On Mexico's west coast, Puerto Vallarta or just Vallarta to the locals, is one of the country's premiere beach resorts boasting a cosmopolitan vibe, world-class dining and quaint streetscapes. The region also features a major turtle nesting site and enthusiasts can learn more about the repatriation program on a fascinating tour.

Cruise ships dock in the city's main port.

Sights to See

For a breezy day, stretch out on one of the many golden beaches or explore the surrounding hills boasting lush tropical vegetation. The adjacent waters are home to abundant brightly-coloured fish, with regular sightings of dolphins and mantra rays. Set against impressive mountain peaks, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, located just outside town, showcase thousands of plants and make a great afternoon excursion.

What's for Lunch

The humble taco is on offer from street vendors. For a more extended lunch affair, pull up a pew at a local restaurant and enjoy a tortilla, enchilada or quesadilla.

If you see only one thing...

Not for the faint hearted, Vallarta offers canopy and zip lines to catapult you through the trees, as you pretend that you're Tarzan for a day.

Local speak

This phrase is sure to go down very well, ¿Puedo tener algún favor tequila?


There's heaps of bead art around, but maybe you could hunt out more interesting indigenous art offerings from one of the artisan shops.