Planning a tropical getaway to an exotic destination? Looking to try out some aquatic sports? Why not visit the beautiful Puerto Vallarta? Situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahia de Banderas, this stunning Mexican beach resort city is an excellent place to unwind after a long tiring week in the city. Plan your itinerary in such a way that you will be able to cover all the important landmarks in the city and also have a great time relaxing on the tranquil beaches.
Ecotourism at its best
Puerto Vallarta is famous for its rich marine life and beautiful beaches. Some of the famous beaches in the city are Conchas Chinas, Los Muertos Beach, Bahia de Banderas, Bucerías, Las Caletas, Playa Camarones and Las Glorias Beach. As well as beaches, this enchanting city is also famous for its wildlife, vegetation and waterfalls. So if you’re a nature lover, you will be enthralled by the spectacular views of Quimixto waterfalls, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, and the Banderas Bay.
Something for everyone
What makes Puerto Vallarta an amazing destination is the fact that there’s something for everyone in this tropical paradise. If you’re on your honeymoon, you can spend time with your significant other walking down the serene beaches, watching the sunset together and by swimming in the crystal-clear waters. If you’ve come with your family, your children will have a great time observing and spending time with animals at the AC Vallarta Zoo, as well as swimming with the dolphins in the Aquaventuras Park. Puerto Vallarta will delight the photographer in you. Flood your Instagram page with pictures of the El Púlpito and Las Pilitas rock formations, and the picturesque views of the city from the La Cruz hill.
Underwater sports and other activities
What’s a vacation to a beach without trying out some exciting adventure sports. When you’re in Puerto Vallarta, you can enjoy all types of underwater sports like snorkeling, surfing and scuba diving. There are many places offering this experience of a lifetime. You could visit Islas Marietas National Park, Bahia de Banderas and other interesting places which have calm, clear waters and breathtakingly beautiful sea life. Some of the sea creatures you’ll spot are giant manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, tropical fish, seahorses and sea lions. A real treat to the eyes! If you want to feel that adrenaline rush, you can also try out extreme adventure sports like zip lining, inner tubing, and rappelling.
Did you know that Puerto Vallarta was a small unexplored town before coming to the limelight when John Huston shot his movie – The Night Of The Iguana? There is much more to Puerto Vallarta than beaches. Learn about the rich cultural heritage and history of Puerto Vallarta by visiting Museo del Cuale, Museo Manuel Lepe and the Naval Museum Secretary of the Navy of Mexico. If you’re an art lover, you will be captivated by the stunning sculptures and art of Malecon. Cultural activities are usually held at the Plaza de Armas, which is the city’s main plaza. Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish is a beautiful cathedral, situated very close to the plaza. This pretty church is known for the famous Marian apparition in the 16th century. If you happen to visit Puerto Vallarta in the first week of December, you’ll witness the candlelight processions, dance and decorations to celebrate the church feast.
Places to stay
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious villa or a beach resort, you’ll find plenty of inexpensive, yet amazing accommodation options across this beautiful city. To help you know where you could stay, Vallarta Rentals Punta Mita Villas is a great resource.
Tickle your taste buds with some local Mexican specialties. Puerto Vallarta is famous for serving authentic, delectable seafood. Some of their specialties are Huachinango Zarandeado, grilled mahi-mahi, and Ceviche.
When you go back to your own country, you will probably want to bring back something for your loved ones. Buy souvenirs and artifacts for your family and friends from the two large public markets – Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale. With a variety of art, jewelry, ceramics, Talavera tiles, raku pottery, figurines, homemade blankets and showpieces, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Cuale River Island and the flea market at Mercado Municipal Río Cuale are other go-to shopping places in Puerto Vallarta. You’ll get souvenirs for excellent deals, so master your bargaining skills. And don’t forget to pick a bottle of tequila to reminisce your memories of this bewitching city.