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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Studies Reveal Why Some People are Mosquito Magnets
Rainy season means it's mosquito season, too. But why do they bite some people more than others? Mosquitoes exhibit blood-sucking preferences, say the experts. Blood type, metabolism and drinking beer are a few factors that make some people especially delicious to mosquitoes.
Puerto Vallarta Works to Fortify Beach Certifications
Puerto Vallarta is working to not only maintain it's clean beach certifications, but also to have more local beaches certified. One proposal is a local laboratory to expedite the analysis of water samples and the corresponding actions that contribute to maintaining water quality.
Life's a Beach in Vallarta... But Are They Swimmable?
When you're looking for the perfect beach vacation in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a great choice. The destination's beautiful Bay of Banderas has a beach for all types of travelers. So whether you want to surf, swim, snorkel, or just unwind, Banderas Bay beaches have it all.
Cheryl's Shoebox 3rd Annual Summer Bash, August 5
To raise funds for shoes for Puerto Vallarta students and and supplies for local after-school programs, Cheryl's Shoebox is hosting their 3rd Annual Summer Bash on August 5 at Babel Bar on La Isla Rio Cuale. Come enjoy a great afternoon of fun, games, live music & more - for a good cause!
Hotel Amapa Set to Bring Fresh Energy to Vallarta
Come October, Puerto Vallarta will get a fresh injection of wanderlust-inspiring energy thanks to the opening of Hotel Amapa, a member of the Design Hotels collection. Located in the city's vibrant Zona Romantica, this 55-room, adults-only hotel will offer something new in Old Town.
World Chocolate Day Fiesta at Vallarta's Hotel Mercurio
July 7th is World Chocolate Day! If the very mention of chocolate makes you salivate, then come experience the 'Food of the Gods' the way that only Hotel Mercurio, Puerto Vallarta's Favorite Gay Hotel, serves up one of the world's most popular and sought-after treats.
12th Banderas Bay Marlin and Tuna Fishing Tournament
Fishing teams with up to four members per boat are invited to participate in the Bahía de Banderas Sport Fishing Club's 12th International Tuna and Marlin Fishing Tournament in Banderas Bay, which will take place July 26-28, 2018 at the Vallarta Yacht Club in the Paradise Village Marina.
6th Playa Platanitos Sea Turtle Festival, July 21-22
Banderas News Team
Turtle nesting and release season has begun on the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit and with it comes the 6th 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 21-22, 2018.
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Hard at Work This Summer
The PV Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is also making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta. Here's what the PVGC is doing this summer to beautify Vallarta.
Riviera Nayarit Shines Brighter Than Ever This Summer
Less than an hour from Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico's Pacific Treasure, is poised to take center stage this summer with two exciting events that highlight the region's culture and cuisine - the Punta Mita Beach Festival and the Masters of the Kitchen Culinary Fest.
Join the Community Clean-Up in Col. Emiliano Zapata
The JG Group's Colonia Clean-ups continue through the summer to keep raising awareness and getting residents and visitors alike involved in keeping our colonia clean. If you are going to be in Puerto Vallarta on the first Saturday of the month, join us on July 7 and share the love.
Saints Peter & Paul Battle it Out in Mexcaltitan
A traditional and magical festival will soon be taking place in Mexcaltitan, Mexico, a small fishing village in northern Riviera Nayarit. Every year on June 29th, the townspeople stage a battle between the island's patron saints: San Pedro and San Pablo.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season on Puerto Vallarta Beaches
Created in 1981, the Puerto Vallarta sea turtle conservation program now draws thousands of tourists to the shores of Banderas Bay every summer for the annual turtle nesting season, which runs from late June to September, and offers travelers an educational vacation experience.
Hook the Cure Returns to Puerto Vallarta November 8
Fishing and golfing enthusiasts are already making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta from November 8-11, 2018 for a long weekend of friendship, fun and entertainment at the 13th edition of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's premiere fishing, golf and spa outing, 'Hook the Cure Powered by IOTEC.'
Vallarta Summer Camps Keep Kids Active and Engaged
Far from being just place for sunny, safe retirement living, Puerto Vallarta has a large population of expat families raising their children in our beautiful city. With school finishing up for the year, it's time to find some fun, summer activities to keep kids engaged during the school break.
Help Puerto Vallarta Win a 2018 Readers' Choice Award
As one of Mexico's most attractive destinations, Puerto Vallarta continually receives accolades from the media and visitors. Now, travelers who have recently visited have the opportunity to help PV win the designation of 'Best City' in Condé Nast Traveler's Readers' Choice Awards.
Democrats Abroad to Host Fourth of July Beach Party
If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta on the USA's Independence Day, head over to Daiquiri Dick's on Los Muertos Beach for an All-American 4th of July celebration hosted by the Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad. This event always sells out, so get your tickets TODAY!
Vallarta-Nayarit Beaches Retain Blue Flag Certifications
In a major environmental achievement, 10 Vallarta-Nayarit beaches and the Marina Riviera Nayarit will retain their Blue Flag certifications for another year. The recognitions will be presented during the XIII Clean Beach National Assembly to be held in Bahías de Huatulco July 4-7, 2018.
Third Vallarta Aquathlon Set for June 24, 2018
The 2018 Aquathlon Vallarta, a continuous, three-stage race involving running, then swimming, followed by more running, is set to take place on Sunday, June 24. Whether you are looking for a fun way to stay in shape, or to show off your athletic prowess, you won't want to miss this!
Summer News from Vallarta's Parque de los Azulejos
Local artist Natasha Moraga and Mosayko Vallarta volunteers are still diligently working on reshaping and transforming Lazaro Cardenas Park into another internationally recognized icon in Puerto Vallarta: 'El Parque de los Azulejos.' Here's the latest news from Tile Park PV.