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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Fun Adventures, New Experiences and Helping Others
After receiving an urgent call for help from Canica Puerto Vallarta, the Ladies Outdoor Club Adventures (LOCA) and Wildlife Connection organized a turtle release tour and used 100% of the proceeds to buy groceries for 17 low income families with children suffering from cancer.
Two Artist Exhibit Opens at Galleria Dante This Friday
Exhibitions by artists Miguel Angel Martin del Campo and Juan Carlos Navarro open at Galleria Dante on Friday, January 22, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6-10 pm.
Unique Bird Spotted at the Vallarta Botanical Garden
Greg R. Homel
As if the birdlife in Puerto Vallarta wasn't fascinating enough, every so often a real doozy shows up. A recent observation at the Vallarta Botanical Garden may be the first-ever documentation of a spectacular color anomaly of the Yellow-winged Cacique.
GAP Plans Another Expansion of Puerto Vallarta Airport
Construction of a new terminal at the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, which will increase the facility's capacity for plane and passenger arrivals by almost 50%, will begin in 2020. According to the airport's administrator, the expansion is expected to be completed by 2024.
Garden-To-Glass Botanical Cocktails at Casa Velas
Casa Velas in Puerto Vallarta has launched a new garden to glass interactive culinary experience. Guests can pluck fruit and herbs for their cocktails from the adults-only boutique hotel's botanical garden. If you can't make it to Mexico, try this make-at-home recipe.
7th Annual Puerto Vallarta Charity Chili Cook-Off
Jay Sadler Project
The seventh annual Puerto Vallarta Charity Chili Cook-Off, featuring chili recipes from some 18 popular PV area bars, restaurants and sponsors, along with live music by local bands, will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 1:00-5:00 pm at El Rio Bar and Grill in Paso Ancho.
Puerto Vallarta Open Named a Top 2018 ATP Challenger
The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) has announced the 2018 Challenger Tour Tournaments of the Year, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which made its debut on the ATP tour calendar in 2018 with the Puerto Vallarta Open, was among the players' favorite destinations.
Support the Prepa Vallarta Marlins' Second Swim Meet
Marlin Natacion and Preparatoria Regional de Puerto Vallarta are planning the '2nd Serial Marlins Prepa Vallarta' swimming competition on February 23 & 24. You can help make this happen by making a donation towards the purchase of a medal and T-shirt for each participant.
Riviera Nayarit Celebrates a Record-Breaking 2018
In 2018, tourism remained a driving force behind the Riviera Nayarit's economy, representing more than $1.6 billion USD in revenue. Mexico's most luxurious destination reports continued growth, increased occupancy, and exciting new developments for 2019 and beyond.
Riverfest 8 Vallarta Music Festival March 2-3, 2019
The 8th Annual Riverfest to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta will be held at El Rio BBQ on March 2 & 3, 2019. Make plans now to come enjoy live music from some of Banderas Bay's best musicians, along with fabulous food and fun - all for a good cause!
Marc Galipeau Exhibit Opens Feb. 8 at Galleria Dante
On Friday, February 8 from 6:00-10:00 pm, a cocktail reception will open an art exhibition by Canadian artist Marc Galipeau at Galleria Dante in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. Be sure to stop by and meet the artist while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle.