Picture the scene; you are planning to go away in a group, either with family or friends, you all have distinct personalities along with ideas of what makes a perfect holiday, to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time what kind of holiday should you book? Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit; two neighbouring destinations on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, could be the solution. Whether it is artisan markets and adventure style activities, board walking and bird watching, rich culture, and delicious cuisine, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit has it all.
We have devised a mini guide to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit for the distinct personalities that make up any group:
For the Sun Seeker
Who will love: Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit’s wide selection of beaches, stretching over 200 miles of stunning Pacific Coastline.
Highlights: the rippling waves found at the traditional fishing village Sayulita are renowned by surfers around the world.
Between the Pacific Ocean and Sierra Madre Mountains, the small-town vibe of San Pancho is an idyllic getaway for those in search of peace and quiet. In southeast Puerto Vallarta, Boca de Tomatlan offers a tranquil beach away from the crowds and several open-sided, thatched roof restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal and pleasant view. For a more popular shoreline, Playa Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone, is an ideal choice for people watching.
For Foodies and those who appreciate Culture
Who will love: the Malecón, a promenade located at the heart of Puerto Vallarta that showcases 870 metres of Mexican sights, sounds and seashore all in one place.
Highlights: Puerto Vallarta Mercado Municipal, a two-storey market located in the town’s historic centre, visitors can find a vast assortment of local goods, souvenirs and artisan crafts. On the second floor of the market, flavours and aromas of authentic Mexican cuisine such as comida corrida, a traditional lunch, are sure to satisfy any appetite.
Riviera Nayarit, the Altavista Petroglyph Complex showcases one of the largest known concentrations of ancient stone engravings in the region.
San Blas considered the birthplace of the Aztec civilization.
For the Active Adventurer
Who will love: off-road safaris in the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Highlights: whale watching and scuba diving in the bay, during the winter, various species of whales migrate to the warm waters of Banderas Bay for feeding and mating, providing a great opportunity to participate in whale watching tours.
Go swimming with sea lions and dolphins or scuba diving to get up close and personal with turtles, manta rays and tropical fish.
For gravity defying thrills, Vallarta Adventures operates the longest zip line in Mexico at over 1,200 metres and reaches speeds up to 100 kph.
To ensure that all your group’s individual needs are catered for book a trip to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit guaranteed to have something for everyone.
Direct flights to Puerto Vallarta International Airport are available via Thomson Airlines: flights.thomson.co.uk from London Gatwick and Manchester; AeroMexico via Mexico City from London Heathrow: www.aeromexico.uk.com and British Airways has direct flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, offering code share on its One World partner American Airlines: www.britishairways.com.
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