Water Recreation and Late-Night Dancing on Banderas Bay
The crown jewel of Puerto Vallarta is Banderas Bay, which stretches for nearly 50 miles along Mexico's Pacific coast. With depths of up to 3,000 feet, it's one of the deepest bays on earth. The seemingly bottomless waters play host to migrating humpback whales in the winter and nesting olive ridley turtles in the summer. Located in the lush Sierra Madre foothills above the bay, Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa is ideally situated for embracing Riviera Nayarit's natural landscape, which is situated less than an hour from the excitement in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
If you're looking to explore the bay, all-inclusive privileges grant access to kayaks, catamarans, and surfboards. You can also suit up in provided snorkeling gear to take a deep-sea dive and get up close to manta rays and tropical fish.
Before dusk, head to Viva Mexico for a front-row seat to the sunset on the restaurant's candlelit terrace. One of many onsite dining options, Viva Mexico dishes out authentic Mexican fare. You can also sample Bambu Restaurant’s Asian cuisine or a rotating roster of international buffets at El Bosque Restaurant. Those looking to hit up the nightlife scene can head to Sunset Boulevard Discotheque, which pulses with bright lights and dance music until 2 a.m.
At Renova Spa, guests relax with clay treatments, vapor baths, and hydro massages. Youngsters, meanwhile, can play video games in the kids’ lounge. Up in the deluxe rooms, contemporary Mexican prints and wireless conch shells suggest a warm, tropical theme, and deluxe ocean-view rooms offer vistas of the water.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico: Diverse Terrain and Rustic Pueblos in Up-and-Coming Resort Area
Named one of the World's Sexiest Affordable Destinations by Travel + Leisure, the Riviera Nayarit coastline extends from the outskirts of Puerto Vallarta north along the Pacific for about 200 miles, encompassing white-sand beaches and lush mountains. Part of the Riviera's allure is its outdoor recreation, which ranges from horseback riding along the shore to zipline tours through the rainforest canopy via Banderas Bay Tours & Travel. Nearby fishing towns promise choice catches of black marlin and sailfish.
The nearby village of Bucerias bustles with street vendors selling fresh tacos and homemade pottery in an open-air market. To pick up the pace, head south to Puerto Vallarta and visit Malecon boardwalk to see outdoor statues dancing to mariachi music.
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