December 26, 2022
As 2022 starts fading away in our memories, here you have a few recommendations to make a memorable night out in the city whatever your idea to celebrate and welcome 2023 is. Pro tip: for a better experience, advance reservations are highly encouraged in all cases.
Ringing in the New Year in Marina Vallarta is the ideal plan for those who wish to celebrate in an intimate and more relaxed atmosphere, away from the crowds.
Two top-tier beachfront and family-oriented options are Marriott Resort Puerto Vallarta, which will offer its “New Year's Eve Party 2023” inspired by the Wixárika culture. The evening includes a 4-course gourmet dinner, premium open bar and canapés. Don't miss the countdown in the Great Hall to say goodbye to 2022 with live music within a classy ambience.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's popular novel sets the tone at The Westin Resort & Spa for its “Roaring 20s, Gatsby New Year's Eve Party 2023” themed celebration, which includes a Gala Dinner Buffet with a choice of meats, seafood and pasta stations, premium bar, assorted desserts and delicious taquitos al pastor at the after party!
Along the boardwalk you can find a wide variety of culinary options to welcome the new year, al fresco and with romantic views of the marina. From the terrace of Porto Bello you can enjoy a 4-course menu of Italian specialties with the option of a premium open bar; the cost includes party kit, grapes and music with DJ.
If you’re feeling like partying but don’t want to leave the area, consider Luccas Piano Bar, located in front of the monumental whale sculpture, and its “Masquerade N.Y.E. Ball” themed celebration. For a more youthful and casual atmosphere, one option may be Célebre Vallarta in Plaza Neptuno.
Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center is, without a doubt, one of the favorite spots for those special occasions. To welcome 2023, they are throwing a gala themed ball appropriately named “Black & White Party Under the Stars”, featuring a spectacular buffet, international spirits and brands bar, welcome cocktail, raffles, celebrities show, 12 grapes, fireworks and a live music orchestra. You should not miss it!
Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta will host the “Casino New Year's Eve Dinner” theme party with an international buffet dinner, national open bar, live music, fire show and, at midnight, fireworks and a special performance.
For the younger spirits, the New Year's celebration will go on until past midnight at all time local favorites Strana Puerto Vallarta and Six Vallarta; both clubs have prepared themed parties to welcome 2023 in style. In the heart of the Hotel Zone, Monkey Business Puerto Vallarta anticipates a special seasonal menu and live music with karaoke.
Versalles, Puerto Vallarta's trendy neighborhood, has a vibrant dining scene to satisfy the most selective palates. La Tosca, chef Gaetano Simonetti's cozy trattoria, will offer an exquisite Italian inspired 4-course menu with live music, welcome cocktail, 12 grapes and a glass of Prosecco to bid farewell to 2022. Homún, a snazzy newcomer to the area, will feature a 6-course menu, 4 wine pairings with wines from Mexico and Spain, and the traditional 12 grapes.
Two of the best kept secrets among the locals are the following dining options offering a unique proposal in their cuisine and an outstanding attention to service by their hosts. Both are located on Aldanaca Street and, coincidentally, one next to the other.
At Orégano Caribbean Cuisine Dominican born chef Graciela “Chela” found inspiration in those special occasions to create a 4-course signature menu with wine pairing, complete with New Year's kit and 12 grapes. Just a few steps away, the flavors of northern Spain come to life at La Gallega a taberna do porto, a hidden gem in the neighborhood featuring "Aninovo 2023", a special 4-course menu plus complimentary grapes and a glass of sparkling wine; owner Agustín and his staff anticipate New Year's Eve party favors for all attendees.
On the night of December 31, the party takes to the streets and overflows the traditional Malecón with joy. You'll find live music, a festive atmosphere everywhere and, at midnight, a fireworks show that usually extends beyond the first minutes of January 1st.
While the Malecón is undoubtedly THE place to receive all the good vibes of the new cycle that begins, there are several options to ring in the New Year with family or friends at the heart of the Friendliest City in the World.
Due to its privileged location, right at the beginning of the Malecon, Hotel Rosita is a great choice to welcome the new year. Its 4-course international menu includes several dishes to choose from plus an open bar of drinks and house cocktails, the traditional 12 grapes and a glass of sparkling wine for the toast. There will also be a raffle and a live band to complement the celebration at the most traditional hotel in Puerto Vallarta for 74 years.
A must during your seasonal holidays in Puerto Vallarta -and for the last 32 years- has been Café des Artistes Puerto Vallarta. Bid farewell to 2022 in style with renowned chef Thierry Blouet’s haute cuisine and a 5-course menu featuring the best of the gourmet tradition of French cuisine with Mexican inspiration. A glass of champagne, New Year's kit and DJ music are also included.
For a completely different celebration, try welcoming the New Year aboard a private luxury yacht with Vallarta Adventures. The 3 hour tour by sailboat or catamaran includes a Premium open bar and gourmet hors d'oeuvres. While the fireworks show on the Malecon illuminates the arrival of the new year, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and the traditional 12 grapes. This is a preferred option for adults and children over 10 years old.
Going south across the Cuale River the party continues in hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and extends to the streets. To bid farewell to 2022, seafront and at the foot of the traditional Los Muertos beach, the recently inaugurated Daiquiri Dick's on the Beach will offer a charming 3-course menu designed by its new owners, the chefs of Hollywood stars Wayne Elias and Martín Gonzáles. The celebration, under a casual chic beach setting, includes an open bar, champagne toast and grapes at midnight, and will be enlivened by a jazz band and live DJ.
Mar y Vino is a new rooftop restaurant bar concept that is, without a doubt, an experience to remember. Relax on the terrace or dip your feet in the mirror of water and savor its delicious menu of fresh seafood, accompanied by incredible signature cocktails, and enjoy the best sunset.
Fusion cuisine enthusiasts should give a try to Noroc, a restaurant created to feel the sensation of being on an island, the best view of Puerto Vallarta, and the best sunsets, delighting your palate with the culinary creations of Chef Arturo de Jesus Gonzalez and signature cocktails.
The arrival of a new year brings with it an air of renewal and change. IK Mixology Bar & Cuisine takes inspiration from "ik", a day sign in the Mayan calendar system that symbolizes the wind. This wind gives life to those who inhale it, giving them vitality and energy; the same vitality and energy found in their food and drinks with refreshing ingredients to leave you feeling revitalized.
Fine palates have for decades preferred the understated charm of Kaiser Maximilian, a favorite in the Romantic Zone for its cozy Austrian bistro-style setting and European-inspired haute cuisine with local ingredients. Host Andreas Rupprechter and chef Carlos Palomera have a special 5-course menu and DJ music to liven up the evening.
Cuates & Cuetes is a cornerstone of the local jazz scene with a unique beachfront location, just a few steps from the Los Muertos pier. Its relaxed and casual ambience makes it an all time favorite for visitors and locals alike for 29 years. (In 2023, Cuates y Cuetes will be celebrating its first 3 decades). Their "Happy New Year 2023" celebration includes a 4-course menu accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine, live music and DJ.
A must for an intimate evening under a tropical elegance ambiance, La Palapa Restaurant and El Dorado Restaurant anticipate a suave beach party to welcome the new year. Hosted by owner Alberto Perez, both fine dining restaurants will offer a delicious 5-course dinner, premium open bar, DJ and dance floor under the stars, fireworks and the traditional party kit… Sure to be the best party in the bay!
A favorite among the LGBT+ crowd, Mantamar Beach Club has prepared the “NYE 2023 Sinners & Saints'' themed party featuring live sets from DJs Dani Toro, GSP, Diego Alvarez and Luis Vazquez and a night full of surprises. The Top Sky Bar Almar Resort is definitely one of the best spots south of town to enjoy the fireworks and a spectacular view of the bay. Its "NYE Dinner 2023 at The Top in Almar Resort" includes a 5-course menu, live DJ and drag show at 2 convenient seating hours.
Bars and nightclubs throughout the Romantic Zone and Olas Altas area usually offer special events and theme parties with cover charge to welcome the new year, as well as several after parties for those looking for fiesta until the early hours of the next day.
The south side of Puerto Vallarta offers a variety of intimate dining options, away from the hustle and bustle of the Romantic Zone and Downtown, with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the fireworks show that unfolds across the bay.
The fabulous views from Le Kliff are surpassed only by its fine gourmet cuisine with a subtle touch of modernity and local Vallarta charm. Its special 5-course New Year's menu includes a glass of sparkling wine, 12 grapes of happiness, New Year's Eve kit, decorated table, DJ and party lights.
With enviable panoramic views and always warm and attentive service, the "New Year's Eve Party" at Costa Sur Resort & Spa features a 5-course dinner with the traditional 12 grapes, live DJ and fireworks at midnight.
To explore the beautiful beaches south of Puerto Vallarta during the last night of the year, Vallarta Adventures offers 2 unique experiences. On the popular Rhythms of the Night tour, guests will travel by boat to the hidden paradise of Las Caletas beach where a dazzling contemporary dance show revives the culture and traditions of Mexico's pre-Hispanic past. The experience is complemented by a candlelit gourmet dinner and premium open bar.
The Majahuitas New Year's Beach Party is recommended for those looking to see, be seen and have fun in a unique setting on an isolated beach accessible only by sea, surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains and covered by wild tropical vegetation. With a top line-up of celebrated names in the music scene, such as Roderic, Íñigo Vontier, Mary Moon, Sabrina Anaya and the stellar performance of Tom & Collins, this will be the New Year beach party everyone in Puerto Vallarta will be talking about. The 18+ experience includes a buffet dinner created by chef Mario Castro, open bar and round trip transportation by boat.
So what’s your celebration plan for NYE? Share your New Year's Eve 2023 experience on social networks and tag us using the hashtag #PuertoVallarta.
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