Puerto Vallarta is where Mexico comes alive. Fall in love with Puerto Vallarta’s old world charm and dreamlike natural beauty. Lush tropical jungles surround this quaint colonial city with interesting architecture, cobblestone streets and white-washed buildings. Discover chic boutiques along the Malecon board walk or take a dip in the deep blue ocean. One of the first things many travelers notice upon arriving in Puerto Vallarta is the color of the water, royal blue, in contrast to the turquoise waters on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, near Riviera Maya and Cancun. Vacationers often enjoy snorkeling at Los Arcos, hiking through Vallarta Botanical Gardens and whale watching in the Banderas Bay from mid-December to the end of March. The best form of transportation here is the water taxi, which will often drop travelers off at beach side restaurants.