One of the unexpected pleasures of a visit to the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta is the Museo Histórico Naval, or naval museum. Few tourist books or maps mention it, but the white, two-story building occupies a beautiful central location overlooking the beach, less than half a block from city hall. A nearby landmark is the four arches on the Malecón, the paved seaside boardwalk that thousands of residents and tourists enjoy.
Uniformed personnel of the Mexican navy welcome visitors to the spotlessly clean, well-organized museum. They provide non-Spanish-speaking visitors with a laminated, 24-page guide that covers most of the exhibits. It is easy to follow, with photos of the items on display and explanations in English.