Puerto Vallarta Proposal: Best Places & Ideas for an Epic Engagement
Congrats on deciding to pop the question! After being in the marriage proposal planning business for more than 5 years, we have compiled all our favorite engagement ideas and best places to propose in Puerto Vallarta. If you have any questions or need any help, don’t hesitate to contact us.
- 1 Planning Your Marriage Proposal in Puerto Vallarta
- 2 Best Places to Propose in Puerto Vallarta
- 3 Best Sunset Spots for a Puerto Vallarta Proposal
- 4 Should I hire a photographer for my marriage proposal in Puerto Vallarta?
Planning Your Marriage Proposal in Puerto Vallarta
If you are considering a surprise Puerto Vallarta proposal and don’t know exactly where to propose, don’t miss all our favorite spots which include romantic, unique, and private places to choose from.
Unique Ideas for a Surprise Marriage Proposal
Humpback Whale Watching
One of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta is seeing the majestic Humpback Whales each winter. Between 300 and 500 Humpback Whales are registered in the area each year between December – March, and you can see them breaching out of the water from your boat. There are multiple companies that offer this tour in a group or you can get a private whale watching tour. This would be a great opportunity to pop the question!
Baby Sea Turtles
Banderas Bay is one of the most important breeding grounds for multiple species of sea turtles. The main season is between June – December, but it happens all year round. Take your sweetheart to a Baby Sea Turtle Release and you can propose in the middle of all the excitement!
A great idea for the adventurous couple would be to go snorkeling at Los Arcos & Majahuitas. It is a huge rock formation to the south of downtown. The scenery is beautiful and you can catch glimpses of Blue-footed Boobies, Humpback Whales (seasonal), dolphins, stingrays, pufferfish, and so many colorful fish! Pro tip: take a piece of bread and the fish will go crazy and you’ll be surrounded. That would be a great moment to pull out your engagement ring, but be careful not to drop it!
Fun Ideas for a Surprise Marriage Proposal
Rent a Scooter
If you would like something more private for your marriage proposal, you could rent a scooter to go sightseeing around the bay. There are many great routes:
- Take the curvy highway south which follows the coastline towards Conchas Chinas, Mismaloya, and Boca de Tomatlan.
- Head North towards Bucerias, Sayulita, and San Pancho.
- Grab the East highway towards the charming town of San Sebastian.
For an adrenaline-packed proposal, consider skydiving! Imagine a 20-minute flight with the beautiful backdrop of the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains, and then jumping out at 12,500 ft for the most epic surprise marriage proposal ever! The team at the Skydive Vallarta dropzone has over 12,000 jumps and over 20 years of experience, and they’ll be able to help with planning your engagement.
Another option would be Monkey Mountain. It is off-the-beaten-path but totally worth it! Grab a taxi past Punta Mita all the way to Litibu Beach. The hike takes about 1.5 hrs each way, and you can propose on the top of the mountain with an amazing 360° view of coastline and jungles!
Best Places to Propose in Puerto Vallarta
Take a private tour to the famous Playa del Amor (the Beach of Love) at Las Marietas Islands. Explore this group of small uninhabited islands while snorkeling, kayaking, or paddleboarding. In order to reach the hidden beach you have to swim through a cave formation and rock archways, so it all adds to the excitement! We can easily help you book a private tour, or you can charter a boat from one of the marinas in La Cruz and Punta Mita.
Take a water taxi out from Boca de Tomatlan to Yelapa. It is a tiny fishing village with a gorgeous, secluded bay and is still relatively untouched by tourism. There is a hike all the way to a beautiful waterfall, which would be the perfect spot for a marriage proposal.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
For the nature-loving couple, check out the Vallarta Botanical Gardens which is tucked into the Sierra Madre Mountains. For a more private proposal, we suggest going in the morning and then stopping at Playa las Gemelas on the way back. This is a great spot to have an engagement photoshoot, and then in the middle of the photo session, you could pop the questions!
Sail into the Sunset
Rent a private sailboat and propose onboard! With no motor noise to scare the marine life away, you’ll see dolphins, manta rays, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles. Afterward, sail into the sunset as newly-engaged fiances. It is hard to get any more romantic than that. Along the way, the crew can give you sailing lessons as well, if you would both like to learn! This is definitely one of the best places to propose in Puerto Vallarta.
The 3 Beach Hike
Another great idea would be to go on a hike. Our favorite hike in the bay starts in Boca de Tomatlan and goes all the way to Las Animas and Quimixto. Mid-way there is an amazing restaurant called Ocean Grill with the most romantic views and delicious seafood. This would be a great restaurant for your proposal. Make a reservation online and ask to be given the best table, the one with an ocean view with Playa Colomitos in the background. If you would like to propose at a different beach, check out our list of the 7 best beaches in Puerto Vallarta!
Buying Your Engagement Ring
Some popular stores for an engagement ring in Puerto Vallarta include:
- Diamonds International
- Unique Jewelery
- The Opal Mine (for a diamond alternative)
- Cassandra Shaw
- Joyeria el Diamante
Hiring a Puerto Vallarta Marriage Proposal Planner
Contact us if you would like help planning your marriage proposal. We have over 5 years as marriage proposal planners in Puerto Vallarta, so we can help you set up the most magical and romantic proposal ever. Our most popular services include:
- Book a private boat around the bay to Las Marietas Islands or to the southern part of the bay (Yelapa and Playa Colomitos)
- Get engagement photos by a professional photographer
- Plan a skydiving experience
- Sunset sailboat cruise
- Whale watching tours
- Baby Sea Turtle Releases
Best Sunset Spots for a Puerto Vallarta Proposal
Dwahnil contacted us to help plan and capture his surprise proposal to Shama in Puerto Vallarta.
“I did not have a specific location in mind, but I knew I wanted to do it on a beach with a beautiful view and perhaps in a quieter area. Local Lens was a great help with choosing a location, and that spot was perfect!”
Due to being on the west coast, the sunsets are stunning in Puerto Vallarta. Here are our top picks for the best sunset spots:
- Garza Blanca Beach
- La Palapa – a very popular proposal spot!
- Calle Galeana – Climb the steep steps to the top and you will have a great view of Puerto Vallarta.
- El Malecon
- Vista Grill – a restaurant with a great view, but engagement photos can be challenging if you plan on proposing here.
Should I hire a photographer for my marriage proposal in Puerto Vallarta?
Adrenaline starts to rush the second you reach for the ring, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with emotions… so much so, that some people can’t even remember their engagement moment. Hiring a photographer for your surprise proposal will allow you to capture and relive that moment again and again.
Your marriage proposal is a story you will never tire of telling. Capture it with a secret engagement photoshoot that you’ll look back on for years to come.
How much does a proposal photographer cost?
High-resolution photos are professionally edited and delivered by email in a private online gallery within 5 business days. Choose between 3 different photo packages:
- 1 hour – Includes 30 digital photos – $275
- 90 minutes – Includes 45 digital photos – $350
- 2 hours – Includes 60 digital photos – $450
How to prepare for the engagement photoshoot?
Choose your proposal spot and the photographer will find a spot to stay hidden and capture the moment, paparazzi-style. Afterward, your secret proposal photographer will introduce themselves and you both can enjoy a fun photoshoot to capture the post-engagement glow.
How to find a proposal photographer?
Local Lens has photographers in Puerto Vallarta that specialize in secret proposals. Check out our list of the 3 best Puerto Vallarta proposal photographers In order to see pricing, compare portfolios, read customer reviews, and check date availability.