Cobblestone streets, white-stucco buildings surrounded by colorful flowers, and even the occasional sight of an old campesino tugging his burro are part of the charm of Puerto Vallarta.
Close to Puerto Vallarta you can steal away to peaceful coves or rent a car and travel steep mountain roads through miles of palm trees and jungle vegetation.
Casa Velas Puerto Vallarta - This intimate, 80-room, adults-only all-inclusive gets high marks from everyone from TripAdvisor to Expedia to the couples who visit themselves. Two pools, a spa, an on-site golf course and two others nearby, are all part of the appeal of this place fifteen minutes from downtown. The only drawback: You'll need to catch the complimentary shuttle to travel to and from the beach, a three-minute drive. (check rates now)
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita - Seven miles from Puerto Vallarta, this resort features 100 ocean-view guest rooms and suites. Most include private plunge pools. The scenic Jack Nicklaus golf course has eight oceanside holes, and the fitness center is connected to a full spa. From the resort you can go coral-reef snorkeling. Nearby there's SCUBA diving, whale-watching cruises, horseback riding, and other ways to explore the natural Puerto Vallarta environment. (check rates now)
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