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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.

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Unveiling the Jewel of Banderas Bay: Marietas Islands National Park

The Marietas Islands, often called the 'Galapagos of Mexico,' are a paradise of natural beauty and rich biodiversity off the Nayarit coast. Home to 80 bird species and the renowned Hidden Beach, these islands attract global tourists. Meticulously managed, they exemplify successful conservation and responsible tourism.

Vallarta Among Top Summer Destinations for US Tourists

A recent study by Allianz Partners indicates that Mexico is once again a top summer travel destination for US tourists. Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta ranked first, second and seventh respectively on a list of preferred international destinations.

Escape the Heat: Explore Four Charming Towns Near Puerto Vallarta

With temperatures in Puerto Vallarta rising, a weekend getaway to a cooler climate can be very appealing. Nestled amidst the emerald embrace of the Sierra Madre mountains, these nearby towns are rich in history, culture and natural beauty for those seeking more than just a getaway from the heat and humidity.

Riviera Nayarit Prepares for a Weekend of Spectacular Kitesurfing

The Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival is gearing up for 3 days of kitesurfing competitions in Bucerías. From May 17-19th, witness hundreds of competitors showcase their skills and defy gravity with daring tricks. Watch the colorful kites paint the sky and experience the thrill of this extreme sport for free!

GAP: April Passenger Traffic Down 7.6% at 12 Mexican Airports

For April 2024, the total number of terminal passengers at GAP’s 12 Mexican airports decreased by 7.6%, compared to April 2023. Tijuana, Los Cabos, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta presented a decrease in passenger traffic of 13.0%, 8.5%, 4.6%, and 3.7% respectively, compared to April 2023.

Puerto Vallarta to Welcome 10 International Cruise Ships in May

Puerto Vallarta expects a busy May with 10 international cruise ships scheduled to dock, bringing thousands of passengers and a significant economic boost. The month kicked off on May 1st with the arrival of Celebrity Summit, and familiar favorites like Carnival Panorama and Navigator of the Seas return later in the month.

7th Puerto Vallarta Shore Fishing Tournament Set for May 5

The much-anticipated Surfcasting Vallarta Shore Fishing Tournament returns for its seventh year, promising a fun-filled day of competition and camaraderie for fishing enthusiasts. Held along the shoreline from the Malecón Beach down to Playa de los Muertos, the tournament offers a chance to test your skills and win exciting prizes.

Basilio Badillo Street Improvement Project in Puerto Vallarta

Construction has begun on a two-month project to improve a section of Basilio Badillo Street in Puerto Vallarta's Zona Romantica. The heavily traveled road will be closed between Insurgentes and Aguacate streets in Emiliano Zapata. Expect detours & delays as well as changes to bus routes.

New Direct Flight Connects Prague to Puerto Vallarta

Starting this October and running through April 2025, a new seasonal charter service will connect Prague, Czech Republic, with Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Operated by German tourism company DER Touristik, the weekly flights aim to attract travelers from Central Europe.

Children’s Day Celebration at Vallarta Botanical Garden

Celebrate Children's Day at Vallarta Botanical Garden. Fun awaits nature enthusiasts of all ages on Sunday, April 28th: birdwatching, costume contest, stories, & eco-film screenings. Kids get 50% off, free entry in eco-costumes! Come out to The Garden for a day of family fun in a beautiful setting.