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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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Mexico Consumer Agency Targets Airline Bag Fees

Mexico's federal consumer protection agency has fined five airlines for violating the rights of passengers. PROFECO explained that the sanctions were the result of charging travelers for their first checked bag, which should be free of charge, on flights from Mexico to the US & Canada.

More than 200 Run PV's 14th Race Against Addictions
Ricardo Acerco

More than 200 people gathered at the Agustín Flores Contreras sports stadium on Sunday, June 25, to participate in the 14th Vallarta Race Against Addictions. The purpose of this family-friendly competition was to promote a healthy lifestyle free from addictive substances.

The Top Ten Summer Camps in The Riviera Nayarit
Jorge Jiménez

School is about to let out for the Summer and soon it will be time for family vacations. Many families look for summer camps for their kids, so the Riviera Nayarit Conventions and Visitors Bureau has put together a list of ten excellent options for children and teens.

Ángeles en Libertad Collecting Bottlecaps for Life

Ángeles en Libertad invites everyone to participate in this year's 'Destapate y Dona Vida' (bottle caps for life) campaign. They will be collecting plastic bottle caps and aluminum can pull-tabs at an entertaining awareness- and fund- raising event at Los Arcos del Malecón on June 24.

Tips for Surviving the Summer Heat in Puerto Vallarta
Marie Callan

Summer has offically arrived. Here in Puerto Vallarta, the heat and humidity can be dangerous for anyone, but even more so for the elderly. How can seniors protect themselves and stay cool this summer? Homecare and hospice expert, Kurt Kazanowski MS, RN, CHE, offers a few tips.

Puerto Vallarta Maritime Terminal Renovations Update
Lorena Sonrisas

The modernization of Puerto Vallarta's cruise ship port is underway. Next year, it will resemble a traditional Mexican hacienda that, in addition to a new passenger terminal and tourist services area, will house a tequila museum, a shopping center and an aquarium.

July Events Heat Up the Summer in The Riviera Nayarit
Jorge Jiménez

Summer is heating up in the Riviera Nayarit, and Mexico's Pacific Treasure has a variety of smoking hot events planned for July. Sports dominate the calendar, but there is plenty going on in the music, nature and beauty pageant arenas that are sure to spark your interest.

1st Annual Mango Festival to Benefit Jay Sadler Project
Dennis Rike

Join the Jay Sadler Project as they raise money for the Vista Hermosa playground with the juiciest event: the 1st Puerto Vallarta Mango Festival! Set to be held July 1 at Lazaro Cardenas Park, the festival will feature various dishes made with the 'King of Tropical Fruit' and live entertainment.

Rafffle at 4th of July Party in PV Offers Great Prizes
Marilyn Khan

If you are in Puerto Vallarta, make plans now to celebrate the 4th of July at Langostinos on Los Muertos Beach from 6-9 pm. You'll enjoy an unlimited buffet loaded with all your favorite July 4th foods, music by Sylvie Scopazzo and The Zippers, and a raffle for great prizes!

2017 Corona Sunsets Festival Coming to San Pancho

After a 17 country world tour, Corona Sunsets is coming back to Mexico for its 5th edition. This spectacular music festival will be held on July 22 on San Pancho beach, an hour's drive north from Puerto Vallarta. According to Casa Cupula, it will be well attended by Vallarta's LGBT community.

Marina Riviera Nayarit Summer Solstice/Sailstice 2017
Katrina Liana

Gather up the family and head out to Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on Saturday, June 24, because all you need is a dinghy, kayak, surf or paddle board - and an umbrella - to be a part of the 2017 'Summer Sailstice' Umbrella Downwinder Regatta and SUP Rally!

Tourists Jump Ship to Put Down Roots in Puerto Vallarta
Tropicasa Realty

Just like in the movies, it's a Mexican love story that begins on a boat. You could say it's a prolonged engagement, from cruise ship to casa. And based on current stats, this love affair will repeat itself as tourists discover the splendor, beauty and vitality of Puerto Vallarta.

Vallarta Taxi Drivers Lay Out Plan to Improve Service

Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña held a meeting Monday with representatives of the two main guilds of taxi drivers in Puerto Vallarta, in which they expressed their concerns about the potential entry of Uber, and stressed that their program to improve service is already well underway.

Expansion of the Vallarta Botanical Garden's Preserve
Neil Gerlowski

As forested land near the Vallarta Botanical Garden continues to become cleared for building homes, grazing cattle and other uses, it's more important than ever for VBG to secure additional preserve property by purchasing remaining tracts of intact forests before they are destroyed.

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