I’ve lived the longest and have designed and created the most events in Puerto Vallarta, so it’s my own backyard, so to speak. I think Vallarta is amazing – it has an old town quality and feel but the Malecon (or boardwalk) is full of fun clubs and classy restaurants (must try Archie’s Wok and De Santos for good food and Pipis for just plain fun!) and yet just a few minutes away, you are surrounded by green jungle and amazing foliage. On Sundays there is live music in the square and you can go and watch the older crowd dance to “Danzon” which is an old style of dance (similar to watching older couples dance the waltz – but not so formal). Afterwards, the big sound system comes out and salsa, cumbia and merengue is started up and the younger crowd joins in.
While Vallarta does have some really beautiful resorts (Dreams Nuevo Vallarta and Villa del Palmar Flamingos being two of my favorites), I think Vallarta has some fabulous and affordable villas, like Casa Quetzal which has a beautiful hacienda setting with incredible views of the ocean or Casa China Blanca which is set in Punta de Mita and has been used as the location for several blockbuster films.