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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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Mexico-US Air Travel Market Has Recovered 92% of Traffic

While most international travel is still suffering the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mexico-United States market is almost back to 2019 levels. By October 2021, the airlines operating routes between these two neighboring countries had recovered 92 percent of their traffic.

DiDi Transportation Services Authorized in Puerto Vallarta

On November 23, the Chinese ride-sharing giant DiDi was authorized to begin operations as a transportation service in Puerto Vallarta. The platform was already operating in Puerto Vallarta as a food delivery service, now it enters the ride-hailing market to compete with Uber and conventional taxis.

Travelers Exploring New Destinations, Extending Stays

The theme of this year's Tianguis Turístico, Latin America’s largest tourism industry event, was 'The new tourist, changes in behavior due to the pandemic.' At the conference, Airbnb co-founder, Nate Blecharczyk said that a revolution in the way we travel is taking place in countries around the world - including Mexico.

Mexico Visitor’s Permit No Longer Guarantees 180-Day Stay

Many aspects of immigration policy have been changing over the past few years, and length of stay for visitors appears to be one of them. More and more travelers have been reporting that, instead of the customary 180 days on a visitor’s permit, they were allowed 30 or fewer days to complete their travels in Mexico.

Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Season Begins December 8

Puerto Vallarta offers many ecological tours, but nothing compares to whale watching on Banderas Bay. Whale watching season officially opens Dec 8, 2021 and runs through Mar 23, 2022, giving everyone a chance to observe Humpback whales in their natural habitat.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Wins Four 2021 Travvy Awards

The 7th annual Travvy Awards took place Nov 11 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and Puerto Vallarta took home 3 gold statues, for Best Culinary Destination, Best Honeymoon Destination and Best Tourism Board, and brought home silver for Best Destination in Mexico.

Profeco Suspends 2 Mexican Airlines for Carry-on Luggage Charges

The Office of the Federal Prosecutor for the Consumer (Profeco) has sanctioned airlines Volaris and Viva Aerobús for failing to comply with two warnings. Three of Mexico’s airline companies were warned by the agency earlier this month regarding charges for carry-on baggage. To date, only AeroMéxico has complied.

GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 3.4% at 12 Mexican Airports

For October 2021, the total number of terminal passengers at GAP’s 12 Mexican airports increased by 3.4%, compared to the same period of 2019. Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Tijuana airports presented an increase in passenger traffic of 27.5%, 17.8% and 15.1%, respectively, while the Guadalajara airport presented a decrease of 7.8%.

Puerto Vallarta has High Tourism Recovery Expectations

The revised Covid-19 mitigation plan released by the Jalisco State Board of Health on Monday will benefit tourism in Puerto Vallarta, thanks to the increase in capacity in hotels, restaurants, events, and other important segments of the industry. Expectations for recovery are high with around 2,000 flights scheduled to arrive in November.

12 More Cruise Ships Will Arrive in Vallarta This Month

Puerto Vallarta will welcome 12 more cruise ships this month, according to the arrival calendar of the Integral Port Administration. Wednesday was the first of 4 days that our port will welcome a double arrival; bringing the total of cruise ship visiting our city in November to 20.