Puerto Vallarta was selected by CONDE NAST TRAVELER readers as the eighth best destination in the world in their annual Reader's Choice Awards, as well as the number one international destination because of the "remarkable amiability of the local folk."
Puerto Vallarta is a vacationer's paradise that has maintained its unique Old Mexico charm despite its popularity as a vacation destination. It offers cobblestone streets, stunning beaches, plentiful marine life, lush Sierra Madre Mountains, exceptional restaurants, golf courses and vibrant culture.
The adventurous can hike or mountain bike in the hills, explore the jungle and hidden trails on horseback, take a jeep safari, soar above it all in a multicolored hot air balloon, take an exciting zipline canopy adventure through its lush jungle, snorkel, scuba dive, charter a yacht or sailboat, or take a cruise on a party boat.
Puerto Vallarta is built around beautiful Banderas Bay, one of the largest and deepest in the world and home to a wide variety of aquatic life. Humpback whales come here to mate every year from December to March and sea turtles nest on the beaches from May to October. Schools of dolphins and giant manta rays inhabit these waters year round. The Bay and the Marietas Islands located in the middle of the bay offer an amazing kaleidoscope of tropical fish, attracting snorkelers, scuba divers and sport fishermen alike.
For those who just want to relax, Puerto Vallarta's many golden sand beaches offer one of the best ways to experience the beauty and magic of the Bay of Banderas. Here you will find mile long stretches of golden sand beaches. Not far away are rich plantations of papaya and mango and tucked back along tumbling rivers and streams are small villages where life seems to move at a different pace.
Puerto Vallarta offers a rich culinary cuisine from the most casual taco stands to tropical beachfront palapas to upscale rooftop restaurants with panoramic views. There are literally hundreds of restaurants serving exactly what you are hungry for.
Whether you prefer fashionable luxury, strenuous adventure, time to decompress and just relax or something in between, Puerto Vallarta is a sun-blessed paradise that offers all of this and more!