At the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains and stretching along the shoreline of Banderas Bay on the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta has been called "ridiculously picturesque." It will also always be famous as the backdrop for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's love affair in the 1960s while shooting "Night of the Iguana.
"Readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine voted Puerto Vallarta the "Friendliest City in the World," and it represents both Mexico's natural beauty and authentic, colorful culture. Located on the same latitude as Hawaii, temperatures are tropical and warm year-round. Brief tropical rains come almost every afternoon during the summer, with the rainiest month being September.
Accommodations range from budget to luxury and line the beautiful beaches, while quaint cobblestone streets wind amongst white-walled, tile-roofed houses in the historic town center. Downtown is made up of shops, regional crafts, restaurants and cantinas, and high-energy nightlife.
There are so many beach, water, and shopping activities to do with your friends and family here, but be sure to dine out together as Puerto Vallarta is a food-lover's dream. Over 500 restaurants serve everything from fresh, local budget meals to international haute cuisine. Stroll along the malecon, Puerto Vallarta's broad beachfront walkway, and take a day tour to Caletas, an unspoiled cove and the former home of late director John Huston.