Maps of Puerto Vallarta
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Puerto Vallarta is divided north and south by the gentle, vine-swathed Río Cuale, which ripples from its foothill canyon. The old town north and south of the river retains much of its original charm, especially south of the river in the Avenida Olas Altas district and the adjacent Playa los Muertos.
Bay of Banderas
There are many wonderful things to do and see around the Bay of Banderas. Bucerías lies along the northern shoreline, followed by Punta Mita and coral-strewn Playa Anclote, all great places for sunbathing, surfing, and snorkeling. Excursions to wildlife-rich offshore Islas Marietas are a popular adventure as well.
Visitors find even more in the cool Sierra Cuale, a trio of invitingly old-world colonial-era towns, not far east of Puerto Vallarta.
Barra de Navidad and the Jalisco Coast
For travelers yearning to follow the path less traveled, the Jalisco Coast may be just the ticket. From Puerto Vallarta, it stretches more than 100 miles south, traversing pine-tufted mountains, deserty savanna, lush tropical forest, and seemingly endless pristine golden strands.
Sayulita and the Riviera Nayarit
For years, the Nayarit Coast has been one of Puerto Vallarta’s best-kept secrets. Visitors come to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, good surfing, snorkeling, wildlife-watching, and charming country-Mexico ambience. Moving north, the highlights include hot surf town Sayulita, sleepy San Francisco, and precious Chacala. Finally comes San Blas, famous for bird-watching, wildlife viewing, and occasional world-class surfing.
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