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We are fortunate to live in an age where cheap air travel, and affordable cruises, allow us to access exotic and exciting resorts that, not so long ago, would have been available only to the very wealthy. Where once a family holiday would have been taken somewhere closer to home, nowadays it is not unusual to spread our wings, and to visit somewhere far removed from the holiday resort of old. The only problem facing the holidaymaker now is choosing where to go, such is the sheer variety of possible places to visit.

Take Puerto Vallarta, for example; a glorious resort on the Bay of Banderas, a stunning stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Ocean coast, this wonderfully friendly and welcoming city is a place where you can take a holiday and enjoy not only superb beaches and amazing weather, but also indulge in local culture and experience the nightlife. We recommend Puerto Vallarta vacation rentals as your accommodation of choice, as there are many to choose from and the privacy and convenience you are afforded will be unrivalled.

Why Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta was largely developed during the colonial years of the 19th century, and this is reflected in the architecture, particularly in the Old Town region. It is a small city that now features a mix of the old and modern, and the central plaza is a charming place to sit and have a drink and relax. There are many charming shops, friendly street cafes, galleries and museums, and it is a very welcoming city that is largely pedestrianised.

However, for many people, it is not the city itself that is the attraction, but the stunning beaches. There are many along the bay that offer peace and tranquillity – plus wonderful soft sand and amazing weather – and you will find great variety. Dome are secluded small beaches with a very intimate feel, others are lined with restaurants offering glorious seafood dishes – more of that later – and each has the benefit of the wonderfully clear and beautiful ocean waters lapping at the shore.

Indeed, so clear are the waters here that diving – both snorkelling and scuba – is extremely popular. The shores are home to wonderful rock formations and coral reefs that harbour a wide variety of undersea wildlife, and you are sure to see some fantastic creatures that you will not see elsewhere. Indeed, the rock formations rise out of the sea in spectacular fashion across the bay, and are an iconic site in the region.

If you are lucky enough to be in Puerto Vallarta at the right time of the year you may even be able to enjoy watching pods of whales frolicking in the waters, a sight that is one to be cherished, so it is worth checking your tourist information if you want to catch this spectacular sight.

Food and Fun

Mexico is famous for its varied food, and it is part and parcel of the culture of this wonderfully friendly country. You will find a wide variety of excellent restaurants in Puerto Vallarta – some of them with sea views – and you simply have to try the local specialities. Grilled red snapper, served in a unique garlic and spice sauce, is a wonderful local dish, while you will also find a variety of raw fish and other seafood dishes, served in lime juice, which are well worth a try. On the beach itself you will find vendors selling grilled, skewered meat served in a local speciality hot sauce – a great snack that is completely unique to the region. Then there’s the local drinks: you can’t visit Mexico and not try a tequila – but be careful, it is strong stuff!

After a relaxing day on the beach or in your luxury villa, you will want to let your hair down, and Puerto Vallarta is no stranger to a party. You will find lively bars throughout the city – the Old Town region is a particular favourite – and there are a number of great nightclubs in this small and friendly city, so you can get some music on and enjoy yourself thoroughly. It’s a great city to enjoy yourself in, and one that you will find suits your requirements in every way.

Choose Your Villa

The sheer choice of accommodation in Puerto Vallarta is impressive; whether you are a couple looking for a romantic break, or a large group of perhaps a couple of families there will be something to suit your requirements and your budget, and you will also be pleasantly surprised at how affordable a villa holiday can be. You get complete privacy and the convenience to come and go as you wish, plus you can choose between a self-catering or part-catered villa. If you choose the former, the range of fresh produce available at local markets is quite wonderful, so you can cook al fresco on your outdoor equipment, as and when you wish.

Your villa will be beautifully furnished with all the amenities you need in a home from home, and you will likely have a villa with a pool, so you can relax outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Mexican sun. Easy to reach from the local airport, which is served by flights from many countries, Puerto Vallarta really is the ideal holiday destination, so check out vacation rentals now, and book you and your family a holiday in this glorious and exotic resort that you will never forget.