Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Puerto Vallarta






























Overview: Puerto Vallarta is situated in the Bahia de Banderas, a 14-mile (22km) long bay lined with long stretches of sandy beaches. It is the second largest resort on the Pacific coast after Acapulco, but despite its resort status it has managed to maintain its own character. Its charm is due to a comfortable blend of cosmopolitan first worldliness and the colonial features of its historic old town. The graceful centre is embellished with quaint cobblestone streets that are lined with delightful white adobe houses, flower-filled wrought-iron balconies and red tiled roofs, making this one of Mexico’s most picturesque coastal cities. Luxury hotels, restaurants, bars, and shopping centres have spread out along the coast on either side of the original town, allowing Puerto Vallarta to grow without sacrificing its colonial charms. It is unrivalled as a city boasting the services offered by a cosmopolitan hub alongside the simpler pleasures of a Mexican village. Outdoor recreation is limitless, especially the diversity of water sports available, including diving and snorkelling, while whales and dolphins inhabit the bay and can often be seen on organised boat trips.
Shopping: Even serious shoppers won't be disappointed by the variety of shops lining almost every downtown street in Puerto Vallarta, ranging from speciality stores and shopping centres to outdoor markets and art galleries. No other resort destination in Mexico can offer the same shopping experience as Puerto Vallarta. It has developed a reputation as an art centre and there is an abundance of local arts and crafts, such as pottery, ceramics and hand blown glass. Boutiques stock an array of shoes, traditional Mexican sandals and clothing, while the main flea market will be the place to bargain for inexpensive handicrafts, clothes and souvenirs.
Restaurants: As the culinary capital of Mexico, and host to the annual Gourmet Dining Festival every November, foodies will be in paradise in Puerto Vallarta. It is home to some of the best restaurants in Mexico, and offers thousands of places to dine ranging from award-winning venues and family-run restaurants to coffee houses and beachside cafes. A wide range of international cuisine is available, from Italian to Japanese and French.Local Mexican fare and shrimp specialities are always good.

Nightlife: The nightlife in Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone. There are nightclubs and all night discos, strip bars, live music clubs, bars serving up sundowner cocktails, restaurants that bring on bands after the food has been cleared away, folkloric dancing and Mexican fiestas, and hotel bars where visitors and locals alike gather over a drink for a chat at the end of the day. The centre of the nightlife is the Malecon strip where the atmosphere is for the young and the young at heart. The South Side features a variety of alternative entertainment, including gay bars and strip shows.

Activities: With more activities than there is time for, Puerto Vallarta offers an array of watersports, including wind surfing, sailing, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and water-skiing. In addition there are opportunities for swimming with dolphins and whale watching. Many hotels also organise excursions to secluded beaches, hiking and biking tours, canopy tours and horse riding. Other activities include golf, deep-sea fishing and bungy jumping.

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