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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkTravel & 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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Why Traveling to Vallarta is More Important Than Ever
Gina Zammit

Despite what may be happening in Washington, traveling to Puerto Vallarta is more important than ever because we have the power to make a statement with where we choose to frequent. A visit to Mexico is a statement of support and friendship in a time when projecting kindness is vital.

U.S. Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico
Marie Callan

With spring break underway, the US State Department and media have been reminding students that a travel warning for Mexico remains in place. And while it's true that parts of Mexico are in turmoil, what's lost in the uproar is that many Mexican resort areas haven't been affected.

3rd Edition of Bike Fest Guayabitos, March 17-19
Riviera Nayarit CVB

The third edition of Bike Fest Guayabitos kicks off today, Friday, March 17th, in the Riviera Nayarit, offering cycling enthusiasts 3 days of bike rides and cycling competitions, talks on bicycles as a means of transportation, exhibitions, food, music, and contests.

GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 10.9% in Mexican Airports
Business Wire

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported total terminal passengers increased 10.9% in it's 13 airports during February 2017, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 14.9%, while international passenger traffic increased by 6.3%.

2nd Roxy Fitness Run+SUP+Yoga Event in Nuevo Vallarta
Banderas News Team

Roxy Fitness, an exclusive event for women who like the sporting life, returns to the Riviera Nayarit on March 19. Set to take place on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Nuevo Vallarta, this sporting event combines yoga, running and SUP and will put participants' abilities to the test.

Botanical Gardens, CUC Host 2017 Vallarta Bird Festival
BanderasNews.com

The Vallarta Bird Festival 2017 is ready to take flight March 10-12, at the CUC campus and the Vallarta Botanical Garden. Festivities will include bird watching, workshops and the premiere of 'The Lost Bird Project,' a documentary by creator and renowned sculptor Todd McGrain.

Clothing & Accessory Vendors Enhance Mercado Los Mangos
Paco Ojeda

This Saturday, while browsing the booths at Mercado Los Mangos, stop by and see Mark and Donna Schons of Bohemian Butterfly Design. Donna designs a unique jewelry line inspired by their travels through Mexico, fused with Bohemian, Native American and Southwestern styles.

Mexico–US Relations Shine at Vallarta College Challenge
Philip Dingman

Whether it's the BYU Cougars cracking the top-25 against Oklahoma State under the lights of a bleacher-filled baseball diamond, or local students competing in Olimpiada competitions, the Estadio Municipal de Puerto Vallarta fosters community relationships – locally and internationally.

Mexico Welcomed 35 Million Int'l Tourists in 2016
Mexico Tourism Board

A record-breaking 35 million international visitors traveled to Mexico in 2016, representing a growth of 9 percent compared to 2015. This growth is more than twice the global industry average, most recently reported at 3.9 percent by the World Tourism Organization in January 2017.

4th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos Ready To Take Flight
Anahi Alvarez

Due to an untimely February storm, the 4th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos had to be rescheduled. Just like the Phoenix, the event regrouped, reorganized and set the new date for March 12. From 3-8 pm, you'll enjoy great food, live music by Caravane and The Blonde Gypsies & more!

Puerto Vallarta Expects Another Record Tourism Year
BanderasNews.com

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board has announced that preliminary hotel occupancy rates show a 4% increase in tourism arrivals as compared to 2016 when the destination had its most successful year in hotel occupancy since 2008 with an 80% room occupation rate.

Tourism Board Announces Down Puerto Vallarta 2017
Gustavo Rivas-Solís

Puerto Vallarta's majestic Sierra Madre, blue Bay of Banderas and iconic Malecón will provide the perfect background of mountain-meets-sea for the first edition of the urban bicycle race, Down Puerto Vallarta 2017, taking place from April 30 to May 1st.

Mexico Joins International Peace Garden Network
The Daily News Online

Inclusion and unification was the message of the day Feb. 16, as the International Peace Garden was dedicated at Vallarta Botanical Garden. IPGF's Paula Savage said PV was chosen as the 2017 site because the city respects diversity of cultures and human rights.

Entreamigos' Ninth Annual Children's Art Festival
Nicole Swedlow

On Friday, March 3, Entreamigos will celebrate 11 years of providing educational opportunities for kids and families in San Pancho through creativity, consciousness in environmental actions, love and commitment to the community, through the 9th Festival de Arte Infantil and fair.

CarnavalPV 2017, Puerto Vallarta's Mardi Gras Parade
Adam García

Puerto Vallarta's 9th annual Mardi Gras Parade, set to kick off on Tuesday, February 28th at 8:00 pm, promises to continue to show the world our vibrant community. So gather your masks and friends and get ready to catch beads, blow whistles and kisses, and stay out late.

Purr Project Offers Cat Lovers 'Superior' Vallarta Tours!
Marilyn Khan

You've heard about the 175+ cats and kittens living happily at Puerto Vallarta's feline shelter. Now you can meet them! Purr Project is offering visits to the ranch in roomy, 10-passenger air-conditioned vans every other Wednesday. The next tour is set for February 22, 2017.

VYC Hosts WesMex International Small Boat Regatta
Richard Williams

Vallarta Yacht Club is gearing up for the International WesMex Regatta 2017. Set for March 10-12, the event typically attracts around 300 competitors from all over the world, and this year it has again been selected as one of 5 National Qualifier Regattas for all of Mexico.


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