Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - While heatwaves continue to make much of North America and Europe swelter, one of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations remains comfortable, with temperatures averaging 85°F. If you haven't considered a Puerto Vallarta beach vacation before, now might just be the perfect time.
Mexico's West Coast beach resort capital, Puerto Vallarta is a jewel of a historical city cradled between the Bay of Banderas and the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. A combination of Colonial Mexican charm and barefoot beach escape, it's one of the best destinations in Mexico for travelers who truly want to "have it all."
Puerto Vallarta is the only destination in Mexico where the historical city center meets the sea. The picturesque Zona Romantica offers some of the most popular and beautiful beaches in the city.
Playa Los Muertos - lined by beach clubs, bars and restaurants - is always happening. By day, the beach is alive with activities ranging from stand up paddle and boogie boarding, banana boat rides and parasailing, to boat trips departing from the iconic Los Muertos Pier. By night, a visit to this part of town immerses visitors in the Romantic Zone's eclectic gastronomic scene and high-energy nightlife.
Moving south from Zona Romantica, travelers will discover Puerto Vallarta's "hidden" beaches, frequented mostly by locals or travelers in the know.
Playa Las Gemelas, or "The Twins Beach," is a pair of small beaches just a few miles from downtown. These quiet, off-the-radar strands are known for turquoise waters, gentle waves and crisp, white sand – the latter a rarity in Puerto Vallarta, renowned for the warm golden sands of most of its beaches. Keep in mind that there are no vendors or restaurants on Las Gemelas beach, so visitors will have to bring supplies with them, but the views are completely worth the extra effort.
Another picture-postcard beach on the south side of the city is Conchas Chinas, also heralded for its turquoise water and sugary sand. Visitors love this beach for the rock formations that create fun pools of water. This is a very glamorous part of town, so be on the lookout for the gorgeous mansions up in the hills, or A-list weddings down on the beach.
Las Animas can be the starting point from which to explore some other hidden beaches, such as El Caballo Beach, a hidden oasis of calm, clear water and bleached sand with just a single bungalow-style hotel and beach restaurant/bar. Another such hideaway is Colomitos Beach, a small strand fringed by the jungle-covered mountains above and the rolling waves gently lapping against its sands.
One stop farther lies Yelapa, where attraction and activities include not only the fantastic beach but also jungle hikes to a stunning waterfall. The safe, beautiful walk to the falls takes about 30 to 40 minutes and ends at a refreshing natural pool perfect for a refreshing dip. While Yelapa makes for a wonderful day trip, visitors should consider renting a room at one of the hotels that line the beach.
No matter your vibe - from peace-and-quiet to maximum-party-and-adrenaline - Puerto Vallarta has the gorgeous beach to match. There's no time like the present to start discovering the beauty of what the beaches of Puerto Vallarta have to offer.Source: VisitPuertoVallarta.com