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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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Monarch Butterfly Numbers in Mexico Rose 35% This Year

Mexican experts have said that 35% more monarch butterflies arrived this year to spend the winter in mountaintop forests, compared with the previous season. Biologists documented the presence of the species in 2.84 hectares (7 acres) in protected areas of Michoacan and the State of Mexico this year, up from the 2.1 hectares last year.

Vallarta Hotels Reaching up to 95% Occupancy on Weekends

According to the president of the Puerto Vallarta Hotel and Motel Association, Álvaro Garciarce Monraz, this popular beach vacation destination has high expectations for a busy summer season. In all of April, and to date in May, hotel occupancy has been reaching 95% on weekends thanks, in part, to sporting and cultural events.

Puerto Vallarta a Favorite Summer Vacation Destination

Tripadvisor's Summer Travel Index, using a combination of search and sentiment data, has revealed travel trends ahead of the busy summer season and where Americans plan to go. Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Vallarta rank among the top 10 international destinations Americans will visit this summer.

Guayabitos Revving Up for the 2022 Edition of Motofiesta

Rincón de Guayabitos is revving up for the 2022 Edition of Motofiesta Guayabitos. Set to take place June 3-5, hundreds of motorcyclists and thousands of visitors will come together to enjoy a rip-roaring good time, a flashy main street parade, concerts, and contests.

Mascota: The Perfect Day Trip From Puerto Vallarta

Outdoor adventures and cultural experiences abound in Mascota, the beautiful town located an hour and a half away from Puerto Vallarta. Mascota has been recognized by the Mexican government as a 'Pueblo Magico', or a Magic Town, for its traditional culture, preserved history and natural beauty.

Change of Plans for Puerto Vallarta Airport Expansion

The director of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, Cristian Amador Lizardi, recently announced that Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has canceled the construction of the airport's new terminal building. The current plan is to add a third floor to the existing terminal and continue investing in state-of-the-art technology.

Flair to Fly to Puerto Vallarta from Edmonton and Vancouver

The interest of international markets in traveling to Puerto Vallarta continues to grow, this time with the announcement of the arrival of Canada's low-cost Flair Airlines in the coming fall-winter season. Starting in the first week of November, Flair will offer two flights from Edmonton and one from Vancouver every week.

GAP: April Passenger Traffic Up 14.6% at 12 Mexican Airports

For April 2022, the total number of terminal passengers at GAP's 12 Mexican airports increased by 14.6%, compared to the same period of 2019. Tijuana, Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Guadalajara airports presented an increase in passenger traffic of 35.3%, 24.1%, 23.8% and 2.5%, respectively, compared to April 2019.

Vallarta Botanical Garden Currently at #1 in ’10 Best’ Contest

Vallarta Botanical Garden is once again competing against some of the best gardens in North America for the #1 spot on USA Today’s ’10 Best’ list for 2022, and it is currently leading the pack! This is the fourth time that the VBG has been nominated for this competition, including the 2021 edition, in which it placed 4th.

9 More Cruise Ships Will Arrive in Vallarta This Month

Puerto Vallarta will receive just 9 more cruise ships in the remainder of May, bringing the monthly total of arrivals to 11, according to the official calendar of the Integral Port Administration. This is a significant decrease when compared to last month, when 22 vessels moored at one of the three docks in the port.