A corner of the Pacific Coast of Mexico rammed full with resorts and holiday makers, Puerto Vallarta is nevertheless a lush destination, only part spoiled by its heavy tourist bent and still home to highly alluring tropical forests, glittering waterfalls and beaches to die for.
It’s the rich and the famous (or at least the mildly well off) who tend to prevail here, though, with restaurants that deserve a few stars next to the name (and charge accordingly) mingling with plush hotels and private sections of watersport-heavy beach. If you’re in the category of traveller that can afford it, you’ll wallow in ample luxury for the duration of your stay. If you’re not, though, there are alternatives.
Puerto Vallarta’s built up coastline is backed by hilly forest, only partly damaged by a prevalence of golf courses, and the perfect spot to drift up to over 8000 feet before diving back into the sea amongst the exuberant dolphins and vicious looking manta rays to cool off. You can take a tour on horseback, while missing out on at least on evening on the notorious party boats with copious quantities of tequila would be criminal (don’t plan anything for the next day, or do it on the last night if you’re planning on making your flight).
In terms of adventure, snorkelling or scuba diving is all but essential in Puerto Vallarta, with the underground scenery every bit as impressive as the town’s backdrop. Sailing, zip lines, kite surfing and the slightly more sedate pastime of turtle watching are all up for grabs, too. Aside from nature, though, the bay area does fall a little short in terms of attractions: there’s little in the way of old-world Mexico or artistic sights, with ‘top-end beach resort’ the raison d’être for this well to do corner of Central America.
You might not be wowed by compelling culture, then, but you will find a beach lifestyle hard to beat, and supplemented with the kind of luxurious spa hotels you’d struggle to fault. Perfect for a good, long wind down.
A beach town in Nayarit, Mexico,not far from Puerto Vallarta. Very chilled place,relax and surf