Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Pacific Coast paradise of Puerto Vallarta (or “Vallarta,” as the locals call it) is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Mexico. The natural beauty of Puerto Vallarta is undeniable—the area stretches the length of Banderas Bay and is backed by the towering Sierra Madre Mountains.

A Puerto Vallarta vacation guarantees a classic beach experience, with plenty of sun, sand, and surf. But don’t expect to lounge all day long. There’s no shortage of activities to fill your days: You can go snorkeling in the warm crystalline waters; take a leisurely stroll through the Zona Romantica (romantic zone); sample fresh catch of the day at a fish market; sip cocktails at a bar along the Malecón (boardwalk); or learn to salsa in a Havana-style nightclub.

Puerto Vallarta also offers plenty of authentic Mexican culture: There are ancient archaeological sites, vibrant festivals hosted throughout the year, botanical gardens filled with native flora, museums dedicated to pre-Hispanic indigenous groups, and colorful Catholic cathedrals that beg to be photographed.

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