Overview

With its superbly scenic Pacific coast setting, backed by mountains and flanked by dozens of golden beaches, Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s liveliest resorts. International as it is, many visitors find there’s plenty about ‘PV’ that makes it feel more Mexican than Cancún. There’s something for everyone here: beyond the main hotel and entertainment zones are the atmospheric cobbled streets of the picturesque historic centre, with a number of gourmet restaurants. In high season there seems to be something happening every day: a parade, food festival, musical performance or exhibition. The palm-lined waterfront strip (malécon) is choc-a-bloc with bars and boutiques and the marina bulges with luxury yachts. Boats come and go from nature reserves and dolphin spotting trips.

You don’t have to go far beyond Puerto Vallarta to find more low-key surroundings. A scattering of discreet luxury hotels occupies Punta Mita and the exquisite stretch of coast now known as the Riviera Nayarit. Meanwhile, the beach town of Sayulita – long popular with surfers – manages to hold on a laid-back, hippy-chic vibe.

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Situated on the curve of the Pacific coast’s Bahia de Banderas is the busy town of Puerto Vallarta, overlooked by jungle-clad mountains and flanked by dozens of golden sand beaches. This is an excellent beach destination, with sunshine reputedly on 360 days of the year. Most rain falls between June - September, though it is hot and humid year round. Puerto Vallarta has a fiesta, show or parade seemingly most weeks of the year, from the folklore festival in April to Independence Day celebrations in September.

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    Charlotte's fascination with Latin America began with a family holiday to Belize. She went on to study Spanish in school and at university before spending a year living in Santiago, Chile.

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    Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.

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    After graduating in Computer Science, Paul spent seven months travelling from Colombia to Argentina and came home hooked on Latin America.

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