See Undiscovered Puerto Vallarta & Beyond For a great escape this spring, we take you off the beaten path in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and beyond, where stunning beaches, thriving mangrove ecosystems, and truly magical towns will enrich your body and soul. Budget Travel Thursday, Feb 26, 2015, 4:00 PM Puerto Vallarta views from the lookout point at Matamoros lighthouse at sundown, including the crown of the church and Banderas Bay. (Darley Newman) Budget Travel LLC, 2016
 

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See Undiscovered Puerto Vallarta & Beyond

For a great escape this spring, we take you off the beaten path in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and beyond, where stunning beaches, thriving mangrove ecosystems, and truly magical towns will enrich your body and soul.

  • Puerto Vallarta view Banderas Bay
  • old Puerto Vallartacolonial-style homes
  • zócalo plaza Puerto Vallarta
  • Puerto Vallarta seahorse sculpture Malecón sunset
  • Puerto Vallarta beach
  • Shop art Puerto Vallarta
  • peacocks Casa Velas hotel Puerto Vallarta
  • View Bay of Banderas boutique hotel Puerto Vallarta.
  • Matamoros lighthouse Puerto Vallarta
  • Darley Newman zip line tour Mexico
  • Darley Newman Cuale River zip line
  • scenery changes from Puerto Vallarta to San Sebastian del Oeste
  • main plaza San Sebastian del Oeste
  • architecture San Sebastian del Oeste
  • Church of San Sebastian del Oeste
  • Pastel colors Church of San Sebastian del Oeste
  • La Lupitas Restaurant San Sebastian del Oeste.
  •  refried beans La Lupitas
  • horseback ride San Sebastian del Oeste.
  • cobblestone streets San Sebastian del Oeste
  • San Sebastian del Oeste cat nap
  • Coffee growing La Quinta Mary
  • Coffee processed La Quinta Mary San Sebastian del Oeste
  • Spanish style architecture La Quinta Mary
  • San Sebastian del Oeste walking

Puerto Vallarta views from the lookout point at Matamoros lighthouse at sundown, including the crown of the church and Banderas Bay.

(Darley Newman)

In the old section of Puerto Vallarta, you'll find cobblestone streets and adobe, colonial-style homes with red roofs.

(Darley Newman)

The lively zócalo or main plaza in Puerto Vallarta. When we visited, there was a band and locals gathered for dancing and fun.

(Darley Newman)

One of the many beautiful waterfront gathering places in Puerto Vallarta.

(Darley Newman)

One of Puerto Vallarta's many inviting beaches.

(Courtesy Mexico Tourism)

Shop for unique Huichol and Mexican art from around the country in Puerto Vallarta’s colorful shops and galleries.

(Courtesy Mexico Tourism)

If you don't have a breakfast companion, don't fret, the peacocks will join you at Casa Velas, a boutique hotel in Puerto Vallarta.

(Darley Newman)

Views of the Bay of Banderas from one of downtown's boutique hotels in Puerto Vallarta.

(Courtesy Mexico Tourism)

Matamoros lighthouse in Puerto Vallarta in located near the corners of Mina and Matamoros Streets.

(Darley Newman)

The author, Darley Newman, flying high above an ancient forest on a zip line tour.

(Courtesy Canopy River)

Darley Newman skims the Cuale River on a zip line adventure.

(Courtesy Canopy River )

The scenery changes from lush tropical landscapes to dense, green forests on the drive from Puerto Vallarta to San Sebastian del Oeste.

(Darley Newman)

The main plaza in San Sebastian del Oeste is lined with small shops and restaurants, perfect for kicking back and relaxing.

(Darley Newman)

The architecture in San Sebastian del Oeste includes red and white well-preseved houses with plastered mud-brick walls and wooden and tile roofs.

(Darley Newman)

Outside the impressive Church of San Sebastian del Oeste, just around the corner from the town's main square.

(Darley Newman)

Pastel colors and chandeliers in the Church of San Sebastian del Oeste, which was originally built in the 17th century, damaged by an earthquake in the 1800's and rebuilt in 1868.

(Darley Newman)

The entrance to La Lupita's Restaurant, a popular dining spot for travelers visiting San Sebastian del Oeste.

(Darley Newman)

Even the refried beans at La Lupita's are full of flavor and the fresh, green salsa is spicy and delicious.

(Darley Newman)

Locals taking a horseback ride in San Sebastian del Oeste.

(Darley Newman)

The cobblestone streets and well-preserved architecture in San Sebastian del Oeste.

(Courtesy Mexico Tourism)

San Sebastian del Oeste is a serene, small town. A cat takes a nap along one of the main thoroughfares.

(Darley Newman)

Coffee is harvested by hand La Quinta Mary, where the altitude and humidity are particularly good for growing coffee.

(Darley Newman)

Coffee is processed from farm to table at La Quinta Mary, an over 300 year old hacienda in San Sebastian del Oeste

(Darley Newman)

Spanish style architecture at La Quinta Mary, where a courtyard opens up to the family's gardens and coffee farm.

(Darley Newman)

Walking is the best way to get around San Sebastian del Oeste and there are plenty of shady areas for a respite from sun.

(Darley Newman)
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