Puerto Vallarta Highlights
Nestled between palm-covered mountains, a river and an azure sea, full of cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses, and sitting in front of a gorgeous sandy beach, Puerto Vallarta is seriously picturesque. There are dolphins in the bay year-round, and humpback whales between November and March.
Puerto Vallarta has become one of Mexico's premier international beach resorts, commanding as much tourist-brochure space as other Pacific playgrounds like Acapulco, Mazatlán and Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa. The resort-city gets 2.5 million visitors annually, 1.5 million of whom are Mexicans.