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Malecón, 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...
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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....
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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...
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Parque Las Palmas, 48317 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
Boat rides of one of the largest boat rides in the Americas abound. Enjoy the Mexican hospitality. Disfruta te durante el viaje en barco -- hay cervezas, tequila, la comida y una vista de Bahia espectacular. La hospitalidad mexicana ademas.
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Bucerías, Nayarit, Mexico
You have to check out Investours in Bucerias. Their walking tour takes you around this tiny fishing village to meet local artisans. We met Luz, who sells her tamales and atole, a traditional Mexican hot drink, around town. It was incredible to...
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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...
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Av México 1121, 5 de Diciembre, 48350 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
My first visit to Puerto Vallarta was 30 years ago. Yesterday, I tried to recreate the drive from downtown to Mismaloya Beach and Chicos Paradise. I only have a remote memory of the views of the big Banderas Bay. We stopped at a modest restaurant...
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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...
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Calle Constitución 210, Emiliano Zapata, 48380 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
They had me at the giant vintage poster of a bull fighter that extends from the top of the bar to the ceiling, pictured. This is a colorful bar with open windows, one pool table, and plenty of booth seating that overlooks the sidewalk. The music...
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Portico's luxurious Casa Privada is amazing because of how secluded and accessible to the beach it is. The vie from the balcony off the master suite is breathtaking and by far my favorite Casa Privada feature.
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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...
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carretera Ranal A Punta de Mita 9, 63734 Sayulita, Nay., Mexico
Sayulita is just such a beautiful spot, and our little one is busy chill in' out with her freshly braided hair. Lots of surfing was done here at the long, sandy beach.
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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...