Surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains, Puerto Vallarta is a city filled with tradition and history, yet at the same time it is cosmopolitan with pulsating nightlife, topnotch cuisine, and a flourishing venue for art. Puerto Vallarta truly is a world class tourist destination and has received awards from Cónde Nast to Trip Advisor for being “Best Destination for Conventions”, “Best Holiday Destination in Mexico”, and “Top 10 Destinations in Mexico”.
First mentioned in 1524 by the Spanish, there is archaeological evidence of continuous human habitation since 580 BC. But before John Huston’s 1964 film, “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton, Puerto Vallarta was just a sleepy fishing village on the Pacific Coast. Liz Taylor came to keep an eye on her lover while he was filming with the voluptuous Ava Gardner. The publicity buzz about Burton and Liz’s torrid affair and the movie put Vallarta on the map as a truly world class destination.
Located at the same latitude as Hawaii, the weather is comparable, which makes it perfect to travel to all year round (and it is so much closer!). Activities are endless from water sports of all sorts, humpback whale watching (seasonal), mounting biking/hiking, zip lining, ATVing, golfing i.e. at one of the most scenic golf courses that challenge even the most seasoned players, and so much more.
Head north, and you will arrive to the quaint fishing village of Punta de Mita where two world famous 5 star resorts await. Punta de Mita is located on the famed “Riviera Nayarit”, a nearly 200-mile stretch of coastline, nestled on the imposing jungle-clad mountains of the Western Sierra Madre, and washed by the Pacific Ocean waters. The area is particularly famous for being the destination from December to March to spot thousands of humpback whales.