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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkTravel & 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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Marina Vallarta Art & Market Every Thursday
Lorena Sonrisas

The Marina Vallarta Art & Market runs every Thursday from 6-10 pm through May 30, 2019. Shoppers will find art & jewelery, organic foods & homemade breads, clothes & handicrafts, among many other wonderful things while enjoying live music in a festive atmosphere.

PV Garden Club: A New Season of 'Beautifying Vallarta'
David Muck

The PV Garden Club begins a new season and welcomes back our supporters and members who are returning to Puerto Vallarta, and reminds you that it's time to renew your membership. Not a member? Here are some fun ways you can help us continue our mission of 'Beautifying Vallarta.'

Hook the Cure Reels in $520,000 USD for Cystic Fibrosis
Gary Green

The 13th Annual Hook the Cure event, held in Puerto Vallarta and highlighted by festivities, celebrity appearances, auctions and an awards gala, garnered a bevy of support from people all over the world, and netted $520,000 USD for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

11th Los Muertos Beach Fishing Tournament November 9-10
Diego Sancho

You don't have to be rich to enter the 11th Annual Los Muertos Beach Fishing Tournament! Set to take place Nov. 9-10, with entry fees of just $3000 pesos per boat, this fun & friendly fishing tournament has attracted anglers from all over Mexico for the last 10 years.

Vidanta Mexico Names Winner of 'The World's Best Job'
BanderasNews.com

Vidanta is pleased to announce the company has named their official hire for 'The World's Best Job' position. Andrea Martens will act as Vidanta's social influencer while experiencing the luxury and adventure offered at their 5-star resorts on Mexico's most beautiful beaches.

2018-2019 Centro Historico ArtWalk Every Wednesday
Lorena Sonrisas

Art lovers can explore numerous artistic offerings during the Puerto Vallarta Centro Historico ArtWalk, a self-guided tour of 12 downtown galleries with cocktail exhibitions that can be enjoyed every Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 10:00 pm through May 29, 2019.

Sea Monkey Hosts Beach Luau to Benefit PuRR Project
Marilyn Khan

On Friday, December 14th at 5:00 pm, Sea Monkey Restaurant will be hosting the Sixth Annual Luau on the Beach to benefit the PuRR Project feline shelter in Puerto Vallarta. Tickets to this fun-filled event always go quickly, so get yours before they sell out!

International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, Nov. 14-17
Richard Dangler

One of the most prestigious national and international sportfishing tournaments on the West Coast, the Puerto Vallarta International Sailfish & Marlin Tournament, will celebrate its 63rd edition November 14 through 17, 2018.

2018 Taste of Nuevo Vallarta / VYC Chili Cook-off, Dec. 1
Banderas News Team

Set to be held on the Marina Nuevo Vallarta Malecón on Saturday, December 1st from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the Vallarta Yacht Club's 6th Annual Taste of Nuevo Vallarta and 18th Annual Chili Cook-off offers attendees two events in one - and the chance to help local charities.

Puerto Vallarta Observes Veterans & Remembrance Day
Dennis A. Rike

To honor service members of the U.S. and Canadian armed forces, the American Legion and Jay Sadler Project are organizing a Veteran's / Remembrance Day memorial on Sunday, November 11th. The event will take place at 11:00 am at Parque Hidalgo in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Vallarta Botanical Garden Celebrates Mes del Jaguar
Neil Gerlowski

As part of Mexico's first-ever Mes del Jaguar celebration, Vallarta Botanical Garden has installed an exhibit of stunning images and interpretive texts. The exhibition will be inaugurated on Nov. 3 with fun-filled and informative family-friendly activities.

2018 Puerto Vallarta Craft Beer Festival, Nov. 17-18
Ricardo Acerco

Celebrate the good life at the 2018 Puerto Vallarta Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival! Set to take place Nov. 17-18, this fun and free event will feature some of Mexico's best craft beers all in one place - the Instituto Vallartense de Cultura on La Isla Rio Cuale.

2018 Día de Los Muertos Events in Puerto Vallarta
María Francesca

Throughout Mexico, Día de Los Muertos festivities begin on October 31 and continue through November 2. But, if you happen to be in Puerto Vallarta this year, you will enjoy an eight-day 'Spooktacular' that includes art, music, food, contests, parades and more!

Los Muertos Brewing's 6th Annual Fiesta en La Calle
Banderas News Team

Since the 'fun never dies' in Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos Brewing Company (Lázaro Cárdenas #302) will host their 6th Fiesta en la Calle street party on Saturday, November 3. Come out and enjoy a frightfully fun party on the street with free live entertainment from 1:00-11:00 pm.

Puerto Vallarta to Expand Airport, Add Connections
Marie Callan

Offering flights to more than 50 destinations around the world, including Helsinki, Los Angeles, San Diego and Chicago, and transporting nearly 5 million passengers a year, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport is busier than ever. So busy that GAP is planning another expansion.

Thanksgiving Weekend 'White Party' in Puerto Vallarta
Diego Sancho

On Thanksgiving weekend, the world's largest gay dance music festival, Jeffrey Sanker's White Party, will bring thousands of gay guys from around the world to Puerto Vallarta for a weekend full of fun in the sun, fabulous pool parties, and dancing on the beach at Mantamar Beach Club.

Celebrate Día de Los Muertos at Velas Vallarta Resorts
Lorena Sonrisas

From October 31st through November 4th, Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit are celebrating Día de Los Muertos, considered to be one of the most representative holidays of Mexican culture, with ofrendas, traditional recipes, tasting menus, special décor and more.

Puerto Vallarta Retirement: More Than Just Sun & Sand
Marita Kelly

Living in a beach town and enjoying the sun and sand can go hand-in-hand with the benefits of sophisticated big-city living. Attracting travelers from around the world, as well as a large contingent of retirees, Puerto Vallarta offers fine dining, theater, and art in abundance.

Puerto Vallarta Bus Fares to Increase on October 22
Ricardo Acerco

At a press conference on Friday, Jalisco Public Transportation Director, Gustavo Delgadillo Flores, announced that on October 22, the price of taking a bus in Puerto Vallarta will increase from 7.50 pesos to 10.00 pesos. Students, seniors and people with disabilities will pay 5 pesos.

American Airlines Adds More Flights from DFW to PVR
Dallas News

American Airlines is bulking up its service to Mexico and Latin America from DFW International Airport, with new routes and additional frequencies to six Mexican cities it already serves: Guadalajara, Leon, Queretaro, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosi and Puerto Vallarta.

October Lineup of Exciting Events in the Riviera Nayarit
Norma Hernández

Travelers visiting the Riviera Nayarit will have an abundance of things to see and do this month. The Pee Wee Surfing League, 5th Guayabitos 5K, 10K, and 3K Color Race, and 10th Vallarta–Nayarit Gastronómica are just a sampling of what Mexico's Pacific Treasure offers in October.

Tianguis Lo De Marcos' 5th Season Begins November 3
BanderasNews.com

The Tianguis Lo de Marcos will reopen its doors for its fifth season on November 3, 2018. Held every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, this weekly event expects to continue its growth and history of drawing shoppers from around Banderas Bay to this small town on the Riviera Nayarit.

3 Holland America Ships to Sail Mexican Riviera in 2019
Rebecca Gibson

Three Holland America Line ships will sail a series of seven- and 11-day cruises along the Mexican Riviera between January and December 2019. All itineraries will depart from San Diego, California and include calls at the Mexican ports of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán.

Intercam Bank Joins International Beach Cleanup Day
Steff Flores

On Saturday, September 22, a group of volunteers from the Puerto Vallarta, Flamingos and Sayulita, Nayarit branches of Intercam Bank, accompanied by their families and friends, celebrated International Coastal Cleanup Day by removing more than 60 kilos of trash from Banderas Bay beaches.

8th Punta Mita Gourmet & Golf Classic, Nov 29-Dec 2
BanderasNews.com

The Punta Mita Gourmet and Golf Classic returns to Riviera Nayarit November 29-December 2. Now in its 8th year, this prestigious event offers everything a lover of luxury could wish for: a long weekend filled with food, wine, and golf in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

Vallarta's 6th Doctor's Day Great Race, October 21
Ricardo Acerco

La Gran Carrera del Día del Médico (Great Doctor's Day Race) will be held on Sunday, October 21, for the 6th year running. This year's race has 3 categories: 3k, 5k and 10k on a panoramic circuit that begins and ends in Marina Vallarta - and more than $80,000 pesos in prizes up for grabs.


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