Puerto Vallarta is smaller, quieter and younger than Acapulco, however it is actually every bit as commercial – perhaps more so, since here tourism is virtually the only source of income, it lies in the middle of the 22-kilometrer wide Bahía de Banderas, the seventh largest bay in the world, fringed by endless sandy beaches and the jungly slopes of the Sierra Madre.
Once a quiet fishing village, Puerto Vallarta was "discovered" by director John Huston, who filmed "Night of the Iguana" with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Since then, "Vallarta" has developed into a lively resort with wide appeal. Part of Puerto Vallarta's allure is its blend of the old and new. White stucco houses with red-tiled roofs and flower-filled balconies line cobblestone streets, and Mariachi music streams from downtown bars. But that's just half the story here. You'll also find resorts for every taste and budget along 25 miles of beaches; plus water sports, golf, horseback riding through the jungle and much more. Whether you want to stay in the heart of the action or in blissful seclusion, one of Vallarta's five zones has just what you're looking for. Marina Vallarta boasts championship golf, a world-class marina and deluxe resort.