Travel & 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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Expats: Safeguard Visa Status When Leaving Mexico
The Guadalajara Reporter
Foreign citizens who have obtained residency visas in Mexico may run the risk of losing that legal status whenever they travel beyond the country's borders. All it takes is a minor clerical error committed when going through immigrations to get switched from resident to visitor status.
Stand-Up Paddle Yoga Classes on Banderas Bay
Twice a year SUP Yoga Vallarta hosts mini retreats where you can spend the day immersed in all things yoga, SUP and wellness. This month's SUP Yoga Retreat, hosted by Café Rizado in Bucerias, will be held on April 30th and feature workshops with local sex guru, Dr. Shelly Persad.
Promotion of Puerto Vallarta in Finland is Reinforced
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust recently invited Mr. Tero Norvio, who owns a luxury travel and adventure tour agency in Finland, to visit our city. He is the second tour operator from the Northern European nation to visit since the new Helsinki-Puerto Vallarta weekly flight was announced.
2017 Fiestas de Mayo de La Parroquia de La Santa Cruz
If you would like to experience a true Mexican tradition in Old Town Puerto Vallarta, then come join in all the festivities during the Fiestas de Mayo being held outside of Parroquia de la Santa Cruz in Colonia Emiliano Zapata from Sunday, April 23 until Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
8th Annual Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival in Bucerías
Kitesurfers from all over Mexico are ready to hit the beaches of Riviera Nayarit as they prepare for 3 days of spectacular kitesurfing during the 2017 Festival del Viento. Competitions are scheduled to take place on the waters between Bucerias and La Cruz de Huanacaxtle May 19-21.
Mercado Los Mangos Benefits Vallarta Area Farmers
When Mercado Los Mangos announced a one-month extension of its season, until the end of June, both vendors and shoppers responded enthusiastically. In particular, Mercado Los Mangos is attracting local farmers in search of shaded places to present and sell their products.
17th Bucerias Oyster Festival Offers Free Food & Fun
Banderas News Team
Since oyster harvesting is the mainstay of the economy in Bucerías, every year after Easter this laid-back seaside community hosts the Feria de Ostiones. This year the fun begins at 5 pm with the hosts welcoming attendees to enjoy thousands of oysters & hundreds of kilos of ceviche - for free!
Two New Convention Centers Coming to Riviera Nayarit
International Meetings Review
Riviera Nayarit is set to open two new convention centers this year that will aim to grow the destination's meetings and events scene. The Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta Convention Center will open in April and the Bel Air Unique Resort & Convention Center is scheduled to open in June.
Earth Day Weekend at the Vallarta Botanical Garden
Make plans now to celebrate Earth Day Weekend at Vallarta Botanical Garden. This family-friendly community event aims to educates Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors on the importance of environmental stewardship and appreciation for our natural wonders - while having a ton of fun!
Boca de Tomatlán is Celebrating its New Malecón
Puerto Vallarta kicked off the Semana Santa vacation period last Friday with Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña inaugurating the new Malecón in Boca de Tomatlán. $8,873,664.64 pesos were invested in the project, which includes a boat ramp, parking, walkways, a plaza and restrooms.
The Lazy Days of Summer are Just Around the Corner
Timothy Real Estate Group
After Semana Santa, the two weeks when Puerto Vallarta swells with visitors, life calms down to a more comfortable pace for those of us who find one day running into the next during PV's 'high season.' Our favorite summertime pastime is catching up with friends.
PVGC's Last Membership Meeting of the Season, April 20
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club
The Puerto Vallarta Garden Club's final membership meeting of this season will be held on April 20 at 5 pm at Incanto. We will receive an update on all of this year's accomplishments and get a glimpse at what's planned for next season. It's impressive, so don't miss this important meeting.
Celebrating Semana Santa & Pascua in Puerto Vallarta
In Mexico, the Easter holidays, known as 'Semana Santa,' are a time of pageantry, reverence and celebration. But Semana Santa is much more than a religious occasion. Like all holidays in Mexico, it is also a festive occasion, a time to hit Banderas Bay beaches for a few days of fun in the sun.
11th Annual Puerto Vallarta Folkloric Dance Festival
From April 27 through May 7th, 16 dance groups from twelve Mexican states and three South American Countries will participate in the Eleventh Puerto Vallarta Folkloric Dance Festival, a celebration that brings the colors, music and traditions of Mexico to life through dance.
Villa Premier Among Vallarta's AAA Four Diamond Hotels
Fresh off a substantial $3.8 million revamp of its common areas, plus 80 deluxe guest rooms and oceanfront suites, Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway is among the sixteen Puerto Vallarta resort properties that have been chosen as 2017 AAA Four Diamond recipients.
Why You Should Vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Florida News Line
Why choose Puerto Vallarta for a vacation? Easy: Vallarta, as the locals call it, brings tourists something different - authentic Mexico with a friendly flair. Plus, Mexico is inexpensive compared to other beach vacation destinations, and airline flights are numerous.
Stretch of New Highway to Open in Time for Semana Santa
Oseas Lorenzo Bravo
According to the North Coast Regional Director of Tourism, José Ludwig Estrada Virgen, the Secretary of Communication and Transport has announced that the first stretch of the Jala-Compostela highway, in the state of Nayarit, will open in time for the Semana Santa holidays.
Riviera Nayarit Aguas Abiertas Nado Seguro 3-5K Tournament
On April 1, 2017, more than 700 swimmers from across the country will gather at La Cruz de Huanacaxtle for a competition to win the Riviera Nayarit 2017 Nado Seguro (Open Water Safe Swim tournament) that will test their strength at swimming distances of 3 and 5 kilometers.
U.S. Travel Agents Report Mexico Sales Are Solid
Travel Market Report
Despite concerns expressed in consumer and trade press that US travel to Mexico might be hurt this year, a survey of travel professionals, conducted on March 21 and 22 by Travel Market Report, shows sales over the past year have gone up, rather than down.
Mercado Los Mangos Extends Season Through June
Not even ten weeks have gone by since Mercado Los Mangos opened its doors to the public for the first time, January 28, and the response from vendors and Puerto Vallarta shoppers has been so positive, organizers have already decided to extend its season until the end of June.