Travel & Outdoors
|Travel and Outdoors|
Although best known as a beach resort, Puerto Vallarta is one of the most versatile adventure travel destinations in the world. Nestled between the jungle-covered Sierra Madre Mountains and the sheltered waters of Banderas Bay, this region's geographical diversity offers an extremely wide variety of natural attractions and outdoor adventures.
Unlike many other popular beach vacation resorts, Puerto Vallarta is actually several destinations in one. Situated on the Pacific Coast of Mexico just south of Baja California, the Banderas Bay area offers more than 34 miles of incomparable coastline in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit - and innumerable activities that are affordable and easily accessible.
For those who just want to relax, miles and miles of beautiful golden sand beaches offer one of the best ways to experience the beauty and magic of the Bay of Banderas. And with 322 days of sunshine annually and an average temperature of 80 degrees F, Puerto Vallarta is one of the few places on Earth that can boast an "ideal" climate for sun worshipers.
With picture-perfect weather and extraordinary natural beauty, outdoor recreation around the bay is limitless. Traditional sports like golf and tennis are unforgettable. This region is one of Mexico's leading golf destinations with golf courses designed by some of the world's greatest golfers including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge.
Puerto Vallarta is also a major tennis destination with a growing number of tennis clubs, classes, workshops and tournaments each year. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, sailing whale watching and sportsfishing await you in the warm, clear waters of Banderas Bay and the Mexican Pacific.
On land you can explore the Sierra Madre Mountains and jungles on an exciting excursion provided by one of the area's many professional tour operators. If you prefer to do a little exploring on your own, the quiet pleasures and local colors of Mexico are waiting to be discovered in a variety of unique and inviting fishing villages and beachside retreats.
A recent Travel and Leisure Magazine Readers' Survey listed Puerto Vallarta as the number one beach destination in Latin America because of the wide variety of beach communities and sleepy seaside villages around the bay. During your stay, be sure to explore these towns and enjoy a genuine taste of the real Mexico.
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Puerto Vallarta Fireworks Festival, December 30-31
The Christmas holidays are always an exciting time to visit Puerto Vallarta, but this year will be exceptionally entertaining as the city welcomes 2018 in an impressive way... with the II Festival de Pirotecnia 'Luminia Fest,' a world-class fireworks show to be held on Dec. 30 and 31.
U.S. Couple is Protecting Sea Turtles in Sayulita
The Riviera Nayarit shoreline is one of the world's most important nesting grounds for several species of sea turtles. But poaching and predators make it difficult for their babies to survive. One American couple living in Sayulita is working to ensure they live long enough to reach the sea.
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club December News & Events
The PV Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta. Please make plans to join us at one of our upcoming events.
Vallarta Whale Watching Season Opens December 8
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers many ecological tours, but nothing compares to the thrill of whale watching on Banderas Bay. The 2017-2018 whale watching season officially opens December 8, giving everyone a chance to observe Humpback whales in their natural habitat.
China Shows Interest in Vallarta's Tourism Potential
During last weekend's visit with Puerto Vallarta Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, the Chinese Ambassador in Mexico, Qiu Xiaoqi, said that the Banderas Bay region not only has the potential to attract a million Chinese tourists annually, but also investments in the tourism sector.
La Cuiza to Host River of Arte 2017, December 10
Art lovers, save the date! You don't want to miss Puerto Vallarta's favorite annual art event - River of Arte 2017 - to be held Sunday, December 10 at La Cuiza on La Isla Cuale. More than 60 artists will be exhibiting their latest work to raise money for local non-profit organizations.
Hotel Amapa to Open in Zona Romantica in February
Breaking Travel News
Developer David Harries is utilizing his over 35 years of hospitality experience to create Hotel Amapa, a place where 'guests can live like a local.' Set to open one from block Los Muertos Beach in February, the 55 room hotel will bring a fresh new vibe to Old Town Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta the Perfect Place for Winter Gaycations
The winter holidays from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve are the most popular time of year for gay men to visit Puerto Vallarta. Nothing can beat guaranteed sunshine, friendly people, fantastic food and some of the most anticipated events of the season.
First Part of December a Great Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta
The first 12 days of December is a perfect time to be in Mexico as cities across the country celebrate the Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here in Puerto Vallarta, December 12 also marks the anniversary of the founding of our city in 1851, which kicks the celebrations up a notch.
Season's First South Side Shuffle at Galleria Dante
Banderas News Team
An exhibition by Canadian artist Marc Galipeau opens at Galleria Dante on Friday, November 24, as part of the first Southside Shuffle of the 2017-2018 season. Stop by PV's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artist and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.
2017 Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic, Nov. 18
On Saturday, November 18, for one day only, Punta Mita will open its exclusive golf course to players from all around the bay - regardless of their membership status. Fundación Punta de Mita and PEACE Punta de Mita invite you to play for a cause at the Punta Mita Charity Golf Classic.
Vallarta Botanical Garden November News
In addition to exploring the 64 acres of native tropical plants and flowering trees, there's always something new to discover at Vallarta Botanical Garden! Founder Robert Price tells us about some of the Garden's new and ongoing projects and upcoming events you won't want to miss.
This Season's First Vallarta Garden Club Meeting
Make plans to join the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club at Incanto on Thursday, November 16 for our inaugural meeting of the 2017-2018 season. The meeting will begin with a presentation of our first project, followed by drinks and appetizers on the terrace overlooking the Rio Cuale.
Beachfront Fashion Show to Benefit Corazón de Niña
Banderas News Team
Tired of wearing the same old beachwear day in and day out? Then come to El Dorado Beach Club on Playa de Los Muertos on Saturday, November 25 for the second annual Beachfront Fashion Show to benefit Corazón de Niña, a shelter for abused and abandoned children in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival Returns November 18-19
The 2017 Puerto Vallarta Taco Festival returns November 18-19th and will feature some of PV's best taco restaurants offering a wide variety of Mexico's most representative dish, plus beer and tequila tastings, Lucha Libre, live music and more, at the Municipal Sports Stadium.
Punta Raza Surf Fishing Tournament, November 25-26
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The Tepic Surf Fishing Club is inviting all surf fishing aficionados to participate in the eleventh edition of their annual Shore Fishing Tournament, set to be held on the shores of Playa Punta Raza in the Riviera Nayarit on November 25 and 26, 2017.
Sea Monkey Hosts 'Luau' in Support of PuRR Project
On Friday, December 8th at 5 pm, Sea Monkey Restaurant will be hosting the Fifth Annual Luau on the Beach to benefit the 180+ cats living at the PuRR Project shelter in Puerto Vallarta. Tickets to this fun-filled charity event always go quickly, so get yours before they sell out!
Mexico's Velas Resorts Announces Black Friday Offers
With 'Black Friday' confirmed for November 24, Velas Resorts has announced additional savings and added values for bookings on future travel at Casa Velas or Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, Grand Velas Riviera Maya & Grand Velas Los Cabos.
Malecón Sculpture Tours Return to Puerto Vallarta
For more than a decade, Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson has been offering free guided Malecón Sculpture Tours every Tuesday morning. This year, he's added a Sunset Tour on Thursdays in an effort to increase donations collected for Los Mangos Library.
Puerto Vallarta Beer Festival Set for Nov. 18 & 19
Celebrate the good life in Puerto Vallarta at the Brewmasters PV Beer Festival! Set to take place on November 18 and 19, this fun and free event will feature some of the region's best craft beers all in one place - the Instituto Vallartense de Cultura on La Isla Rio Cuale.
5th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 17th VYC Chili Cook-Off
On December 9th from 4-8 pm, the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecón will host the Vallarta Yacht Club's 5th Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 17th Annual Chili Cook-off. Make plans now to enjoy music, competitive chili sampling, and 'tastes' from some of the Banderas Bay area's finest restaurants.
Puerto Vallarta Looks to Set New Guinness World Record
If you love coffee, make plans now to be on the Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta at 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017, as the city attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people drinking coffee simultaneously in a single venue.