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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19th Annual San Pancho Music Festival Set for Feb 22-24
The 2019 San Pancho Music Festival will be held Friday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25 in San Francisco, Nayarit. This year the Music Festival will feature performing artists from the Riviera Nayarit region, as well as musicians from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
There are Jaguars on the Puerto Vallarta Malecón!
Vallarta Botanical Garden has installed 'JAGUARS - From Ancestral Myth to Current Conservation Imperative,' a visual exhibit of stunning images and interpretive texts on the Malecón. The exhibit was inaugurated January 10 and will remain on display through February 10, 2019.
Canada Jetlines Plans Vallarta, Cabo, Cancun Flights
Canada Jetlines says it intends to provide future service to several sun destinations in Mexico including Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos & Cancun. The low-cost carrier says it has reached agreements with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico and is aiming for a summer 2019 launch.
The JG Group Offers Free PV Real Estate Walking Tours
Banderas News Team
Join The JG Group's Vallarta Real Estate Advisors on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the only real estate walking tour in La Zona Romantica. These free tours visit nine of the new real estate projects in one of PV's fastest growing areas. (Advance reservations required.)
Get Ready for the Sixth Annual Taste of Lo de Marcos
The 6th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos, set to be held at the Centro de Fiestas Los Delfines on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 3-8 pm, will feature local restaurants, artisanal booths and live music, with proceeds benefiting Amigos de Lo de Marcos and Comite de Accion Ciudadana.
Nine Day Festival Honors Patron Saint of Bucerías
Banderas News Team
The festival of Our Lady of Peace, the patron Saint of Bucerias, Nayarit, began January 16 and continues through the 24th. Besides a carnival in the town's main plaza, festivities include a boat parade, daily masses and processions, fireworks and entertainment nightly.
2019 Vallarta Bird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden is home to over 200 different species of birds, and will be the site of the 2019 Vallarta Bird Festival, March 8-10. These three fun-filled days of birding tours and presentations will help fund the construction and installation of Military Macaw nest boxes.
Sunday's Total Lunar Eclipse a 'Super Blood Wolf Moon'
This weekend the sky will be putting on a howlingly good show: 'a super blood wolf moon.' The cosmic event is the convergence of a few stellar lunar events - an eclipse coinciding with a supermoon turning an eerie blood red. Here's everything you need to know about the phenomenon.
Arena Vallarta to Host 8th Int'l Charro Championships
From January 30 to February 3, 2019, 18 of the best Charro teams in Mexico and 12 teams from the U.S. will gather at Arena Vallarta to compete in the Octavo Campeonato Internacional Charro Puerto Vallarta (Eighth Puerto Vallarta International Charro Championship).
2019 Tourism Opportunities and Challenges for Vallarta
2019 represents a series of challenges and opportunities for Puerto Vallarta to maintain the tourist bonanza that began in 2018 with high hotel occupancy rates, economic benefits, and the constant creation of direct and indirect jobs for the benefit of local families.
Puerto Vallarta Welcomes New Service by Swoop Airlines
Canadians in Hamilton and Abbotsford will have an easier way to reach Puerto Vallarta, Mexico this winter as Swoop, Canada's leading ultra-low-cost airline, has announced service into PV's Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR) with the addition of two new routes.
Puerto Vallarta Bomberos Pancake Breakfast, Feb. 24th
Although our first-responders don't seek recognition for their devotion to the community, from time to time we have the opportunity to express our appreciation. You can show your support by attending the PV Bomberos Pancake Breakfast on February 24 at Lazaro Cardenas Park.
2019 Bear Weekend in Puerto Vallarta Supports SETAC
A brand-new three day Bear Weekend is set to take place in Puerto Vallarta from January 31 through February 2, 2019. This series of events will be so hot that you won't want to miss them - especially since you'll be supporting SETAC, PV's LGBT Wellness & Community Center.
PVR Int'l Airport Welcomed 4.76 Million Travelers in 2018
The PVR airport was pretty busy last year. According to Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport received about 4.76 million travelers in 2018. This represents a 5.3 percent increase in the number of visitors to the destination since 2017.
Hotels Help Guests Take Vacation from Digital Devices
A vacation should mean no distractions, but more and more often, we can't put our phones away for anything. But some hotels and resorts, like Mexico's Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, are challenging guests to cut the cord to technology and lock their devices up for at least a few hours.