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Touring The Town In Puerto Vallarta

Hotel & Resort Playa Hotels & Resorts Bobbi Dempsey November 25, 2016

Touring The Town In Puerto Vallarta

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It can be said that Puerto Vallarta is the ultimate getaway destination, offering just about anything you could want in a dream vacation. That’s because it has something for almost everyone.

Of course, it is most well known as a beach location, and certainly the spectacular views are a highlight and the gorgeous beach landscapes are a major draw. For those who want to just soak up some rays in a tropical environment, this city can definitely fulfill that requirement. But there is so much more to discover and enjoy in this iconic town. Best of all, many of the best attractions here are free!

In fact, there are quite a few exciting things to do and see all over town in Puerto Vallarta. And your visit can be even better by staying in a great resort. So go ahead and make your reservations at Playa Hotels now.

Seems like most popular beach towns have a boardwalk, and Puerto Vallarta is no exception. You can stroll along El Malecon Boardwalk just to people-watch or take in the local scene (and scenery). But this is also a great place for shopping, as there are plenty of shops along this route. It is also a terrific vantage point from which to view the city lights and the colorful sunsets.

Surround yourself with the beauty of nature at the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, where you can stroll among a wide range of vibrant flowers and lush greenery. Depending on the time of year when you visit, you can see orchids blooming, or get the first peek at the new fall blossoms. Take advantage of this opportunity to see many rare and exotic flowers in person. There’s a great place for lunch here, and after you eat, you can take a leisurely saunter down the walking trails that are located alongside a stream. Or cool off in one of the nearby pools.

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There are plenty of local landmarks to visit if you want to get a taste of history or architecture. A good place to start is Marina Vallarta, where you can still be in town yet a little removed from the hectic pace of the crowded parts of the city. This is the place to be if you want to go on a boat tour, or just “window shop” and dream about what it would be like to own one of the luxury yachts you can spot here. El Centro is another popular landmark, and serves as a sort of central hub in town. Have fun exploring the old plazas, or just enjoy a romantic dinner.

For a bit of culture, head to one of the area’s wonderful museums. As you can probably guess, The Museo Naval is a naval museum, and is considered a must-see for history buffs or anyone who loves learning about things related to maritime travel or naval milestones. Museum Rio Cuale may be small, but it has some unique exhibits you might find interesting.

Shopping is a big draw here, as well, and you won’t have any shortage of options. From quaint little shops to art galleries, there are plenty of choices to find pretty much anything on your shopping list.