Puerto Vallarta appears a dazzling diamond to be explored in the last port stop of the Mariner of the Seas. Nestled up to Banderas Bay, the city recognize you to walk along its streets bathed in sunlight, dip your toes in its crashing waves, dance, shop, and dine! However, your short day in port can make you sample a bit of what Puerto Vallarta has to offer, while wishing to return.
Getting off the ship in Puerto Vallarta, you’ll be right on the main street that runs all the way to town. What I’d suggest for your day here is not a couples-only retreat. Go ahead, spend the day with strangers and take the Vallarta-Adventures tour to the beautiful area of Las Caletas. This secluded nature preserve south of the city was the home of legendary film director John Huston. Now, this amazingly beautiful spot, that is only accessible by sea, can be yours for the day. You can take a sleek catamaran down the Pacific coast, while the bright, green landscape passes you by. Once in Las Caletas (The Coves), you can partake in any number of activities, that are only as active as you want to be.
Grab a kayak, go snorkeling in crystal clear waters or take a scuba tour in this isolated cove. While you know there are others here with you, it is so easy to feel like the only people on the planet when all you can see behind you are jade-covered hills and all you can see in front of you is an open horizon of blue. Away from the water, you can enjoy a couples massage, salt scrub or rejuvenating facial at the hilltop spa, take a yoga class, a cooking lesson or simply walk the eden-like grounds hand in hand.
The beauty of Las Caletas is that you can enjoy a day’s worth of active adventures, or you can slink away to your own corner of beachfront and have drinks brought to you. Do a little or do a lot, or perhaps a little of both. Since you’re at Las Caletas for about 6 hours, you can spend the day any number of ways, partaking in as much or as little as your heart desires.
Once you return to civilization, you may want to steal a few moments for yourselves before you board the ship. Get down to La Palapa and enjoy a private, romantic dinner for two on the beach.
This toes-in-the-sand experience is a must while you are in Puerto Vallarta. While meals on board the ship are nice, there is nothing like a personalized, 4 course menu served oceanside to put you in a romantic frame of mind. After your leisurely dinner, take that last walk on the beach, steal a kiss under the stars, and say adiós to the maginificent city of Puerto Vallarta.
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