Ask any of the hundreds of honeymooning couples who visit each year, and they’ll tell you that Puerto Vallarta is the place for romance. Swaying palms on golden beaches, moonlit walks along the shore, and brilliant Pacific sunsets make the Bay of Banderas the perfect backdrop for weddings, anniversaries, engagements, or just a quick romantic getaway. The following are suggestions for a perfect romantic day in Puerto Vallarta.

Set on the sand facing the ocean, two chairs flank a small table with a yellow umbrella.

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For a real treat, buy a package at one of the hotel spas to enjoy steam rooms, sauna, massage, and total pampering.Start your morning with breakfast on your balcony. Order room service and start the day relaxed and unhurried while watching the waves together. When you’re ready, get dressed and hail a cab or stroll to Playa los Muertos. Boarding from the Los Muertos Pier, enjoy an hour boat ride viewing the magnificent mansions and villas, and the beautiful deserted coves, that line the shore on your way to Yelapa.

If it’s still early in the day, at Yelapa, hike to the waterfall or take a horseback ride into the forest. 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 jewelry or souvenirs from the local vendors, and then catch a return boat back to Playa los Muertos.

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 up on the hill behind downtown offer a panoramic view of the city and bay as well. Share a dessert and a kiss as the evening fireworks light up the sky at about 10pm.

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 liquor store and pick up a bottle of 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 Tenth Edition of Moon Puerto Vallarta.