From snorkeling in the warm water to eating authentic Mexican cuisine, Puerto Vallarta is sure to not disappoint. With so much to do and four days to do it, take note of our itinerary and get your bags packed!
Day One: You land at Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, clear customs with ease and within minutes are on your way to the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, which boasts a 98% recommendation rate from previous guests. Nestled between the Sierra Madre Mountains and legendary Banderas Bay, the resort is located on a nice stretch of golden sand beach. You waste no time and soon have your toes in that sand, along with a cool drink in your hand. The sunsets here can be pretty amazing, and as the sun starts to drop into the Pacific Ocean, you head back to the room and get dressed for dinner at the resort’s La Estancia restaurant. With a plate of enchiladas, rice and beans in front of you, you sit back and strategize a bit about the days to come – they will be filled with equal parts fun and relaxation.
Day Two: You’ve opted for a day trip to Las Caletas, which is a secluded nature preserve that is only accessible by boat and stands out against a steep, jungle-clad backdrop of green canopies in an isolated cove on the southern shores of Banderas Bay. Las Caletas is Mexico's answer to the Garden of Eden, with no shortage of amazing things to do and see. Upon arrival, you kick back for a bit in a hammock, and decide to take a fun Paella cooking lesson. You spend some time paddling offshore in an ocean kayak, and grab a mask and fins for some snorkeling in the warm water. And later, you take a seat in the natural amphitheater for a contemporary dance performance, including Mariachis and folkloric dancing. It’s a wonderful experience, leaving you with a more thorough understanding of – and appreciation for - Mexico’s rich culture.
Day Three: You set out this morning for a zip line canopy adventure in the hills above the city, which offers pulse-stopping views of one of the most beautiful and complex biological communities on the planet. You race from platform to platform, 90 feet (30 meters) above the floor of the rainforest, with the diverse vegetation, flora and fauna spreading out before you as you travel effortlessly through the treetops. Absolutely exhilarating! With the adrenaline rush beginning to subside, you head over to the Viva Tequila museum, where you’re greeted with a well-deserved margarita and enjoy a guided tour of the legend, history, process and production of tequila. You sit down for a tequila tasting led by a Tequilero Master, and discover the different colors, smells and characteristics of several varieties of tequila. Just what the doctor ordered.
Day Four: You’ll be heading home later this afternoon, but still have time to act on a recommendation you received from locals last night. Located on the south side of the city, Puerto Vallarta’s Zona Romantica is a charming, unpretentious beach village that’s home to laid-back residents and a number of the city’s best restaurants, plus a wide variety of quaint shops. Just across the Cuale River, the community’s signature cobblestone streets provide a traditional vibe not unlike that of Mexico’s well-known colonial cities. You enjoy an early lunch and browse for unique gifts and keepsakes, stopping just short of purchasing so much it won’t all fit in your suitcase. It’s a nice way to conclude your visit, and as you board your flight to leave (for now), you fully recognize Mexico’s allure. From its great beaches to its smiling faces, this place has it all.