Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Cabo Corrientes
Tel: 52 332 223 6182
Concierge.com's insider take:
Hummingbirds nest in tree ferns, and butterflies flit over orchids at this enchanting 20-acre garden of exotic flowers and gigantic trees 12 miles south of Puerto Vallarta. Savannah native Robert Price is the genius behind the floral paradise, where roses, palms, and agave plants flourish in the tropical dry forest above the Río Horcones. Volunteers care for delicate tropical orchids and lead tours for students, photographers, and nature lovers. A short hike leads to a chilly river (swimming allowed). Maps are available at the Hacienda de Oro, which houses a gift shop (blown-glass ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, and local honeys and jams) and a two-story Mexican restaurant/lounge with comfy couches and forest views.—Maribeth Mellin
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 6 pm.