If it’s still early in the day, hike to the waterfall or take a horseback ride into the jungle. When you return, have a light lunch (and a slice of pie) at one of the beachfront restaurants. Go ahead and swim, sunbathe, or buy some trinkets from the local vendors, and then catch a return boat back to the pier.
On your way back to your hotel, recharge with a couple’s massage at a local spa. Tables are set up side by side so you and your sweetie can enjoy the relaxing and healing powers of massage together. For a real treat, buy a package at one of the hotel spas to enjoy steam rooms, sauna, massage, and total pampering. Once back at your hotel, rest for a while before getting dressed for dinner.
There are any number of restaurants along the Malecón where you can watch a spectacular sunset, but Vista Grill, Barcelona Tapas, and Restaurant Chez Elena are elevated and offer a panoramic view of the city as well. Share a dessert and a kiss as the evening fireworks light up the sky at about 10.
If you’ve still got it in you, head out to La Bodeguita del Medio or J&B for some salsa dancing, or stop by a La Playa liquor store and pick up a bottle of Chambrule sparkling wine for a moonlit stroll along the beach. End your perfect day with a kiss at midnight, your feet buried in the sand and the warm waters of the bay lapping at your ankles.
Excerpted from the Ninth Edition of Moon Puerto Vallarta.