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885km (549 miles) NW of Mexico City; 339km (210 miles) W of Guadalajara; 285km (177 miles) NW of Manzanillo; 447km (277 miles) SE of Mazatlán; 239km (148 miles) SW of Tepic
Puerto Vallarta remains my favorite part of this colorful country, for its unrivaled combination of Mexican warmth, international diversity, and artistic charm. Beyond the cobblestone streets, graceful cathedral, bustling malecón (boardwalk), and festive zócalo (town square), Puerto Vallarta's welcoming atmosphere is complemented by its wealth of natural beauty and man-made pleasures, including hotels of all classes and prices, more than 250 restaurants, and a sizzling nightlife. Cool breezes flow down from the mountains along the Río Cuale, which runs through the city center. Fanciful public sculptures enhance the extensive contemporary arts scene, with the finest galleries in all of Mexico clustered together along a few small and charming blocks. As the most gay-friendly city in Mexico, Vallarta is as open-minded as it is laid-back, and folks from Mexico and the world over have relocated here, in part, for its cosmopolitan and open orientation.
Galleries, boutique shops, and outdoor markets blanket the town's cobblestone streets. You can walk everywhere, pausing along the way at a beachside cafe or on a boardwalk bench. Life here revolves around the ocean, with activities including deep-sea fishing, snorkeling, long-board surfing, and swimming with dolphins. Ecotourism activities abound -- sign up for a jungle canopy tour, visit a protected island preserve, or test your sight at bird-watching. Ease yourself into an ocean kayak, watch whales migrating, or put on your scuba gear and dive with giant mantas in Banderas Bay. The range of activities in this earthly heaven is astounding.
Some folks come to Puerto Vallarta for its healing effects. Yoga retreats and fine spas have sprung up all over in recent years. There's something spiritual about a stroll along the malecón with its ocean breezes, multihued sunsets, and moonlit views of the bay. Peaceful scenic drives extend north and south of the city along oceanside cliffs and through winding jungle terrain. Those here to rest, read, and relax can choose from 26 miles of beaches, many in pristine coves accessible only by boat and framed by the majestic Sierra Madre mountains.
Dining here is delightful. The fresh fish, locally raised meats, and seasonal ingredients inspire Vallarta's many outstanding chefs, boosting the restaurant scene into one of the country's best. Creative Mexican and international dishes explode with flavor, and service is consistently gracious and warm. Wander through downtown Vallarta for fine sidewalk dining as diverse as the city itself. In Viejo Vallarta, you can enjoy a delicious Mexican meal at a casual eatery steps away from an acclaimed international seafood restaurant. You'll find French, Italian, German, and Asian venues tucked between galleries just on the other side of the Río Cuale.
Nighttime entertainment transforms the malecón into a modern Mexican party, where hipsters pack fashionable clubs, dancers swing to salsa, midnight revelers chase back tequila, and celebrations spill into the streets. A number of more chilled-out bars cater to the wine and margarita crowd. Even snowbirds jam to oldies not far from the hottest clubs. The old town is filled with fun-loving gay and gay-friendly bars. As with every aspect of this lively and lovely city, there is something for everyone.
Convenient American Airlines flights to Puerto Vallarta mean that you can easily be relaxing in this friendly beachside destination. Although spending time with your toes in the sand and a refreshing beverage in your hand is delightful, there is also a wide range of other things to do in Puerto Vallarta, from shopping in local markets to discovering modern art galleries or attending one of many festivals that occur here throughout the year.
Of course, one of our favorite activities in Puerto Vallarta takes advantage of its ideal location along Banderas Bay on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. This idyllic place is full of peaceful beaches and gorgeous resort pools (many of which overlook the Bay). An afternoon spent lounging poolside, listening to the waves, will melt away stress! The waters surrounding Puerto Vallarta are also where you can spot humpback whales during the winter, and there are many opportunities to swim with dolphins (such as Puerto Vallarta Shore Excursion: Swimming with Dolphins). The more adventurous will be happy to know there are also opportunities for zip lining (such as the Puerto Vallarta Canopy Adventure) or snorkeling (such as the Snorkel Los Arcos tour).
After relaxing (or playing), there are still plenty of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. Plan a stroll along the Malecon, the seaside promenade located along the edge of downtown that features one-of-a-kind sculptures. You'll also pass many restaurants and shops along the way, so go ahead and work up an appetite. After dining, discover the many art galleries downtown showcasing paintings, photography, sculptures and jewelry.
With all these activities in Puerto Vallarta, it's easy to do as much or as little here as you like. There are many picturesque beaches from which to choose and in town you'll find no shortage of wonderful restaurants, offering coastal Mexican cuisine, seafood and more tempting options. The biodiversity of Puerto Vallarta, located near the Sierra Madre mountains, is rich and impressive in its range of flora and fauna. Did you realize Puerto Vallarta lies on the same latitude as Hawaii? The weather here is nearly perfect all year long, giving you plenty of opportunity to explore.
It's all waiting for you! Fly to Puerto Vallarta with American Airlines and experience this friendly, welcoming beachside retreat. Prepare for total relaxation and start planning your trip here today.
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|Vallarta Wine Fest||Mar 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Whale Watching in Banderas Bay||Nov 2013 - Mar 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Puerto Vallarta International Sports Classic||May 2014 (annual)||Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center|
|Puerto Vallarta Independence Day||Sep 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Puerto Vallarta International Sailfish and Marlin Tournament||Nov 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival||Nov 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Puerto Vallarta Revolution Day Parade||Nov 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Vallarta Fever||Nov 2014 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Whale Watching in Banderas Bay||Nov 2014 - Mar 2015 (annual)||Puerto Vallarta|
|Archie's Wok||Asian/Pac Rim||South of the Rio Cuale to Olas Altas||3||4|
|Café Kaiser Maximilian||International||South of the Rio Cuale to Olas Altas||3||3|
|Café San Angel||Cafe||South of the Rio Cuale to Olas Altas||1||2|
|Café de Olla||Mexican||South of the Rio Cuale to Olas Altas||1||3|
|Café des Artistes/Thierry Blouet Cocina del Autor||French||Downtown||3||4|
|Daiquiri Dick's||Asian/Pac Rim||Downtown||2||4|
|Espresso||Italian||South of the Río Cuale to Olas Altas||3||1|
|Eva's Brickhouse||International||Around Town||3||3|
|Fajita Republic||Mexican||South of the Río Cuale to Olas Altas||1||2|
|Hacienda San Angel||Mexican||Downtown||2||4|
|La Palapa||Seafood||South of the Río Cuale to Olas Altas||3||3|
|Le Bistro||International||South of the Río Cuale to Olas Altas||2||3|
|Pomodoro E Basilico||Italian||South of the Rio Cuale to Olas Altas||1||3|
|Porto Bello||Italian||Marina Vallarta||3||3|
|Red Cabbage Café||Mexican||South of the Rmo Cuale to Olas Altas||1||4|
|Restaurant Bar Leyza [||Mexican||Sayulita||2||3|
|Andale's||Bars & Pubs||1|
|Casanova||Gay & Lesbian Bars||1|
|Collage Club||More Entertainment||1|
|Constantini Martini and Piano Bar||Bars & Pubs||2|
|El Faro Lighthouse Bar||The Club & Music Scene||2|
|Hard Rock Café||The Club & Music Scene||1|
|Hilo||The Club & Music Scene||1|
|J & B Salsa Club||Dance Clubs||1|
|La Bodeguita del Medio||The Club & Music Scene||1|
|La Noche||Gay & Lesbian Bars||1|
|La Vaquita||Dance Clubs||1|
|Mañana||Gay & Lesbian Bars||2|
|Punto V||The Club & Music Scene||2|
|Rhythms of the Night (Cruise to Caletas)||More Entertainment||3|
|Roo||The Club & Music Scene||4|
|Z'Tai||The Club & Music Scene||2|
|Alfarería Tlaquepaque||Arts & Crafts||1|
|Banderas Bay Trading Company||Housewares & Furniture||2|
|Banderas Bay Trading Company||Antiques||2|
|Galería des Artistes||Art||1|
|La Casa del Habano||Specialty Shopping||1|
|La Casa del Tequila||Wines & Liquors||2|
|Lucy's CuCu Cabaña||Art||1|
|Olinala||Arts & Crafts||1|
|Puerco Azul||Arts & Crafts||1|
|Querubines||Arts & Crafts||1|
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