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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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Aeromexico this week announced that it has obtained the necessary authorizations to launch the first international route from Mexico City’s new Felipe Ángeles International Airport to the United States. Starting on May 1, 2023, Aeromexico will begin flying daily from the capitol city's new airport to Houston, Texas.

9th Annual Taste of Lo de Marcos to be Held February 19

The 9th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos, set to be held in the town plaza on Sunday, February 19, 2023 from 3-9 pm, will feature local restaurants, artisanal booths and live music, with proceeds benefiting Amigos de Lo de Marcos and Comite de Accion Ciudadana.

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Puerto Vallarta will welcome nineteen cruise ships in February, according to the API’s (Integral Port Administration) arrival calendar. This is in addition to the January 31 arrival of the Attessa V super yacht, which will berth in our port through February 23. Of the 19 scheduled arrivals this month, there will be seven double arrivals.

3,183 Whales Catalogued in Banderas Bay This Season

The Humpback Whale Photoidentification Catalog in Banderas Bay (FIBB), created in 1996, has already reached 3,183 different whales, which is up from the 2,848 specimens that were catalogued last March in the database that now contains more than 8,800 records.

Vallarta Airport May Soon Have an Electronic Immigration System

The Puerto Vallarta International Airport may soon be getting a new electronic immigration system (E-Gates) that will speed up wait times upon arrival. This technology will allow passengers on international flights to go through the migration procedures that are required to enter the country in minutes.

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Puerto Vallarta Improves Public Transportation with 25 New Buses

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Puerto Vallarta Welcomed 458,000+ Cruise Passengers in 2022

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SEAPAL Resumes Infrastructure Works on Basilio Badillo

After taking a break for the Christmas holidays, on Monday, January 9, SEAPAL Vallarta resumed infrastructure works in the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood. The work is now being carried out at the intersection of Basilio Badillo and Pino Suárez, and it is expected that the project will take a total of three days to complete.

Vallarta Airport Exceeded 6.2 Million Passengers in 2022

The Puerto Vallarta International Airport achieved the best passenger traffic in its history last year, with more than 6,200,000 travelers passing through its doors in 2022, according to the latest report from the air terminal's operator Grupo Aeroportuario Pacific. This represents an increase of 22.9% over the 5 million in 2019.