Bahia de Banderas is hardly known by its name; most people recognize the area by Puerto Vallarta or lately Punta de Mita. However, Bahia de Banderas is a lot more than these two places. This summary will help you understand the different towns and cities the Bahia offers for you to decide the best place for your wedding destination taking into account your needs, group of friends, family and budget.
Let’s start by recognizing the bay and their main touristic cities & towns.
San Francisco (better known as San Pancho) is about 50 minutes drive north from Puerto Vallarta airport. It is a small and quaint town with a quiet rhythm and a strong community vibe, also known for its cultural and artsy atmosphere. It is ideal for small weddings and groups with children looking for a laid back beach ambience. You will not find large resorts or all inclusive hotels, but there are a lot of beautiful oceanfront homes that offer all the amenities you may need. As most towns in Mexico, you can find a charming main plaza right in front of a small church and authentic homemade Mexican food at every corner. A real town experience!
Sayulita is well known by its outdoor and water activities such as surfing, fishing, and paddle boarding. This town is about 45 minutes north from Puerto Vallarta airport. Sayulita has a vibrant rhythm; people can easily walk everywhere and downtown is pretty busy almost all week all year long. Even when it is small, you can find fine hotels and really upscale houses. Bars stay open past midnight, but in the morning the beach is visited by people enjoying swimming, sunbathing or the wide variety of water sports available. Nice and upscale souvenir shops, art shops, groceries, liquor stores ... you will find everything you need without leaving.
Punta de Mita is THE HOT spot. With Four Seasons and St. Regis hotels in the area, Punta de Mita is the ideal town for couples looking for luxury, world class amenities, outstanding service and exclusiveness … not on a budget. Breathtaking homes with spectacular ocean views are the perfect scenario for small or medium size weddings. Punta de Mita is ideal for a relaxing wedding weekend enjoying the privacy of these renowned hotels while you and your guests are being pampered with spa treatments or just laying on the beach sunbathing and listening to the ocean’s whisper. The town also offers a fine selection of beachfront gourmet restaurants and a variety of outdoor and water activities. Expect only the best!
Bucerías is a small town with many Mexican traditions and culture. From the colorful art & crafts market, to the small corner stores and street food, Bucerías shows the real Mexico to its visitors. Its open wide and swim friendly beaches are visited by locals during weekends. It has a friendly quiet atmosphere with a contrasting intense local life, ideal for longer vacations. It is recommendable for couples looking for a place to celebrate a small or medium size wedding with children on a reasonable budget. Bucerías is getting more and more popular and its accommodation offer is growing every year.
Nuevo Vallarta is a modern and fresh destination located only 25 minutes from Vallarta airport. It offers several all-inclusive options, large resorts with a great variety of amenities such as spas, gyms, golf, water sports and a small marina; everything you and your guests need for an amazing wedding retreat.
Nuevo Vallarta offers wide open beaches overlooking beautiful sunsets behind the mountains or on the ocean depending the time of the year. It is ideal for larger groups and couples looking for amenities, fun and all-inclusive experiences.
Puerto Vallarta is well known for its beautiful green mountains, dark blue ocean and abrupt cliffs. These three elements plus picturesque cobblestoned roads and the feel of a small traditional town are the most attractive elements for a wedding trip to Vallarta. Art galleries, exquisite gastronomy and an array of outdoor activities complement a memorable experience everyone will want to repeat. Most couples can find their perfect place in this gorgeous city; from a private home, to a resort or a fine restaurant.
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