Collected by James Robert
Malecón, Zona Romántica, Amapas, 48399 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
This novel walking tour combines a power work-out with sightseeing. You'll climb a steep hill to reach a look-out spot with sweeping views of Vallarta and Banderas Bay, then descend to see Elizabeth Taylor's and Richard Burton's former homes (and...
Calle Zaragoza No 404, 48304 Yelapa, Jal., Mexico
To stay at the Verana, an eco-lodge outside Puerto Vallarta, guests take a 30-minute boat ride to the village of Yelapa. (Dolphins accompanied me on the journey.) Scattered on a jungle hillside are eight variegated cottages and stand-alone rooms....
Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico
Guadalajara visitors craving an escape from the city should know that the ocean breeze isn’t far away. The bohemian beach town of Sayulita is about a four-hour drive, and even closer by plane. Popular in the 1960s among American and Canadian...
Marriott Tower B, Av Paseo de la Marina Nte 435, Marina Vallarta, 48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
The Puerto Vallarta Marriott’s Ohtli Spa is considered by many to be the best in the city, and upon entry I could see the immediate allure. A long, marble staircase gives way to a prairie-sized concierge complete with a rectangular pool flanked by...
Vicente Guerrero 49, Sagrado Corazón, Centro, 63730 San Juan de Abajo, Nay., Mexico
Waterfall views and jungle-like mountain terrain set the scene for horseback rides in Puerto Vallarta with outfitter Rancho El Charro. The company's wranglers lead three- and five-hour excursions, as well as day-long and three- to five-day guided...
Calle Revolucion 37, Zona Centro, 63734 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
Along the busy stretch of Avenida Revolución, Sayulita Café is a sophisticated, unpretentious spot where chef-owner Miguel Muro turns out regional specialties such as molcajete azteca and mole. Nab a sidewalk table, start with a round of...
Calle Juárez 122, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
I love watching sunsets in Puerta Vallarta! Here, the river runs into the ocean: kids play in the river while surfers and swimmers bob up and down on glowing orange waves. Nearby, there are theatrical street shows, a market, lots of shops and...
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