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Puerto Vallarta: A Snapshot

From the colonial charm of the Zona Romantica to the beauty of the beaches, there are endless reasons to fall head over heels for Puerto Vallarta. 

Launched into the global spotlight in the 60's, this seaside hotspot was recently named Travel + Leisure's Friendliest City in the World, proving what locals have long known: Puerto Vallarta is a timeless slice of paradise.  

Winner of five prestigious Travvy Awards in 2022 alone – including Best Destination and Best Culinary Destination in Mexico - the city has equally established itself as a world-class destination worthy of even donors’ most distinguished travel desires. 

Here, guests can experience authentic Mexico every step of the way – from elegant modern luxury to a rich history of arts, culture, and cuisine.   

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What You Need to Know

With refreshing emerald waters from the Pacific, mouth-watering gastronomy, and temperatures that hover around 80°F year-round, it’s hard to see why your donors wouldn’t want to venture down south for a few days.  

Conveniently located only a few hours from most major US airports, Puerto Vallarta is a sun-soaked destination that’s a breeze to access (and far harder to leave!)

Climate 

With its alluring tropical climate and 300 days of sunshine, Puerto Vallarta is the ideal retreat for donors hoping to unwind beachside and soak up some rays. 

November to June marks the idyllic dry season with little to no rain and temperatures a warm and pleasant 75° - 80°F. 

Peak season spans December to March and is a must for whale watchers hoping to catch a truly spectacular show.

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Location

Set on the azure shores of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta is uniquely nestled between the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre and the dramatic waters of the Pacific Ocean. 

With over 50 miles of spectacular shoreline dotted with seaside towns, Vallarta offers unparalleled opportunities for donors to make the most of the coast: from surfer's paradise Sayulita to the pristine and untouched sands of San Pancho. 

An hour away, the lavish and highly private resort community of Punta Mita caters to some of the world's most exclusive clientele. 

aerial view of sierra madre and banderas bay

Culture

A unique blend of Mesoamerican history, Spanish colonial rule, and Mexican tradition has evolved into a thriving arts and culture scene. 

History lovers will revel in the city’s past, from winding cobblestone streets to colonial architecture and hacienda homes. 

Galleries and exhibits are also abundant, with renowned artists showcasing the best in sculpture, paintings, and ceramics. Traditional handcrafts, live music, and vibrant shows also infuse the city with its distinctive artistic flair. 

Underlining it all is Mexico's characteristic warmth and welcoming spirit, embracing visitors into its relaxed way of life. 

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More for Donors to Love

All About the Beach

Locals and visitors alike flock to Puerto Vallarta for its sun-kissed sands - and this seaside city doesn't disappoint. 

Donors looking for a relaxed Caribbean feel will love the irresistibly turquoise waters of Conchas Chinas, Mismaloya, and Playa las Gemelas. 

For a taste of the vibrant city scene, Los Muertos' beach entices donors with parasailing, restaurants, and lively beach bars running the length of the iconic Malecón boardwalk. 

Vallarta's best-kept secrets are only a short boat ride away. From the secluded Playa Las Animas to the crystal-clear waters of Hidden Beach, those with a taste for adventure will be well rewarded. 

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Mouthwatering Cuisine

Awarded one of Mexico’s top culinary destinations, Puerto Vallarta effortlessly satisfies even the most gourmet culinary cravings. 

From local street tacos and sizzling elotes (grilled corn) to upscale dining and tasting menus fit for the most discerning palates, the city offers something for everyone.

Ever-popular food tours organized by our LuxGive concierge team also give visitors the chance to stroll, bike, or be chauffeured across the city as they explore each exquisite bite.

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Shopping and Nightlife

The Malecón (boardwalk) offers an authentic shopping experience for those looking for Mexican artisanal handcrafts.

Donors desiring a designer shopping experience will delight in the expansive offerings found in La Isla, the outdoor shopping mall complete with brand-name and local shops, savory restaurants, and a river lazily running through the plaza.

As the sun sets, Vallarta's world-renowned nightlife takes center stage. Nightclubs of all kinds can be found along the Malecón, with live music and dancing until the early hours of the morning.

Old Town Nightlife near Our Lady of Guadalupe church

Inclusivity

Puerto Vallarta has long been a refuge for LGBTQ+ travelers and is widely known for its inclusivity. The Romantic Zone is lined with charming cafes and restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, beach clubs, and nightlife venues that all proudly welcome LGBTQ+ visitors. 

Guests traveling at the end of May can join in the fun at the Vallarta Pride Parade, quickly becoming one of the top gay pride events in the world.

Luxurious Accommodation

As a tourist hotspot, it's all too common for donors to end up trapped in all-inclusive hotels while missing out on the rich travel experience Vallarta offers.

For a more genuine yet elevated stay, donors will discover a stunning collection of jungle and cliffside villas featuring breathtaking ocean views and unparalleled privacy.  

From Hacienda-style mansions to whitewashed adobe villas, private homes take donors off the beaten track for a stay that's both luxurious and unique, while showcasing a more authentic side of Mexico.

Private pools, housekeeping, and private chef service also come standard in LuxGive's Vallarta travel experiences for a VIP touch that amps up your auction travel package appeal.

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Why Pick a Vallarta Auction Package?

Donor-Favorite Destination

When sourcing benefit auction items, are you putting donors center stage? 

While nonprofits love donated goods, the key to your fundraiser's success is showcasing items that deeply appeal to donors. After all, they're the ones bidding (or skipping) on your benefit event offerings. 

A Puerto Vallarta experience packs major appeal as a tried-and-true destination travelers return to year after year. From refined cultural forays to family-friendly beach vacations, Vallarta fits each donor's unique life and travel styles.

Another big draw? As an established tourist spot, Vallarta is English-friendly and offers non-stop flights from major US and Canadian airports. Unlike donated stays, our consignment model also lets you sell unlimited trips to maximize funds. 

Luxury for Less 

Offering your donors peak luxury at low nonprofit prices seems too good to be true. But in the case of Puerto Vallarta, you're not dreaming

Like most Mexican destinations, Vallarta villas include full staff service - including housekeeping and private chefs. VIP service begins before your donors even arrive, with pre-stocking to fill the home with guests' preferred food and drink. 

From the moment they set foot in the door, donors are cheerfully greeted with homemade margaritas by the onsite staff, there to assist with any spur-of-the-moment requests during the stay. 

Afterwards, guests can lounge poolside in the warm Pacific breeze as their private cook prepares a delicious alfresco dinner. Each day, they'll return home to a thoughtfully cleaned villa, courtesy of daily housekeeping.

And all this, at a lower cost per person than a 4-star hotel.

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World-Class Hospitality

LuxGive's services don't end at your benefit auction. Every trip winner is paired with a dedicated concierge that specializes in Puerto Vallarta.

From villa bookings and on-site reservations to designer trip itineraries, our team assists donors in every step of the travel planning - letting you focus solely on your fundraising mission. 

The best way to add value to any trip? Travel experts agree personalization is key.

Puerto Vallarta easily lends itself to many must-try experiences that enhance guest trips. While many of these come standard in our auction travel packages, nonprofits can also customize local activities to their donor demographic.  

With in-house concierge service, trip winners can also add a special touch to their escapes - from a whale-watching tour to a surprise anniversary dinner at a world-renowned restaurant. 

Our Expert Recommendations

Our concierge team can't wait to customize your donors' trips, with designer travel itineraries for a truly personalized stay. Discover a sample of our curated experiences that scored big with past trip winners: 

Set sail on the azure ocean in a private luxury boat charter

With some of the world's most pristine waters, there's no better way to experience Puerto Vallarta than by sea. 

A private luxury sailing charter waits to whisk donors away across the glittering waves to the area's many seaside playgrounds. 

Set off for Los Arcos or the Marietas islands for premier snorkeling and diving alongside turtles, dolphins, and rays. Or beach hop your way along the coast with a must-visit stop at the calm and crystalline waters of Hidden Beach. 

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Immerse yourself in Mexican culture with a live music performance 

Puerto Vallarta's rich tradition of arts, culture, and music is a must for donors looking for an authentic Mexican experience. 

Pay homage to an iconic tradition as you watch a Mariachi performance in the state where the classic art originated. Donors looking to turn up the heat will delight in a private salsa dancing lesson in the comfort of their own villa. 

For special occasions, a sunset sail ferries donors across Banderas Bay for a gourmet candlelit dinner followed by an immersive live show. Original music, riveting acrobatics, and special effects offer a true feast for the senses.

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Stray off the beaten path with an unforgettable adventure tour 

With the Sierra Madre on your doorstep, adventure seekers have plenty of opportunities to get off Vallarta’s beaten track. 

A thrilling ATV ride and hike through the mountains is sure to get your donors' adrenaline pumping, followed by a refreshing dip in the pristine pools of a secluded waterfall.

A winding drive through the jungle also reveals surfer’s mecca Sayulita, Vallarta’s hippest beach town. Donors can explore this laid-back adventurer’s paradise with a guided day-trip and even catch a few waves of their own. 

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Savor the authentic flavors of Mexico with a sumptuous dining experience 

Home to mouthwatering enchiladas, chilaquiles, tostadas, and more, Mexico is one destination truly savored through taste. 

Donors can experience authentic Mexican flavors with a bespoke food tour through the city, highlighting the rich, flavorful, and inventive cuisine of the region - or relax in-villa with a custom menu created by their private chef. 

Fine dining enthusiasts will not be disappointed by a VIP reservation and tasting menu at one of the country's top-rated designer restaurants. To whet the palate? A private tequila tasting with expert culinary pairings from the comfort of home. 

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How to Place a Vallarta Experience

Showcasing a stunning Puerto Vallarta travel package in your charity fundraiser is simple and risk-free

Our fundraising experts will consult with you one-on-one to assess your event, curate any bespoke requests, and help you place a package donors will be raving about. 

Click here to get started and harness this world-class destination for your next benefit auction. 

At LuxGive, we believe in the transformative power of travel. Our mission is to help nonprofits raise more funds at auction through once-in-a-lifetime home and villa experiences.

Our travel experiences provide dedicated concierge service and access to an exceptional portfolio of over 1500 stunning private properties across the world. 

Whether it’s a luxury Caribbean villa, an enchanting Tuscan apartment, or an alpine lodge steps from the powder, we have something for all your clients' needs.

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