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.

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.

Parroquia de San Migel Arcángel in San Miguel de Allende. Photo © Julie Meade.

An Expert Guide to the Top Destinations in Mexico

From beachfront yoga retreats to avant-garde photography exhibitions, international performing-arts festivals to breathtaking wilderness, Mexico is a fascinating place with a seemingly endless variety of experiences to offer. The constant is the warmth of its people and culture—and, of course, its enviable weather—near-perfect year round. If you’re considering a trip to Mexico in 2016, here’s a primer to the country’s most popular destinations right now.

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 […]

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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, […]

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Highlights of Gay Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta has many gay-friendly establishments and events. This guide for planning your visit includes recommended accommodations, nightlife, and tours, as well as advice on which beach is the place to be.