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A Perfect Day for Romance in Puerto Vallarta

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. Here are great suggestions for a perfect romantic day in Puerto Vallarta.

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Discover Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta and the region surrounding it have long had die-hard fans. From the wild, undeveloped southern coast to the colorful beach towns of the northern shores, this unique slice of Mexican terrain attracts return visitors year after year. The surprising diversity of Vallarta and its surroundings attracts more people each year, yet you can still get away from everything without going far from this lively city. Come discover your own special place in this magical region by the sea.

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Moon Spotlight Sayulita & the Riviera Nayarit

Moon Spotlight Sayulita & the Riviera Nayarit is a 70-page compact guide covering Sayulita and the best of the Riviera Nayarit, including Rinón de Guayabitos, La Peñita, San Blas, and Tepic. Author Justin Henderson provides his firsthand advice on must-see attractions, as well as maps with sightseeing highlights, so you can make the most of […]

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Moon Puerto Vallarta

This full-color guide to Puerto Vallarta includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. Surfer and former Sayulita resident Justin Henderson reveals the best ways to experience Puerto Vallarta—from enjoying the quirky and compelling works of art along the Malecón to snorkeling in Matanchén Bay. Packed with expert advice on dining, transportation, […]

Mountain cabaña in the forest near Ixtlán de Juárez.

Oaxaca Ecotourism: Cabañas Ecoturísticas

Ecotourism in Oaxaca is a unique experience thanks to communities hosting cabañas ecoturísticas, sanctuaries for visitors weary of the tourist rush who desire more contact with local people and Oaxaca’s unique mountain cultures.

Sunrise at Playa Zipolite on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca state.

Playa Zipolite Beach, Oaxaca

Playa Zipolite, a wide, mile-long strand of brilliant golden sand enfolded by headlands and backed by palm groves, is simply stunning. Aside from it’s great surf, Zipolite is famous for being Mexico’s only nudist beach.

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Traveling to Oaxaca by Bus

Bus travel rules in Mexico, with hundreds of sleek luxury- and first-class bus lines. Here’s what you need to know when traveling to Oaxaca by bus, including border crossing on foot, getting to major terminals, detailed route instructions and suggested itineraries, a brief overview of bus lines, and helpful vocabulary.

Sunset on the beach at San Agustinillo, Oaxaca.

San Agustinillo Accommodations, Oaxaca

A number of lodgings sprinkle the San Agustinillo beachfront and hillside above the road. Here, you can enjoy it all: charming Mexican beach village ambience; stores and small restaurants nearby; hammock-hung verandas with gorgeous views of the foaming San Agustinillo surf; and hundreds of yards of golden sand.

San José del Pacífico, Oaxaca is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view.

Visiting San José del Pacífico in Oaxaca

Oaxaca’s San José del Pacífico is a little mountaintop town with a tremendous view. The main local diversions are natural, such as basking in the sun and hiking mountain trails to panoramic viewpoints (and a partaking in a particular type of mushroom).

The arcade at Convent Santo Domingo in Oaxaca City.

Where to Go in Oaxaca

The best thing to do in Oaxaca is explore. The city of Oaxaca has a rich downtown area with plenty of architecture and handicrafts (a theme continued throughout the state) as well as galleries and museums. Outside the city, outdoor adventure and cultural immersion rule.