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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Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours: A Palapa for your Pleasure
Walking around Puerto Vallarta you will see many palapas, especially along the beach, where they serve as sun protection. So what is a palapa? It's an open-air thatched roof structure that is commonly constructed by local craftsmen using natural materials from the jungle.
Dolphin Adventure Earns American Humane Certification
Dolphin Adventure in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has earned the Humane Certified seal of approval from the world's largest certifier of animal welfare and well-being, American Humane, demonstrating the good welfare and treatment given to the dolphins and sea lions in its care.
Puerto Vallarta Taxi Drivers Testing Mobile Application
The head of the Puerto Vallarta Taxi Drivers' Union, Jaime Aguilar Mejía, recently announced the development of a smartphone application that will connect drivers with people in need of cab service. He said that the initiative is in the testing phase and taxi drivers are being trained.
Vallarta Team Among the Favorites of the Jalisco Cup
The draw to determine the matches to be played by the teams that moved on to the 2nd phase of the 2019 Jalisco Cup took place in San Juan de los Lagos last week. Puerto Vallarta will play their first game in Tuxcacuesco on July 21 or 22, then host the Tuxcacuesco team on July 27.
San Pancho Reforestation Project Needs Volunteers
On Friday, July 19, the Entreamigos Community Center, together with 7 other community organizations, will meet at 9 am at Plaza Del Sol to plant 500 trees in San Pancho. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of manpower to plant 500 trees in just one day, so volunteers are needed!
Cheryl's Shoebox 4th Annual Summer Bash, August 4
To raise funds for shoes for Puerto Vallarta students and supplies for local after-school programs, Cheryl's Shoebox is hosting their 4th Annual Summer Bash on August 4 at Babel Bar on La Isla Rio Cuale. Come enjoy a great afternoon of fun, games, live music and more - for a good cause!
Municipal Charrería School Opens in Puerto Vallarta
Last week, Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña announced a new program that gives Puerto Vallarta kids the opportunity to learn the elements of the traditional sport that identifies Mexico internationally - the Charreria - through free, twice-weekly classes at the charro arenas in Ixtapa and Mojoneras.
Estero El Salado to Celebrate 19th Anniversary July 27
On Saturday, July 27, Estero El Salado, an urban eco-reserve in the heart of the Puerto Vallarta hotel zone, will be celebrating its 19th anniversary with special exhibitions, workshops, and an ecological fair with family-friendly activities that gives participants a chance to win prizes.
Vallarta Food Tours Wins 2019 Travelers' Choice Award
The Downtown Vallarta Food Tour has been recognized as one of the world's top ten food experiences, ranking #5 out of over 2,200 food experiences in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards. These tours have become a favorite for those eager to enjoy a culinary adventure.
VII Playa Platanitos Sea Turtle Festival, July 20-21
Turtle nesting and release season has begun on the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit and with it comes the 7th Sea Turtle Festival, a family-friendly event set to be held in Playa Platanitos, a small coastal town in the municipality of Compostela, from July 20-21, 2019.
13th Banderas Bay Marlin & Tuna Fishing Tournament
Sportfishing fans are preparing their rods and reels to 'catch the big one' at the 13th International Marlin & Tuna Fishing Tournament, set to be held from July 18-20 in the waters off the coast of Vallarta-Nayarit, and hosted by Paradise Village Marina in Nuevo Vallarta.
Democrats Abroad Vallarta Botanical Garden Tour, Aug. 4
The Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Summer Socials just keep getting better and better! Next month's get-together, set for at 10:00 am on Sunday, August 4th, will be an exclusive private tour of the Vallarta Botanical Garden, led by none other than its Founder, Bob Price!
GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 9.0% in Mexican Airports
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported that the number of terminal passengers in June 2019 increased by 9.0 percent at GAP's 13 airports, compared to the same period of 2018. Domestic traffic increased by 10.1 percent, while international traffic increased by 7.4 percent.
Jellyfish are Seasonal Visitors to Puerto Vallarta, Too
Like tourists, jellyfish are seasonal visitors to Puerto Vallarta. A couple of the species, some harmful, visit Banderas Bay beaches during the first few weeks of summer. If you happen to get stung by one there are many remedies, some absurd, but worth trying.
July Full of Exciting Events in the Riviera Nayarit
This summer is getting off to a fantastic start in the Riviera Nayarit! Sporting, culinary, musical and ecological events are just some of the exciting activities that visitors can enjoy in Mexico's Pacific Treasure, and in its twenty-three coastal villages, in the month of July.