- Locations: 12
- Villas: 36
- Private Islands: 0
Puerto Vallarta, situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bay of Banderas, is one of Mexico's most sophisticated destinations. Bordered by golden beaches and lush palm-covered mountains, it's the perfect spot to relax and recharge. Enjoy the simple pleasures of sun and sand, or indulge in more decadent treats: world-class spas, high-end restaurants, or boutique shopping. There's no shortage of active pursuits, either: options include swimming with dolphins, diving with manta rays, horseback riding, or gliding from treetop to treetop on an exhilarating rainforest canopy tour.
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Los Arcos National Marine Park
Between Gemelas Beach and Mismaloya Beach lies an incredible underwater marine park, where you will find colorful coral reefs, hidden caves and fascinating arc-shaped rock formations. View the breathtaking landscape by boat, or snorkel or scuba dive your way through the park – keep an eye out for octopus, eagle rays, and lobster.
The Marieta Islands
Take a 30-minute boat ride from the marina to these small, uninhabited islands, originally formed by volcanic activity. Recognized as a national park, the area is protected from fishing, hunting, or any human activity, so the marine ecosystem in exceptionally developed: you can spot manta rays, dolphins, turtles, humpback whales, rare birds, and more.
Vallarta Botanical Gardens
Just 30 minutes south of Old Town Puerto Vallarta are the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, 20 acres of awe-inspiring wildlife. You could spend hours following the winding paths past tropical fruit trees, ferns, palms, orchids and butterflies. Bring a swimsuit and a towel – you’ll want to take a refreshing dip in the spring-fed river.