Who's on this trip?
My fiance and I are getting married in a small town north of Puerto Vallarta (near San Pancho), and are looking for some suggestions for honeymoon locations in Mexico. We are both pretty adventurous and have been on several backpacking trips in other parts of the world. We're looking for culture, sites, etc - not all-inclusive beach resorts...any ideas?
My fiance and I are getting married in a small town about an hour north of Puerto Vallara. We were hoping to be able to take a long honeymoon, but it looks like we will only have a couple of days to spend in Puerto Vallarta. We are both interested in some of the more cultural, less touristy activities, restaurants, and hotels/inns. Any and all recommendation are welcome. Thanks in advance!
Trip Plan Details
- El ArrayánAllende 344, Cerro, 48351 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
- Joe Jack's Fish ShackBadillo 212
- Mama RosaVicario 297
commented on this trip
Check out investours.org to learn about a really interesting, non-touristy way to see the area around Puerto Vallarta and support local businesses at the same time. Investours is basically like Kiva, except you actually get to go meet the people you're loaning money to and see the projects they're working on. They run half-day trips out of PV..Comment.about 2 years ago. Report
recommended SayulitaGorgeous little town an hour or so north of Puerto Vallarta. Easy to get to given the airports in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, but with its dirt roads (at least as of 2001), you'll feel as far as ... read morepossible from the tourist scene. We rented a great, open-air house facing the ocean, and walked along the beach to get fish quesadillas every day. A little slice of heaven.Recommended for:Evan Roth-Howe
Sounds like you'll be right in this region, anyway. Not a rough backpacker spot by any means, but might make for a nice spot to relax for a few days before taking off on an adventure
- Arenal VolcanoArenal Volcano National Park, Costa Ricarecommended Arenal VolcanoLots to see and do in Arenal, Volcano hike, thermal spa's, ziplining, rapelling....the list goes on. Many choices of properties, I highly recommend it.Recommended for:
- Turtle Beach LodgeCano Palma, Tortuguero 1, Costa Ricarecommended Turtle Beach LodgeTortuguero is a popular spot for Honeymooners and nature lovers. Several properties to consider here.Recommended for:
recommended Puerto EscondidoI was planning on staying three days in Puerto Escondido. Ended up staying 10 (and I don't even surf, really). It's an awesome place to meet other travelers and if you're down to party, this is your ... read moretown (although there are quieter, more family oriented sections of beach).Baxter Jackson
This is the place, Jordan.
recommended PalenqueAn incredible city of Mayan ruins that you can climb all over for spectacular views. The waterfalls and monkeys only add to the experience.Recommended for:Evan Roth-Howe
Everyone goes to Chichen Itza because it's close to Cancun, but if you can make it down here, Palenque is a much more fascinating experience in a more stunning jungle setting. The Agua Azul and Misol Ha waterfalls are also great sights around here.
recommended Cenotes Kukulkan and Chac MoolThere are several cenotes (limestone sinkholes filled with fresh water) scattered around the Yucatan, but these two, just outside of Tulum, are some of the most impressive. Swim, snorkel, or scuba ... read moredive through the bizarre underground waterways. The contrast between the calm scene at the surface and the twisting stalagmites below is impressive, to say the least. You'll see why the ancient Mayans believed cenotes were the entraces to the underworld.Recommended for:
recommended TulumIf Cancun isn't your scene, Tulum is a good base for exploring the Maya Riviera. The town doesn't offer a whole lot to do, but has a surprisingly impressive collection of restaurants and cafes. ... read moreThere's also some pretty good bargains to be had here if you're bringing gifts back home (the further you go from the bus station, the better the deals get). The real reason to stay here is to have access to Tulum's coastal ruins and to swim through other-wordly, underground cenotes nearby - Cenote Dos Ojos is one of the best.Recommended for:
recommended San Cristobal de las CasasWith beautiful cobblestone streets lined with artisan shops and cafes, San Cristobal almost feels European in certain neighborhoods. But venture towards the city center in the evenings for traditional ... read moremusic and dance performances, and you'll quickly remember where you are. Way up in the mountains of Chiapas, San Cristobal is an oasis of modernity in an area that is otherwise mostly indigenous and agricultural. Once you've seen the sights in the city and learned about the Zapatista revolutionary movement that's still very much alive here (you'll see EZLN murals everywhere), visit the villages of San Juan Chamula and Zinacantan to see how the rest of Chiapas lives. The Christian/Indigenous church in San Juan Chamula is particularly fascinating, whether or not you're typically into religion.Recommended for:Evan Roth-Howe
We spent a few weeks traveling around the Yucatan and Chiapas recently and loved it.