Puerto Vallarta is known as a tourist destination whose main attraction is the combination of nature and a typical Mexican town. Banderas Bay is the largest bay in Mexico, the second in size in the continent, and the most beautiful in the world. It is a paradise where magnificent landscapes with mountains and rivers of exuberant vegetation and fauna fuse with sunny beaches outlining the majestic ocean of warm and blue waters that disappear in the horizon. It is also the stage of hallucinating dawns and sunsets, and magical nights under the moon and the stars. The quaint town assimilates to the landscape with its houses displaying red-tile roofs, wood doors, and windows and balconies in wrought iron filled with bugainvillea that open to cobblestone streets and boulevards where palm trees offer cool shade complemented by the singing of beautiful birds.
These roads take us to the plaza, the boardwalk, or the church, where the townspeople live and coexist in a cheerful and safe atmosphere with their neighbors and visitors.
Puerto Vallarta Cathedral
Downtown Puerto Vallarta has a lot of great spots and magical places to get around. Either you take a walk through the malecon at day, or by night, you’ll find two different ambiances with an option for every taste, every mood and simply for everyone!
Puerto Vallarta is known for its wide selection of restaurants that please every palate and satisfy all cravings. Since 1995, the town celebrates the yearly International Gourmet Festival with the participation of world-renowned chefs. The exchange of techniques, trends, and cooking secrets maintains the high standards of Vallarta’s gastronomy, to guarantee truly delightful meals.
Shopping in Vallarta really does offer something for everyone. There is a wide variety of shops and large array of merchandise ranging from emblematic T-shirts to beautiful Mexican handcrafts; from inexpensive souvenirs to locally produced fine art. Some of the best buys are to be found in leather goods, ceramics, blown glass, hand woven and embroidered fabrics and, of course, silver.
During the high season, art galleries are the gathering place of the Vallarta elite that includes the expat community and, obviously, the local artists who are many and very prolific. Visitors interested in art may enjoy a long list of exciting places that not only display fine art works but also feature activities such as tours, workshops and the famous art-walks. Every third Thursday downtown, and every third Friday in Marina Vallarta, the galleries organize openings with live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. This is a fun opportunity to go gallery hoping to make friends and admire (or buy) the most recent production of local and international artists.
Many people say that some of the most beautiful sunsets occur in Vallarta. You’ll have a perfect weather almost all year long, and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains of the Sierra Madre. Every sunrise, every sunset, every starry night is a true delight in Puerto Vallarta. And if that was not enough, Vallarta has the privilege of being the home of humpback whales, every year, in the winter season (from November to March), among some other beautiful wildlife creatures.
Puerto Vallarta is an ideal place to practice some sport, whether in the sea, the beach, or in the mountains: Swimming, Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing, Surfing, Skiing, Windsurfing, Tennis, Golf, Biking, Skydiving, Etc. practice Yoga or if you prefer the comfort of a gym you can also enjoy it.
Experience the magic of the Villa!
The staff at Villa Leonarda, led by Delia, will receive you with a welcome refreshment of guacamole, salsa and chips, with a round of lime margaritas.