Now Amber Puerto Vallarta
David Alfaro Siqueiros 164, Zona Hotelera, Las Glorias, 48333 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
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Puerto Vallarta: The Jewel of JaliscoPuerto Vallarta is a city of 250,000 that possesses a charm and mystique one associates with centuries old locales, yet its tourism tradition only dates back a half century. Its stone streets, traditional architecture, scenic boardwalk, and mountain backdrop lend a surreal air, evocative of a bygone era. Set against the largest bay in the West other than San Francisco's, nowhere are the vistas more resplendent than at the hilltop Now Amber Resorts and Secrets hotels. The all inclusive properties are attentively staffed, with several dining establishments, lively evening performances, tennis, fitness facilities and spa, swimming pools, retail and guest services. Now Amber's lobby opens to the exterior in a manner which always affords views.
Reserve a yacht tour aboard Mike's Charters, of the historic Bay of Banderas, which includes snacks and snorkeling. While filming Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana", Liz Taylor and Richard Burton famously cavorted here. Some excursions feature whale watching. Bring your camera or phone to photograph the caves and formations.
Puerto Vallarta is a great walking town, akin to a Western New Orleans. At Gaby's Restaurant, a family owned establishment with great terrace views, the chef Julio offers fun cooking classes for up to 15 participants. The class begins with a trip to the market from which he sources (it ends in a tasty lunch). Another lunch option is the calm escape of Metate Cafe.
Expand your learning curve with a lesson in the history of chocolate, and a course in making it, at Choco Museo. You get to keep your creations, and may purchase superior treats in the gift shop.
Should you decide to dine outside Now Amber or Secrets, consider Trio, River Cafe, or La Palapa. The latter is located on a romantic beach, and features musical entertainment.
To combine, dinner, entertainment and cruise, book Vallarta Adventures' evening excursion across Banderas Bay to Las Caletas beach. There are cocktails aboard. At your destination, you'll walk amid thousands of torches, to an ampitheatre, to be amazed by a stage show called Rhythms of the Night. Imagine an Aztec extravaganza and dancers costumed as animals, interpreted a la Cirque du Soleil. Spectators are then guided to beachside tables, where they partake in a delectable buffet dinner, to the serenade of the tides.
Puerto Vallarta is easy to get around by foot, taxi or bus, and ideal for exploration. Small spas and massage parlors abound. Watersports buffs will kayak, paddleboard, parasail or sail with charters. There is sport fishing. Until May 30, 11 local galleries partner on an Art Walk, on which jewelry, painting, finely crafted regional and imported ceramics, and mixed media are exhibited, and available for purchase or shipping. Refuel with a tasty beachfront lunch at the smartly decorated Sapphire Beach Club. Follow your afternoon activity or tour by witnessing the sunset from your hotel room balcony. Many of Puerto Vallarta's vacationers are repeat or annual visitors, and its people, plazas and playas are the reason why.