Fellow traveler David Simmonds brought my attention to this montage of photos of Vallarta in 1957. I must admit it actually brought me to tears. Despite some ugly architecture and way too many people, I’ve always thought that stretch of coast pretty much unparalleled in terms of natural tropical beauty. I wish I could have seen it then.
(While looking for vintage photos of Vallarta to add to this post, I stumbled across an interesting blog post about how Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton put Vallarta on the map. Of course I’ve heard this story below, but the blogger reveals some interesting details about Taylor and Burton’s Vallarta home, Casa Kimberly, and the photos are cool. )