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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.


Help Vallarta Botanical Garden Maintain its Standard of Excellence

As you may have recently heard, The Vallarta Botanical Garden was awarded the prestigious “Garden Excellence Award for 2022” presented by the American Public Gardens Association, North America’s most important public garden organization. Now is your chance to engage with us as we take the Garden to even higher levels of excellence.

Wyndham is Opening an All-Inclusive in Riviera Nayarit

Wyndham is opening another new all-inclusive resort in Mexico. The Wyndham Alltra Riviera Nayarit resort, which is scheduled to open on October 10, 2022, has 229 rooms in a family-friendly beachfront setting on Mexico’s Pacific coast, just north of Puerto Vallarta.

Volaris Launches 6 New Routes From Mexico City’s New Airport

Since opening up north of Mexico City on March 21, the Felipe Ángeles International Airport (NLU) has slowly gained new routes and operators. The Mexican ultra-low-cost carrier Volaris recently launched operations on six new domestic routes from NLU to Puerto Escondido, Los Cabos, La Paz, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta Gets Ready for Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc Competition

Local, State & Federal Authorities on Wednesday met with organizers of the Ultra Trail Mont-Blanc competition, to coordinate support and logistics actions for this international ultra-distance mountain land race, scheduled to be held October 28 through 30 in the municipalities of San Sebastián del Oeste, Mascota and Puerto Vallarta.

Flying to Puerto Vallarta Now Easier than Ever Before

On your flight to your vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, you’re likely accustomed to having the cabin crew distribute paper tourist visa cards to complete prior to your arrival at the airport, which can take some time. But now, thanks to the elimination of tourist visas, the airport arrival process has been streamlined.

Punta Mita Festival Internacional de Jazz, Nov 11-13th

Renowned American Jazz bassist and record producer Brian Bromberg will host this year's Punta Mita Festival Internacional De Jazz. Combining the sophisticated worlds of culinary excellence and captivating Jazz music, the three-day event will usher in a new line-up of talents and unforgettable experiences, November 11-13, 2022.

PV Mayor Committed to Environmental Care and Protection

During his first year in office, Puerto Vallarta Mayor Professor Luis Alberto Michel Rodríguez validated the priority of his environmental policy through various programs of the municipal government, among which the Certified Clean Beaches and the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles stand out.

Roads Closed as Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Las Fiestas Patrias

On Monday, the Puerto Vallarta Road Subdirectorate's Lieutenant Pedro García Maldonado announced that there will be road closures in El Centro, as well as changes to circulation on some streets in the downtown area, September 14 through 16 as the city celebrates Mexico's Independence from Spain.

Puerto Vallarta Airport Exceeds 4 Million Passengers in 2022

According to the latest report released by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), in the first eight months of 2022, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport welcomed more than 4 million passengers. This represents an increase of more than 17% over the 3.5 million passengers that arrived in 2019.

GAP: August Traffic Up 19.8% at 12 Mexican Airports

For August 2022, the number of passengers at GAP’s 12 Mexican airports increased by 19.8%, compared to the same period of 2019. Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Guadalajara presented an increase in traffic of 43.2%, 37.3%, 29.6% and 6.3% respectively.