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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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Survey Says Puerto Vallarta is Mexico's Safest City
Boardwalk Realty PV

Despite the Mexico travel advisories issued by the United States, tourist areas in Jalisco are as safe, if not safer, as most any other city in North America. In fact, Puerto Vallarta was named the safest city in Mexico in the most recently published National Public Urban Security survey.

Arena Vallarta to Host 7th Int'l Charro Championships
María Francesca

From February 1-4, 20 of the best Charro teams in Mexico and 10 from the US will gather at Arena Vallarta for the Puerto Vallarta Centennial Edition of the International Charro Championship. Between hot rodeo action and traditional events, it'll be a true Mexican celebration.

5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos Set for February 18
BanderasNews.com

The 5th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos, set to be held at the Centro de Fiestas Los Delfines on Sunday, February 18, 2018 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.

New US Travel Advisories Exempt Mexico Tourist Spots
Marie Callan

The US State Department has updated their safety and security information system for international travelers. New Travel Advisories, published January 10, give detailed reports on what to worry about and where. The good news is that most of Mexico's tourist areas were spared.

A 'Prayer for Peace' at Vallarta Botanical Garden
María Francesca

As real and lasting peace is only possible if everyone works towards it, a 'Prayer for Peace' will be part of the Vallarta Botanical Garden's annual International Peace Garden celebration to be held at 12:00 noon on January 15, 2018. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate.

2018 Will Be a Spectacular Year for Vallarta Tourism
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust

After a couple of record years, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust is setting the bar higher as they strive to increase the number of national and international arrivals through pro-active promotional campaigns that focus on attracting different niche markets and new flights.

Bucerías to Celebrate Our Lady of Peace Festival
Banderas News Team

Bucerías will celebrate the traditional Our Lady of Peace Patron Saint Festival from January 16th through the 24th. Festivities include cultural, artistic and sports activities, including the traditional maritime pilgrimage with the Peace Torch on January 24th. Come join in the fun!

PVRPV Revamps Vallarta Vacation Rentals Website
Pablo Corona

Looking for an affordable Puerto Vallarta vacation rental? On January 1, 2018, PVRPV.com launched its newly revamped website, which offers quick and easy access to hundreds of home, villa and condo rental listings, as well as travel tips and essential information for your Mexico vacation.

VYC Announces Banderas Bay Regatta Season Schedule
Vallarta Yacht Club

The 2018 sailing season is going to be a very busy time around Banderas Bay. It all starts on January 6 with the Vallarta Cup Series, with races every Saturday throughout the month, the 'Tenacita Cruise Out' in February and the WesMex International Small Boat Regatta in March.

5th Annual Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Party, Jan. 23
David Muck

The PV Garden Club is delighted to announce the 5th Annual Puerto Vallarta Garden Club party in celebration of our continued efforts to beautify our city. You won't want to miss this spectacular event set to be held at the beautiful Oscar's Restaurant on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

CMV to Offer Domestic Market Mexican Riviera Cruises
BanderasNews.com

Cruise & Maritime Voyages will deploy the Magellan to the Mexican Riviera for the winter 2019 cruise season, launching a new brand for the domestic market: Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales. The 7-day itinerary includes calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.

2017 Could Be Another Record Year for Tourism to Mexico
Travel Pulse

Mexico is on pace for another record year for tourism. According to Mexico's Tourism Promotion Council, the arrival of international tourists increased 12.3 percent to 28.6 million from January to September. Those same visitors spent a healthy $16 billion USD.

12th Sinergiarte Festival Set for December 27-29, 2017
BanderasNews.com

Music, dance and theater performances; painting, sculpture, literature, audiovisual and photography presentations and workshops, and booths selling regional foods and handicrafts are all part of the 12th annual 'Sinergiarte Festival' in San Francisco, Nayarit from Dec. 27-29.

Festival de Chocolate at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Marie Callan

On January 5, 2018, Vallarta Botanical Garden will host a Festival de Chocolate - and everyone is invited! Make plans now to come out and learn more about 'the food of the gods' while enjoying chocolate tours, tastings, food and drink specials, Folkloric dance performances, and more.

Riviera Nayarit Celebrates 10 Years with Polo Cup
Norma Hernández

Mexico's youngest destination is turning 10 and it's celebrating the occasion with a very unique event: the Riviera Nayarit 10 Polo Cup, to be played at the La Patrona Polo & Equestrian Club in San Pancho, Nayarit, from December 16-17, 2017.

Puerto Vallarta Coffee Fest Aims to Break World Record
María Francesca

Are you a coffee lover? If so, make plans now to be on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon at 4:30 pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017, when the city will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of people drinking coffee simultaneously in a single venue.

Puerto Vallarta Fireworks Festival, December 30-31
Marie Callan

The Christmas holidays are always an exciting time to visit Puerto Vallarta, but this year will be exceptionally entertaining as the city welcomes 2018 in an impressive way... with the II Festival de Pirotecnia 'Luminia Fest,' a world-class fireworks show to be held on Dec. 30 and 31.

U.S. Couple is Protecting Sea Turtles in Sayulita
Gerardo Carrillo

The Riviera Nayarit shoreline is one of the world's most important nesting grounds for several species of sea turtles. But poaching and predators make it difficult for their babies to survive. One American couple living in Sayulita is working to ensure they live long enough to reach the sea.

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club December News & Events
David Muck

The PV Garden Club supports not only a more beautiful, clean and verdant city, but is making it more attractive to tourism, thus creating a vibrant economy to support all the other great causes in Puerto Vallarta. Please make plans to join us at one of our upcoming events.

Vallarta Whale Watching Season Opens December 8
María Francesca

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico offers many ecological tours, but nothing compares to the thrill of whale watching on Banderas Bay. The 2017-2018 whale watching season officially opens December 8, giving everyone a chance to observe Humpback whales in their natural habitat.


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