Referred to simply as Vallarta by aficionados, Puerto Vallarta has become one of Mexico’s most sophisticated destinations. The landscape is breathtaking, as the verdant jungle-covered Sierra Madre Mountains rush out to meet famous white-sand beaches and the pristine waters of the Bay of Banderas.
The town has a truly magical quality – a glowing intensity – that’s amplified by charming architecture, wide cobblestone streets, and a laid-back lifestyle. From simple shops and food stands to eclectic boutiques and gourmet restaurants, there’s always something to discover – day or night. Every evening is a kind of fiesta…and everyone is invited. Bright fireworks illuminating the Pacific, live bands playing music in the Plaza de Armas, and traditional dancing in Los Arcos lure both travelers and locals to the party.
Outside of town, there’s no shortage of active pursuits, as the unique landscape offers endless activities. Here, you can explore the local terrain on an ATV tour, investigate colorful coral reefs, and glimpse rare exotic birds on local uninhabited islands.
A villa vacation in Puerto Vallarta is one not only of relaxation, but discovery, as breathtaking views delight in nearly every direction. It’s the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy the natural beauty and eclectic culture of a truly incredible destination.
“Vallarta is really well known for its great food. In November, there’s a gourmet festival and there are a couple of other big events throughout the year. There are a lot of street food stands too. People get really excited about this little funky hole-in-the-wall place called El Tacon de Marlin. They do these shrimp burritos with amazing green salsa.
Yelapa is a little village to the south of town that you can only get to by boat – and there are a few that go there every day. People who come from an urban setting really love it there. There are no real roads, nobody has a vehicle, and you just walk from place to place. There are a bunch of trails and plenty of daytime restaurants.
There are many small beaches south of Vallarta, besides Yelapa, which you can also only reach by boat. So, it’s really great to rent a boat, do a day cruise, stay close to the coast, do some snorkeling, and stop at one of the beaches. A lot of them have day-time restaurants, so you can grab lunch and, of course, a cocktail.” ―Sue, Puerto Vallarta & Punta Mita Villa Rental Specialist