All-Inclusive Puerto Vallarta Resort on Private Beach
Since its settlement in the sixth century BC, Puerto Vallarta has seen a curious evolution. At one time it was small fishing and pearl-diving village before becoming a pirate outpost, a haven for American expats during the McCarthy era, and finally, a resort destination. Puerto Vallarta fits the archetype of a vacation hot spot—balmy weather, beautiful beaches—and Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa is a perfect spot to while away the days.
The resort occupies a private stretch of the white sand beach. After checking into one of the deluxe rooms, your eyes will immediately turn to the floor-to-ceiling windows that open out onto a private terrace, complete with a hammock. Once you settle in, it’s time for the first of many all-inclusive meals at either of the resort restaurants, Blanca Blue Restaurant, Bar & Lounge or Aquazul. Dishes range from basic (BLT) to upscale, and you can wash it all down with bottomless house cocktails.
As part of the all-inclusive stay, you’ll have access to a long, river-like family pool that stretches along the back of the property and an infinity pool that appears to meld with the Pacific. Guests get to use all of the water and land toys, including kayaks, paddle boats, and snorkel equipment. When the clock strikes “me time,” head to the Hamara Spa for a 50-minute massage for two.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Stunning Beaches and Seaside Entertainment
Located about halfway down Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is a quintessential vacation spot, with famously tropical weather and warm, clear waters. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton owned a house here, and it's easy to see why they chose Puerto Vallarta—the city's cobbled streets and twisting, narrow passageways, particularly in the Zona Romantica, are shady and lined with cute restaurants and art galleries.
Puerto Vallarta's seaside boardwalk, El Malecon, is a wide main thoroughfare for tourists and locals alike—everyone comes out around the dinner hour to stroll along the sidewalk, stopping to sample cotton candy and take pictures with the bronze sculptures along the beach. As the sun sets, buskers perform on the boardwalk and nightclubs along El Malecon turn up the volume.