Nightlife in Puerto Vallarta: Zona Roja
Zona Roja is one of the three areas in town considered to be part of Puerto Vallarta’s Red Light District. While there, drink cheap beer, chat with the locals, and get a sense of what life is like in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Bars and Strip Clubs
Zona Roja is not an area to bring the little ones. When in the neighborhood, don’t draw attention to yourself. Never pull out a stack of cash and always be respectful to those around you. Zona Roja has many bars, many of which are favorite hangouts for Puerto Vallarta’s residents. The drinks are much cheaper than what you’ll find on the beach. The area isn’t short on restaurants either. You can find everything from street tacos to sit down, Mom and Pop eateries. Before you head to Zona Roja, ask around for recommended places to eat and drink.
Several strip clubs are located within Zona Roja. If you choose to pay a visit, abide by the rules and don’t harass any of the women. Most of these places are well staffed, and the police will respond quickly if there are any disturbances.
Crime is a serious problem in Zona Roja. Drug dealers, prostitutes, and thieves lurk around every corner,so keep your belongings close at all times. Undercover cops also frequent Zona Rosa, and they won’t hesitate to lock you up if you’re caught with illegal drugs. In Mexico, marijuana, cocaine, ecstacy, and similar controlled substances are illegal; as is prostitution.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Puerto Vallarta Zona Roja.