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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Los Charros de Jalisco Bring Baseball Excitement to PV
The Mexican Pacific League (LMP), will bring the excitement of professional baseball to Puerto Vallarta on October 2 and 3, 2018, when Los Charros de Jalisco will play two preseason exhibition games at the Agustín Flores Contreras Municipal Sports Stadium.
Puerto Vallarta South Side Shuffle Returns November 16
Banderas News Team
Starting Friday, November 16, 2018, and every other Friday evening through April 5, 2019, the Zona Romantica will come to life as locals and tourists alike head over to Basilio Badillo to do the South Side Shuffle, the only ongoing party of its kind in all of Puerto Vallarta.
Vallarta to Bury Centennial Time Capsule September 27
Since tourism is one of the main activities in Puerto Vallarta, and the municipality is celebrating its centennial this year, a time capsule will be filled with nostalgic and contemporary items and buried on September 27 as part of the city's 2018 World Tourism Day celebrations.
Emergency Evacuation Simulations in Vallarta Sept 19
Don't be alarmed if you hear sirens going off and see hordes of people heading for higher ground today. The City of Puerto Vallarta will be conducting earthquake and tsunami evacuation simulations at 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, as part of the National Civil Protection Day observances.
Bahía de Banderas Trash Challenge, September 23-29
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The 'Bahía de Banderas Towns, Rivers, and Beaches Cleanup Marathon' will be held September 23-29 to contribute to the conservation of the Banderas Bay region's Natural Protected Areas by fighting solid waste contamination in both the Nayarit and Jalisco portions of the bay.
Puerto Vallarta Street Closures for Fiestas Patrias
Due to the large number of people expected to attend the Independence Day celebrations in Puerto Vallarta, the Municipal Government announced that they will be rerouting traffic in the downtown area on September 14, 15 and 16, to safeguard event participants and attendees.
Current Requirements for Moving to Mexico with Your Pet
If you have a four-legged family member and buy real estate in Puerto Vallarta, you will likely have questions about bringing your pet to Mexico. Luckily, moving to Mexico with a pet isn't particularly difficult, if you have all of the required documentation when you arrive.
Busy Bees Pollinating the Vallarta Botanical Garden
In early 2018, volunteers David Erne and Talit Maria Jose set up two hives in the Vallarta Botanical Garden which have already produced over 10 kg of honey! In addition to a sweet harvest, we're making sure that our plants are well attended to by one of our planet's most prolific pollinators.
Puerto Vallarta 2018 Fiestas Patrias Schedule of Events
As is tradition, from September 13th through 16th Puerto Vallarta will commemorate La Independencia de Mexico with a series of colorful and patriotic festivities celebrating the events and people that eventually resulted in Mexico's Independence from Spain.
10 Tips for Anyone Thinking of Retiring in Mexico
More and more North Americans are retiring in Mexico to enjoy new experiences and a more relaxed lifestyle, as well as access to affordable healthcare and a lower cost of living. If you're thinking about joining them, here are 10 tips to help make your move and transition as smooth as possible.
No Jaguars, But Plenty of Prey Captured at the Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden
The Panthera V6 camera traps installed in the Vallarta Botanical Garden's forest preserve last month have not yet captured images of jaguars, but we have several bird shots and one overhead family portrait of a troop of White-nosed coati - which happen to be excellent jaguar prey.
Int'l Artists Donate Sculptures to Puerto Vallarta
Five large-format sculptures, created by international artists during last November's 'First Int'l Forum of Sculptors' at El Centro Universitario de la Costa, have been donated to the city of Puerto Vallarta. They now grace public spaces in colonias throughout the municipality.
September Happenings & Events in the Riviera Nayarit
Travelers visiting the Riviera Nayarit will have an abundance of things to see and do this month. The Pee Wee Surfing League, the 6th Flamingos Race, and Independence Day Festivities are just a sampling of what Mexico's Pacific Treasure offers in September.