"Don Pedro's is a restaurant in a small town outside of Puerto Vallarta called Sayulita, where we go to surf. It's a really cute fishing village with wonderful shops and galleries. Don Pedro's is right on the beach. You get the best view of the ocean there and you can watch the fishermen bringing in their catch of the day, which they serve right there at the restaurant. The food is incredible."


"On this last trip, my husband and I were out surfing, sitting on our boards off of Punta Mita beach. It was so relaxing and so peaceful watching the sun set over the water. The Puerto Vallarta sunsets are just breathtaking. We'd been in the water for about three hours and then the sky went from yellow to golden to bright orange. Then the water looked like fire, like lava. The ocean there has this silky feeling to it. It was just awe-inspiring to see the beauty unfolding right in front of me. It reminded me of something my grandmother would always tell me, that no two sunsets are alike. It's like each night God is doing his artwork and making a painting for us."

kathy ireland's puerto valarta essentials

casa demae, very expensive; (888) 962-7827
costa azul adventure resort, moderate; (800) 365-7613
four seasons resort, punta mita, very expensive; 011-52-329-291-6000
hotel la jolla de mismaloya, expensive; (800) 322-2343

adobe cafe, gourmet mexican; moderate; 011-52-322-222-6720
café des artistes, french; expensive; 011-52-322-222-3228
don pedro's, contemporary mexican; inexpensive; 011-52-329-291-3090
la palapa, seafood; expensive; 011-52-322-222-5225
le bistro jazz cafe, international; inexpensive; 011-52-322-222-0283