Puerto Vallarta Attractions
Puerto Vallarta is adorned with beautiful architecture and cobblestone
streets - a real historical treat for any traveler. This
vacation destination is surrounded by all the good things that make
an exotic Mexican getaway.
Casa Kimberley : Located on Calle Zaragoza 445
near the "Love Bridge".
Casa Kimberly is basically the former home of Elizabeth Taylor (a
24,000 square foot birthday present from Richard Burton). Part of
the estate has been turned into a Bed & Breakfast,
but you can tour the other parts from 9 to 6 (except Sundays).
Mismaloya : Located on the coast just a few miles
south of Puerto Vallarta. The cove here is the cove seen
in "The Night of the Iguana". If you hug
the coast (south side of the cove), you will see a giant Iguana attached
to what looks like a telephone poll near a small dock. That is where
you will find the old buildings nearby which were used as accommodations
during the filming.
El Eden : If you continue south past Mismaloya,
you will see a sign for El Eden which directs you to a dirt road
on the left. The road isn't good, so if you are driving (rather than
catching a bus there) the going will be slow. When you get there,
you will see a restaurant by the low water falls which people slide
down into a pool, and a helicopter in the trees. Why? Because this
is where they shot the movie "Predator". When the movie came out
in 1987, who would have thought that two of the stars (Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Jesse Ventura) would end up Governors :) -- TIP : If you go there,
bring some hard core mosquito repellant. The mosquitoes in Puerto
Vallarta are very small and there bite is barely noticeable . . .
the mosquitoes here, however, will leave a visible welt that will
itch badly for days.
Playa Los Muertos : If you are in town and planning
on a swim, you will find this beach just south of the Rio Cuale which
runs through the center of town. Most of the guide books still identify
the beach as "Playa Los Muertos" or Beach of the dead. You will find
stories about pirates anchoring on that beach (hence the name), but
the more likely reason is the stones used to anchor fishing boats
in the bay for many years. Whatever the reason, the Mexican government
has been erecting signs saying "Playa del
Sol" in an attempt to change
the name to something more attractive to tourists . . . and it really
is the best beach near the town center :)
Marina Vallarta : Just north of town you will find the Marina Vallarta.
A beautiful marina full of luxury yachts, surrounded by luxury hotels,
restaurants, shops and tour operators.
Golf : Puerto
Vallarta sports 9 golf courses. The most popular are . . . The Marina
Vallarta Golf Club (18 hole, par-74 members
only course) with most luxury hotels offering memberships for guests.
The El Tigre Golf Course is in Nuevo Vallarta is
a local favorite (322-297-0773). The Los
Flamingos Club de Golf (18
hole, par-72) offers free shuttle pick-up (call 329-296-5006 for
times). The Vista Vallarta Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus
course located behind the bull ring. The Four
Seasons Punta Mitla is an 8 hole course with
ocean views and is designated for guests of the hotel.
Fishing : If sport fishing is your game, you are
going to find your best deal with the Fishing Cooperative (Cooperativa
de Pescadores) just north of the Rio Cuale near the Rosita Hotel.
If money is no object, you can also find fishing charters in the
Marina Vallarta. Most people make reservations well in advance, especially
in high season, so you may want to check out a website like Puerto
Vallarta Fishing to book ahead so that you aren't left choosing
among the leftovers when you get to Mexico. While you may be able
to find cheaper prices at the pier if there are boats that nobody
else has booked yet, this is a safe way to ensure you get one of
the most in-demand boats for your trip, and a crew that speaks English.