Be sure not to miss: a boat ride to Yelapa from Playa Los Muertos. A small beach town, seafood is great and beach is beautiful. Las Animas and Quimixto are beautiful, too. If you feel adventurous to get outside downtown, go to Pitillal, easy to get around and only 10 minute drive from downtown. Lots of food vendors, taquerías (tacos de birria are great here) beautiful church. If you find "cuala" across the street from the church, have some. You won't see any tourists here.
-Ocho Tostadas (ceviche and tostadas de marlin are my favorites but everything is delicious) this is right outside downtown
Río Guayaquil #413 cross street: Ecuador (Behind the soccer and baseball fields of the estadio, on the opposite side of sheraton hotel)
-Right around the corner from Ocho tostadas around the "estadio" are dozens of foodtrucks. Any should be good, but look for "Tortas Ruly" it's my aunt Socorro's, tacos, tortas and many anotjitos, it's delicious.
-In oldtown, keep an eye for "fonda" o "cenaduría" I'd recommend any ones that you find. There are really good ones near Río cuale (couple blocks from Playa los muertos) right behind "cine bahía" an abandoned movie theater, near Jacarandas street. At "fondas" you'll find the best homemade "comida corrida" meals for next to nothing. Cenadurías are open until late at night and have the best antojitos for cheap. This is also a great area for tacos al pastor and carnitas, especially at night.
-Tacos de Canasta Chabelita. Some of my favorite tacos, originally from México city. They have a small place in downtown on Calle Hildago #259 or inside the Soriana shopping center on Francisco Medina Ascencio Boulevard right outside Soriana (Grocery store)
-Pollo Feliz, their roasted chicken and homemade tortillas and quesadillas are amazing. There are a couple downtown, one on Francisco I. Madero #350 two blocks from "cine bahía" and another on Avenida México, near "cine Luz maría" also downtown.
For restaurant experience: La Chata (right on Malecón can't miss it), Café de Olla (Calle Basilio Badillo #168, near Playa los Muertos), River Café (Isla Río Cuale #4, great view right by río cuale, great for breakfast or brunch) and my new favorite restaurant in PV: La Leche on Francisco Medina Ascencio, amazing food and ambiance.
Hope that wasn't too much information, I could go on and on. Have fun!
Any can't miss spots in Puerta Vallarta? Hitting it up for the first time in August - Staying in Conchas Chinas and have no idea where things are in relation to each other!