What are the best Puerto Vallarta food experiences?

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Derrik Chinn
  • Derrik Chinn

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  • Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico

1. Huachinango zarandeado. Be sure to try this local, signature dish — it is grilled red snapper that has been marinated in a chili paste.

2. Fresh tacos. Beat the midday heat with fresh mahi-mahi tacos and ceviche under a palm tree thatched roof — these kinds of casual spots line the shoreline and you won’t have to look hard to find one.

3. Go to the Festival Gourmet International Vallarta. For more than two decades now the annual festival in November has featured 10 days of progressive wine and food tastings at more than two dozen restaurants and hotels, and has boasted an international guest list of visiting chefs.

4. Sip on local coffee on Sunday. As you indulge in brunch (a ritual here, too), a live mariachi serenade will likely be close by. Order a Mexican-style coffee and relax the morning away.

5. Go for late-night eats. Finish a night of bar hopping at Tacos La Cuñada, a Vallarta food cart famous for its tasty tacos.

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