Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide
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PV beaches are varied. Downtown's main beach, Los Muertos, is a fun scene, with shoulder-to-shoulder establishments for drinking and eating under the shade. There's year-round action, although water-sports equipment rentals may be available on weekends only during the rainy season. The itinerant vendors are present year-round, however, and can be annoying. Olas Altas Beach, which runs north from Los Muertos, has the same grainy brown sand but fewer vendors and services and sometimes waves big enough to surf or boogie. During vacation periods it's just as lively as Los Muertos Beach. North of the malecón and Hotel Rosita, more stretches of sand front minor hotels.
Centered in the middle of a large bay, Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta is the traditional hub for area beach hotels.... read more
First-time travelers come for the sun and sea, but it's PV's wonderful restaurants that create legions of long-term fans.... read more
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The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is dedicated to the patron saint of Mexico and of Puerto Vallarta. The holy mother's image, by... Read more
Legendary restaurants: Eat barbecued snapper with your feet in the sand or chateaubriand with a killer ocean view. Adventure... Read more
Canopy tours are action-packed rides, where, fastened to a zip line high off the ground, you fly from tree to tree—blue sky above,... Read more
Puerto Vallarta's malecón is its Champs Élysées—only shorter, warmer, and less expensive. On the mile-long cement walkway... Read more
Expanded and updated in 2007, PV's cruise-ship terminal berths three full-size ships at a time and is midway between Marina Vallarta and... Read more
Puerto Vallarta is a gay old town. Men check each other out over drinks and suntan oil at the south end of Los Muertos beach, dangle from... Read more
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