Experience a different side of Mexico in Puerto Vallarta. This Pacific coast destination has earned its place as the romance district. We’re going to layout for you exactly how it has gotten this name and our top recommendations where to stay so you can experience it yourself.
Puerto Vallarta has claimed ultimate romance simply by providing a private feel for vacationers while they visit. Its beaches are some of the most unique in the country due to their short, rocky character and beautiful mountainous backdrop. Resorts in this area have a secluded and personal feel due to the Sierra Madre Mountains close by providing plenty of vegetation. Sunsets are saturated with gorgeous hues and will simply take your breath away.
Want the experience of true Mexican culture? Okay, technically it isn’t in Puerto Vallarta, but Sayulita, a small village in Nayarit just north of Puerto Vallarta. It’s the full immersion you’re looking for. This charming surfer town will surely win you over with its small population and welcoming locals. This homey village is the perfect day trip for some serious intimacy.
Our #1 must-do for romance
If you’re traveling for romance to Puerto Vallarta, Rhythms of the Night is something you can’t miss. Guests travel by boat through Banderas Bay to Las Caletas cove. Vacationers rave about the service from the boat crew and the irresistible unlimited drinks. Once you reach the island, you’re welcomed by ancient Mexican entertainment as lit torches guide you to your seat. The entire island is lit by candlelight so you can experience a one-of-a-kind romantic experience.
Continue your candlelight experience to dinner while beachside under the stars. Here you’ll have practically any meal choice: steak, chicken, seafood, salad, rice pudding.
The main event of the night tells a story of ancient times in Mexican culture. You’ll be blown away by a marvelous fire show with soft waves and drum beats heard throughout. End your night with a romantic dance under the stars before returning to shore.
Booking tip: Rhythms of the Night is provided by Amstar. Add it to your vacation under our Add-Ons tab before checkout.
Restaurant of choice
Café des Artistes does elegance the best in Puerto Vallarta with its extraordinary detail and phenomenal service. If you’re looking to eat somewhere unforgettable, go here. The ambiance will take your breath away. Your camera won’t be able to stay away from the gorgeously prepared meals and vibrant colors. Salmon, scallops, and lobster are a few items that catch our eye. Insider tip: Their secluded outdoor seating is top-notch so be sure to make a reservation if you want seats.
Where to stay
Get the most out of the Romance District by staying at Secrets Vallarta Bay. You won’t waste any time at this property due to it being 15 minutes from the airport and minutes from downtown which means more romantic strolls on the famous Malecón oceanfront boardwalk. It offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® escape on the golden beaches of Banderas Bay with an incredible view of the vibrant sunsets Puerto Vallarta is known for.
Up the coast to Nuevo Vallarta is where Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit calls home. This property will bring your romantic game to new heights thanks to privately guided tours of the Vallarta Botanical Gardens and flower arrangement classes if you’re a real flora enthusiast. There isn’t a bad view on site with many ocean view room options. Even their Azul and Selva del Mar restaurants have gorgeous views of the bay.
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