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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkTravel & 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's Centennial Bumps May Fest Up a Notch
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board

From May 26-31, 2018, Puerto Vallarta will continue celebrating its centennial as a municipality and 50th year as a city during the Festival Cultural de Mayo, an annual celebration that includes cultural events, photo and art exhibitions and free concerts every night at El Faro del Malecón.

Fourth of July BBQ on the Beach at Daiquiri Dick's
Marilyn Khan

If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta on the USA's 242nd birthday, head over to Daiquiri Dick's on Los Muertos Beach for a Red, White & Blue BBQ that includes all your favorite 4th of July foods, live music by one of PV's hottest bands, Sylvie and The Zippers, and lots of fun!

Help Vallarta Garden Club Prepare Plaza for Centennial
David Muck

The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club is looking for volunteers to help weed and clean the flower beds in the Plaza de Armas (the main plaza in downtown) so they'll look their best for next week's Centennial celebrations. So grab your gloves and join us on Thursday, May 24 at 8:30 am.

10.6 Million Tourists Visited Mexico in 1st Qtr 2018
BanderasNews.com

The number of international tourists to Mexico in the first quarter of 2018 rose to a record high of 10.6 million, a 12.6% increase year-on-year, according to a statement by Sectur, Mexico's Ministry of Tourism. In the month of March alone, 4 million international tourists visited the country.

Hotel Mercurio: Puerto Vallarta's Favorite Gay Hotel
"...arrive as a guest, leave as a friend"

Recognized for its exceptional value, gourmet breakfast and unbeatable location in the heart of Puerto Vallarta's 'gayborhood,' Hotel Mercurio welcomes national and international visitors with 28 air-conditioned rooms, a popular pool bar and friendly, bilingual service.

Beach Volleyball Open Part of Centennial Celebrations
Diego Sancho

The 2018 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open is set to take place at Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta from May 25 to 27, with 104 of the best doubles teams in the country seeking volleyball glory and their share of the $120,000 pesos to be distributed among the winners.

Natural Repellents for Mosquito Season in Vallarta
Marie Callan

One of the biggest challenges for people living in and around Puerto Vallarta at this time of year is preventing mosquito bites! The little buggers are not just annoying, but also carry diseases. Before you start bombarding your body with chemicals, try some of these natural repellents.

2018 Down Puerto Vallarta Extreme Bike Race a Success
Ricardo Acerco

Some of the best extreme bikers in the world hit the streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta last weekend for the second edition of 'Down Puerto Vallarta,' an exhilarating urban bike race and competition that was an exciting part of the municipality's centennial celebrations.

In Vallarta, Celebrating Diversity is a Matter of Pride
Jim Lee

Vallarta Pride 2018 is just around the corner. Highlights include the annual Pride Parade, Block Party and Drag Derby; Adam & Steve's Pool Party for men only and a Pink & Proud Party for women only; an LGBT Art Walk and a Casino Night, and many community activities & cultural events.

Arriving in Vallarta by Air is About to Get Even Better
Adam Garcia

The traffic light lottery utilized by Mexican Customs at the Puerto Vallarta airport will soon be a thing of the past. In the near future, X-ray scanners will inspect baggage while in transit from the airplane to the terminal, making inspections imperceptible to tourists.

Puerto Vallarta Celebrates 100th Anniversary May 25-31
Marie Callan

On May 31, 2018, Puerto Vallarta will commemorate the municipality's Centennial and the city's 50th anniversary. A week-long celebration will mark this historical milestone with a series of very special musical, cultural, artistic, gastronomic and sporting events, set to take place from May 25-31.

7th Jarretaderas Surf Fishing Tournament, May 20, 2018
Riviera Nayarit CVB

The 7th Jarretaderas Fishing Tournament is set to take place at the mouth of the Ameca River near Nuevo Vallarta on May 20th. The event was designed not only to promote surf fishing in the Banderas Bay area, but also to bring the community together for a day of family fun.

Puerto Vallarta Sparkled in ATP Challenger Tour Debut
atpworldtour.com

Last week, the inaugural Puerto Vallarta Open presentado por La Afición provided an oasis on the ATP Challenger circuit. Located steps from the Pacific Ocean, the $75,000 hard-court event made a dazzling debut under the sun of one of the world's most popular resort destinations.

1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival Set for June 9, 2018
Norma Hernández

Spanish rock fans can now put the 1st Riviera Nayarit Rock Festival on their calendar for June 9, 2018. The event will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel concert venue in Nuevo Vallarta with the participation of Mexican band Panteón Rococó as the headliner, plus three local bands.

ExpoKids 2018 Offers Vallarta Families Tons of Fun
Marie Callan

The 5th ExpoKids Vallarta is set to be held at Puerto de Luna's Parota Park on May 12 & 13 from 3-9 pm. In addition to showcasing all of the latest children's products and services, this family-friendly event offers workshops, activities and shows that'll keep everyone entertained.

VBG #4 on USA Today's 2018 '10 Best Gardens' List
BanderasNews.com

The Vallarta Botanical Garden (VBG) has been named the fourth best garden in North America on USA Today's '10 Best' list. Competing against 20 of the best gardens on the continent, VBG was the only botanical garden in Mexico to be nominated for this prestigious award in 2018.

Summertime is a Great Time to Be in Puerto Vallarta
Timothy Real Estate Group

Puerto Vallarta is a great place to be from May through October for so many reasons. There are definitely less people here but that's not a caveat. Ocean temps are balmy, the fishing is fantastic, waterfalls are vibrant and full, the vegetation is green, and the beauty is unparalleled.

GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 12.9% in Mexican Airports
BanderasNews.com

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported total terminal passengers increased 12.9% in its 13 airports during first-quarter 2018, compared to the same period of 2017. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 16.7%, while international passenger traffic increased by 8.8%

Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit Let The Good Times Roll
María Francesca

The Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit tourism boards are focused on attracting new markets by promoting the natural attractions and cultural events that appeal to travelers young and old. And the destinaton's new promotional video, 'Let The Good Times Roll,' does just that.

SETAC an Important Part of Vallarta Pride Celebration
Paco Ojeda

SETAC will contribute to this year's Vallarta Pride celebration through several events that, as in years past, will position Vallarta's LGBTQ Community Center as the region's most important preventive organization focused on HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections.

Volunteers Needed for May 25, 2018 Pulpito Drag Derby
Tom Swale

Volunteers are needed for this year's Pulpito Drag Derby, set to be held from 5-9 pm on May 25, as part of the 2018 Vallarta Pride celebrations. Now in its fifth year, Puerto Vallarta's annual 'Running Of The Drag Queens' is part block party, part ANA fundraiser, and 100% fun!

Puerto Vallarta Tennis Open Continues Through May 5
Boardwalk Realty PV

Featuring professional tennis players from over 30 countries, and televised throughout Mexico, the Puerto Vallarta Open continues through Saturday at Parque Parota, right off the main avenue in the Hotel Zone. Matches start at noon and run all day until late evening.

2018 Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival Kitesurf Competition
Marie Callan

Kitesurfers from all over Mexico - and the world! - are preparing to hit the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit for three days of spectacular kitesurfing during the 2018 Festival del Viento (Wind Festival). This year's event will be held May 18-20 at Maritima Nuevo Vallarta in Flamingos, Nayarit.


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