Wondering how Puerto Vallarta, Mexico would be as a vegan (who is gf and no soy)? It was great and pretty easy actually.
We were staying in the Zona Romantica, toward the south end. So much stuff was in walking distance. It reminded me of Cabo meets NYC. Yeah, weird combo I know. Things in the romantic zone were pretty close together and stacked on top of eachother. We had a major set of stairs to go down to go to the boardwalk, beach and a good amount of shopping and restaurants. But, that doesn’t matter unless you decide to stay where we did.
Let me get that out of the way real quick. We stayed at Signature Pinnacle, we had an awesome full sized regular kitchen on our place that had pots, pans, a good blender, some food storage containers and a regular size fridge/freezer with filtered water and ice. All wins! We also had a beyond amazing view out from our balcony of the ocean and town, a jacuzzi (can be heated or not) on the balcony, a BBQ-grill and a table and chairs to sit out there and eat. Heaven. There was a gym, no one was ever at it except my husband and myself. He told me it had basically all he needed for a good workout since he didn’t have to share. Good amount of hand weights up to high numbers, also weights to add onto a regular 45lbs bar-bell, tredmills, elipticals, workout balls, a machine that had pull downs, squats and a few other things. I would go outside and get my hot yoga on after I got a satisfactory workout inside. It was hot and HUMID! Lets see, what else about the hotel? Oh, everyday happy hour is 2 for 1 from 5:30p-7:30p. The staff was very friendly and helpful and all spoke English. There were no restaurants on site, but at the bottom of the stairs was an organic juice/smoothie/salad/wrap/etc shop and without any stairs one building up and over was a Subway and an OXXO (think 7-11).
-Barra Light. Brand new place right around the corner from Salud that has a create your own salad bar (you tell them what to put in), sandwiches, smoothies, some paleo desserts (had egg) amung other things.
NOW, to my favorite find, esp since we had a kitchen…
Basically straight up produce markets, open air, 90% not refrigerated in any way, workers speak only Spanish. They are LOCALS serving LOCALS, but are friendly. They had spices, dry beans, dry rice, dry quinoa, all sorts of fresh produce like going to the grocery store, just not as fancy. But prices were cheap. BRING PESOS!!!
Valle Lazaro Cardenas is the main street near Cale Aguacate
There are several all right in the same area. A guy who works at Sauld told me if you are in the area you can just ask for “Baca, Fruiteria” and they will know what you are talking about. I believe the person who owns the main one, his name is Baca. Across the street is California Fruteria.
Along the walk back to our hotel we found an organic place that had coconut milk/beverage, almond milk, hummus, peanut butter, gluten free mixes, all sorts of other things. The cilantro hummus was amazing! It was on Calle Venustiano.