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Puerto Vallarta is one of those rare tourist destinations that truly deserves its popularity. It does a little bit of everything and does it all very well. If you want all-inclusive luxury, head north to Nuevo Vallarta and the secluded resorts of Punta Mita. If you want small-town Mexican charm, stick to the cobblestone streets and quaint shops of Old Vallarta.
If you want outdoor adventure, surf the break at Sayulita or zipline through the jungle on a canopy tour.
Puerto Vallarta, much more than its prefab cousins like Cancun or Ixtapa, exudes authenticity. There's real art here and really (really!) good food. Puerto Vallarta's nightlife is legendary, and its shopping -- particularly for fine art and crafts -- is the best of any of Mexico's beach towns.
But be careful, visitors have been known to come here and never want to leave. For once, you might actually stop and listen to the annoying timeshare guy.
With a wide variety of fish living in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta has become known as a leading destination for sportfishing. But this beautiful bay offers much more than just a location to depart from for your next deep sea fishing tour. Sailing, diving, snorkeling and whale watching are all major water attractions in Puerto Vallarta. See our Puerto Vallarta fishing guide.
Puerto Vallarta is also blessed with 25 miles of golden beaches along the beautiful Bay of Banderas. See our beach guide.
Puerto Vallarta offers lots of variety when it comes to nightlife. Whether you're looking for a raucous party atmosphere or a place to hear some great live entertainment, you can find it here. See our Puerto Vallarta nightlife guide.
Before you head out for an evening of dancing, check out our Puerto Vallarta dining guide to find the perfect spot to begin the night with a great meal.
Puerto Vallarta is developing a reputation as being a great golf destination in Mexico with its amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains. The area boasts seven world-class golf courses, including those designed by pros like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Van Hagge. See our Puerto Vallarta golf guide.
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