Things to do
A sheltered crescent on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Banderas Bay attracts sun-worshippers and thrill-seekers to its golden shores. The Puerto Vallarta Hotel Zone Beach is lined with exclusive resorts and luxury day beds. It’s also where you can pick up scuba diving tours to swim with seals, manta rays and dolphins. For somewhere quieter, head beyond the bay to San Pancho beach, a windswept stretch popular with surfers.
The Puerto Vallarta old town is a patchwork of cobbled streets gathered around the pretty Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. While away an afternoon here exploring quirky boutiques and galleries. Or soak up the sophisticated vibe of Puerto Vallarta marina, with its gleaming yachts and gourmet restaurants. The jewel in the crown is arguably El Malecón, a camera-grabbing boardwalk dotted with contemporary sculptures. After sunset, the resort boasts some of Mexico’s liveliest, LGBT-inclusive nightlife.
Test your skill on some of Mexico’s best golf courses, including recent EMC2 World Cup host, Vista Vallarta. Set among palm trees with sweeping ocean views, every game will be as picturesque as it is challenging. Off the green, Puerto Vallarta is a hotspot for everything from surfing to deep-sea fishing – with options for all abilities.