Travel & Outdoors
A complete vacation destination, Puerto Vallarta has a bit of everything that adds up to a whole lot of fun. Beautiful beaches, excellent dining, accommodations for every budget, shopping galore and a wide variety of entertainment, activities and adventurous excursions have all made Puerto Vallarta one of Mexico's most popular resort towns.
But as those who share our passion for travel and adventure already know, once the travel bug bites it's almost impossible to contentedly remain only in one spot . . . no matter how wonderful. After all, why stick to one area — or even one country — when you can explore the entire world?
Travel can be a powerful force for tolerance and understanding, and at BanderasNews we want to share our never-ending passion for traveling to exotic lands and faraway places with you. Whether you are seeking an off-the-beaten-track destination around Puerto Vallarta, or want to learn more about some of the world's most intriguing places, we'll introduce you to some of the great destinations Mexico, and the world, have to offer.
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Chapultepec the Largest City Park in Latin America
MEXLend Mortgages for Mexico
One visit to Chapultepec Park is a sure way to fall in love with Mexico City itself. Quite a bit bigger than Central Park in New York City, Parque de Chapultepec is an urban oasis of over 1,695 acres of forest - right in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world.
Charros - An Important Part of Mexican Culture
The 25th International Mariachi and Charro Festival begins in Guadalajara today and continues through September 2. Charros are an important part of Mexico's history and culture, especially in the State of Jalisco, where their traditions are alive and well to this day.
10 of the Best Things to See and Do in Oaxaca City
For those who want to explore a Mexican destination that's outside of the typical tourism hot spots, Oaxaca City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a gorgeous, culturally rich option that has a wealth of things to see and do, plus some exquisite and world famous cuisine.
Lopez Obrador Expands Plan for Yucatan Tourist Train
President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced this week an even more ambitious proposal for the Yucatan Peninsula 'Mayan Train' that would extend its route to 930 miles (1,500 kilometers) - and increase the project's cost to somewhere between 120 and 150 billion pesos.
Autumn is an Ideal Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta
Autumn is an ideal time to visit Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. Not only does Mexico's Pacific Coast boast over 250 miles of coastline, but sunshine kisses the greater Banderas Bay area for 300 days a year - meaning your summer doesn't have to end in September.
Why Second Passports are Now More Valuable Than Ever
A second passport is a powerful tool. It facilitates overseas investment and career opportunities, and makes crossing international borders easier. A new report by International Living highlights how changing visa rules could make a second passport even more useful for U.S. citizens.
Vallarta Nominated for Four Food & Travel Mexico Awards
Puerto Vallarta has been nominated in four categories of the 2018 Food & Travel Mexico Magazine Reader Awards, an annual survey that recognizes the best in national tourism, including destinations, hotels, airlines, travel agencies, restaurants, spas, and cruises.
Mexico's Velas Resorts Eliminate Single-use Plastic Straws
In an ongoing dedication to sustainability, Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, and Riviera Maya are no longer offering single-use plastic straws. The Mexican resort collection estimates they will eliminate 1.6 million total straws in one year.
You, Too, Can Stay at the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Resort
If you are a fan of 'The Bachelor' or 'The Bachelorette,' you're probably familiar with the ABC hit franchise's spinoff, 'Bachelor in Paradise.' But did you know that you can stay at the resort where BIP contestants spent three weeks looking for love while exploring Vallarta-Nayarit?
Puerto Vallarta Hilton Opens Adults-Only 'The Hacienda'
Hilton's commitment to innovation without sacrificing heritage or authenticity reflects in The Hacienda, a 192-suite section of its Hilton Puerto Vallarta resort that suits the rising trends of adults-only trips, couples getaways, culturally oriented tourism and business travel.
Mexico Tourism Grows Even as Airlines Decrease Flights
While Mexico's international tourism continues to grow well beyond industry averages, some U.S.-based airlines are reducing flights to the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean. The reductions among these carriers come as the country's tourism continues its significant growth trajectory.
Jalisco Declares El Centro a Cultural Heritage Site
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Puerto Vallarta's Historic Center is now a protected Cultural Heritage site in the State of Jalisco. The recognition includes the area from the beginning of the Malecón to the cobblestoned streets of the Romantic Zone and continues up to the historic Conchas Chinas neighborhoods.
Why So Many North Americans Retire on Lake Chapala
When you look at all the factors that make an ideal retirement destination - climate, cost of living, ease of travel to and from USA or Canada, healthcare, etc. - Ajijic, on the shores of Mexico's Lake Chapala, is one of the finest places on the planet for year-round living.
Puerto Vallarta Day Trips: San Sebastian del Oeste
If you want to find some authentic Mexican history and culture, look no further than San Sebastian. Nestled high up in the Sierra Madre, about 2 hours from Vallarta, this colonial town has its culture rooted back to 1605 when the Spaniards created it as a gold and silver mining center.
'Guacamania' Fest Returns to Mexico's Velas Resorts
It's time for Guacamania! With special avocado-focused menus, avocado-themed spa treatments, dedicated guacamologist and more, guests at Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos and Riviera Maya can celebrate Mexico's 'Green Gold' this September.
Sunwing Announces Direct Flights from Quebec to PVR
Sunwing is expanding its route network out of Quebec City for the coming winter with new direct service to Puerto Vallarta. Beginning on Dec. 17, 2018, and running until April 15, 2019, the new route offers convenient, direct flights to two of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations.
Beyond Puerto Vallarta: Shopping in Tonalá, Jalisco
If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, consider a trip to Tonalá, a municipality near Guadalajara that's famous for its artisanal handicrafts. On Thursdays and Sundays a 'tianguis' (open air market) features as many as 4000 craftsmen selling everything from pottery to handcrafted furniture.
Riviera Nayarit Keeps its Beaches Safe & Clean
Regarding the Semarnat report on the water quality of Mexico's beaches, the Nayarit Health Department informed that samples were taken during Hurricane Bud, resulting in erroneous numbers, and a more recent sampling proves Riviera Nayarit beaches are in optimum condition.
If you have a great travel destination that you would like to share with our readers, or would like to suggest a location for a future feature story, contact Destinations@BanderasNews.com.