Puerto Vallarta holds a romance for most travelers. The colorful culture, historic past, tasty cuisine, and golden sand beaches lure most any one. But as Valentine’s Day approaches, I thought I’d show how the simple staples, the basics are even more special in Puerto Vallarta.
Stroll along the Beach.
We all dream about the romantic walk along the seashore as part of the ideal date. Well here, it’s the ocean waves and the seaside Malecon. You can walk among not just along the sand, but among art. Lined with sculptures, the famous Malecon is a place to admire both beauty and creativity (along with the seashore)
Dinner and a show
Enter the streets of the “zona romantica” and the name says it all. The neighborhood blends enchanting cafes, beachfront bars, and top-notch mariachi bands to set the mood. Walk the cozy cobble stone streets and follow your way to candle lit dinner tables to enjoy the fresh seafood or Mexican fare. For the show, hire the mariachis.
There is not much more romantic then a sunset on the beach. And with so many beaches in Puerto Vallarta to explore you can make your special moment on any of the forty. Chose a a less crowded beach outside of town with bottle of wine or join the crowds and the fiestas on the more popular beaches. You can’t go wrong with either choice.
No Valentine’s is complete without chocolates. I asked a few friends for recommendations and many mentioned Xocodiva. A name that translates to “Food of the Gods.” Available in the Saturday Old Town’s Farmer’s Market, trust me you can’t go wrong with the exquisite artisan truffles. Yum. Plus, beautiful gift bags or boxes with special ice packs are availavble for take away.
Well, hope you enjoy your Valentine´s moment, and if you aren´t in Puerto Vallarta this year, maybe you consider that romantic trip for next year (or next week)
Photos by Craig Zabransky