From the blue waters and white sands of Mismaloya to the secluded shores and jade backdrop of Majahuitas, it would be easy to call Puerto Vallarta heaven on earth. Cruise the Rio Cuale Riverwalk, or tackle a challenging hike through the El Tuito jungle to reach the amazing Yelapa Waterfall.
Puerto Vallarta offers visitors an eclectic mix of the old and new. Original pueblo architecture remains intermingled with modern, luxurious beachfront resorts. The gorgeous Bahia de Banderas serves as Peurto Vallarta’s playground. It begins where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, forming one of the largest bays in the world and the largest in Mexico. Off the coast lie the Marieta Islands , which provide exceptional snorkeling, scuba diving and whale-watching sites. Going south towards the city is Bucerias , a quaint beach community and fishing village with sandy coves and cobblestone streets.
Viejo Vallarta is a narrow island in the middle of the Cuale River divides Old Vallarta. On the island, people can visit quaint outdoor shops, museums and an arboretum. Speaking of trees, dine in a treehouse overlooking the river at Las Brisas. A seaside walkway, El Malecón , is also in this part of town and is considered to be the heart of Puerta Vallarta.
Art lovers will find the works of internationally known Mexican artists featured at the Galeria Pacifico. This gallery is well worth your time to experience a taste of Mexico’s cultural best. Visitors can also enjoy the architecture of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe , one of the most recognized landmarks of the town. Puerto Vallarta is a booming city of arts and culture that leaves nothing to be desired with regard to its restaurants and nightclubs. Off its shores, giant turtles, manta rays, dolphins, and whales bask in the blue waters.
The mix of the Sierra Madre mountains with the Pacific Ocean and the many rivers of the area, open up endless possibilities of activities and things to do. From canopy tours and ATV or horseback rides, to great snorkeling and scuba diving spots, including whale watching and swimming with dolphins, For those vacationers seeking a home-away-from-home, Puerto Vallarta offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere perfect for first-time travelers to Mexico as well as returning Puerto Vallarta enthusiasts.
Sample local tequilas, take in the scenic grandeur of the many cathedrals, explore the arts scene through independent galleries, and stumble across your new “happy place” while wandering the quaint cobblestone streets. Just a short ride from Riviera Nayarit, the Mismaloya coast, and the local village of Pitillal, Puerto Vallarta provides cosmopolitan convenience and options while maintaining the unique traditional culture.