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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IFC Home Tours 'A Wonderfully Different Thing To Do'
International Friendship Club
One of the most popular tourist activities in all of Puerto Vallarta is the IFC Home Tour. So put on your walking shoes, grab your camera, and get ready to enjoy a fun-filled day of discovery, while giving a helping hand to the less fortunate in the Banderas Bay area.
PV Cultural Department to Pay Tribute to Jim Demetro
The Puerto Vallarta Cultural Department will pay tribute to Jim Demetro, the creator of many of the city's most iconic public sculptures, on Friday, December 14 at 6:30 pm in Lazaro Cardenas Park. Afterwards, the Xiutla Folkloric dancers will perform at 7:30 pm.
Toys for Tots Vallarta Getting into the Christmas Spirit
The Toys for Tots December fundraisers are always among the most popular seasonal events in Puerto Vallarta. This year, the Golf Tournament will be played on Saturday, December 8 at the Vista Vallarta course, and the Gala Dinner on the 9th at CasaMagna Marriott Resort.
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Sunset Reception, Dec. 11
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club members are invited to grab some friends and join us on December 11 for a sunset reception in the Molino de Agua garden. Uncork Mexico will offer a variety of Mexican wines and Jim Eckardt Catering will prepare appetizers to pair with the wine.
Vallarta Botanical Garden Chocolate & Vanilla Festival
On January 11 Vallarta Botanical Garden will celebrate two plant species native to Mexico: Chocolate and Vanilla. Make plans now to come out and learn more about these botanical treasures while enjoying tours, tastings, food specials, Folkloric dance performances, and more.
Nuevo Vallarta Gets 3rd Silver EarthCheck Certification
The Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico area in Nuevo Vallarta recently received Silver EarthCheck certification for the third year in a row, demonstrating the Riviera Nayarit, Bahía de Banderas, and Nayarit State Government's commitment to preserving the environment.
Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour & Culinary Adventure
There's no place quite like the Vallarta Botanical Garden, and the Botanical Delights Tour and Culinary Adventure is the best way to get the most from your experience there. This guided tour immerses guests in the natural beauty of Mexico and the richness of Mexican cuisine.
Puerto Vallarta Celebrates Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Every year during the first 12 days of December the streets of Vallarta come alive as the faithful make their way to the cathedral in traditional 'Peregrinaciones' (pilgrimages). The celebration comes to a joyful end December 12 with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
'SkyDivas' Will Attempt to Set New Skydiving Record
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
Puerto Vallarta will undoubtedly be called 'Mexico's Skydiving Capital' from December 5-8, when a group of 30 women will attempt to set a new record for the 'Most Mexican Women to Jump in a Skydiving Formation,' during an exciting 4-day event organized by Mextreme Skydiving.
Sara Gonzalez Brings Fresh Energy to Villas in Vallarta
Villas in Vallarta, the boutique resort located directly on the beach at the South end of Puerto Vallarta, is pleased to announce that Sara Gonzalez has assumed the role of Property Manager, bringing her expertise and fresh energy to Quinta Maria Cortez Bed & Breakfast and Casa Tres Vidas.
Beach for the Disabled Planned in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta may soon have a beach that caters to the disabled. Municipal authorities in the Jalisco city are planning to develop what would be the state's second disabled-inclusive beach, using Cuastecomates Beach in the southern municipality of Cihuatlán as a model.
Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup Celebrates the 'Sport of Kings'
The VII Riviera Nayarit Polo Cup, set to take place from December 6-9 at La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club in San Pancho, Nayarit, celebrates all the passion of the 'Sport of Kings.' More than just a polo match, this luxury event will feature food, fashion, art, music and more.
Puerto Vallarta Gearing Up for CarnavalPV 2019 Parade
Banderas News Team
With Mardi Gras just a few months away, Puerto Vallarta is gearing up for a special edition of its annual parade. This year's three-kilometer-long carnival parade will begin at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, March 5th in the hotel zone and proceed on the world-famous Malecón to Los Muertos Pier.
TUI Plans New Flight from Manchester to Puerto Vallarta
TUI Airways, formerly Thomson Airways and the world's largest charter airline, plans to increase flight frequency from Manchester, England to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for winter 2019 and summer 2020. The new flights, which will be on a 787 Dreamliner aircraft, are available to book now.
PuRR Project Offers Cat Lovers 'Superior' Vallarta Tours
Want to get acquainted with 200 cats and kittens up close and purr-sonal? Jump on an air-conditioned Superior Tours van at several locations in Puerto Vallarta for a visit to the PuRR Project ranch where you can pet, cuddle, hug, nuzzle, pamper, and snuggle to your heart's content!
New US Travel Advisories Exempt Mexico Tourism Spots
On November 15, the U.S. State Department issued an updated travel advisory for some parts of Mexico. But most popular tourist areas are still considered safe, including resort regions such as Cabo San Lucas - San Jose del Cabo and Puerto Vallarta - Riviera Nayarit.
Sales Tax Rebates at the Puerto Vallarta Int'l Airport
If you have travelled through the Puerto Vallarta airport, no doubt you have seen kiosks advertising tax rebates on IVA (sales tax) for foreigner visitors. But what is this program and who applies? Tropicasa Realty offers information about sales tax rebates in Mexico.
Free Malecón Sculpture Tours Every Tuesday & Thursday
Banderas News Team
The free Tuesday morning and Thursday evening Puerto Vallarta Malecon Sculpture Tours, created and conducted by Galeria Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, have returned for the 13th season. The morning tours are held every Tuesday at 9:30 am and the evening tours on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.
Marina Vallarta Art & Market Every Thursday
The Marina Vallarta Art & Market runs every Thursday from 6-10 pm through May 30, 2019. Shoppers will find art & jewelery, organic foods & homemade breads, clothes & handicrafts, among many other wonderful things while enjoying live music in a festive atmosphere.
PV Garden Club: A New Season of 'Beautifying Vallarta'
The PV Garden Club begins a new season and welcomes back our supporters and members who are returning to Puerto Vallarta, and reminds you that it's time to renew your membership. Not a member? Here are some fun ways you can help us continue our mission of 'Beautifying Vallarta.'
Hook the Cure Reels in $520,000 USD for Cystic Fibrosis
The 13th Annual Hook the Cure event, held in Puerto Vallarta and highlighted by festivities, celebrity appearances, auctions and an awards gala, garnered a bevy of support from people all over the world, and netted $520,000 USD for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
11th Los Muertos Beach Fishing Tournament November 9-10
You don't have to be rich to enter the 11th Annual Los Muertos Beach Fishing Tournament! Set to take place Nov. 9-10, with entry fees of just $3000 pesos per boat, this fun & friendly fishing tournament has attracted anglers from all over Mexico for the last 10 years.
Vidanta Mexico Names Winner of 'The World's Best Job'
Vidanta is pleased to announce the company has named their official hire for 'The World's Best Job' position. Andrea Martens will act as Vidanta's social influencer while experiencing the luxury and adventure offered at their 5-star resorts on Mexico's most beautiful beaches.
2018-2019 Centro Historico ArtWalk Every Wednesday
Art lovers can explore numerous artistic offerings during the Puerto Vallarta Centro Historico ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of 12 downtown galleries with cocktail exhibitions that can be enjoyed every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 pm through May 29, 2019.
Sea Monkey Hosts Beach Luau to Benefit PuRR Project
On Friday, December 14th at 5:00 pm, Sea Monkey Restaurant will be hosting the Sixth Annual Luau on the Beach to benefit the PuRR Project feline shelter in Puerto Vallarta. Tickets to this fun-filled event always go quickly, so get yours before they sell out!
International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, Nov. 14-17
One of the most prestigious national and international sportfishing tournaments on the West Coast, the Puerto Vallarta International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, will celebrate its 63rd edition November 14 through 17, 2018.