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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Jalisco Tequila Tasting Aims for Guinness World Record
A week-long celebration in the State of Jalisco marked Mexico's first-ever National Day of Tequila on March 16th - but the party's not over! This Sunday, the city of Guadalajara will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the world's largest tequila tasting.
Puerto Vallarta Busy Preparing Semana Santa Activities
With the two-week Easter holiday period fast approaching, the municipal government of Puerto Vallarta is busy preparing a series of activities through the Tourism Department that are designed to attract tourists to the city's historic downtown area.
Third Dama Juana Raicilla Festival, March 15-17
A distilled spirit made from the agave plant, Raicilla is made by artisans with recipes passed down from generation to generation. From March 15-17, Puerto Vallarta will be celebrating 'the grandfather of tequila' on the Rio Cuale Island - and everyone is invited!
Discovering Mexico on the Roads Least Travelled
On a recent Mexican sojourn, we found inspiration on the roads least travelled. Our guides on this excursion were from Human Connections, a tiny nonprofit that introduces travelers to indigenous people doing remarkable things using skills they learned from their ancestors.
Aeroméxico to Reopen Monterrey–Vallarta Summer Flights
Aeroméxico will resume its Summer direct flight service from Monterrey to the Banderas Bay region on June 17th, arriving and departing three times a week from Puerto Vallarta's Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, the gateway to the Riviera Nayarit.
Pasitos de Luz Kids will be Surfing with Nixon March 14
Pasitos de Luz has partnered with Arizona-Based charity, Surfing With Nixon, to launch Mexico's first-ever surf day for children with disabilities. Everyone is invited to come out to Beach #1 in Nuevo Vallarta on March 14 from 10 am to 2 pm to watch the kids learn to surf.
Mexico Doesn't 'Spring Forward' Until April 7, 2019
While Americans will be turning their clocks ahead for daylight-saving time on Sunday, March 10th, in Mexico we won't 'spring forward' until the first Sunday of April. So make a note if you'll be traveling to Vallarta this month - there will be an extra hour difference in time.
Learn Vallarta through Cultural Experiences
...take an easy walking tour!
The Mexican culture as reflected in its people, history, architecture, artisanal crafts and ecology can be experienced best by taking a walking tour. Puerto Vallarta Walking Tours offers eight such walks that immerse you in the local culture for a couple of hours.
2019 Chacala Music & Art Festival, March 16-17
Something magical and musical is coming to the heart of Riviera Nayarit, in the crown jewel village of Chacala-by-the-sea, a traditional fishing village 50 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. The Sixth Annual Chacala Music & Art Festival returns March 16-17, 2019.
PV's Outdoor Activities Help You Beat the Winter Blues
A sun-and-beach getaway is a great way to relax away your winter blues. But for more active travelers, Puerto Vallarta's ideal location between the Sierra Madre Mountain Range and the Bay of Banderas provides multiple opportunities to help bring adrenaline levels up, too.
Puerto Vallarta Garden Club Presents 'Why Bees Matter'
The Vallarta Garden Club is pleased to have Talit Leon Mantecon and David Erne speaking at our next meeting, set to be held at Incanto on Tuesday, March 12. Join us at 4:30 pm for Drinks with Friends, followed by their presentation, 'Why Bees Matter,' at 5:00 pm.
Ten Interesting Things You Should Know About Mexico
Virtually worldwide, Mexico is known as the land of delicious Mexican food, culture, Mariachi music, and tequila. However, there are many aspects that many people aren't familiar with - even some of those who live, or own a home, here in this fascinating country.