Puerto Vallarta Vacations

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Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa

From its lush landscape dotted with mountains to its deep blue oceans, plus plenty of entertainment options for families and couples alike, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal destination for anyone looking for a Mexican getaway.

If your clients are dreaming of romantic beachside nuptials without breaking the bank, Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, unveiled a collection of new Wedding Ceremony packages starting at $1,080.

Packages, which are available in AmberOpalJade and Onyx price categories, can include amenities such as a wedding coordinator, flower arrangements, a civil ceremony performed by an English-speaking minister, complimentary room upgrade for the bride and groom and spa treatments.

Weddings at Garza Blanca take place admist the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Madre jungle and ocean below. A bamboo huppah or gazebo serves as the ceremony site. For more information, call (866) 973-0095 or visitgarzablancaresort.com.

If a family-friendly getaway is on the agenda, recommend a stay at the all-inclusive Velas Vallarta Suite Resort, which features an array of kid-friendly amenities, including a kids’ pool, tennis and basketball courts, and a kids’ club for children ages 4-12, complete with activities like baking with the pastry chef, planting trees, and arts and crafts.

From June 1-Aug. 31, the resort is waiving its single supplement fee for parents traveling with children. Rates start at $320 per night and include airport transfers and late check-out. For more information, visitvelasvallarta.com.

Meanwhile, culinary enthusiasts might want to head to Casa Velas as the property is inviting guests to experience a lineup of new “Sensory Workshops.”

Developed in collaboration with Natura Bisse and Tequila 3 Generaciones, these workshops are the ultimate combination of sight and taste with visitors invited to an array of food and drink samplings in the property’s botanical garden. Workshops include tequila tasting in lemon-, orange-, mandarin- and patchouli-infused flavors, as well as dishes such as salmon with a passion fruit sauce, lamb chops with a potato puree, and a sweet, mixed berry pink mousse.

All-inclusive nightly rates at Casa Velas start at $420 per night during the month of July. For more information, including dates for upcoming “Sensory Workshops,” call (866) 529-8813 or visit hotelcasavelas.com.

Want to become a Puerto Vallarta specialist? Destination Ventures has the PV Pro Specialist program designed to help travel agents learn how to make the most out of their client’s Puerto Vallarta vacations.

Upon completion of the program, agents receive a colored diploma, CEUs from The Travel Institute (CITC in Canada), detailed Puerto Vallarta accomodations maps, consumer leads fromvisitpuertovallarta.com and FAM opportunities. For more information, visit pv-pro.com.