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Black Dress: Fashion Nova | Bikini: Asos | Hat: Local Shop in Puerto Vallarta | Top: Agaci | Shorts: Levi’s [Bailey Ray Denim] | Shoes: Lola Shoetique


Still on this amazing high from last weeks adventure in Mexico! What a trip! There are so many fascinating and unique places to explore, but Puerto Vallarta, a stunning city settled along the pacific coast in the heart of Banderas Bay, will always be one of my top destinations.

Once a small fishing and pearl diving village, PV has come a long way now harboring a bustling population of close to 255,000 people. For many, the 1960’s arrival to film Night of the Iguana, in addition to the later coming of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, are two major occurrences to really put this city on people’s radar. With sparkling blue seas to the west and palm covered mountains to the east, Puerto Vallarta made for the perfect setting to one of the world’s most infamous romances. The publicity brought about many foreign investors that, over time in conjunction with the Mexican government, made significant improvements in infrastructure and catapulted the area into the expansive resort town you see today.

Villa Premiere

Upon arrival, I was graciously welcomed at the Villa Premiere, a refined, intimate and romantic boutique hotel. This adult-only oasis is a gateway to local culture, right on the beach and a short stroll away from the famous sea-side boardwalk “El Malecon”. I was treated to a glass of champagne and relaxing body massage within the first few seconds of walking inside to immediately help me unwind; a pleasure given to each and every entering guest.
My ocean view suite was gorgeous and impeccably kept throughout my stay. The personalized service is award winning with staff that was incredibly friendly and helpful and constantly suggesting new ways to enjoy their hotel. I loved waking up to their beach front yoga sessions and indulging in the swim-up bar by the infinity pool

Taste

Whenever I’m exploring a new city finding great eats are essential! I really believe it’s one of the best ways to immerse oneself in local culture. With over 300 unique restaurants, Puerto Vallarta is the second largest and most diverse culinary destination in Mexico. La Palapa is a refined streetside cantina with Authentic home cooking and a festive bar. In addition to a wide range of specialty dishes from various parts of Mexico, they also have an extensive selection of local beer and tequila. La Cervecería Unión, La Vaca Argentina, and Cafe des Artistes are also great places to dine but I have to say Vista Grill is my favorite! Exquisite views and impeccable service with modern jazz club vibes, not to mention deliciously innovative cuisine. I would suggest going right before sunset. Watching the twilight flourish, vibrant with a blaze of color and then transition to the city’s evening light, is truly something you won’t forget.

Experience

I couldn’t wait to hit the beach, and the Bay of Banderas has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located in the heart of the Romantic Zone, Los Muertos is one of the area’s most popular surrounded by numerous restaurants, art and crafts shops, cafes and bars. Definitely a great choice for plenty of sun and plenty of local culture. If you prefer a more secluded escape, Mismaloya beach is ideal with its jungle fringe coves and palapas filled with fresh seafood and tropical cocktails. This location was also where most of the filming for ‘Night of the Iguana’ took place, a place of historic importance considering how drastically it altered Puerto Vallarta’s future.

Cannot forget the Bay itself! I started off my third day with an exhilarating yacht trip and snorkel dive on the open water. The sea is teeming with wildlife just below the surface. Nothing like watching dolphins play while sipping on an exotic margarita! Giant manta rays can also been seen, no to mention the adorable turtle release or the ridiculous whale watching during American winter months. Sailing is really one of the best and most relaxing ways to see the city.

If none of the above takes your fancy then there are tons of other activities on offer from hiking in the hills above the city, ziplining, shopping in the historic city streets, a visit to El Jardin Botanivo, horseback riding, skydiving, or heading out in the evening to have one of the best nights out, Puerto Vallarta has it all! I really enjoyed my time in this wonderful city and definitely recommend you see what all the hype is about!

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*This adventure was sponsored by the Puerto Vallarta Tourism board*
VisitPuertoVallarta.com

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