Puerto Vallarta surprises with its engaging balance between the old and the new. Where the River Cuale flows into beautiful Banderas Bay, one of the largest and deepest in the world, lies simple and picturesque Puerto Vallarta, a little town with Mexican spirit.
Virtually unknown to the general vacationing public until director John Huston chose the locale for his film Night of the Iguana with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. As word spread, a burgeoning influx of guests was seduced by the city's Old Mexico charm. In the years since, Puerto Vallarta has become a major vacation destination, with a multitude of travelers every year attesting to its allure. The city has taken great strides to become more cosmopolitan, while preserving its vast cultural and natural treasures.
The bay brims with aquatic life. The Humpback Whale migrates here to mate every year from December to March. Sea turtles nest on the beaches from May to October. Dolphins and giant manta rays also inhabit these waters. Sport fishermen, snorkel and scuba divers revel in the abundant life of the sea in the bay and the nearby Marietta Islands.
Upscale hotels and retail stores accommodate most any budget. The region's tropical climate guarantees constant sunshine while you explore the coastline on horseback, lounge on the beach, snorkel amid the fantastic marine ecosystem, or simply walk the cobblestone streets looking for crafts. During the day, a rainforest and rolling valley hills are your playground. Then at night, you can relax Try a candlelight dinner on the beach at "La Palapa" for the best cuisine Mexico has to offer. Or try "Cafe Des Artistes" with its French flair menu and tantalizing deserts , you'll find yourself returning to Puerto Vallarta over and again!
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