Beaches, hikes, restaurants, adventures in the jungle, and more—check out our best bets for one of Mexico's most exciting destinations.
Puerto Vallarta, located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, is not only an internationally famous vacation destination but is also widely regarded by many as the most liveable beach town in all of Mexico. Cobblestone streets meet modern luxury high rises, and the Malecon (boardwalk) runs past both new construction and charming authentic Mexican neighborhoods in what used to be a small Mexican fishing village. That all changed in the early 1960s when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor brought international attention to the little-known Mexican town while brazenly carrying out their affair during the filming of Burton’s Night of the Iguana. Today, the friendly locals, well accustomed to mingling with visitors, are technically Vallartanese but are more commonly referred to as pata salada, or literally, salty foot. This is a term they embrace and are proud of as it indicates they are coastal natives. Famous for its stunning beaches, nightlife, impressive nature, and of course, being in Mexico, delicious local dishes, Puerto Vallarta is a destination that offers something for every traveler. In this guide to PV (as it’s often referred to by foreign visitors and the many ex-pats who reside in the beach town), here are can’t-miss things to do to have the best vacation possible.