Located on the western coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta offers an excellent combination of culinary delights, luxury relaxation on crystal blue beaches, and fantastic natural diversity. Many visitors come here each year for the ecotourism experience alone, and they don't leave disappointed. For a chance to see humpback whales leaping from the ocean and splashing down against the backdrop of an unforgettable sunset, Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination. Also known as one of the friendliest cities in the world, you may meet a dozen new lifelong friends between leaving your beach villa in the morning and sitting down to breakfast. This is also a well-known destination point for romance. Against the backdrop of the Sierra Madres and the rustic charm of old-town Mexico, an increasing number of weddings take place here every year as couples discover Vallarta's romantic secrets.
Here are a few of the highlights of Puerto Vallarta:
-The restaurants: Take advantage of the fact that Vallarta is known as a culinary mecca in some circles. Chefs come from all over the world come to this beach city, and when they get here, they create some of the best Mexican cuisine you'll find anywhere.
-The biodiversity: Sea turtles, iguanas, jaguars, and crocodiles are some of the extraordinary wildlife you'll encounter here. Take a charter boat offshore to go whale watching, or arrange a guided hike to see elusive inland species.
-The beaches: Go parasailing, surfing, snorkeling, or scuba diving, or just lie on the soft sand, soak up the warm sun of Puerto Vallarta, and enjoy a good book.
- The luxury spas: Forget your worries in style at any one of Puerto Vallarta's magical luxury relaxation destinations.
-The adventure: Go horseback riding and gallop along the beach, take a zip line eco-adventure, or grab you binoculars and camera for unforgettable bird-watching.
-The golf courses: The emerald green golf courses of Puerto Vallarta are some of the world's best.
It's easy to find a place to stay here, no matter what time of year you plan your trip. Find a vacation rental by the beach and stay for a few days or an entire season. Whether you intend to take a short vacation or come here to marry the love of your life, Puerto Vallarta will welcome you with open arms and leave you with lasting memories.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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