Vallarta is a magical place best discovered by meandering through its picturesque streets, strolling along its beautiful beaches watching crimson sunsets, or wandering up the refreshing Cuale river path. The Belmar Galeria Hotel is ideally situated to take advantage of all of these options, and more. And no visit to Vallarta is complete without a day spent on the ocean exploring Banderas Bay, where lush mountain vegetation cascades down to meet a glistening sea. Guests may inquire at the front desk about excursions to remote and unspoiled beaches like Las Animas, Yelapa, Qumixto, Majahuitas or to the Marietta Islands where you can discover a hidden beach, and often see whales and dolphins.
Puerto Vallarta is truly a world class tourist destination, named “Friendliest City” by Conde Nast in 2001, “Best place in the world to retire” by AARP (North American Association of Retired Persons), “Best Vacation Destination in Mexico” by USNews.com in 2010, “Most Romantic Place in Mexico” and “Favorite Beach Destination in Mexico” by About.com in 2012, “Best place for Conventions” in a convention marketing magazine and listed in “Top 10 Destinations in Mexico” by TripAdvisor in 2015.
What to do
All terrain excursions, banana rides, jet ski, parachuting, canopy, visit the Crocodilarium and the El Salado Estuary, the zoo, bike rides, bird and dolphin watching throughout the year, whale watching from December to March. Activities you can engage in: fishing, golf, gyms and spas, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, artistic performances, exhibitions, Pilates, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, sailing and yoga. Classes in Spanish, art, painting, stained glass, engraving, cooking, tango, salsa, gardening. Theatrical performances, and performing arts on the Scenic Billboard: Cecatur on Fridays at 8pm, weekends in the Cuale Cultural Center Auditorium, and events promoted by Teatro Vallarta. For the English-speaking public there are 4 groups that represent theatrical works and comedies in the Boutique Theatre, Act II Entertainment, Paradise Community Center and the Palm, all very close to the hotel.
Where to eat
The number of restaurants surrounding the area allow you to enjoy dishes of long tradition as well as chicken "gorditas," ricotta tacos and "pozole," Mexican appetizers and fried fish, shrimp as you like it, or sophisticated gourmet restaurants.
Music, culture and entertainment
Puerto Vallarta is a city to be discovered on foot. The Isla Cuale path is recommended, go up on the Iguana Bridge and exit into the neighborhood of Gringo Gulch. It is quite an experience. Every nook and cranny offers surprises and unexpected encounters with typical streets, little shops, boutiques, galleries, craft stores, and restaurants.
The Teatro Vallarta offers a variety of performances and there are many theatrical options and musical revues for English speakers in the Zona Romantica.
What to visit
The Belmar Gallery Hotel is in the middle of the action, the night clubs, restaurants, discos and stylish bars, since Puerto Vallarta is a place where there are recreational activities for both day and night.
There is life and action for everyone, because Puerto Vallarta is a destination that has it all.
Puerto Vallarta was founded in 1851.Founded by Guadalupe Sánchez, who came to drop off salt for the mines of the mountain villages in Mascota, Cuale and San Sebastian.
The agricultural boomThe agricultural boom with large plantations of bananas and tobacco was between 1924 and 1938.
Tourism takes offIt started with the city's 100th anniversary in 1951, and the filming of John Huston's The Night of the Iguana and the arrival of Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Sue Lyon brought international recognition to Puerto Vallarta.
Recognition to Puerto Vallarta.One of the most talked about romances of the twentieth century
The love story of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor who decide to reside in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta is:Puerto Vallarta is a city with more than 300 thousand inhabitants, 6 universities, hundreds of restaurants, and a tourism office which provides information 12 hours a day for tourists. It has direct flights to more than 40 cities and domestic and international destinations.