Located on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is a dreamy Mexican beachside city.
Beaches are the biggest attraction in Puerto Vallarta, and for good reason. The main beach, Playa de los Muertos, is a picturesque stretch of sand lined by glitzy hotels and tall palm trees, and even features a pier. If you’re looking for something more secluded, check out Playa Gemelas just outside the city. This quiet beach is known for its turquoise waters, calm atmosphere and stunning surroundings.
There are plenty of exciting things to do and see in Puerto Vallarta. Check out Vallarta Botanical Gardens, a popular showcase of orchids, agaves, cactus, palms, and other native plants. The gardens feature hiking trails both through the native forest and the manicured garden grounds and you can swim in the Rio Horcones, the tropical river nearby. At certain times of the day, you’ll even be able to spot native birds. The Marina Vallarta is another highlight and is great for winding down after a day of toursiting. Dotted with a range of great dining options and bars, it’s the perfect place to gaze out at the night sky and the twinkly lights of the boats on the dock.