The Beaches of Banderas Bay - Mexico
Mexico Location: Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta was a Hollywood legend onto itself in the early 1960's. Today much of the intrigue and glamour still exists on Puerto Vallarta's stunning beaches. The captivating beauty drew director John Huston to Mismaloya Beach to shoot the Tennessee Williams play 'Night of the Iguana' (starring film greats Ava Gardner and Richard Burton). Puerto Vallarta is easy to lose oneself in – for example its irresistible splendor provided the romantic and somewhat scandalous surrounds for the budding romance between a married Richard Burton and a married Elizabeth Taylor.
Puerto Vallarta has retained much of its luxury and sophistication that once tempted stars to its sprawling resort hotels, fine dining restaurants and its hot nightlife clubs. The spectacularly wide vista of Banderas Bay offers 26-miles of beach beauty for couples to stake out their very own wedding chapel overlooking the water. If you desire a celebrity-style wedding then Banderas Bay's classic Hollywood elegance, illuminated with twinkling lights will provide the most stunning nighttime wedding locale on earth. Plus, a part of the 'Iguana' original set still exists and is open to public exploration.
Those seeking a more secluded wedding locale can choose from the string of beaches in Punta Mita, just north of Puerto Vallarta. Punta Mita's pockets of sea and shore offer the most powdery white sand for barefoot ceremonies. Honeymooners will stay and enjoy the crystalline waters and coral reefs for exploring. In addition, numerous opulent pools nestled in coves along Puerto Vallarta's extensive shore are only accessible by boat and await those seeking the most secluded ceremonies.
Relaxing in the admiring gaze of the sun along the Yucatan Peninsula in Playa del Carmen is Quintana Roo's best-known beach. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by Carmen's laid-back ambience, young but friendly crowd and its bevy of restaurants, hotels, shopping and the promise of a sizzling nightlife.
Visitors to Quintana Roo won't run out of water adventure on these brilliant shores – snorkeling among the vivid coral reefs, jet skiing, jungle tours and exploring the spectacular sites of the Talum archeological site.
A fairly new underwater adventure that is gaining popularity along Mexico's Yucatan Coast is cenote diving. Cenotes are subterranean limestone sinkholes, filled with water. They are unique to the Yucatan Peninsula and a popular attraction for scuba divers and snorkers. The Quintana Roo Coast is home to Hidden Worlds Cenote Park and its network of underground rivers - Tak Be Ha, Tak Bi Luum and Hilario's Well. Here snorkelers can experience the secret underground of the Maya led by experienced guides.