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About the Author
In 2009, Justin Henderson left the United States with his family and moved down to Sayulita, a small town in Mexico
about 45 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta. He frequently visits the city, both for business and for recreation. The
author of Grunge Seattle (a music guide) and AAs Los Angeles, Justin has also updated and expanded Fodors guide to
Costa Rica as well as the AA guide to the Caribbean.
Justin Henderson lives in Sayulita, Mexico.
In the early 1980s, the lure of travel drew Bruce Whipperman away from a 20-year career of teaching physics. The
occasion was a trip to Kenya, which included a total solar eclipse and a safari. He hasn't stopped traveling since.
With his family grown, he has been free to let the world's wild, beautiful corners draw him onward: the ice-clawed
Karakoram, the Gobi Desert's trellised oases, Rajasthan's pink palaces, Japan's green wine country, Bali's emerald
terraces, and Oaxaca's vibrant marketplaces.
Bruce has always pursued his travel career for the fun of it. He started with slide shows and photo gifts for friends.
Others wanted his photos, so he began selling them. Once, stranded in Ethiopia, he began to write. A dozen years later,
after scores of magazine and newspaper feature stories, Moon Pacific Mexico became his first book, and Moon Handbooks to
Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, and Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo followed.
For Bruce, travel writing heightens his awareness of the places he visits and helps him focus his own travel
experiences. He'll always remember what a Nepali Sherpa once said: "Many people come, looking, looking; few people come,
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A Perfect Day for Romance
Ask any of the hundreds of brides, grooms, and honeymooning couples who visit each year, and they’ll tell you that
Puerto Vallarta is the place for romance. Swaying palms on golden beaches, moonlit walks along the shore, and brilliant
Pacific sunsets make the Bay of Banderas the perfect backdrop for weddings, anniversaries, engagements, or just a quick
romantic getaway. The following are suggestions for a perfect romantic day in Puerto Vallarta.
Start your morning with breakfast on your balcony. Order room service and start the day relaxed and unhurried while
watching the waves together. When you’re ready, get dressed and hail a cab to Playa los Muertos. From there, enjoy an
hour boat ride, viewing the magnificent mansions and villas that line the shore on your way to Yelapa.
If it’s still early in the day, hike to the waterfall or take a horseback ride into the jungle. When you return, have a
light lunch (and a slice of pie) at one of the beachfront restaurants. Go ahead and swim, sunbathe, or buy some trinkets
from the local vendors, and then catch a return boat back to the pier.
On your way back to your hotel, recharge with a couple’s massage at a local spa. Tables are set up side by side so you
and your sweetie can enjoy the relaxing and healing powers of massage together. For a real treat, buy a package at one
of the hotel spas to enjoy steam rooms, sauna, massage, and total pampering. Once back at your hotel, rest for a while
before getting dressed for dinner.
There are any number of restaurants along the Malecón where you can watch a spectacular sunset, but Vista Grill,
Barcelona Tapas, and Restaurant Chez Elena are elevated and offer a panoramic view of the city as well. Share a dessert
and a kiss as the evening fireworks light up the sky at about 10.
If you’ve still got it in you, head out to La Bodeguita del Medio or J&B for some salsa dancing, or stop by a La Playa
liquor store and pick up a bottle of Chambrule sparkling wine for a moonlit stroll along the beach. End your perfect day
with a kiss at midnight, your feet buried in the sand and the warm waters of the bay lapping at your ankles.