Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta has been voted one of the best Mexican vacation destinations [US News & World Report]. Set on the western coast of Mexico situated between the jungle-covered Sierra Madre mountains and the sheltered waters of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers a perfect tropical climate in one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth. The city blends the scenic beauty and vibrant eco-system with traditional cobblestone streets and plazas. The warmth of the extraordinarily welcoming people of Vallarta will make for an experience you won't easily forget.

Once famous only for its magnificent beaches, Puerto Vallarta later became the back-drop for John Huston's movie Night of the Iguana and the highly publicized affair between Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Puerto Vallarta is now additionally recognized for its rich culture, arts, and world-renowned award-winning restaurants. For those looking for exciting night life, there are endless choices, ranging from late-night eateries, clubs for partying, live theater, and just about everything in between.

Vallarta's reputation for culinary excellence is only one reason to visit this coastal city again and again. The map above lists some of our favorite restaurants with a little insider info on why we like them so much. View our recommended Puerto Vallarta Restaurants in a larger map.

The Art Walk is one of the biggest draws to the central downtown district on Wednesday nights. Tour galleries and enjoy complimentary cocktails while viewing works from more than 300 international artists. Every other Thursday night the Old Town merchants host the South Side Shuffle, where patrons can stroll the streets of Old Town while sipping complimentary cocktails, wandering through participating galleries and shops, and enjoying live music played by local musicians. If you enjoy the local architecture, add to your trip by taking the Tour of Homes.

Whether you choose to "do it all" or just want to sit back and relax on the beach with a good book, the choice is yours. The friendliness and hospitality of the locals plus the high standards for safety and security Puerto Vallarta is known for are sure to provide you with the vacation of your dreams!