PUERTO VALLARTA, JALISCO
Formerly an old fishing village, the old part of this Mexican town (or downtown as its known to locals) is set amongst a vast backdrop of rainforest, with cobbled streets and authentic Mexican shops. The newer Marina area has unfortunately been westernized and feels like you could be anywhere in the world- with highrise hotels and less ambiance, so my advice is to stick to the older part if you want a more authentic experience.
Puerto Vallarta has so much to do- for thrill seekers, families, honeymooners and people just needing to recharge their batteries. Rainforest hikes, zip-linning, the local zoo, para sailing, fishing- you can even see where the "night f the iguana" with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was filmed. The main area in the Malecon has night food markets, sculptures by the sea and local performers in the amphitheatre. At certain times of the year, a local government organisation release baby turtles back into the ocean as part of their commitment to environmental protection. Standing on a Mexican beach at sunset watching baby turtles waddle towards the sea, has to be one of the most lovely experiences of my life. Highly recommended if you can make it in October/November. The old church behind the main square is absolutely beautiful- but please note you will need to wear appropriate clothing to enter.
The locals couldn't be more friendly and this is one of our all time favourite spots to holiday.
For more information: www.visitpuertovallarta.com
All photos by Belinda- www.outoftheoffice.com.au