Not to be confused with the Marina Terminal where the cruise ships dock and the majority of tours around the bay depart from, although that facility is just a few minutes south of here, this 544-acre planned residential and resort development revolves around Mexico’s largest marina and a popular 18-hole golf course. Less than two decades old, Marina Vallarta is modern, clean and quiet, its smooth roads and oceanfront boardwalk encouraging strolling, jogging and biking. And this is where fishing, cruise or sailing charters can be arranged. Along with the luxury hotels, condominiums and villas here there are lots of interesting places to browse including shopping centers, jewelry, clothing and assorted other boutiques, and art, not to mention a burgeoning array of furniture and interior design galleries at Plaza Neptuno, at the entrance of Marina Vallarta. You will also find incredibly luxurious full-service spas and restaurants and bars of every description. The two-dozen or so eateries on the 355-slip marina itself overlook yachts and mountains, while those on the beach provide intriguing perspectives of downtown Puerto Vallarta and the undulating Sierra Madre.