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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New Requirements for Bringing Your Pet into Mexico
Bringing your pet into Mexico is not as simple as it once was. A new, more stringent law regarding cats and dogs entering Mexico went into effect on January 1, 2017. Mexico started enforcing the new requirements, which include two additional health certifications, in February 2017.
Vallarta Vacation Property of the Week from PVRPV.com
Horizon 208 - Condo
PVRPV Puerto Vallarta Vacations presents Horizon 208, a 2 bedroom, 2 bath condominium situated on the second floor in the South tower of the prestigious Horizon Residences. Located in Amapas, high above the hustle and bustle of the Romantic Zone, this vacation rental has it all!
VYC Summer Sailing Camp: Optimist, Lasers & Windsurf
Vallarta Yacht Club Summer Sailing Camps are back, and this year they are bigger and better than ever. With classes offered for all levels, from beginner to advanced sailors, students ages 7-21 can now choose to learn Optimist dinghy, Laser dinghy or sailboard.
Puerto Vallarta Celebrates 99th Anniversary May 26-31
From May 26-31, 2017 Puerto Vallarta will commemorate its 99th anniversary of its induction as municipality and 49th of its elevation to the category of city during the Festival Cultural de Mayo, an annual 'May Fest' celebration that includes free concerts, sporting and cultural events.
Riviera Nayarit Celebrates 10 Years, Readies for Next 10
For years Riviera Nayarit lived in the shadow of nearby, booming Puerto Vallarta. Sharing one airport, Riviera Nayarit was considered an add-on destination, or a day trip from the more developed, cruise-ready, coastal city. But now it seems 'Mexico's Pacific Treasure' is doing fine on its own.
Holland America Line Expands Mexican Riviera Cruises
For the 2017-18 Mexico cruise season, Holland America Line's ms Oosterdam is joining ms Westerdam on roundtrip itineraries from San Diego. From Sept. 2017 through Feb. 2018, the 1,964-guest ships will sail 11 seven-day cruises calling at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
RHA Electronic Music Festival Comes to Riviera Nayarit
More than 15 DJs from around the world will spin their house music at the La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Marina during the first-ever RHA Festival, June 30-July 1. The Festival was organized by DJs from Mexico and the US who saw the Riviera Nayarit as the ideal place to unveil this new project.
3 PV Beaches Working Towards Blue Flag Certification
Since the natural attributes in Puerto Vallarta help it stand out as one of the best vacation destinations in the world, on May 17, a group of Puerto Vallarta government officials held a meeting to discuss strategies for getting three additional local beaches Global Blue Flag certified.
Vegas-Style Pool Parties Coming to Vallarta This Summer
La Coleccion Resorts introduces 'Hot Summer Extravaganza,' two months of themed pool parties that feature a lineup of six Mexican artists including DJs and fashion designers. They're set to take place in July and August at its all-inclusive Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta.
Mexico Marks Record Number of Foreign Tourists in 2017
Mexico edged out Turkey last year to become the eighth most popular tourist destination in the world. The record run has continued for the first quarter of 2017. According to the latest figures, some 9.3 million visitors to Mexico have been recorded for the first three months of 2017.
Riviera Nayarit's Top 10 Environmental Achievements
Riviera Nayarit is fully committed to the new era of sustainable tourism with its excellent environmental and ecological practices, and the pursuit of domestic and international certifications that endorse the destination. Here, we list its Top 10 environmental achievements.
6th Jarretaderas Shore Fishing Tournament, May 21st
Riviera Nayarit CVB
The 2017 Jarretaderas Shore Fishing Tournament will take place on Sunday, May 21st. Now in its 6th year, the event was designed not only to search for the largest catch, but also to bring families together and promote surf fishing in the greater Banderas Bay area.
May 26 Pulpito Drag Derby Part of 2017 Vallarta Pride
The 4th annual Pulpito Drag Derby is set to be held at 6 pm on May 26, as part of 2017 Vallarta Pride. As many as twenty Drag Queens will race for $8,000 pesos in cash prizes, compete in six crazy challenges, and lip-sync for their lives in a quest to win the coveted 'Ruby Tacon' award.
BBC Films Orchid Bees at Vallarta Botanical Garden
Catching the attention of the BBC, the largest broadcaster in the world, requires something extraordinary. In the case of the Vallarta Botanical Garden, it was the iridescent green and metallic blue native bees that are the exclusive pollinators of exquisite orchids.
Mariachi Institute Returns to Chacala, Nayarit in June
Chacala Cultural Foundation
The 2017 Chacala Mariachi Institute is set to take place June 11-17 in Chacala, Nayarit. Directed by Jeff Nevin, Ph.D, this intensive 6-day course provides both the hands-on experience performing mariachi music and the training and materials necessary to become successful educators.
The Rebound of the Vallarta Region's Military Macaw
As part of an extended Earth Day Celebration at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, on April 23 volunteers took a field trip to Rancho El Santuario to participate in the installation of a new nest box for the native Military Macaw, one of the largest and most colorful parrots in the Americas.
3rd Annual Riviera Nayarit Children's Fishing Tournament
The Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau are ready to welcome the 3rd Annual Riviera Nayarit Children's Fishing Tournament on Sunday 30 April, 2017, with the full support of the Banderas Bay Fishing Club.
Vallarta Garden Club: Thanks for an Amazing Season!
This season was the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club's biggest ever and we wanted to say thanks for helping us exceed our goals. Next season, we have even more exciting things planned and news on upcoming events and projects will be released over the summer.
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.