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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkTravel & 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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18th San Pancho Music Festival Schedule Announced
Chris Parsons

The performance schedule has been announced for the 18th annual San Pancho Music Festival to be held Friday, Feb. 23rd through Sunday, the 25th at the Plaza del Sol in San Pancho. Because of the gracious contributions of the performing artists, there is no charge to the public.

New Stretch of Guadalajara-Vallarta Highway Opened
Mexico News Daily

President Peña Nieto led the official opening ceremony for a new four-lane, 54-kilometer stretch of the Guadalajara-Puerto Vallarta highway that, when completed, will reduce travel time between the two destinations. The new road runs between Jala and Compostela, Nayarit.

Tintoc Ballet to Perform at 5th Taste of Lo de Marcos
Galvan Real Estate

The Bahía de Banderas Municipal Folkloric Ballet 'Tintoc' has just been added to the line-up of free entertainment that will be part of the 5th Annual Taste of Lo de Marcos taking place from 3:00 to 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 18th in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit.

Puerto Vallarta International Jazz Festival, Feb. 16 & 17
Andrea Jupina

The Salty Paw Jazz Orchestra, Puerto Vallarta's first and only youth-based jazz orchestra, is one of the high-school bands that will be performing on February 16 and 17 on the Malecón, as a part of the International Jazz Festival Puerto Vallarta hosted by sister city Highland Park, Illinois.

2018 Vallarta Bird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Nancy Holland

Vallarta Botanical Garden is home to over 200 different species of birds, and will be the site for the 2018 Vallarta Bird Festival, March 9-11. Three action packed days of birding and nature walks in unique habitats with expert guides will satisfy even the most advanced birders.

6th Annual Puerto Vallarta Charity Chili Cook-Off
Dennis Rike

The 6th Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off is set for Saturday, February 24 at El Rio BBQ Bar in Paso Ancho. Jim Sullivan will chair this year's 'All you can eat' chili feast, featuring recipes from some 16 Puerto Vallarta area bars and restaurants - all competing for trophies and bragging rights.

2017 Hotel Occupancy Sets New Record for Puerto Vallarta
Gustavo Rivas-Solís

Puerto Vallarta set a new record in hotel occupancy and international arrivals in 2017, receiving even more visitors than expected. The Tourism Board is now working on securing a successful 2018 as it will host its annual tourism trade show, Gala Vallarta - Riviera, Feb. 12-13.

Mexico SUP & Paddleboard Team Selection in Vallarta
Ricardo Acerco

From March 14 to 18 Puerto Vallarta will host the National Stand Up Paddle and Paddle Board Championship and Festival, which will result in the picks for the Mexican national team that will represent the country in international jousts such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

18th Annual San Pancho Music Festival Feb. 23-25
Chris Parsons

The 2018 San Pancho Music Festival will be held February 23 through 25 in San Francisco, (aka 'San Pancho') Nayarit. Now in its 18th year, the Festival continues to offer the public 3 days of free entertainment thanks to the generosity of the artists, volunteers and friends of the festival.

Riverfest 7 to Benefit Pasitos de Luz, March 2-4
Barb Bremner

El Rio and Pasitos de Luz have announced the 7th Annual Riverfest to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta will be held on March 3, 2018. Come enjoy live music from some of Banderas Bay's best musicians, along with the best BBQ, Paella & Pasta in PV - all for a good cause!

Vallarta Garden Club Giving Back to Our Community
Rob Boyd - Boardwalk Realty PV

I love the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club! These dedicated volunteers plant hundreds of trees and flowering plants throughout the city. It's all done on a volunteer basis and through donations. It is a wonderful organization that gives back to our community and I encourage you to join.

6th Vallarta Real Estate Fair Set for Saturday, March 3
Timothy Real Estate Group

Scheduled to take place at Rivera Molino Plaza from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, March 3, the 2018 Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Fair is the perfect opportunity to get the important information buyers, sellers and homeowners need to make the most of their Mexico real estate investments.

The Heart-Touching Beauty of Mexican Cemeteries
Vic Pittman

Mexican cemeteries are like Mexican life... colorful, celebratory, unabashed and unrestricted. Their almost chaotic mosaic of structures, statues and flowers makes a beautiful whole, a delightful place-of-exit for those who have passed on, and a pleasant place for the living to visit them.

Verizon Unlimited Plan Now Works in Canada & Mexico
engadget

Verizon's latest 'unlimited' plans may have some undesirable limits, but at least you won't have to pay for the more expensive plan the next time you're on a North American vacation. As of Jan. 25, the Go Unlimited plan will include calling, data & text while you're in Canada or Mexico.

Excitement Builds for 7th Int'l Charro Championship
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

Excitement is building for the 7th Int'l Charro Championship set to take place February 1-4 at Arena Vallarta. In addition to 4 days of hot rodeo action festivities include the 'Verbena de Tradiciones Mexicanas' at Los Arcos del Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta on January 31.

Puerto Vallarta Ceviche & Aguachile Festival, January 28
BanderasNews.com

On Sunday, January 28, visitors can try different recipes and styles of two of Mexico's traditional dishes, Ceviche & Aguachile, along with music and dance performances, at the 5th Annual Puerto Vallarta Festival del Ceviche y Aguachile at Lazaro Cardenas Park.

Frontier, Volaris Announce Expansion Agreement
Denver Business Journal

Frontier has reached an agreement with Mexican airline Volaris to offer a first-of-its-kind code-share partnership in which customers can book flights on one airline through the other - a move that is expected to reduce the headaches of flying between the United States and Mexico.

Survey Says Puerto Vallarta is Mexico's Safest City
Boardwalk Realty PV

Despite the Mexico travel advisories issued by the United States, tourist areas in Jalisco are as safe, if not safer, as most any other city in North America. In fact, Puerto Vallarta was named the safest city in Mexico in the most recently published National Public Urban Security survey.


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