Puerto Vallarta is situated on the pacific coast divided into north and south by the river Cuale. The southern part is considered to be quaint and romantic, while the northern part of the river has Gringo Gulch, Plaza de Amas (Main Square) and Los Arcos amphitheatre which has daily performances.
The beach destination of the Mexican pacific is sheltered by the second largest bay on the continent known as the Bahia de Banderas. East of Vallarta is the Sierra Madre. The Malecon is the most popular destination for tourists and locals alike, it starts at the hotel Rosita which is downtowns oldest hotel and ends at Los Arcos. Kayaking and biking is available from the hotel Rosita to explore this attraction.
Vintage Vallarta where its fiesta time every night is more traditional where the everyday hustle and bustle and modern sky scrapers do not exist, hosts a band in the Plaza Armas every night.
Once the sun has set in Puerto Vallarta pirate ships and lanterns come out as well as art walks to create a rather relaxed yet entertainment filled evening. It is also home to Chez Elena located way up in the hills considered the best place to view sunsets and drink cocktails.
For a quieter more secluded option why not visit Yelapa, only accessible by panga the traditional small boat.