INTRODUCING PUERTO VALLARTA
Between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta makes a grand setting for unforgettable getaways. This friendly town has blossomed into a popular resort – without losing its traditional charm. Vibrant street art and contemporary sculpture sit alongside traditional crafts. Regional street food stalls rub shoulders with fine dining restaurants. And it’s all just a stroll along the beach or the boardwalk from your luxury boutique hotel.
Beaches, a beautiful bay and bustling boardwalk in this fun-loving Mexican resort town.
Things to do
A sheltered crescent on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Banderas Bay attracts sun-worshippers and thrill-seekers to its golden shores. The Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone Beach is lined with exclusive resorts and luxury day beds. It’s also where you can pick up scuba diving tours to swim with seals, manta rays and dolphins. For somewhere quieter, head beyond the bay to San Pancho beach, a windswept stretch popular with surfers.
The Puerto Vallarta old town is a patchwork of cobbled streets gathered around the pretty Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. While away an afternoon here exploring quirky boutiques and galleries. Or soak up the sophisticated vibe of Puerto Vallarta marina, with its gleaming yachts and gourmet restaurants. The jewel in the crown is arguably El Malecón, a camera-grabbing boardwalk dotted with contemporary sculptures. After sunset, the resort boasts some of Mexico’s liveliest, LGBT-inclusive nightlife.
Test your skill on some of Mexico’s best golf courses, including recent EMC2 World Cup host, Vista Vallarta. Set among palm trees with sweeping ocean views, every game will be as picturesque as it is challenging. Off the green, Puerto Vallarta is a hotspot for everything from surfing to deep-sea fishing – with options for all abilities.
Experience Puerto Vallarta’s wild side with tours into the mountains to spot iguanas and jaguars, and out to sea to watch whales and dolphins.
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