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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Week 1 of Easter Holidays Keeps Vallarta Bomberos Busy
Semana Santa, the first week of the Easter vacation period, was one of intense activity for Puerto Vallarta Civil Protection and Fire personnel who, from April 13 to 21, 2019, provided 11,796 prevention services, 315 emergency services, and 16 water rescues.
RHA Electronic Music Fest Returns to Riviera Nayarit
The Riviera Nayarit is ready to welcome the third edition of the RHA Festival, the much-anticipated, two-day, electronic music festival that will bring the best of the best in house music from around the world to the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina, on April 26 & 27, 2019.
Earth Day 2019: Eco-Friendly Hotels in Riviera Nayarit
Luxury Travel Magazine
Since today is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection, the Riviera Nayarit is highlighting several luxury resorts that are committed to protecting the Banderas Bay region's natural environment year-round.
15th Puerto Vallarta Altruism Festival Set for May 5th
Banderas News Team
Scheduled to be held in the beachfront garden at the Marriott CasaMagna Resort on May 5, 2019, the 15th Annual International Altruism Festival promises to deliver a wonderful mix of charity, culture, entertainment, food and fun to Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors.
Puerto Vallarta's Official Tree Flowers for the First Time
The Magnolia vallartensis at the Vallarta Botanical Garden is blooming for the first time! The 2012 discovery of this unique and magnificent tree with spectacular blossoms created an instant sensation among plant and garden communities both throughout Mexico and abroad.
Celebrating Semana Santa & Pascua in Puerto Vallarta
Banderas News Team
As one of the oldest traditions in México, Semana Santa (Holy Week) is an artistic and cultural event of major importance, with everyone - young and old, rich and poor, nationals and tourists - joyously participating in the religious processions, plays, and reenactments of biblical scenes.
Water Quality Tested at Semana Santa Beach Destinations
With hordes of nationals heading to the country's coastal states for Semana Santa, the Mexico Health Secretariat's Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) tested the water quality at 269 beaches to ensure they were safe for recreational use.
Santa Fest 2019: Free Concerts at Los Arcos del Malecón
In celebration of the two-week-long Semana Santa (Easter) vacation period, the Puerto Vallarta Institute of Culture will present Santa Fest 2019, a series of free artistic and musical presentations, at Los Arcos Amphitheater on the Malecón from April 18 through 21.
19th Annual Bucerías Oyster Festival Set for April 28
Banderas News Team
Since oyster harvesting is the mainstay of the economy in Bucerías, Nayarit, every year after Easter this laid-back seaside community hosts the Feria de Ostiones - a celebration filled with music and plenty of food and fun. This year's event will be held Sunday, April 28.
Line Up Determined for Concacaf Games in Puerto Vallarta
The Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship hopefuls know their route to continental glory after the April 8 draw for the 2019 tournament in Puerto Vallarta. With kick-off set for May 13, the 16 countries discovered their upcoming opponents, with them split across four groups.
Join The JG Group's River Clean-Up on Sunday, April 14
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, April 14 at 9:30 am. We supply the garbage bags and tongs. You bring your positive energy. Together we can make a difference!
Riviera Nayarit Trains Lifeguards for Semana Santa
Personnel from hotel members of the Bahía de Banderas Hotel and Motel Association are prepared for the upcoming Easter holiday season after taking an intensive Lifeguard training course taught by the Civil Protection and Fire Department of the State of Nayarit.
Almost 1,500 Ran the Second Puerto Vallarta Marathon
Almost 1,500 runners from Germany, England, Italy, Canada, the US, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, Colombia and, of course, from Jalisco, Nayarit and many other Mexican states, participated in the second edition of the Puerto Vallarta Marathon, held Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Discovering Indigenous Art in Puerto Vallarta
Mexico has long been known for its talented artists and craftsmen. Some techniques date back hundreds of years. Many shops and galleries in Puerto Vallarta carry these beautiful, handmade pieces, some examples of which can be seen on some of my walking tours.
Semana Santa Survival Tips for Puerto Vallarta Residents
The Easter holidays, known as 'Semana Santa,' are a time of national vacation and 'spring break' from schools. Falling this year from the 13th to the 28th of April, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit hotels will reach 100% occupancy. These tips will help you survive the influx of visitors.
Volaris Opens Two New Routes to Puerto Vallarta
This summer, ultra-low-cost airline Volaris will begin two new flights to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport - one from Phoenix, Arizona, and another from Querétaro, Mexico. Twice weekly service to and from both destinations starts on June 16, 2019.
25 Pasitos de Luz Kids Had a Blast Surfing with Nixon
On March 14, Pasitos de Luz partnered with Arizona-Based charity Surfing With Nixon, to launch Mexico's first-ever surf day for children with disabilities. Riviera Nayarit is world-renowned for its surfing spots, so it was the natural choice for 25 kids to ride the waves.