Voted the friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast magazine in 2003 and the best place to retire by the American Association of Retired Persons in 2010, Puerto Vallarta is truly a global treasure. The city is situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico in Banderas Bay where colorful beaches and cultural landmarks impress visitors from every corner of the map. Dive into an eco-friendly wilderness excursion or spend time among the region’s most prized artistic masterpieces – in Puerto Vallarta, every attraction is awe-inspiring.
At Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, you’ll have the city at your fingertips. Enjoy a view of the ocean from your French balcony or private outdoor Jacuzzi. Preferred Club accommodations come with a private beach area where you can indulge in afternoon hors d’oeuvres. Couples will appreciate the resort’s Portofino restaurant, featuring à la carte Italian cuisine in an adults-only atmosphere. If you want a taste of Banderas Bay, head to Dreams’ Oceana for the freshest seafood and unforgettable views of the Pacific. Pamper yourself with an Aromatherapy Salt Glow treatment and massage at the Dreams Spa. For golfers, however, the resort’s major perk is access to some of the world’s premier courses, which are manicured to perfection. You can make your daydreams a reality at www.dreamsresorts.com/drepv.
From precious ceramics to vibrant paintings, you’ll find it all in the Centro Histórico district. The neighborhood is home to prestigious art galleries that feature both Mexican and international work. From late October until the end of May, Centro Histórico hosts ArtWalk, a weekly event where art enthusiasts, patrons and collectors enjoy special exhibitions and cocktails. Every Wednesday, you can stroll from gallery to gallery and speak with featured artists. End your night at nearby Teatro Vallarta where a modern art gallery and performances by renowned ballet and opera groups help keep Mexican culture alive and well.
There are dozens of sandy Puerto Vallarta beaches worthy of your time, but perhaps the best way to experience the coastline is from the water. The crew at Mondrian Yacht Charters will take you on a private, customized trip filled with scenic views, sporting adventures and decadent dining menus. Choose between two yachts and set sail around the bay where dolphins, sea turtles and humpback whales have been known to make appearances. Snorkel or swim with guidance from the experienced yacht crew, or relax on deck for a sunset cruise. You can customize your trip to include stops at attractions like Los Arcos Underwater Park and Marietas Island Marine Reserve. Book your charter at www.mondrianyachtcharters.com.
Exotic and welcoming, Puerto Vallarta is a destination filled with countless opportunities for adventure, as well as relaxation. June to October is usually the hottest time of the year with temperatures between 81 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. From November through January, the weather is more moderate thanks to a comfortable Pacific breeze; March to May is also pleasant with blue skies almost every day. Although the peso is the national currency, many businesses in Puerto Vallarta accept U.S. money. It’s also not a bad idea to brush up on your Spanish; however, you’ll find that individuals working at hotels often speak English and are more than happy to point you in the right direction. Start planning your trip to paradise at www.visitpuertovallarta.com.