Puerto Vallarta is located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco. It is a popular holiday destination and is known for the hospitality of the native Mexicans along with some of the most varied beaches in the world. The resort has kept many of its traditional charms, despite increased interest from the tourist market. There are a wide variety of cuisines on offer in Puerto Vallarta including traditional Mexican but also French, German, Greek, Italian and Chinese restaurants!
Things to do
Puerto Vallarta has many activities on offer to make your holiday extra special. In The Jungle, you can go for a swim, visit a Tequila distillery and enjoy the famous Jungle Restaurant.
For a change of setting, Puerto Vallarta has nearly 25 miles of protected coastline with the beaches ranging from secluded, unspoilt stretches of sand to rocky cliffs separating the sea from the forests.
Watersports are popular in Puerto Vallarta. Jet skiing, kayaking and wind surfing are all there to be enjoyed. In addition, there are opportunities to explore the underwater pools, caverns and caves in the company of the tropical fish.
The largest marina in Mexico, Marina Vallarta has hundreds of boats and yachts, an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, art galleries, restaurants, shops and a lighthouse. Puerto Vallarta has plenty for you to enjoy on your holiday!
Puerto Vallarta offers rich opportunities for shoppers. Almost everything made in México is available: silver, blown glass, pottery, serapes, clothing, sandals, masks and other arts and crafts. Also, the city’s reputation as an art centre sets it apart from most other Mexican beach resort cities. Visitors have the unique opportunity to purchase pieces by some of Mexico’s most well known contemporary painters and sculptors, as well as internationally renowned artists. And, for budget-conscious vacationers with a good eye, Puerto Vallarta offers the opportunity to get in on the ground floor with Mexico’s up-and-coming new artists can be seen at the Pueblito del Sol Cultural Centre.
Puerto Vallarta comes alive at night and has plenty for everyone to enjoy. Whether you choose to reside on a quiet beachside terrace, take a midnight cruise with cocktails, or sip cold beers at a lively bar, the extensive assortment of choices means holidays in Puerto Vallarta will provide you the holiday of your dreams.
Recently Puerto Vallarta has developed into a popular gay holiday destination and subsequently the area has a host of nightclubs, hotels and speciality shops catering to gay clientele. However, there are plenty of straight bars, discos, night clubs, antros, entertainment, pubs and sports bars to accommodate everyone.
Puerto Vallarta is known as one of the culinary centres of Mexico, with over two hundred different establishments serving a range of food to visitors from around the world and even more during the Gourmet Festival season in November. There are a range of dishes available from traditional Mexican hot dishes, to local sea foods and world dishes such as French, Japanese and Italian foods. One of the best things about the popularity of Puerto Vallarta is that there are establishments available to suit all budgets, or all meal times, giving you a choice of informal cafes and fast food bars, as well as more expensive gourmet restaurants.