Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs. Check out Lonely Planets guide for the top sights in Puerto Vallarta.
Where to stay: For your yoga vacation Xinalani or Haramara are both magical, beautiful yoga retreat centers with lots of different yoga retreats throughout the year. For non yogis, check out Trip Advisor’s top 10 hotels forPuerto Vallarta.
Yoga: Yes! When I was in Puerto Vallarta, I was hosting a yoga retreat at beautiful Xinalani eco-retreat center. Xinalani offers an unparalleled retreat experience: authentic and magical, immersed in lush jungle surroundings with views of the emerald ocean. Here you sleep in beautiful eco-chic accommodations, enjoy delicious and healthy Mexican food, while practicing yoga in world-class open-air or heated yoga studios (Xinalani). Pure bliss!
Kitesurfing: I wouldn’t pick this solely for my kitesurfing destination – the Caribbean side of Mexico is absolutely amazing for that – but it is possible. Between Sayulita and Nuevo Vallarta is “Bucerias”, which is a decent spot with consistent wind between 15 – 20 knots and sometimes as much as 20 – 25 knots. The windy season runs from march to June.
Wave Surfing: YES! During the winter months, Puerto Vallarta is a great destination for wave surfing. Even though Puerto Vallarta and the entire Banderas Bay is stock-full of beautiful sandy beaches, the real surf action is on the North side of the bay, even beyond Bucerias in places like Lo de Marcos and Sayulita. Warm water, a variety of surf breaks, and and gentle winds that are usually offshore make the Punta de Mita area an ideal surf destination (Puerto Vallarta Surfing). Or if you think Puerto Vallarta is not your cup of tea, click here for the best surf destinations in Mexico.
Good for non yogis/surfers: Yes, absolutely. Enjoy the sun, sand and sea, indulge in yummy Mexican cuisine, or check out Lonely Planets guide for the top sights in Puerto Vallarta.
When to visit: The winter months is the high season, but it’s possible to visit all year around. Actually, the best time to visit might be between April and June, before the rainy-season, when the weather is still nice, but with less tourism and more affordable room rates. If you’re interested in whale watching, however, visit from January to March.