Travel & Outdoors
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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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4th Festival Sayulita: Movies, Music, Drink & Life
Banderas News Team
The fourth annual Festival Sayulita, a unique gathering for lovers of Mexico, Movies, Music, Drink and Life, is set to be held February 1-5, 2017. Sayulita is ideal for this celebration, because this Magical Town on the Riviera Nayarit is a place where life is lived to its fullest.
San Pancho Women's March to Demonstrate Solidarity
The San Pancho Women's March invites individuals and organizations committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion and those who understand that 'there is no true peace without justice and equity for all' to join us in standing for social justice and social equality on January 21 at 10 am.
Let Superior Tours Vallarta Show You Mexico City
Astrid van Dam
Mexico City has enough attractions to keep first-time visitors occupied for weeks. But who wants to spend that much time away from Puerto Vallarta? Fortunately, Superior Tours offers a 5 day/4 night tour of Mexico City led by an experienced guide who knows the best places to visit.
First 3K and 10K Green Race in The Riviera Nayarit
The very first Riviera Nayarit 3K and 10K Green Race will be run on January 15th. Event proceeds will go to the Lion's Club Ecological Campaign, which encourages caring for the environment through reforestation campaigns, beach cleanups and the creation of urban gardens.
News from the PV Garden Club - Beautifying Vallarta!
The PV Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Here's the latest news from the PVGC.
GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 16.8% in Mexican Airports
Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacífico has reported total terminal passengers increased 16.8% in it's 13 airports during December 2016, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 19.0%, while international passenger traffic increased by 13.7%.
Dinner in the Sky Coming to Casa Velas in Vallarta
Forget bunging jumping and camping on the side of a cliff, eating your dinner in the sky is the latest extreme travel experience. One of the world's most exhilarating dining experiences, Dinner in the Sky, comes to Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico January 28-February 28, 2017.
Renovated Punta Mita Resort a Magnet for Tech Execs
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, an ocean-front property on the Riviera Nayarit purchased by Bill Gates in 2014, is close to completing a multi-million dollar renovation that will turn the secluded and exclusive property into a magnet for executives from high-profile technology firms.
The Top 10 Events in The Riviera Nayarit for 2017
The Riviera Nayarit is and always will be a destination offering a great variety of cultural, sports and artistic events. This year the destination celebrates its 10th anniversary and, in order to kick off the party, we'd like to share with you a chronological list of the Top 10 Events of 2017.
Puerto Vallarta Gears Up for CarnavalPV 2017
Carnaval PV returns Tuesday, February 28, and it's going to be bigger and better than ever! Offering fun for all ages, Puerto Vallarta's Mardi Gras Parade parade will start at 8:00 pm in front of the Sheraton Hotel, head south along the Malecón and end just south of Los Muertos Pier.
Puerto Vallarta Cruise Season Off to a Good Start
The three cruise ships that were welcomed to the API Maritime Terminal on January 3, and the 3,500 visitors they brought with them, were a sign of more to come for Puerto Vallarta. In 2017, 144 cruises carrying 202,100 passengers are expected to visit this popular tourism destination.
El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary Updates Tourism Offerings
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary, nestled between the El Quelele, La Cortada and La Vejiga lagoons to one side of the Flamingos Golf Club, is a natural area that has been upgraded with new experiences and services for Vallarta-Nayarit locals and visitors alike.
6th International Charro Championship at Arena Vallarta
From February 1-5 the best Charro teams from Mexico and the U.S. will gather at Arena Vallarta to compete in the 'Grand Premio 2017' Charro Championship. With daily competitions and traditional events, this a perfect way to experience the real Mexico.
JWA to PVR Southwest Flights Lost in Airline Shuffle
In a shuffling of airline allocations at Orange County's John Wayne Airport, Southwest will lose seven daily flights and nearly 1 million passenger seats in 2017. Gone from the Southwest roster will be the relatively new flights to Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, among others.
Explore Mexico's Copper Canyon with Superior Tours
Superior Tours Vallarta is once again offering their tours to Mexico's Copper Canyon. Owner Astrid van Dam has the only travel agency in Puerto Vallarta that offers both group and individually arranged tours to Copper Canyon and many other exciting destinations in Mexico.
V International Beach Polo Cup in The Riviera Nayarit
The V International Polo Cup in the Riviera Nayarit will take place December 17th & 18th on the beach at Flamingos Elite Residences. Players from Guadalajara, Mexico City, Queretaro, San Miguel de Allende, Valle de Bravo, Argentina and Europe will compete in this year's tournament.
New Tour for Thrill Seekers in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
A boat ride at full speed with twists, jumps and dives that cause 'tsunamis' inside the boat is a new experience in Puerto Vallarta, thanks to the recently inaugurated Tsunami Jet Boat. Called 'the roller coaster of the sea,' this aerodynamic boat can reach speeds of up to 50 knots.
Vallarta Botanical Garden to Welcome Renowned Sculptor
Vallarta Botanical Gardens has invited sculptor Todd McGrain, renowned for his bronze abstracts commemorating some of the magnificent bird species of North America that have been driven to extinction, to participate in the 2017 Bird Festival - and perhaps install a sculpture.
Rosewood Mandarina to Open in Riviera Nayarit in 2019
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts announced plans Tuesday to open the Rosewood Mandarina in Mexico's Riviera Nayarit region in 2019. Rosewood's fifth property in Mexico, the 130-room beachfront resort will combine modern luxury and comfort with the riches of its extraordinary setting.
Toys for Tots Vallarta Fundraisers This Weekend
The Toys for Tots December fundraisers are always among the most popular seasonal events in Puerto Vallarta. This year, the Golf Scramble will be played on December 10th at Vista Vallarta course, and the Gala Dinner Dance will be held on the 11th at CasaMagna Marriott Resort.
Vallarta Joyfully Welcomes First LAX to PVR Flight
After already making huge strides in the Mexico market in the past two years, Southwest Airlines continued to open the market further Sunday by introducing the first daily flights to Puerto Vallarta, Cancun and Los Cabos from the Los Angeles International Airport.