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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31st Copa Vallarta Soccer Tournament, May 9-13, 2018
From May 9-13, 2018, one of the most important amateur sporting events in Mexico, the Copa Vallarta soccer tournament, will be celebrating its 31st year of giving young athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play.
2018 Fiestas de Mayo at La Parroquia de La Santa Cruz
If you would like to experience a true Mexican tradition in Old Town Puerto Vallarta, then come join in the festivities during the Fiestas de Mayo being held on the street in front of the Parroquia de la Santa Cruz in Colonia Emiliano Zapata every evening from April 25 through May 3.
New Buses Modernize Public Transportation in Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Puerto Vallarta has started introducing a completely new and modern public bus system that aims to provide passengers with a comprehensive and high-quality service. The new buses have air conditioning, security cameras, information screens & a payment system for prepaid cards.
Vallarta Celebrates National Botanical Garden Day
Vallarta Botanical Garden
Mexico's National Botanical Garden Day will be celebrated this year on April 28. Here in the Banderas Bay area, Vallarta Botanical Gardens has won international accolades as a highlight of any trip to Puerto Vallarta, so come out and enjoy a day full of educational activities and family fun.
Down Puerto Vallarta Extreme Bike Race Returns May 13
After the first edition's incredible success in 2017, Down Puerto Vallarta is coming back to town, bringing some of the best extreme bikers in the world to the streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 4:30 pm. This exciting event is free and open to the public.
Mexico Jumps to 6th Most Visited Country in The World
Mexico has jumped to the sixth most visited country in the world, President Enrique Peña Nieto said at the April 15-18, 2018 Tianguis Turístico conference, telling government officials, tourism executives and media that Mexico had climbed to No. 6 from the No. 8 spot in one year.
Why So Many People are Making the Move to Mexico
MEXLend Mortgages for Mexico
It's hard to get an accurate account of Mexico without spending real time in this incredible country and experiencing its wonders first-hand. There are many reasons why more & more people are choosing to buy homes and live here. The experts at MEXLend Mortgages list a few.
No Such Thing as 'Low Season' in Puerto Vallarta
'High season' was officially over on Easter Sunday, April 1st, but that doesn't mean things slow down in Puerto Vallarta. Many weekly markets are still open, Pro tennis returns April 30, and Vallarta Pride rolls out May 20-27 for a week-long party with many events not just for the LGBTQ crowd.
Earth Day Clean Up at El Parque de los Azulejos
Every year on April 22, over a billion people celebrate Earth Day by inspiring awareness of and appreciation for earth's environment. If you are in the Banderas Bay area, consider joining in the park beautification efforts at El Parque de los Azulejos on the south side of Puerto Vallarta.
12th Annual Puerto Vallarta Folkloric Dance Festival
Springtime, when everyone is in tune with feelings of renewal, Folkloric Dance Festivals take place all over Latin America, including Puerto Vallarta. This year our festival, the Festival Vallarta Azteca del Folclor Internacional, is set to take place May 10 through 20, 2018.
La Cruz to Host 3-5K Open Water Swimming Competition
On April 21, 2018, the beach adjacent to the Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz will host the 8th Riviera Nayarit Nado Seguro 3-5K Open Water Tournament. Swimmers ages 7 to 70 will compete in categories that range from professional and masters to recreational and disabled swimmers.
Vallarta Pride 2018 Celebrates PV's 100th Anniversary
From May 20 to 27, 2018, Puerto Vallarta's annual LGBTQ cultural celebration, Vallarta Pride, will bring a new level of camp to the city's celebration of the 100th anniversary of its founding with a '100 Reasons to Celebrate' theme featuring go-go boys and drag queens galore.
IL Ranks Mexico 2nd Best Place in the World to Retire
The editors of International Living recently released their picks for the Best Places in the World to Retire in 2018. Out of the top ten countries listed on this year's Global Retirement Index, Latin American destinations took the top 3 spots - and Mexico came in at #2!
VBG Nominated for USA Today's '10 Best Gardens' List
Since its opening in 2005, Vallarta Botanical Garden has won numerous international awards, and now they have been nominated by a panel of experts to compete against 20 of the best gardens and arboretums in North America for a spot on USA Today's '10 Best' list for 2018. Vote today!
Yelapa is 'Mexico's Last Authentic Beach Town'
Timothy Real Estate Group
Just a short boat ride from Puerto Vallarta, Yelapa is, according to Smarter Travel, 'Mexico's last authentic beach town.' Though that may be a slight exaggeration, it certainly holds an amount of truth, enough to make it worth at least a day trip to form your own opinion.
Help ANA Finish Vallarta's New Highway 200 Sidewalk
Amapas Neighborhood Association
The 2018 edition of Mariachis, Margaritas & More celebrated the sights, sounds & tastes of Mexico, while raising $118,500 pesos for the new Highway 200 sidewalk on Puerto Vallarta's south side. ANA hopes to raise another $135,000 pesos before construction resumes in the fall.
Foto Tour Perruno to Benefit Vallarta's Animal Shelter
Banderas News Team
Grab your furry friend and head out to the Malecón on April 21 to be a part of the 'Foto Tour Perruno.' A non-profit initiative created as a means of raising funds for Vallarta's Animal Shelter, the event offers animal lovers the opportunity to have professional photos taken with their pets.