Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit
For coastal highlights in Mexico, let Travel Benefits By Design, book you at Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The iconic landmark of Puerto Vallarta is a row of amphitheater arches crowning the oceanfront of Plaza Morelas and El Malecón’s promenade. The beaches are filled with sand sculptures, statuaries, street performers, and merchants. Pose next to the Dolphin and Seahorse statues or clamber up the quixotic metalwork sculptures of the famous Mexican artist, Alejandro Colunga Marín. Take a relaxing summer stroll with iced coffee or ice cream in hand, or visit the Farmer’s Market for fresh fruits to snack on. For the best Puerto Vallarta cuisine, Zona Romantica is an absolute must and holds many lovely picturesque buildings, including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor’s former estate. Take the bridgeway over Bandaras Bay and watch the dark rolling tide gleam with the reflection of nighttime city lights. The newly renovated Lázaro Cárdenas Park hosts several lively evening performances and entertainment. Put on your dancing shoes with special tango and salsa lessons at downtown Vallarta’s premier J&B Salsa Club!
Rancho El Charro provides fantastic horseback riding excursions into the Sierra Madre for both families and adventure riders. You can ride up to a swimming hole and waterfall, wade through the tropical Pitillal River, rest at several mountain lookout points, visit a historic 1602 gold and mining town and stop by a crater lake for a relaxing luncheon. The Vallarta Botanical Gardens holds a fanciful collection of lively energetic hummingbirds and exotic orchids. Both Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are excellent places to sail, surf, and sea kayak and to watch the famed dolphins, humpback whales, flying fish and lots of pelicans.
Riviera Nayarit is an emerging city, resort-based. You can find newly developed golf courses and unique spa treatments such as obsidian stone massages and eucalyptus-inhalation rooms. Visit the town of Sayulita, a world-class surfers’ haunt with crashing waves, cavernous cliffs and the luxurious homes of retirees. At the colonial town of San Blas, you can tour the massive ruins of an old church and the remnants of fort walls and former city portals. Take a jungle boat ride to visit the mangrove swamps of La Tovara, the largest bird sanctuary in Mexico with Pichichin ducks, hawks, egrets, pink and cinnamon herons, kingfishers, jacanas and chachalacas, as well as a plenitude of crocodiles and turtles napping amidst the maze of exposed tree roots. Enjoy the siesta atmosphere of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit!