After my first visit to Puerto Vallarta I was in love. In love with the city, in love with the culture, in love with the views, and in love with the people. The town completely swept me off my feet. I'm not quite sure why I wasn't expecting to be blown away, but I wasn't. Boy was I wrong. After visiting this past December, I truly fell in love with this part of Mexico! It is a beautiful, lesser known gem with so many wonderful things to offer. Puerto Vallarta and the Rivera Nayarit are located on the Pacific side of Mexico at about the same latitude as Cancun. The area lies on the beaches of beautiful Banderas Bay, and is surrounded by the lush Sierra Madras mountains. The mountains actually meet the sea here, which makes for stunning views. There are several luxury resorts in the area as well as some very nice ones that price really well.
Puerto Vallarta is such a charming town that boasts authentic, vibrant Mexican culture with lots of local shops, street vendors, restaurants, and art galleries. While visiting, take a short cab ride Downtown and visit the Malecon. This is a pedestrian only boardwalk where locals and tourists alike explore, shop, and dine in the many boutiques, open air cafes, and art galleries. There is also lots of nightlife here if you are looking to go off resort for some fun. There's American touristy places such as Senor Frog's you can stop in and have a drink, and also lots of little local bars and shops if you are looking for a true authentic Mexican experience. Check out the Our Lady of Guadalupe church. Even if you are not religious, this historic structure is a beautiful must see!
The warmth and friendliness of the people is so genuine and heart felt here. I really love the culture and true Mexican charm this city has to offer. The locals welcome tourists with open arms and are thrilled to share their beautiful city and rich history with us.
If you'd like to add this destination to your travel 'must visit' list, give me a call or send me an email. I'd be glad to share with you my favorite resorts and activities, and design your perfect vacation.