical city, which sits on Banderas Bay in the state of Jalisco, 13 years ago, and return every year to “amend” their vows and remember why they fell in love against the backdrop of orange, pink and yellow sunsets. Patty Fleischman shared their favorite “PV” spots with us after their most recent trip.
Elegant and remote, this modern cliffside restaurant provides astonishing views of Puerto Vallarta’s iconic sunsets and its jungle surroundings. “Even with the occasional mongoose and Mexican raccoons popping by in the evening, this felt like a paradise,” Fleischman says.
Andale Restaurant and Bar
A “must-see” in Puerto Vallarta, Fleisch-man says, this place has a lively and festive atmosphere. Sometimes things get really wild. “At night, a donkey is brought to the bar and we’re allowed to ride it,” she says. “Definitely unforgettable.”
The cobblestone boardwalk on the Malecón (Puerto Vallarta’s beachside promenade) leads to a one-of-a-kind artisan, Xaime Ximénez. He is a Mexican folk art painter with a disability who uses his mouth to paint colorful beach and street scenes. “He’s extremely talented,” Fleischman says. “He’s our favorite artist here.”
Open since 1959, this restaurant specializes in tropical Mexican cuisine – coconut shrimp, lobster taquitos and octopus adobada – served at bright tables right on the beach. Fleischman says it’s a “romantic zone perfect for couples.”