The colonia Emiliano Zapata is probably one of the most accessible and vibrant areas of Puerto Some. It goes by many names: Old Town, Downtown and, of course, the Romantic Zone.
A big and busy colonia which runs from the Rio Cuale to the North; down to Basillo Badillo on the South (now known as the South Side); to the fabulous Emiliano Zapata Mercado on the east, and of course down to Los Muertos beach on the west.
Because of the big size and varied character of Emiliano Zapata we think it’s wise to divide it into two distinct parts: Emiliano Zapata East (East of Calle Insurgentes), Emiliano Zapata West (which runs from Insurgentes down to the beach with Basillo Badillo and the Rio Cuale on either side. This week we focus on the west side.
Here are some of our favorite reasons for choosing Emiliano Zapata West:
- Terrific accessibility. You don’t need a car, the streets are flat and easy to traverse. There’s fantastic bus and taxi service. In fact, owning a car in this neighborhood is not even worth the hassle.
- Everything is here. Need a haircut? Shoes fixed? Key made? Prescription filled? A pancake? An espresso? A roasted chicken? Within an 8 block square area every need or desire that you might have will be easily satisfied.
- Great budget conscious dining. Here are a few of our personal favorites: Pollo Feliz (be sure to check out the 1 and ½ chicken special on Tuesdays) Casa Fantasia (best shrimp burrito), Fonda Dianita (there’s always a wait for some of the best comida corrida around), Page in the Sun (excellent coffee, books and carrot cake), and the Pancake House for an always generous and satisfying breakfast.
- Need a drink? Bars galore. Catch a game and try the artisanal brews at Los Muertos Brewery, or buy a bucket of beer for next to nothing at the VERY popular Sea Monkey on the beach. And for the strongest and tastiest margarita around swing into Daquiri Dick’s.
- Need some gourmet snacks? Los Mercados is your one stop spot for good deli foods, wine and liquor, fresh veggies and pastries. Too, Xocodiva and Vinos America, over on Basilio Badillo, have superb gourmet offerings. And don’t forget to stop by the Paris Bakery for a flaky authentic French croissant.
- The Old Town Farmers’ Market. This seasonal local treasure brings together the finest cuisine, arts and crafts, produce and live music in Parque Lazaro Cardenas. Open Saturdays during the High Season.
- Planning a special evening out? Some of Vallarta’s finest restaurants are in Emiliano Zapata, including: Coco Tropical, Kaiser Maximilian The River Café and Daquiri Dick’s.
- Live entertainment and music. Fun spots include, Nacho Daddy’s, Cuates y Cuetes, The Act II Theatre, which is host to local and international talent, and of course the true treasure of Jalisco, wandering bands of Mariachis!
- Staying healthy and happy. There’s a spa located on virtually every corner, so you can seek out constant pampering. Emiliano Zapata is also home to some excellent yoga studios and gyms, to help you get back in shape after all of the eating and drinking that you’ll be doing. And don’t forget the numerous juice stands where they make revitalizing drinks to order.
- Need a place to stay? Los Arcos on the beach is a classic favorite, and for the more budget oriented there a plethora of more inexpensive accommodations.
And as far as the real estate market goes, it’s literally exploded with new condo developments going up right and left— making Emiliano Zapata the new hot spot for investing in Puerto Vallarta.
If you have real estate questions, or want to know more about local properties, contact Fabien anytime at G3MEX Real Estate Group email: Fabien@g3mex.com. Or visit us in our new office in Old Town on Calle Amapas, right near the Hotel Emperador.
G3MEX is currently looking for talented agents to become part of our team. If you love sales, and want to work in a welcoming and fun environment, contact Fabien Madesclaire at Fabien@g3mex.com.