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A vibrant and lively portion of Mexico famously ‘discovered’ by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Puerto Vallarta blends cosmopolitan sophistication with Mexican charm. Adored for its lux laden resorts, meandering cobbled streets, and immaculate beaches, it’s a city for families and romantic escapees alike. From sampling taco stand fare and hunting for handmade one-of-a-kind finds, to simmering nighttime haunts and picturesque promenade strolls – when you’ve had your R&R and ticked ‘swim with dolphins’ off your bucket list, Puerto Vallarta is still an ocean of delights.

Things to see

Buzzing with artists, street performers, locals, and tourists, the oceanfront Malecon provides a picturesque stroll day or night. The palm-lined promenade is famous for its quirky sculptures, which take the form of people, dolphins, a seahorse, and more abstract pieces. The Malecon also features a set of elegant stone arches. Known as Los Arcos, they form the backdrop for the town’s amphitheater, where many local cultural events take to the stage. Whether you want to sizzle beside a palm tree or frolic in the Pacific, Puerto Vallarta is home to some spectacular beaches. Playa de los Muertos however is one of the most popular. Dubiously translating to Beach of the Dead (which purely alludes to its burial ground past), its golden sand and azure blue water provide the perfect setting for sun worshipping and paddling. A fishing village and surfer’s Shangri-La, Sayulita has a young funky vibe. Its centerpiece is its picturesque square, surrounded by shops selling artisan crafted trinkets and treasures.

Hotels in Puerto Vallarta

From the most glamorous of 5-star retreats to the simplest of sleepovers, there’s a huge variety of hotels in Puerto Vallarta. Those with a big budget can expect all out pampering and indulgence and every amenity under the sun, along with lavish suites that open out to sea view verandas. Many of the hotels in Puerto Vallarta sit within tropical gardens right along the beachfront - and the mid-range is no exception. Offering much the same amenities as the luxury lodgings, you can expect swimming pools, full-service spas, tennis courts, and even golf courses. Cheap and cheerful accommodation is especially plentiful here, and ranges from full-service hotels to characterful downtown digs.

Where to stay

A hotel in Puerto Vallarta’s Hotel Zone is a no brainer for most. A stretch of beachfront resorts place guests just moments from the sea and sand, and just a short stroll to the bustle and buzz of downtown. Also known as El Centro, downtown Puerto Vallarta is the city’s beating heart. Bohemian, artsy, and world-class all at the same time, its cobbled streets are home to a slew of colorful boutiques, restaurants, culture hubs, and nightspots. Along with the Malecon, it’s also home to some of the city’s cheapest accommodation. Nearby, the Romantic Zone, also known as Old Town, offers a quaint town demeanor and little local gems galore.

How to get to Puerto Vallarta

Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International is the city’s main gateway, and is located just a short drive from its downtown core. The airport is particularly well connected, serving most major destinations in the United States and Canada, with even more seasonal flights available during the busier months. Once you’ve landed ground transportation is plentiful. The cheapest option is to take the “Centro” bus, which leaves frequently from the airport and makes stops all around downtown. Pre-arranged hotel shuttles and taxis however can be quicker and more convenient alternatives, especially if you have luggage.

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