Moon Puerto Vallarta

Including the Nayarit & Jalisco Coasts

By and
Ninth Edition, August 2013
Pages: 392

Price: $19.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612385150

Price: $9.99 USD
ISBN: 9781612385648

This full-color guide to Puerto Vallarta includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps.

Local writer Justin Henderson and seasoned travel author Bruce Whipperman know the best way to experience Puerto Vallarta—from dining at new restaurants in De Santos and Xitomate to snorkeling in the Bay of Matanchén. Packed with expert advice on dining, transportation, and accommodations, Moon Puerto Vallarta has options for a range of travel budgets. Including tips on the best beaches, local outdoor recreation, and places to shop for Huichol crafts, as well as brand new photographs, Moon Puerto Vallarta gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Puerto Vallarta

Enjoy the very best of Puerto Vallarta with these itineraries:
  • The Best of Puerto Vallarta
  • A Perfect Day for Romance
  • Highlights of Gay Puerto Vallarta
  • Surfing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding
  • At Play in the Bay
  • Best Hideaways
  • Best Beaches
Explore what Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

Recommendations for the top sights, recreation, entertainment, hotels, and food in:

  • Puerto Vallarta
  • Around the Bay of Banderas including Nuevo Vallarta, Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta Mita, and Into the Mountains
  • Sayulita and the Riviera Nayarit including Sayulita and Vicinity, Rincon de Guayabitos and La Penita, The Road to San Blas, San Blas and Vicinity
  • Barra de Navidad and the Jalisco Coast including The Road to Barra de Navidad, Barra de Navidad, and Melaque
Resources include a Spanish Phrasebook

In 2009, Justin Henderson left the United States with his family and moved down to Sayulita, a small town in Mexico about 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. He frequently visits the city, both for business and for recreation. The author of Grunge Seattle (a music guide) and AA’s Los Angeles, Justin has also updated and expanded Fodor’s guide to Costa Rica as well as the AA guide to the Caribbean.

Justin Henderson lives in Sayulita, Mexico.

In the early 1980s, the lure of travel drew Bruce Whipperman away from a 20-year career of teaching physics. The occasion was a trip to Kenya, which included a total solar eclipse and a safari. He hasn’t stopped traveling since.

With his family grown, he has been free to let the world’s wild, beautiful corners draw him onward: the ice-clawed Karakoram, the Gobi Desert’s trellised oases, Rajasthan’s pink palaces, Japan’s green wine country, Bali’s emerald terraces, and Oaxaca’s vibrant marketplaces.

Bruce has always pursued his travel career for the fun of it. He started with slide shows and photo gifts for friends. Others wanted his photos, so he began selling them. Once, stranded in Ethiopia, he began to write. A dozen years later, after scores of magazine and newspaper feature stories, Moon Pacific Mexico became his first book, and Moon Handbooks to Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, and Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo followed.

For Bruce, travel writing heightens his awareness of the places he visits and helps him focus his own travel experiences. He’ll always remember what a Nepali Sherpa once said: “Many people come, looking, looking; few people come, see.”