Puerto Vallarta offers visitors an eclectic mix of the old and new. Whether you choose to frolic with the crowds or find a secluded hideaway, there is much to see in Puerto Vallarta. The Bay of Banderas has a wealth of natural beauty, friendly people, glorious sunsets, world-class sport fishing and great cuisine, not to mention shopping, diving and sailing.

The gorgeous Bahia de Banderas serves as Puerto Vallarta’s playground. It begins where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, forming one of the largest bays in the world and the largest in Mexico. First, let’s explore the main reason most people come to Puerto Vallarta: the “playas” or beaches.

Punta Mita: located in a small fishing village to the north, offers spectacular scenery and water-sport venues. Off the coast lie the Marieta Islands, which provide exceptional snorkeling, scuba diving and whale-watching sites.

Going south towards the city is Bucerias, a quaint beach community and fishing village with sandy coves and cobblestone streets. Heading into town proper, visitors will find Playa de Oro, a paradise for surfers looking for the perfect wave. Beach-goers will begin to notice more people enjoying the beaches at this point, and the multitudes of vendors who cater to them.

Playa de los Muertos, the “beach of the dead,” is located south of the Hotel Zone and is notorious for its treacherous undercurrents, but it is a popular venue nevertheless.

Conchas Chinas, a quiet beach also in the hotel area, features natural wading-pools created by rock formations.

At the southernmost point of Banderas Bay (and accessible only by boat) is the Playa Yelapa, a very secluded and beautiful spot. Breathtaking views, a waterfall, hiking and riding make this a hidden paradise.

Viejo Vallarta is a narrow island in the middle of the Cuale River divides Old Vallarta. On the island, people can visit quaint outdoor shops, museums and an arboretum.

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Dean McConkey
E-mail: Ask4Dean@gmail.com
Address: Calle Lazaro Cardenas 437A, Col. Emiliano Zapata
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico