Fodor’s Choice Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by lush forests, surging rivers, and stunning waterfalls, making it the perfect destination for adventure travelers who like kayaking, mountain-biking, hiking, and horseback-riding, among other diversions. Puerto Vallarta is also great for scuba diving and snorkeling, and the surfing off Punta de Mita is tops.

If, however, your main goal is just to eat great food, you’ve come to the right place. The restaurant scene in Puerto Vallarta is as competitive as any in Europe — variety, quality, and innovation are the norm whether you dine in a beachfront café or a swank, candlelighted restaurant. Some of the city’s nicest restaurants are located in PV’s hotels, which rank among Mexico’s finest.

Of course if all you really want to do is park yourself on a beach, you’ve come to the right place. PV’s beaches are among the finest in the world. There are plenty to choose from, but you’ll be happiest with one that rents a palapa, a palm-thatch shade structure designed to keep the sun at bay.

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