Travel & Outdoors
|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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National Botanical Garden Day Celebrations at the VBG
Every year, public gardens throughout Mexico observe National Botanical Garden Day to raise awareness about their role in the conservation and protection of the environment. This year's event is on June 22 and Vallarta Botanical Garden will celebrate with a day full of fun activites.
Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours: Mexico's Nopal Cactus
Dulce Maria Morales sits at our daily market removing the spines from nopal (prickly pear) cactus to prepare them for sale. When I first came to Mexico, I asked her what to do with these lovely green pads. Now, after many meals which have included various preparations, I love this food.
Cirque du Soleil Nuevo Vallarta Theme Park Redesigned
Almost 5 years after Grupo Vidanta announced plans to build a Cirque du Soleil theme park in the Banderas Bay area, the resort developer says that the project has been expanded, to include several amusement park concepts, and rebranded as 'The Parks at Nuevo Vallarta.'
PV Team to Play 3rd Jalisco Cup Soccer Game on Saturday
The amateur soccer team representing Puerto Vallarta in the 2019 Jalisco Cup have won their first two regional matches, and hope to continue their winning streak on Saturday, June 15, as they take on the team from San Sebastian del Oeste at the Agustín Flores Contreras Sports Stadium.
PVR Airport Welcomed 597,000 Int'l Tourists in Q1 2019
In the first quarter of 2019, more than 597,000 international passengers arrived at the Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta (PVR), which places the air terminal as the third busiest in the country for foreign visitors.
Common Sense is Your Best Protection in Puerto Vallarta
Timothy Real Estate Group
Recently someone posted on a well-known Facebook thread, asking how to enjoy a safe vacation in Puerto Vallarta. It's pretty simple: use common sense. Don't flash wads of cash around and don't drink so much it impairs your judgment. Doesn't this apply to anywhere you travel?
Help Puerto Vallarta Win a 2019 Readers' Choice Award
As one of Mexico's most popular destinations, Puerto Vallarta continually receives accolades from the media and visitors alike. And now, for the second year in a row, travelers can help Vallarta be named the 'Best City' in the Condé Nast Traveler 2019 Readers' Choice Awards.
5th Annual Marina La Cruz Burger Cook-Off, June 16
On Sunday, June 16 from 5:00-7:00 pm, the Marina Riviera Nayarit will host the 5th Annual Burger Cook-Off at the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle marina pool, and everyone is invited! Whether you're a griller or a taster, you are sure to enjoy this evening of family-friendly fun.
Mexico's Velas Resorts Celebrate Frida Kahlo in July
Velas Resorts in Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Riviera Nayarit and Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, will offer special food and beverage tasting menus dedicated to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. They'll be serving up her favorite drinks & dishes in honor of her birthday, July 6, 2019.
Aeromar to Offer CDMX - Vallarta Summer Flights
Puerto Vallarta remains a very attractive tourist destination for the national market. Proof of this is that Aeromar will open a new route from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta that offers direct flights four times a week on June 13 - just in time for the summer vacation season.
ConComics Puerto Vallarta 2019 at Los Mangos Library
On June 15 and 16 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm, Centro Cultural Biblioteca Los Mangos will host ConComics Puerto Vallarta 2019, a multi-genre entertainment and comic convention similar to Comic-Con events in the United States, but on a smaller scale.
June in the Riviera Nayarit Means Beach, Sun, and Fun
The Riviera Nayarit is the ideal destination for event tourism, thanks to the sheer number of great activities that take place year-round. This month, Mexico's Pacific Treasure is hosting musical, sports, and cultural events as part of their June tourism offer.
Free Activities Add to Vallarta Summer Vacation Savings
Summer is just around the corner and with that comes great vacation getaways. Visitors to Puerto Vallarta will not only find discounted rates on some of the city's most popular tours, but also many fun - and free! - activities that'll keep the whole family entertained.
2019 Hummingbird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Everyone is invited to come out to the Vallarta Botanical Garden from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 16 for the 2019 Hummingbird Festival and Celebration, a fun, family-oriented educational event celebrating one of nature's vibrant aerial acrobats.
Fourth Vallarta Aquathlon Set for Sunday, July 7, 2019
The countdown has begun for one of the most important athletic competitions in the Banderas Bay region, the Fourth Annual Acuatlón Deportivo (Sports Aquathlon), set to take place on the boardwalk and beaches in downtown Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, July 7, 2019.
Join The JG Group's River Clean-Up on Sunday, June 2
If you love Puerto Vallarta, and are going to be in town this weekend, make plans now to join The JG Group's River Clean-Up this Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 am. We supply the garbage bags and tongs. You bring your positive energy. Together we can make a difference!
Planting Fragments of Hope at Las Islas Marietas
The University of Guadalajara and Prozona AC are planting fragments of hope at Las Islas Marietas through a coral restoration project. Since 2016, the team has planted 2,900 corals, and the ecosystems are bouncing back with the return of fish and other wildlife.
Meet the Mexican Willy Wonka in Puerto Vallarta
The always smiling Jesus, whose nickname is 'Willy Wonka,' and I became friends at least 10 years ago when I started to bring people to one of his family's Puerto Vallarta 'dulcerias' to taste his many yummy products. Caramelized nuts, not chocolate, are his specialty.
Fight to Save Vallarta's Río Los Horcones Continues
Efforts to save the Río Los Horcones, which is being threatened by the construction of a hydroelectric dam, continue. A public conference about the progress that's been made towards stopping the destruction will be held on May 24 at 6:00 pm at the Rio Cuale Cultural Center.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Turtle-loving travelers heading to Puerto Vallarta this summer are invited to join one of the Banderas Bay region's many sea turtle protection programs which, every year, help thousands of baby Olive Ridley turtles survive long enough to reach the sea.
2019 Down Puerto Vallarta Extreme Bike Race Results
Some of the best extreme bikers in the world hit the streets of downtown last weekend for the third edition of the Down Puerto Vallarta urban biking competition that was part of Mayo Fest 2019, the municipality's 101st anniversary celebrations. And the winners were...
Guayabitos Revving Up for 14th Annual Motofiesta
Banderas News Team
Rincón de Guayabitos is revving up for the 14th Motofiesta Guayabitos. Set to take place May 31-June 2, 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.
Jackie Nava Fight Will Put Vallarta in the Spotlight
Puerto Vallarta will take center ring on May 25, when Mexico's WBA Gallo World Champion, Jackie 'Princess Azteca' Nava, takes on Argentina's Supergallo FIB World Champion, Marcela 'Tigresa' Acuña, in a spectacular boxing match at Agustín Flores Contreras Sports Stadium.
Vallarta Hosts Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Tournament
The 2019 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open is set to take place at Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta from May 24 to 26, with 104 of the best doubles teams in the country seeking volleyball glory, and their share of the $80,000 pesos to be distributed among the winners.