Live salsa music fills the streets as you stroll through a seaside market with more bounce in your step and rhythm in your hips than usual. Hundreds of local merchants, entertainers, and artisans have gathered here, and they’ve got everything you’re looking for, wise wanderer. A woman in a red sundress hums along with the tune and offers you a look at her wares: colorful men’s shirts known as guayaberas worn in this coastal enclave. As you continue past alleys overflowing with beauty, the air around you blossoms with scents from dozens of different food merchants. You sample the roasted pescado embarazado on a stick, and with one bite you realize it’s the best fish you’ve ever tasted. This is the escape you needed, old friend. This is Puerto Vallarta.
On the shores of Mexico’s Bahia de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta offers an unbeatable getaway for lovers of culture, cuisine, and aquatic adventures. And for those just looking to relax, it’s also home to some of the best beaches in the world. Become one with the water while snorkeling, scuba diving, and stand-up paddle boarding, and enjoy everything else this area has to offer by booking a room at an all-inclusive hotel in Puerto Vallarta like the Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit All Inclusive. In the meantime, here are some things to keep in mind when preparing for your dream vacation in Mexico:
What are the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta?
At the top of many guests lists for beaches to visit is Playa Garza Blanca. Adjacent to the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, one of the best all-inclusive hotels in Puerto Vallarta, this playa is among the few white-sand beaches in the region. This gives the water a luminous quality, which, in conjunction with the Los Arcos islands in the distance, completes the picture of paradise.
And if you’d prefer to spend as much time in the water as possible, Playa Camarones is the place you’re looking for. Centrally located in PV’s hospitality district, this area is the perfect setting for parasailing or embarking on a famed Banana Boat adventure with fellow travelers. Despite its proximity to the hotels and commercial area, this beach is surprisingly serene, and serves as an ideal setting for idly unwinding while watching the waves caress the coast.
Wondering where to eat in Puerto Vallarta?
Café des Artistes is widely considered the finest dining experience in town. Menu items here fuse flavors from France with traditional Mexican fare. And since meals are served in a romantic setting reminiscent of a castle, it’s also the perfect place for you to knock the socks off your sweetheart. Another outstanding option is Layla’s Restaurante, just north of the Ordaz waterfront. The second-story terrace here offers unparalleled views of the surrounding scene, and the perfectly plated palate-pleasers will elevate you to a level of serenity.
If you’re ready to experience all the joy and wonder this exotic getaway has to offer, let Travelocity help you find the best Puerto Vallarta all-inclusive hotels at a price that won’t break your budget. Start your search today, and you’ll be sipping margaritas on the coast of Mexico before you know it. ¡Adios!