Over the past few decades, Puerto Vallarta has become one of the top resort destinations in the Americas. Hailed for its great beaches, excellent water sports, luxurious resorts, and friendly locals, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most beloved and visited tourist destinations. The city is located on the West side of Mexico, in the Bahia de Banderas found in the state of Jalisco, along the beautiful blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
On top of its numerous luxury resorts, hotels, and guesthouses, Puerto Vallarta is close to beautiful natural landmarks including the lush and dense Sierra Madre Mountains. The Bay boasts gorgeous gold sand beaches, lush tropical jungles, and amazing cascading waterfalls. Downtown is where you will find the streets lined with all inclusive five star resorts, gourmet dining, local restaurant joints, and the vibrant Mexican culture that keeps Puerto Vallarta unique among resort cities. Also in the downtown, or Old Town, A little further out from the center of town is where you will find the gold courses, shopping centers, and then the phenomenal natural habitats filled with all kinds of tropical wildlife and flora.
What is also great about Puerto Vallarta is that while it has the great amenities and comforts of a resort city but retains an authentic, old style Mexican vibe. You simply have to cross over the Cuale River to the south part of town and you will be in Old Town Vallarta (also known as the Zona Romantica district, translated literally as the Romantic Zone). Here, in the Old Town, you will get feel like you are more in a traditional small Mexican town than a gaudy resort town.