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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8.7 Million Tourists Expected to Cruise to Mexico in 2019
A recent study by the Cruise Lines International Association revealed that, with ports around the country welcoming over 527,000 passengers in June alone, Mexico is the world's leading cruise destination. The 2019 numbers represent a 7.1% increase in cruise arrivals over 2018.
The Hollywood Travel Guide to Punta Mita, Mexico
Pick a name in Hollywood and chances are they've been to Punta Mita. Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, David Duchovny & Jennifer Aniston are all vets of this Mexican fishing village turned private luxury retreat.
Vallarta Residents Eagerly Awaiting Cooler Weather
As Summer's heat and humidity seem to drag on and on, many people are wondering when they'll get some relief from this hot and sweaty time of year. What we simply refuse to remember is that in Puerto Vallarta, the cooler, fall-like weather doesn't really begin until around Thanksgiving.
More Ships Will Sail from Southern California to Mexico
Some of the biggest cruise ships in the world will descend on Southern California later this year. And all of them want to take you to Mexico. Beginning in fall, three giant ships, including two Norwegian Cruise Line vessels and a Princess Cruises ship, will begin sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries.
North American Travelers are Flocking to Riviera Nayarit
With revenue and occupancy reaching new heights during the first half of 2019, it's an exciting time in Mexico's Pacific Treasure, the Riviera Nayarit. This upward trend is set to continue as more North American travelers discover the country's newest vacation destination.
Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, November 14-17
The Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic, an annual celebration of 'The Good Life,' returns to the Riviera Nayarit November 14-17, 2019. Combining the best of Mexico's food and drink with the chance to play on two Jack Nicklaus golf courses, this is one event you won't want to miss.
Escape Puerto Vallarta Summer's Heat in San Sebastian
With temperatures in Puerto Vallarta rising, summertime is a great time to visit San Sebastian del Oeste. Situated 4,500 feet above sea level in the heart of the Sierra Madre, the cool climate and historic appeal of this 16th century mountain village make it the perfect weekend getaway.
Marriott to Build 4 New Hotels in the Riviera Nayarit
Riviera Nayarit CVB
Investment in tourism continues on the upswing in the Riviera Nayarit, this time with Marriott International. The company recently announced the opening of four new hotels in Mexico's Pacfic Treasure under the all-inclusive format, a first for the brand.
Vallarta-Nayarit Mexico's Pacific Coast LGBTQ+ Hotspots
Riviera Nayarit CVB
A wide variety of LGBT-friendly accommodations, activities, beaches and nightlife, along with a welcoming community, are just some of the reasons that Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are amongst the most popular LGBT destinations on Mexico's Pacific Coast.
Re/Max Puerto Vallarta Neighborhood Clean-up, Aug 10
It's time for the monthly neighborhood clean-up hosted by Re/Max Puerto Vallarta! Set be held on Saturday, August 10, at 9:30 am, this month we will meet at the entrance to the Panteon (Cemetery) on Brasilia, and clean our way through the streets of Colonia 5 de diciembre.
Summer Tourism in 4 States will Generate $2 Billion
This summer, the states that are home to Mexico's four main metropolitan areas, Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Puebla, will welcome more than 9 million visitors, which will generate almost two billion dollars, according to the president of Concanaco Servytur.
Aeromar Increases Mexico City - Puerto Vallarta Flights
Aeromar, the Mexico-based airline that started offering direct flights from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta for the summer vacation season, has announced that, due to customer demand, they'll be increasing flight frequencies from the capital city to this popular beach destination this winter.
7th Punta Mita Beach Festival Offers Fun in the Sun
The seventh annual Punta Mita Beach Festival, a family-friendly weekend that brings together the best beach activities with all the natural beauty and adventure that Riviera Nayarit has to offer, is set to take place August 3 & 4 at the fabulous Kupuri Beach Club.
Vallarta Team One Step Closer to 2019 Jalisco Cup
The Puerto Vallarta soccer team advanced to the knockout stage of the 2019 Jalisco Cup last weekend, beating the municipality of Tuxcacuesco for a second time with a score of 6-0, in the sixteenth round of the state's most important amateur soccer tournament.
Tourism Booms in Mexican Pacific, Falters in Caribbean
Best Day Travel Group CEO Julian Balbuena reports that for his agency, which is Mexico's largest, the number of bookings to Caribbean beach destinations are falling, while those to Mexican Pacific resorts, such as Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Acapulco, are growing at double digits.
Puerto Vallarta's Beaches Offer Fun in The Sun
When you're thinking 'Mexico beach vacation,' Puerto Vallarta comes to mind. Along this stretch of Mexico's Pacific Coast you'll find more than 40 distinctly different beaches to match your mood. Whether you want to surf, swim, snorkel, or just unwind, Puerto Vallarta has the beach for you.
Vallarta Ceviche & Aguachile Festival Returns July 28
Banderas News Team
On Sunday, July 28, visitors can try different recipes and styles of two of Mexico's traditional dishes, Ceviche & Aguachile, along with craft beers, refreshing drinks, ice cream, & live entertainment, at the 8th Annual Puerto Vallarta Festival del Ceviche y Aguachile at Lazaro Cardenas Park.
Vallarta Team Continues Jalisco Cup Winning Streak
The Puerto Vallarta soccer team continued their winning streak last weekend in the municipality of Tuxcacuesco, defeating the home team 4-3 in their first game of the second phase of the 2019 Jalisco Cup. A rematch will be played at Agustín Flores Contreras sports stadium on July 27 at 4 pm.