From Mining Town To Romantic Destination
Posted on 09/28/2017
Once a mining town, today Puerto Vallarta is considered to be one of the most romantic destinations in Mexico.
Visitors will find an amazing range of biodiversity from tropical birds to migrating whales, as well as a vibrant art scene filled with galleries, festivals and numerous public art displays. Whether you are there on your honeymoon or having an unforgettable girls’ weekend, Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens: The Jardines Botánicos de Vallarta are on the city outskirts, 30 miles to the south. Visitors can get there by taxi, of course, or catch the El Tuito bus from the corner of Carranza and Aguacate. Once there, be prepared to spend several hours wandering through the gardens with a variety of wild flowers and insects.
Romantic Zone: It’s said this part of town has some of the city’s best restaurants, so head to the Zona Romantica for a romantic meal along Olas Atlas. Or, spend the day enjoying this laid-back neighborhood wandering its shops and cafes.
Playa los Muertos: Dead Man’s Beach draws the crowds, and for good reason thanks to ample opportunities to windsurf and jet ski, and, of course, sunbathe and splash in the waves. Playa Los Muertos is also home to Blue Chair, the most popular gay beach in the city. Those so inclined can practice their serve-set-spikes with a beach volleyball match, and when hunger pangs strike, there are numerous restaurants and bars from which to choose.
Isla Rio Cuale: This island sits in an inlet of Banderas Bay, and is accessible on foot. Just head south out of the Old Town until you reach the chain bridges that cross over to the island. Once there, visitors can wander the market stalls looking for fresh fruit and local handicrafts, including pottery. The island is also home to a small museum that showcases Puerto Vallarta’s history.
Los Arcos and El Malecón: Take an evening stroll along the Malecón, an oceanfront boardwalk that for many represents the heart and soul of the city. It’s a great time to do some people watching and enjoy the many street performers, sand sculptures, art installations and shops along the way. Take in the iconic Los Arcos, a row of Romanesque arches, on the Plaza Morelos. This landmark also serves as an oceanfront amphitheater and is a great place to end your stroll on the Malecon.
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe: This church is one of the most identifiable sites in town thanks to the chimes of its church bells and the crown that sits atop its steeple.
Bucerías: If you’re looking for a laid-back beach town, then head for the small fishing village of Bucerías about 30 minutes north of town, where you can explore galleries or relax on the beach in almost complete privacy.
PHOTO: Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a must-see during your trip. (photo via Flickr/Paul Hamilton)