The Puerto Vallarta South Shore Entertainment Report

Puerto Vallarta is a popular destination with many entertainment options available at affordable prices, including piano bars, rock ‘n’ roll, theater, open mics, jazz, big bands, movie singalongs, and mariachi.

Act 2 Entertainment


In the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s renowned Romantic Zone stands Act 2 Entertainment, an incredible venue that provides unforgettable entertainment. Patrons can take in shows and performances of both classic and original productions. Passionate about cultivating talent and arts education, Act 2 Entertainment has dedicated itself to the cultivation of the next generation of theater artists and the appreciation of the theater’s essential power to bring out common humanity.

El Incanto


Situated along the majestic Rio Cuale, which divides the old town and Centro in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is Incanto Vallarta. Offering an eclectic array of world-class entertainment, cabaret/theatre on the lower level, and a piano bar on the second floor. With two riverside terraces looking over the Rio Cuale, one can catch a glimpse of the pelicans and iguanas lounging in the trees. Start your morning with a delicious and creative breakfast selection at Incanto, alongside their signature coffee.

The Palm Cabaret


This cozy cabaret space is air-conditioned and refurbished. It’s equipped with plush salon chairs and spacious bar stools to provide the utmost comfort. They offer a variety of delicious cocktails both before and during the show. It all began 19 years ago when the cafe first opened its doors and soon enough entertainers from around the world would stop by for performances. This ultimately resulted in a regular schedule of performers and an audience that kept growing in numbers. Nowadays, although food is not served, the Palm usually has a bowl of fresh popcorn for its guests to enjoy.

Hacienda San Angel Boutique Hotel & Gourmet Restaurant Mariachi’s

Enjoy dinner and entertainment under the stars surrounded by lush gardens, antiques, art, culinary delights, and attentive staff all meticulously coordinated to indulge whoever walks through the door. Nestled high above the narrow cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta, the Hacienda was born of romance and passion. Stories and history are freely shared for the asking. Please call 222.2692 to speak to a concierge to reserve the ever so highly sought-after dining space and Mariachi venue schedule. 

If you have any South Shore musical venues to contribute, please send your suggestions to info@haciendasangel.com and we will be happy to add you to this ever so important list of downtown happenings!

The show always goes on in the South Shore of the Bay of Banderas!

Dive into Puerto Vallarta this Summer

Escape the crowds and travel to Puerto Vallarta during the summer. Enjoy the same beautiful sights and experiences without the chaos that comes with high season.

Whether you want to spend your time exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta or just relaxing by the pool with a good book, we have everything you need for an unforgettable vacation.

There is no better time to explore the hidden gems of Mexico’s beautiful coastal city than during the off-season. Hacienda San Angel is perfectly located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, giving guests easy access to all of the best attractions and activities the city has to offer. You can enjoy a tequila tasting or a sunset cocktail hour on our rooftop restaurant, explore Banderas Bay during peak scuba season, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and colors of Mexico.

When you’re ready to explore the city, our concierge team can help you plan excursions to experience Puerto Vallarta’s hidden gems. From the picturesque streets of Old Town to the tranquil beaches of Yelapa, you’ll discover the true beauty of this Mexican paradise without the crowds.

Come play in Paradise!

What to do in Puerto Vallarta?
Enjoy Every Minute!
Puerto Vallarta is humming with preparations. Come play in paradise. Only if you are looking for sun, fun and relaxation! If enjoying every minute is your goal. Then let it be a reality in beautiful Puerto Vallarta!
Dinner on the Pirate Ship? How about spectacular nightly fireworks?
Take in an ATV ride through the jungle! Not just snorkeling, lets go zip lining! A visit to the Botanical Gardens is a must. Whale watching, a day at the beach, or cruise along the Malecon Boardwalk. Visit art galleries, and take in live shows in various venues.
The people of Puerto Vallarta are amazingly rich in kindness. Welcoming in sharing historical information about their community. They love to provide enjoyment to visitors. And eagerly await your arrival. With an abundance of options for your time away.

Nestled high above the narrow cobblestone streets, one of the world’s most elegant and romantic boutique luxury hotel experiences awaits. Hacienda San Angel surrounds its visitors with the genteel charm of Mexican Colonial architecture and turn-of-the-century furnishings.
Don’t wait; book your stay at the Hacienda San Angel. If we cannot accommodate your stay. Be sure to stop by for dinner. We will deliver you a wonderful dining experience. With live music to add to your list of experiences in Puerto Vallarta!

Hacienda San Angel Puerto Vallarta Luxury Inn

The Sweet Spot…

I consider Puerto Vallarta one of many “sweet spots” on the planet.

Right now, Puerto Vallarta is humming with activity. The weather is great, people are happy and having fun even when they’re working! The bridge to old downtown is coming along and soon we won’t be able to tell Hurricane Nora ripped through last August. For a small town, this one holds a lot!

Memories to Create
There is so much to do in Puerto Vallarta and for almost every kind of desire. One can hike to a waterfall in the jungle, zipline through the trees, take an ATV ride, go horseback riding, pet an iguana, go snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, golfing, boating, live theatre, live music, art galleries, dinner cruises, fireworks, shopping, swimming, eating and drinking. One can also do nothing but relax while listening to the birds and the ocean. The views never stop here; between the Sierra Madres and the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta hosts an array of beautiful flowers, birds, reptiles, trees and landscapes.

People to Meet
I think it’s enough to boast about having beautiful and enjoyable surroundings to attract visitors, but now add “friendly” to the mix. Puerto Vallarta must be one of the friendliest towns on the planet. Local Mexicanos and ex-pats both are so welcoming and supportive. The community here is fun loving, diverse and genuinely caring. Hurricane Nora’s devastation really illuminated this when everyone came out to help those most harmed and to help businesses clean up the sidewalks outside their doors.

Community to Know
There is a notable animal rescue community that has grown and made a huge difference in housing strays and reducing the proliferation of unwanted animals through free spay and neuter clinics. Lastly but no less important there is an artist community and volunteer gardening group that also contribute to keeping Puerto Vallarta beautiful and loving.

If you haven’t visited or explored Puerto Vallarta, it is time to add it to your bucket list. This is a “Sweet Spot” on the planet for sure!

Happy Holidays! ¡Felices Fiestas!

The holidays are upon us and so are visitors to Puerto Vallarta. The town is alive with visitors and locals enjoying one another. People are enjoying our town and surrounding landscape from the Sierra Madres to the Pacific coast that hug our lovely town of Puerto Vallarta.

We are in full recovery mode from Covid and Hurricane Nora. People are smiling, busy and enthusiastically embracing the holiday. Christmas is such a special time full of wonderful smells, sounds, foods, processions, festivities and people enjoying one another.

Our hearts are swelling with the rejuvenation that is happening and we are happily welcoming visitors to town and Hacienda San Angel. It feels so good to be delivering enjoyment and happiness once again. The weather is great and fun is around every corner; food tours, snorkeling, ATV jungle rides, tequila tasting, botanical gardens, beaches, ziplines, live evening music and plays just to name a few!  We are all so ready for this, right?!

Hacienda San Angel wishes everyone a wonderful holiday season and a new year full of love, laughter, good health and success in your endeavors. We remind everyone to count your blessings no matter how small!

Safe Travels to All!

Shopping In Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a shopping paradise. There are several shopping districts and malls which feature everything from local art, souvenirs, vendors, jewelry, tequila stores, leather goods and beach wear. You can find it all in Puerto Vallarta. 

One of the most popular shopping destinations is along the beachfront walkway called the Malecon. Restaurants line one side of the walkway, and a vast selection of shops and stands for local artists can be found on the other side. There are also galleries featuring local Huichol art. A great way to discover this area is to join the Art Walk on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm October through May. 

If you are seeking local arts and crafts, the Isla Cuale is for you. The island is situated in the River Cuale, and you can cross over on a footbridge, or suspension bridge. Be prepared to negotiate with the merchants. 

For high end shopping, boutiques, clothing and international stores, visit Puerto Vallarta’s newest mall, La Isla Shopping Village. You will find Calvin Klein, H&M, and more! There are many restaurants and a movie theater showing Hollywood films. 

Please feel free to contact our concierge for additional tips and information about Puerto Vallarta’s vibrant shopping scene. 

Shop ’till you drop in Puerto Vallarta

Very few people like to shop till you drop, but so many of us LOVE IT and Puerto Vallarta is a destination to put #1 on your bucket list if you are a shopaholic.

Puerto Vallarta has gorgeous, open air markets, mega malls and the recently famous Farmers Markets that can be found in Lazaro Cardenas Park, Marina Vallarta, La Cruz de Huanacaxlte and there are a also a couple other petit venues sprouting up throughout the bay during the high season offering some fabulous finds. Local open air markets are a must and you can find such fresh produce at such little prices. Make sure to try traditional Mexican fruits like Tamarindo, Mango, Yaka, Guanabana y Guayaba and………….a fresh coconut off of the street is a must and great for your stomach!

For those looking for more sophisticated purchases. There is a boutique for every need especially on Basilio Badillo in the romantic zone where you will find some great local fashion creations, jewlery, arts and crafts and our favorite glass wear (Mundo de Cristal) on the corner of Insurgentes and Basilio Badillo..

If you’re here for an extended period of time and you crave a bit of Canada or the US, we also have Costco, Sams, Walmart, AutoZone among other well known North American chains for you to get your shopping fix!

Here are some of our favorite hot locations to explore for those who need it all!

Basillo Badillo Basilio Badillo has evolved so much over the years.  New business venues with restaurants and theatres have made this a MUST VISIT street. Shop owners have joined forces to plant beautiful foliage with comfortable seating and you can find weekly events with stores offering live music and incentives to shop. There are many designer fashion, jewelry and linen stores that will make a dent in your wallet but you won´t regret it. Your U.S and Canadian dollars go a long way in pesos. If you’re hungry there are many food options on and surrounding Basilio Badillo in the Romantic zone like Mexican Taco Stands, Fine dining, Seafood, Tai, Japanese, Italian and it´s all good.

Market Fun Over the past 5 years Vallarta has grown into a booming place to visit for those who love Farmers Market Venues. You can find weekly markets mostly during high season in Marina La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Old Town a recently remodelled Lazaro Cardenas Parque beside Los Muertos Beach, Marina Vallarta, Bucerias, Nuevo Vallarta and Sayulita. You are sure to take home some amazing treasures and for foodies……………….there are numerous stands with jams, cheese, bread, pickles, just to mention a few. Don´t forget to support our traditional Municipal Market if you like a great deal and bartering as sport. A trip to this market only minutes away from Hacienda San Angel is a must for blankets, handicrafts, souvenirs, and leather goods. If you are hungry,  on the second floor there are many stands serving Mexican home food and it is all delicious.

Malecon Our beloved Boardwalk is located just a stone throw away below Hacienda San Angel and can be accessed in 5 minutes. You can find some of the best Diamond Shopping, leather and high end options to make any person happy.   There are dozens of Mexican handicraft shops to buy your typical souvenirs but a favorite is to take home to what your country allows you in TEQUILA. There are many tequila sampling venues on the Malecon. Say yes to them all! You can take an Uber or a Taxi back up the hill to the Hacienda.  If you get hungry, don´t be afraid to try some fantastic street food like deep fried hot dogs, Mexican corn in a cup, chips with chile, fruit smothered in lime and chile, snow cones and delicious thin crepes smothered in delicious local toppings.

Isla Rio Cuale Besides being absolutely an enchanting experience especially during the rainy season, La Isla Rio Cuale is wonderful for a relaxing shopping experience. If your friends or significant other isn´t interested there are some gorgeous riverfront bars to drop them off at. Make sure to check out the enormous iguanas, beautiful trees and plunging pelicans who have called this spot home for centuries.  

Galerias Vallarta If malls are your thing? Then this is a must. Name brand stores, Casino, Luxury department store Liverpool, movie theatres, food fair, kids’ area, and some amazing shopping opportunities.

Plaza Caracol Plaza Caracol is popular with the local crowd and busy families. You will find a grocery store, banks, and dozens of stores offering everything from electronics to shoes. There are also movie theatres, kids play area and food fair on the second floor.

The Puerto Vallarta Art WalkSuch a must if you are staying with us at Hacienda San Angel during high season located just down a few stairs. The Puerto Vallarta art walk is held every Wednesday and everything is for sale. Shipping back to the states can be taken care of and if purchasing art is not on your agenda, wandering from gallery to gallery in downtown Vallarta with a glass of wine in your hand is a must do.  Here is the current art walk map To print an art walk map, click here

La Isla Puerto Vallarta This is the newest addition to the Puerto Vallarta high end shopping season. Many locals still can´t believe a shopping venue of this sort exists in our growing town.  Most major brands have stores there and there are dozens of delicious restaurants to choose from.

Whale Watching Season Makes a Splash in Puerto Vallarta

With the tail end of whale watching season approaching guests who want to witness these spectacular sea creatures in their natural habitat are encouraged to act swiftly. Considered one of the area’s best water excursions, visitors can catch humpback whales as they make their annual 16,000-mile reproductive migration starting in December. But, hurry, because they start heading north again in March.

Weighing up to 90,000 lbs., humpback whales are easily identified by their black dorsal fin and the hump on their backs for which they are named. It’s quite a thrill to these magnificent mammals playing, feeding and breaching just a few feet away. By January, the females begin to give birth, so keep an eye out for calves swimming alongside their mothers.

Puerto Vallarta has several professional whale watching tour operators. Ask a hotel representative for additional information.

No time for an excursion? During migration season, humpback whales are plentiful in the Banderas Bay and often visible through the bell tower at Hacienda San Angel, so be sure to take a peek!

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Uh oh. Are your New Year’s Eve plans still up in the air? Problem solved!

Join us at Puerta del Cielo for an elegant 7-course feast with wine pairings from Italy, California, France and Mexico—and yes, we have wine and it’s divine.  Our chef has pulled together a beautiful menu to help you ring in 2017: scallop carpaccio, fig and arugula salad, crab consommé, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, and, after a palate-cleansing green apple sorbet, tender beef medallions served with roast potatoes and grilled endive. No need to rush off after your chocolate Napoleon, the final course. You’ll have a bird’s eye view of the fireworks on the Malecon, so linger over some bubbly, make some resolutions if you must, but indulge yourself in the final hours of 2016 before implementing them. Salud and Felicidades from all of us at the Hacienda. Here’s to a rollicking new year!

A Sip in Cinco!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Granted, this isn’t as a big day in Mexico as it is in some parts of the US, but we can’t let an excuse to raise a margarita in the interests of patriotism go by. Cinco de Mayo celebrates an upset win by the Mexican army against the French, who had twice as many troops, on May 5, 1862. The history of the margarita is less succinctly recorded. It may have first been made for a Ziegfeld Folly dancer named Marjorie King (who was allergic to other spirits) in 1938 or for another showgirl named Rita de la Rosa that same year. Or maybe for one Margarita Henkel, daughter of the German ambassador, on July 4, 1942. But, really, does it matter? Regardless of the conflicting creation stories, the tequila-orange liqueur-lime elixir is a showcase for each of its elements: the earthy distilled agave, the blossom-scented liqueur, and the crisp burst of citrus that manages to slice through its companions while uniting with them at the same time. When it comes to the religion of cocktails, this counts as a holy trinity not to be trifled with. Come to our rooftop dining room and sip one of our hand-shaken (or stirred) marvels while contemplating our creative seasonal menu—and the gorgeous ocean view. Happy Cinco de Mayo, happy you!