Hankering for a change of scenery? Your new home away from home awaits. Located on Banderas Bay, between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre mountains, Puerto Vallarta is a unique and magical destination to cure the winter blues. Featuring cobblestone streets, lush green mountains bathed in waterfalls and rivers, miles of beach and over 300 days of warm weather and blue skies, it’s no wonder why it’s one of the most romantic towns in Mexico. Operating at 75% capacity, the city has enacted strict health and sanitation measures across all hotels, restaurants, and public spaces for visitors and citizens alike to best ensure the safety of all. To instill more confidence, the state of Jalisco achieved the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp by meeting the global organization’s safe operation standards. Further, from this month air passengers returning to the United States must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test (LAMP tests are also admissible for Canada), no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Additionally, U.S. travelers can also provide documentation of recovery following an infection.
There’s a lot more to the city than just sun and sand. Recognized as ‘The Friendliest City in the World’ by Condé Nast Traveler, Puerto Vallarta takes pride in its authenticity, rich history, art, tradition, and culture. Just a quick flight from LAX, the coastal city in the state of Jalisco is easily accessible, fully operational, and a safe destination for all international visitors. You’ll never be too far from roving Mariachi bands, ready to perform for you on the beach or at restaurants, or street food carts perfect for snacking while you explore. Stay safe and social distanced with the numerous outdoor adventures the city offers including oceanside horseback riding, snorkeling, jungle tours, skydiving and more!
Where To Stay
Banderas Bay is sprinkled with hotels all along the coast. Stay at Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, just a few blocks from the iconic boardwalk “El Malecón,” for easy access and exploring in Centro (downtown) and to take in the historic and architectural characteristics of Old Vallarta. Views even stretch to the iconic wrought iron crown of Lady Guadalupe. Grab a cabana at The Hacienda at Hilton and let your mind wander as you lounge poolside. For a pampering couple’s break, visit Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only in south Puerto Vallarta. The first and only AAA Diamond rated resort in town will spoil you with top notch accommodations including ocean views and two renowned-specialty restaurants. Just off of Playa de Los Muertos in the Romantic Zone is Puerto Vallarta’s most luxurious LGBTQ+ hotel, Almar Resort Luxury LGBT Beach Front Experience. A premiere international gaycation location, Almar pampers guests with spectacular ocean views from oceanfront cabanas, drag performances and panoramic views of the city.
For quick access to upmarket boutiques, restaurants and luxurious yachts, look to Casa Velas and Velas Vallarta in the northern neighborhood of Marina Vallarta. Casa Velas prides itself as a destination for romance, home to a vibrant botanical garden and a popular choice for beautiful weddings. For those looking to relax, go on a soul searching jungle jaunt at Hotel Mousai which offers a rooftop infinity pool overlooking the entire bay, or visit the world class spa at the pet-friendly Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta. Bring the whole family and stay in upmarket Marina Vallarta at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, one of the most charming hotels in the Bay of Banderas and ideal for family vacations.
What To Eat & Drink
With over 1,000 restaurants, Puerto Vallarta is an essential destination for any foodie looking for a unique and memorable culinary journey. For those of you who are looking for a little romance under the stars, El Dorado offers traditional Mexican seafood on Los Muertos Beach – candlelit with toes in the sand. La Palapa also has barefoot dining with unobstructed views of the sunset and the beautifully lit Playa Los Muertos Pier. If you fancy your tastes more adventurous, escape the hotel fair at the award-winning Icú, who’s open kitchen allows diners to watch the chefs in action. Awarded Best New Restaurant in Mexico at the Food and Travel Magazine Reader Awards 2019, these chefs are known for their seafood dishes and seasonal menus. Just around the corner from Fiesta Americana, La Leche reinvents the dining environment with a clean, white monochromatic and minimalist space. Blocks from El Malecón, Cafe des Artistes has served the community for over 29 years. Their Mexico-inspired French cuisine is multi-layered yet approachable with details that will captivate all of your senses. A perfect place to celebrate any special occasion, their garden setting is perfumed with scents of jasmine and diners will hear singing tree frogs. Just down the boardwalk, you’ll find the Mediterranean cuisine of Trio. Although traditional and upscale, their open garden European ambiance is simple, crafted with love and decked out with locally handcrafted art and furniture.
What To Do
Puerto Vallarta offers more than 50 open air activities, sure to make your trip one you’ll never forget. Swim with dolphins in the wild by Wildlife Connection where you can visit with these fabulous animals in their natural environment. Thrill seekers will enjoy riding an all-terrain vehicle 150 meters in the air across the Jorullo Bridge. This is the longest suspension bridge in the world, measuring 470 meters, treating guests to spectacular views of the mountains, the valley below and the Canopy River. Another thrilling experience is the “Superman” by Vallarta Adventures, one of Mexico’s longest and fastest zip lines. With speeds up to 65mph, this exhilarating tour of the tropical forest canopy will have your adrenaline racing. Experience one of the greatest wonders of the sea when you participate in a sea turtle release. Named for their dark green color, the Olive Ridley turtle is the smallest type of sea turtle and one of the main species who return to Puerto Vallarta each year. Take a scuba diving tour to explore underwater reefs and caves alongside tropical fish, curious giant manta rays, delicate sea horses and other ocean wildlife. Visit the Mexican Orchid and other native plants at the whimsical and beautiful Vallarta Botanical Gardens, a relaxing getaway from the day-to-day bustle. Spanning 20 acres of land, the Gardens also feature a tree fern grotto, agave and rose gardens, and a stream you can swim in.
From beach hopping to adrenaline-filled adventures, gastronomy stretching from authentic Mexican cuisine to fusions of the world and the freshest cocktails, make your next getaway an unforgettable one in Puerto Vallarta.