Hundreds of distilleries produce and market mezcal in Oaxaca. Photo © Justin Henderson.

All About Oaxacan Mezcal

With agave growing in hundreds of small-scale family plots, mezcal is a modern-day cultural phenomenon in Oaxaca—one with deep historical roots. Mezcal has been the “national” drink of the state of Oaxaca for centuries, and though perhaps the method to make it is more mechanized than in the past, it is mostly the same hands-on, handmade operation.

A bougainvillea-draped doorway at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Photo © Justin Henderson.

Best Puerto Vallarta Day Trips

If you’re based in Puerto Vallarta and set on spending all your nights here, you can still get out of town for a day at a time. From can’t-miss outings to easy-going changes of scenery, here are some great options by car, bus, and boat.

View from Hotelito Desconocido. Photo © furphotos, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Rustic Luxury Retreats in Puerto Vallarta

A sprinkling of secluded upscale mini resorts, perfect for a few days of quiet tropical relaxation, have opened in some remote corners of the Puerto Vallarta region. Being hideaways, they are not always easily accessible, but for those willing to make an extra effort, the rewards are rustically luxurious accommodations in lovely natural settings.

Mmmm, chocolate. Photo © Cindy Eccles/123rf.

A Taste of History: Aztec Chocolatl

The refreshing drink chocolatl enjoyed by Aztec nobility is a remote but distinct relative of the chocolate consumed today by hundreds of millions of people. In Mexico, chocolate is more than mere dessert; used to spice the tangy moles of southern Mexico, it’s virtually a national food.

A view of Old Town Puerto Vallarta from a hilltop restaurant. Photo © Justin Henderson.

The Best Restaurants in Puerto Vallarta

There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Puerto Vallarta. Whether you’re looking for beautiful beachfront dining or the best cheap tacos on the planet, here’s a concise list of the best restaurants on offer.

Surfers in action at Sayulita beach. Photo © Justin Henderson.

Discover Sayulita and the Riviera Nayarit

Once upon a time, not so many people made the effort to see what lies north of Puerto Vallarta along the beautiful and verdant Nayarit Coast. This has changed of late, however, as the “Riviera Nayarit” has emerged as a major tourist destination in Mexico. Whether you are looking for a quiet respite from the crowded streets and beaches of Puerto Vallarta or a nonstop beach party with hundreds of potential new friends, there’s a place for you just a couple of hours away.

Majahuitas Resort. Photo © Donna Day.

Best Hideaways in Puerto Vallarta

There are all kinds of hotel experiences to be had in the Puerto Vallarta region. For those who really just want to get away from it all and do nothing in beautiful isolation, here are your best hideaway options.

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

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.

A wide, paved walkway follows the shoreline with beach and whitewashed hotels visible in the distance.

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 […]