Puerto Vallarta Golf Vacations

By Jim & Barbara Nicol

Situated on a strip of white sandy beaches in Mexico's largest natural bay, Puerto Vallarta lies within 100 miles of coastline ringed with mountains. This exciting city offers outdoor recreation that is limitless. Every imaginable water sport is available along Puerto Vallarta's shoreline. Puerto Vallarta delivers round-the-clock activity, sophisticated amenities and a romantic natural setting. The city maintains much of the Old Mexico flair and is graced with lovely architecture, cobblestone streets and white stucco buildings, crowned by flower covered balconies and red tile roofs.

Yelapa fishing cove By day visit the bustling beaches of Las Ánimas and Mismaloya, scour the hidden coves for treasure then sit and relax under the shade of a palm tree. Go horseback riding in the jungle or take a boat ride to the fishing village of Yelapa. Watch the flaming sunset on the Bahía de Banderas, as the lights of the city shine across one of the most beautiful bays on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. In the evening, stroll along the downtown esplanade and listen to the waves lap the shore while your feet will want to dance to the music in the air.

Puerto Vallarta greens John Huston filmed "Night of the Iguana" in Puerto Vallarta in the 1960's and created an allure that still captures the world's imagination for style, sophistication and the beginnings of Puerto Vallarta's nightlife. His statue is on Isla Cuale and visitors come to see where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton built houses across from each other with a catwalk between them. Take a "Gringo Gulch" tour and you can see the houses Liz and Dick built.

Local crafts include Huchai Indian embroidery, blown glass and pottery, they are all on display at the municipal market just north of the Rio Cuale and it is definitely worth a visit. Then tour the Galería Vallarta and explore the shops selling art and artisans' works.

Golf Courses

Weiskopf signature course Puerto Vallarta is a growing golf destination with courses designed on land with an abundance of natural resources. The Marina Vallarta Club de Golf is located in the heart of Marina Vallarta walking distance to many hotels and restaurants. Vista Vallarta hosts two unique 18 hole courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus the other designed by Tom Weiskopf. The Flamingos Club de Golf is located 15 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta in a beautiful wetlands environment. Robert von Hagge designed the new resort course in Nuevo Vallarta, Paradise Village Country Club course. The Four Seasons Resort at Punta Mita designed by Jack Nicklaus has a unique place in golf with a surprise green.

Put your sticks in a travel bag and find your way to stay and play in Puerto Vallarta. *

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