Vacations to Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta Overview

Puerto Vallarta goes by many names. Locals simply call it "Vallarta" and frequent visitors have dubbed it "PV," but moniker aside, this coastal Mexican town will always be known for its crystal waters and breathtaking views of the Sierra Madre mountains.

Located in the majestic Banderas Bay, a trip to Puerto Vallarta exposes travellers to more than 40 miles of pristine Pacific coast line, an ideal locale for those looking for a secluded piece of paradise to themselves. Water sports are prevalent, but more than just beach fun, Puerto Vallarta also boasts a thriving arts and culture scene in the quaint cobblestone streets of the El Centro old town. Peruse the local stores and watch cruise ships dock as you sip on a cervaca or locally produced organic coffee at a boutique cafe.

Beachfront in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What to do during the day?

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is a favoured destination among North American tourists and, as such, is home to countless luxury hotels and resorts. Daytimes can be spent lounging around one of the on-site pools, sipping cocktails from an all-inclusive pool bar or frolicking in the surf of the warm Pacific waves.

While on the beach, guests can take advantage of the free watersports activities available at most resorts, like at the Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta, which offers non-motorized watersports and snorkelling free of charge. Alternatively, all that water sporting activity may prove too strenuous for some, in which case guests at the Villa Premiere Hotel and Spa will want to take advantage of the hotel's on-site spa and complimentary meditation workshop at 9am daily.

Situated just a short distance away from the many beachfront resorts, visitors will find a vibrant array of attractions in downtown Puerto Vallarta, including the famous El Malecon. Known as the heart and soul of the town, El Malecon consists of a mile long boardwalk, lined with shops, restaurants and bars to stroll along and stop for eye-catching finds.

Destination Wedding in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What to do at night?

Many of Puerto Vallarta's all-inclusive hotel resorts offer free nighttime entertainment, be it local singers, dancers or family-themed showcases everyone can enjoy. For those looking for off-resort amusements, Puerto Vallarta offers an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and even sail-around-the-bay dining options.

Be sure to try the Mexican-staple margarita cocktail as you take in the colonial charm of the downtown core to the smooth sounds of live jazz or salsa. It's hard not to get swept up in Puerto Vallarta nightlife and, having gorged on local cuisine, you may find yourself at one of the town's many clubs. At Club Roxy guests can sway to an ever-rotating roster of professional acts, from rock to reggae and everything else in between. Likewise at the small and perfectly packaged Palm Cabaret and Bar, live performance is the key ingredient to its intimate nights led by comedians, actors, drag artists and musicians.

Wedding plans?

Given Puerto Vallarta's idyllic scenery, it comes as no surprise that the locale is a preferred wedding destination for many couples. Most of the larger resorts are happy to host and cater such events, big or small, offering up romantic wedding-come-honeymoon packages tailored to every whim. At Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta, most rooms come with a Jacuzzi bath as standard, while blushing brides can take advantage of on-site coordinators who'll happily turn your Pinterest wedding boards into reality, just email it over! Meanwhile, the ultra-luxurious Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta has built its business on providing some of the most decadent wedding details conceivable, from free champagne upon arrival, to offering a semi-private beach where vows can be exchange.

Sunset on the Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What else is nearby?

Just a short journey north of Puerto Vallarta lies the championship golf course, Vista Vallarta, which was used for the 2002 PGA world cup tournament. Boasting spectacular views of the bay from its advantage in the jungle foothills, amateur and professional golfers alike will find this an irresistible green to work on their handicap.

For those looking for a faster pace of activity, Puerto Vallarta is increasingly becoming known as an outdoor adventure destination. In the thick of the Sierra Madre jungle, extending over the River Cuale, adrenaline junkies will find Zipline Canopy Tours for sliding through scenery at rapid speeds. Meanwhile, animal lovers will enjoy the Dolphin Discovery Park, where visitors can swim with one of the ocean's most intelligent creatures before hitting the lazy river and water slides for an exciting splash-ternoon.

The Malecon Arches in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

What to eat?

In addition to traditional Mexican fare, Puerto Vallarta also boasts its own distinct cuisine, influenced by the ample availability of fresh seafood. Barbecue snapper is a popular dish, served at ocean view restaurants like Ocean Grill Vallarta, which is accessible via a small water taxi. Chateaubriand steak is another favoured dish of the Jalisco region, which can be found nowhere better than at La Casita restaurant, served with vegetables and a striking vista of the bay.

Working your way through even more delectable Vallartan dishes 'ceviche' Grilled mahi-mahi can prove thirsty work, offering the perfect excuse to sample Mexico's famous liquor, tequila, which is native to the region of Jalisco and still distilled using Old World technique.

Where to stay?

Low budget:

Low budget accommodation is easy to come by in Puerto Vallarta and, notwithstanding the extensive availability of hostels and guest houses, even those looking for a well-equipped resort can find something to suit their pocket. Starting from $49, rooms at the Hotel Suites Mar Elena all feature plasma televisions and complimentary wifi, for use when guests aren't enjoying the hotel's outdoor pool and terrace views. Even more extensive are the room facilities at the Hotel Estancia San Carlos Puerto Vallarta (from $75 a night), where all 24 air-conditioned rooms feature full kitchens and private balconies.

Mid-range:

In the mid-range price bracket, visitors to Puerto Vallarta can open their choices to All Inclusive options, like the Plaza Pelicanos Club Beach Resort, which includes meals and alcoholic beverages on-site from $165 per night. Looking for family friendly fun? Then the Crown Paradise Club Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive is the resort for you with its three outdoor pools, one of which features nine slides, a pirate ship and playtime castle.

High end:

At the highest end of offerings, discerning travellers can opt for Puerto Vallarta's four and five star hotels, like the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit All Inclusive, which from $761 will impress guests' with jetted bathtubs and rainfall showers in every room. Meanwhile at Casa Velas Luxury Boutique for Adults(from $484 a night), guests can enjoy private beach cabanas, 24-hour room service and alfresco dining at the hotel restaurant overlooking the pool and nearby golf course.

When to go?

April to June is considered the high tourism season in Puerto Vallarta, when the weather is at its finest and visitors can expect high temperatures and low rainfall. From May to October the town also hosts its must-see Old Town Art Work, where vendors and galleries exhibit their works on Wednesday nights as part of a self-guided tour. If you're looking for low hotel rates, then prices generally drop in accordance with the thermometer, with October and December offering the best deals.

Getting around?

For those staying in hotels near Puerto Vallarta's downtown core, getting around by foot is the recommended option to experience and discover some of the town's hidden gems. Taxis are freely available within the area and relatively cheap. Most operate on a metered system, but ask your hotel reception what you should expect to pay for the journey in question.

Buses are also prevalent around Puerto Vallarta and, though they are privately owned, cost little for local journeys. Expect to pay around 7 pesos to travel anywhere within the town and look for blue signs with a picture of a bus and the word "parade."

Weather

Rarely does Puerto Vallarta's weather drop below 28°C, with temperatures in the months of July, August and September even rising as high as 34°C. Be that as it may, these months also happen to harbour the highest humidity and rainfall rates, averaging 340mm a month during what's considered the region's tropical wet season. Hurricanes rarely hit Puerto Vallarta, however, those that do occur generally strike between June and October.

Currency

The currency in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the peso (sign: $; code: MXN), the exchange rate of which is approximately $12 per Canadian dollar and $15 per US dollar. Pesos can be purchased at most international banks, at Licenciado Gustavo D?az Ordaz International Airport or at the majority of hotels in the area. Likewise, most hotels, restaurants and tour operators will accept traveller's checks and credit cards, but always inform your bank of any travel plans before departure.

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