Despite its reputation as a major tourist destination, Puerto Vallarta has managed to maintain the appeal of an authentic Mexican village. Its cobblestone streets, donkey carts and native crafts all maintain its connection to a simpler time. The natural beauty of the area has made it a center of ecotourism. Visitors can watch the dolphins and whales, dive with giant mantas in the bay, snorkel and scuba, or explore the foothills of the Sierras on a mountainbike. Those with less exertion in mind can lounge on the beach or in one of Puerto Vallarta’s luxury hotels, or drop some cash at the cities plentiful shopping venues. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump over the Pacific, rent a Harley Davidson, or race Go-Karts. With more quality restaurants than any other Mexican resort, Puerto Vallarta is a foodie’s paradise. A favorite pastime is to spend the evening strolling on the Malecon, a walkway along the sea adorned with lovely sculptures and bustling with shops, restaurants and bars. Music lovers can dance the night away to any style of music imaginable. Though the music doesn’t start until as late as 11 pm, it often continues until 6 am the next morning. You won’t need a designated driver, as most bars are reachable on foot.