Puerto Vallarta continues to be among the most popular destinations
in the world because of its special combination of excellent businesses,
natural beauty, friendly people, diverse activities and the character
of the town itself.
Vallarta combines original ethnic culture with
today's resort amenities - reflected in an assortment of stimulating
activities and convenient accommodations.
Puerto Vallarta's geographical
diversity is represented in its
mountains, jungles, rivers, and waterfalls.
Viejo Vallarta means "Old Vallarta" and
while it's not actually the oldest part of Puerto Vallarta, Viejo
is the area that has most retained the real feel of a
colonial Mexican beach town.
Cobblestone streets, old Spanish style,
red tile roof buildings with colourful flowers, lots of trees,
and amazingly devoid of the usual modern developments you find
in any tourism destination that finds success.
In Viejo, you'll find that you are visiting and then become a
part of an authentic South-of-the-border existence. Next to
selling beautiful hand-woven fabrics is the local veterinarian
supply store. Just a few doors away from a dress boutique of
authentic and comfortable Mexican dresses is a local bakery
by hand, dozens of different pastries for the 'locals' who
live nearby or for cafes and restaurants all over the city.
groceries are always a block away for a snack, a soda, or a cerveza (beer) to carry with you as you meander.
It's a wonderful
of a REAL Mexican town with everything the visitor wants to
enjoy as well! If you are seeking upscale shops and dining,
night life, it’s all here too.
Vallarta's famed Restaurant Row is
also here in Viejo, on Basilio Badillo Street -- several blocks
in a variety of settings from 'absolutely luxurious' to 'local
rustic'. Plus, you'll find cantinas, sports bars, live music
and dancing, and everything else you're looking for after
the sun sets.
This is also the area where many "snowbirds", "ex-pats"
and otherwise long-term "Gringos" live, so you know you'll find
all the conveniences
you might need, from an authentic Mexican supermarket to
neighborhood stores ... as well as the comfort of knowing
that on any corner you're likely to find a helpful friend to assist
in finding whatever you might want.
Los Muertos Beach
Los Muertos Beach is considered the most popular
beach of Puerto Vallarta, located along the picturesque Bahia
de Banderas, or
Banderas Bay, on the Central Pacific Coast.
Until the 1960's,
Los Muertos Beach was a popular place for families from Puerto
Vallarta who came to enjoy Sunday picnics. It has undergone many
changes since then, but continues to be a favorite. Its location
on the huge Bay of Banderas makes it a great spot for outdoor
The Bay has over forty miles of coast, and its depth
and calmness make it the perfect location for some of the best
diving and fishing in the world. To the delight of visitors,
Banderas Bay is full of dolphins, sea turtles and giant manta
rays from December through April of each year. Gray and Humpback
also visit the during winter months.
Other activities on or
near Los Muertos Beach include swimming, water-skiing, paragliding,
surfing, harbor cruises, golf, tennis, hiking, horseback
riding and bird watching.
Along with spectacular scenery and outdoor
activities, one reason Los Muertos Beach is so popular is its
close proximity to the city of Puerto Vallarta, with its blend
of traditional "Old
Mexico" charm and modern amenities.