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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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.
Don't Let Sensationalist News Deter You - Visit Mexico!
If you were to listen to the mainstream news, visiting Mexico doesn't sound like a great idea. But don't let sensationalist news stories deter you from traveling to this vibrant country. 39.3 million people visited Mexico in 2017 and over 1 million Americans and Canadians call it home.
Riviera Nayarit's Tourism Industry Continues to Boom
It's an exciting time in Riviera Nayarit - Mexico's Pacific Treasure and newest destination - as world class travel brands and investments are driving economic growth and expanded options for luxury travelers. The trend is set to continue as more properties and amenities debut through 2020.
New Turtle Species Discovered in Puerto Vallarta
A new turtle species was discovered in the rivers of suburban Puerto Vallarta by UDG researchers, along with scientists from Mexico's Autonomous Juarez University of Tabasco, University of Guanajuato and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, CONACYT announced last week.
Iberostar Playa Mita Joins 'Se Buscan Héroes' Campaign
The Iberostar Playa Mita hotel, a five-start property located in the Riviera Nayarit, has joined the 'Se Buscan Héroes' (Heroes Wanted) campaign, which was launched in December 2015 by Paralelo 28 to work on the preservation and protection of the Islas Marietas National Park.
Hummingbird Festival at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Everyone is invited to come to the Vallarta Botanical Garden on June 16 for the 2018 Hummingbird Festival, a family-oriented event celebrating one of nature's vibrant aerial acrobats. This is your chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the wonderful world of the hummingbird.
Hotel Barceló Supports City Turtle Protection Program
With turtle nesting season just around the corner, the city recently called upon Puerto Vallarta hotels to donate the supplies needed for the Sea Turtle Conservation and Protection Program's 2018-2019 season, which begins June 15. Barceló Hotel's 'Green Team' answered the call.
Copa Announces Panama City-Puerto Vallarta Flights
Starting December 16, Copa Airlines will connect Puerto Vallarta-Riviera Nayarit with Panama City and 77 other destinations in North, Central & South America and the Caribbean. Copa will operate twice weekly flights from Hub of the Americas in Panama City to PVR International Airport.
Mexico Celebrates its Position as a Global Tourism Star
In 2017, Mexico surpassed Germany, the United Kingdom and Turkey to become the sixth-most visited destination in the world - and the numbers are growing at a dizzying rate. From 2013-2017, the nation saw a 62% increase in visitors, the fastest growth rate of any large global destination.
Join the Community Clean-Up in Col. Emiliano Zapata
If you love Puerto Vallarta, please join us on Saturday, June 2 at 9:30 am for a Col. Emiliano Zapata Clean-Up. The JG Group will supply the tools needed to pick up debris and spruce up our streets. We'll finish by 11:30 am, but stick around for hot dogs and refreshments afterwards.
2018 Optimist North American Championship at VYC
Beautiful Banderas Bay will once again be the setting for a major international sailing championship. From June 24 - July 1, 2018, 150 young Optimist class sailors from 14 different countries will be competing in the North American Optimist Championships hosted by Vallarta Yacht Club.
Puerto Vallarta Side Trips You Can Take by Bus or Car
Timothy Real Estate Group
Looking for an adventure that won't take you too far out of Puerto Vallarta but still give you the feel of having a vacation? Aside from the usual trips to places like Sayulita & San Pancho, there are hidden gems along the coast and inland that aren't far, and can be reached by bus or car.
2018 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open Tournament Results
The 2018 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open brought some of the country's best doubles teams to Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta last weekend, adding three days of excitement to the Municipality's 100th anniversary celebrations. And the winners were...
Puerto Vallarta's Centennial Bumps May Fest Up a Notch
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
From May 26-31, 2018, Puerto Vallarta will continue celebrating its centennial as a municipality and 50th year as a city during the Festival Cultural de Mayo, an annual celebration that includes cultural events, photo and art exhibitions and free concerts every night at El Faro del Malecón.
Fourth of July BBQ on the Beach at Daiquiri Dick's
If you find yourself in Puerto Vallarta on the USA's 242nd birthday, head over to Daiquiri Dick's on Los Muertos Beach for a Red, White & Blue BBQ that includes all your favorite 4th of July foods, live music by one of PV's hottest bands, Sylvie and The Zippers, and lots of fun!
Help Vallarta Garden Club Prepare Plaza for Centennial
The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club is looking for volunteers to help weed and clean the flower beds in the Plaza de Armas (the main plaza in downtown) so they'll look their best for next week's Centennial celebrations. So grab your gloves and join us on Thursday, May 24 at 8:30 am.
10.6 Million Tourists Visited Mexico in 1st Qtr 2018
The number of international tourists to Mexico in the first quarter of 2018 rose to a record high of 10.6 million, a 12.6% increase year-on-year, according to a statement by Sectur, Mexico's Ministry of Tourism. In the month of March alone, 4 million international tourists visited the country.
Hotel Mercurio: Puerto Vallarta's Favorite Gay Hotel
"...arrive as a guest, leave as a friend"
Recognized for its exceptional value, gourmet breakfast and unbeatable location in the heart of Puerto Vallarta's 'gayborhood,' Hotel Mercurio welcomes national and international visitors with 28 air-conditioned rooms, a popular pool bar and friendly, bilingual service.