Sunbathing and sipping margaritas is just one of many ways to spend a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. Mexico's prettiest resort town is also one of its most diverse. Old Vallarta—El Centro and the Zona Romántica—is a goldmine of quirky boutiques and winding cobblestone streets. In Marina Vallarta, shopping centers and deluxe hotels spread around the city's yacht marina. And from Costalegre to the Riviera Nayarit, miles of sandy beaches and scores of stellar restaurants and lively nightclubs, surrounded by historic mountain towns, keep visitors returning again and again.
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This long sidewalk encompasses the best of the town — beautiful beaches, relaxing cafes, street musicians and charming outdoor sculpture.
The cobblestone streets of the Old Town lead past art galleries, shops and an array of restaurants, from authentic Mexican to upscale European.
Just 12 miles south of town, this 20-acre site includes fern and orchid gardens, a pretty stream for swimming, hiking trails and a fine restaurant.
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Head north to the fishing village of Bucerías for great seafood or south to tiny Yelapa, where you can hike forest trails to lovely waterfalls.
From Atlantic to Pacific, these solar showplaces offer a front-row seat to America's most beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
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