Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful beach resort on Mexico’s Pacific coast of Bahia de Banderas. It is the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco. The average daily temperature is usually in the mid to high 70s making it an ideal vacation spot. In addition to warm weather and inviting beaches, there are many attractions to be had that would entertain both young and old. From adrenalin pumping adventures such as sky diving, zip lining, flyboarding and rappelling down waterfalls, to the more serene activities like, snorkeling, whale watching, shopping, gallery hopping and touring tequila factories (my favorite), it’s all here.
Of course, what would visiting Mexico be without tasting Tequila or touring a distillery! Tequila is made from the Blue Agave plant that is native to Mexico. Tequila is only produced in the state of Jalisco and a few limited municipalities. There are over 1377 registered brands of Tequila to choose from.
In addition to Tequila, Damiana, Mezcal, Xtabentún, and Raicilla are also native Mexican drinks.
Damiana is an herbal-based liqueur made from the Damiana herb. Mezcal is a distilled beverage made from any agave plant that grows in Mexico. Xtabentún is made from anise seed and fermented honey that is produced by honeybees from the nectar of xtabentún flowers. Rum is then added to the mixture. Raicilla is a distilled spirit. Although it is similar to Tequila and Mezcal, Raicilla is considered a “moonshine” product.
I’m looking forward to hopping on a plane to Puerto Vallarta and hopefully spending more than just a few hours enjoying beautiful weather, great cuisine and a little adventure!