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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XXVI Banderas Bay Regatta Set for March 20-24, 2018
The XXVI Annual Banderas Bay Regatta is scheduled to take place March 20-24 at the Paradise Village Hotel and Marina in Nuevo Vallarta. What started out as a modest annual regatta has become the premier sailing event on Mexico's West Coast drawing 40-60 boats each year.
Cruceros Maritimos Vacacionales Gearing Up in Acapulco
Cruise Industry News
Sailing under the brand name of Cruceros Maritimos Vacacionales, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and officials from Acapulco and the State of Guerrero have confirmed plans to launch service with the 1,400-passenger Magellan sailing from Acapulco during the winter season 2019.
El Parque de los Azulejos Benefit at Mantamar Beach Club
The community is coming together at Mantamar Beach Club on March 21 to help local artist Natasha Moraga finish creating another internationally recognized icon in Puerto Vallarta: 'El Parque de los Azulejos.' With live music, auctions and more, this will be THE event of the season!
3rd Vallarta-Nayarit Ballenarte Conservation Festival
The Third Ballenarte Conservation Festival will be held from March 20-23, 2018, with activities in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit to raise awareness regarding the importance of protecting the humpback whale and the natural riches of the Bahía de Banderas.
Lorena Herrera to Lead 2018 Vallarta Pride Parade
One of the first celebrities to confirm their participation in Vallarta Pride 2018, set for May 20-27, is the famous Mexican actress and singer Lorena Herrera who, in addition to being the Grand Marshal of the Pride parade, will also be the star of a free Pride concert at Teatro Vallarta May 25.
Dr. Leslie Korn to Speak at PV Garden Club Meeting
Join the Puerto Vallarta Garden Club at Incanto on March 15 from 5-6 pm for a cup of Capomo and a special presentation by Dr. Leslie Korn, who will talk about her most recent book, 'The Good Mood Kitchen,' and share secret remedies derived from local plants, fruits and vegetables.
Southwest Launches Weekly San Diego-Vallarta Flights
Southwest Airlines is launching nonstop weekly service on Saturday, March 10, linking San Diego, California to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The decision was driven by the strong interest in Vallarta-Nayarit expressed by its customers, according to Southwest officials.
2018 Music & Art Festival in Chacala, Riviera Nayarit
It's March and you know what that means... it's time for the annual Chacala Music & Art Festival! In addition to a wide range of musical performances, this year's festival, set for March 15-18, includes art exhibitions, a children's tent with workshops & theater and a food pavilion.
Murphy's Irish Pub Hosts Pre-St. Patrick's Day Parties
Murphy's Irish Pub on the Malecón in downtown Puerto Vallarta will be hosting their annual Pre-Saint Patrick's Charity Event and Celtfest on Wednesday, March 14. Proceeds will benefit the Playground in Vista Hermosa and Proyecto Busca un Amigo in Pitillal and the Jay Sadler Project.
PVRPV Vacation Rentals Celebrates 13 Years in Vallarta
Tim Longpré and his incredible PVRPV staff are celebrating the start of their 13th year of doing business in Puerto Vallarta. In addition to providing affordable vacation rentals, PVRPV has a longstanding commitment to giving back to this wonderful community we call home.
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Announces March Events
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 mark your calendar and join us for our March events.
Entreamigos' 2018 Environmental Fair Set for March 2
The 2018 Entreamigos Environmental Fair is set to take place on Friday, March 2 from 9 am to 7 pm in San Pancho, Nayarit. This entertaining and educational event seeks to raise environmental awareness through games, workshops and local sustainable product exhibitions at Plaza del Sol.
Riverfest 2018 to Benefit Special Needs Children in PV
Set to take place March 2-4 at El Rio BBQ, Riverfest 7 promises a fantastic weekend of entertainment featuring live bands, fabulous food, silent auctions and more to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit organization founded by mothers of disabled children.
Int'l Sailing Competition Returns to Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Puerto Vallarta will host the 42nd edition of the Mexican Ocean Racing Circuit, MEXORC, March 9-14 as part of the city's 100th anniversary festivities. The destination is expecting to receive about 30 ocean-type sailboats ranging from 37-70 feet, each with an average of 12 crew members.
Mexico's Beach Resorts Safe for Spring Break
Riviera Maya News
With spring break just around the corner, the US media has been reminding students that a Mexico travel advisory is in place. What the headlines fail to say is that the advisory does not include popular destinations for college kids, such as Puerto Vallarta or Cancun.
'Artists for Orphans' Benefit for Corazón de Niña
More than 35 artists from across the Banderas Bay region are coming together to support Puerto Vallarta's Corazón de Niña children's home in an 'Artists for Orphans Garden Party' fundraiser on Sunday, March 11, from 2:00-5:00 pm at La Hacienda de Carlota Restaurant.