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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.


New Boca de Tomatlán Pier Ready in Less Than a Month

Jalisco's Secretary of Tourism, Vanessa Pérez Lamas, announced that the Boca de Tomatlán pier, a project that had delays in the works due to the passage of Hurricane Lidia last year, will be inaugurated in less than a month. Meanwhile, maintenance continues on the Las Ánimas and Quimixto docks.

Exploring the Many Great Beaches in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, with an unmatched location on the Pacific coast of Mexico, is home to some truly breathtaking beaches that attract visitors from all over the world. One of the nicest things about living in Puerto Vallarta is that there are several beaches to visit, and each one offers a different vibe.

Jalisco Sees Success at FITUR, Eyes Vallarta-Madrid Flights

After attending FITUR, Jalisco's Tourism Secretary Vanessa Pérez Lamas highlights achievements, including discussions on direct flights linking Puerto Vallarta and Madrid. While acknowledging the success of the existing direct connection to Guadalajara, she emphasized the need for a similar connection to Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta Airport Saw Nearly 700,000 Passengers in January

The Puerto Vallarta International Airport handled nearly 700,000 passengers in January 2024, but not all sectors grew. While international travel surged 8.2%, domestic traffic dropped 11.1%. Despite the split, the airport ranked 3rd nationally. Guadalajara held the top position, followed by Tijuana.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico Served 5.4m Travelers in January

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) reveals mixed results in its January 2024 passenger traffic report. While the overall count saw a slight year-over-year decrease, some of the Company's 12 Mexican airports, like Puerto Vallarta and Guadalajara, experienced growth, presenting an increase of 1.9% and 1.0%, respectively.

Vallarta Botanical Garden Bird and Nature Festival

Come out to the Vallarta Botanical Garden on Sunday, February 25th for the 2024 Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival, a day filled with fun and educational activities, guided bird tours, and a joyful celebration of Mexico's rich birdlife and the beauty of nature.

Puerto Vallarta Airport eGates will Expedite Entry for Foreigners

According to local news source Vallarta en Línea, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport has recently installed autonomous immigration filters, promising to expedite the entry process for foreigners. Though not yet activated, these long-awaited 'e-gates' will ensure a swift and efficient experience for incoming travelers.

13 Cruise Ships Scheduled to Arrive in Puerto Vallarta This Month

In the month of February, Puerto Vallarta will welcome a total of thirteen international cruise ship arrivals, according to the schedule released by the Puerto Vallarta National Port System Administration The first ship to arrive will be the Emerald Princess on Saturday, February 3rd.

Puerto Vallarta Wins 2024 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award

Puerto Vallarta, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and vibrant tourism scene, has clinched the #4 spot in TripAdvisor's 2024 Travelers' Choice Awards for 'Top Destinations in Mexico.' The city's unique blend of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and inclusiveness contribute to its widespread appeal.

Guadalajara-PV Shortcut Nears Completion After Decade of Delays

The long-awaited shortcut connecting Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is nearing completion, with the final stretches slated to open in April 2024. Once completed, the new highway will shorten travel time between the two cities to 2 hours and 30 minutes. However, be prepared to pay, as the new road comes with toll booths.