Puerto Vallarta is on the west coast of Mexico in the center of the horseshoe-shaped Bay of Banderas. The city has a shiny hotel zone in the north end, and traditional stucco-and-tile homes hugging the jungle hillside to the south.
The downtown area is fronted by the Malecon, a wide boardwalk with sculptures and artist kiosks.
We didn’t spend a whole lot of time exploring the city — the poolside bar and beach were too inviting to wander far from them. We did eat at a fun, touristy restaurant — Pipi’s — and strolled along the Malecon at sunset.