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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64th Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, November 13-16
The 2019 Puerto Vallarta International Sailfish and Marlin Fishing Tournament is scheduled to take place in the waters of Banderas Bay Nov. 13-16. Now in its 64th year, this is one of the Mexican Pacific's most prestigious sportfishing tournaments, attracting anglers from all over the world.
Don't Let Sensationalist News Deter You - Visit Mexico!
Travel Market Report
Mexico has long been a major holiday destination for U.S. vacationers, but a recent wave of negative publicity has made some people hesitant to visit. However, there's a significant rift between what is reported about Mexico in the news, and what most travelers experience here.
Free Malecón Sculpture Tours on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Banderas News Team
The free Tuesday morning and Thursday evening Puerto Vallarta Malecon Sculpture Tours, created and conducted by Galería Pacifico owner Gary Thompson, return for the 14th season this month. Morning tours will be held every Tuesday at 9:30 am and evening tours on Thursdays at 6:00 pm.
Vallarta Botanical Garden Wins Garden Tourism Award
The recipients of the 2019 Garden Tourism Awards were announced on November 5 at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Victoria, Canada, and Vallarta Botanical Garden was once again distinguished as one of the 'Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Travelling For.'
PV Garden Club: A New Season of 'Beautifying Vallarta'
Make plans to join the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club at Incanto on Tuesday, November 19 for our first membership meeting of the season. Vice President John McKinney will talk about the work performed this summer, upcoming events, plans for the new season and much more.
Thursday Shopping at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market
Shoppers will find art & jewelery, organic foods & homemade breads, clothes & handicrafts, and many other wonderful things, every Thursday from 6-10 pm at the Marina Vallarta Art & Market. Live music and dance performances add to the festive atmosphere.
Smartphones Required at Mexico's Trick Eye Museum
There's no doubt that social media is changing the world. With posts and stories, retweets and likes, our personal lives are less private than ever. And that's having an effect on business, particularly in Mexico, where one new venture views smartphones as a requirement.
Mexico Kicks Off Annual End-of-Year Paisano Program
Juarez officials are expecting more than 60,000 out-of-town drivers to cross the US-Mexico border in the next two months, as Mexican-Americans head south to visit relatives for the holidays. Mexican officials on Friday pledged to make the journey as painless as possible for the travelers.
A New Season of El Parque de los Azulejos Workshops
Local artist Natasha Moraga has been magically transforming Puerto Vallarta with her colorful mosaics since 2012. Her latest project, turning Lazaro Cardenas Park into El Parque de los Azulejos / Tile Park PV, is all about community, and everyone is invited to participate.
25th Festival Gourmet International, November 19-24
The 25th edition of Festival Gourmet International, the food and wine event that has been tempting the taste buds of Banderas Bay area residents and visitors for years, is set to take place November 19-24, 2019 at restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit and Tepic.