With over 3 million annual visitors, 30 miles of fantastic beaches, a very agreeable climate, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico's most popular beach resorts. Development may be high rise and intensive, but it does still maintain a high degree of charm, particularly so in the cobbled old town (known as Old Vallarta). Whether your after a golfing holiday, family vacation, honeymoon or a hedonistic spring break - everyone is catered to in Puerto Vallarta.
What makes Puerto Vallarta stand out from many other Mexican beach resorts is it's culture. There is a thriving art scene, in part because of the area's great beauty, and gourmet restaurants with celebrity chefs abound too. November is a great month to visit as almost all the month consists of the Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival, with plenty of sailing regattas, art shows and live concerts.
Where to Stay
The old town has exploded in size, and now "Puerto Vallarta" refers to a long 30 mile strip of beaches and resorts. To the North, this strip commences at Punta Mita, where there are various upscale, large resorts and golf courses. A little further South one finds some fine surfing beaches, plus upmarket retirement communities and vacation home developments near Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. Further South is Nuevo Vallarta, with a lovely long sandy beach and populated by the occasional large all inclusive resort. Then comes Marina Vallarta, where there is a mixture of condos and hotels. Further South still is the Zona Hotelera (or "the hotel zone"), where there is a mix of many major chain hotels. This is central Puerto Vallarta, where the beaches are especially busy, and backed by many bars and restaurants. To the South of the centre are various other beaches including Conchas Chinas, Mismaloya and Boca de Tomatlan. Even further South are a variety of lovely beaches that are only accessible by boat. The more exclusive hotels are found to the south of the centre. There is an enormous range of different types of hotels in Puerto Vallarta - everyone is catered to in this region of Mexico.
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