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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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GAP: Passenger Traffic Up 8.1% in Mexican Airports
BanderasNews.com

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico has reported that the number of terminal passengers in August 2019 increased by 8.1% at GAP's 13 airports, compared to the same period of 2018. Domestic traffic increased by 8.6%, while international traffic increased by 7.4%.

VallarTour Bus: a New Way to Explore Puerto Vallarta
Margarita Bonita

From historical architecture and beautiful beaches to vibrant neighborhoods filled with restaurants, galleries and shops, Puerto Vallarta is a city full of must-see attractions. Don't want to miss a thing? Hop aboard a VallarTour Bus for a front-row seat to all of the city's best.

Vidanta Announces Mexico Dream Wedding Winners
BanderasNews.com

Grupo Vidanta, the leading resort and tourism developer in Mexico and Latin America, on Tuesday announced the winners of their 'Happiness Ever After Destination Wedding Giveaway,' a global contest that was launched in July in celebration of its 45th anniversary. And the winners were...

Galvan Tours Invites You to Experience More of Mexico
Armando Contreras

Galvan Real Estate in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit is expanding their services to include an arm that is aimed at having fun and learning more about what makes Mexico such a beautiful, historic and special country. It is with great pleasure that we announce the inaugural season of Galvan Tours.

Apple Vacations Names Vallarta Best Destination 2019
Marie Callan

U.S. tour operator Apple Vacations announced the 2019 Crystal Apple Award winners at its Golden Apple Gala, held Monday at Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry, where the General Director of the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Javier Aranda, accepted the 'Best Destination' award.

Puerto Vallarta 2019 Fiestas Patrias Schedule of Events
Banderas News Team

Mexico's Independence Day celebrations are coming up. Don't miss the opportunity to escape the routine and enjoy the patriotic festivities which, in Puerto Vallarta, run from Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 16, 2019.

Wagen Volks Club's 7th VW Festival September 28 & 29
BanderasNews.com

The Wagen Volks Club will showcase over 150 classic and newer, show-quality, Volkswagens at the Seventh Riviera Fest, a family-friendly VW festival and exhibition to be held at Marina Riviera Nayarit in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle on September 28 & 29, 2019. Admission is free.

San Pancho Patron Saint Festival Sept. 26 through Oct. 4
Lorena Sonrisas

From September 26 through October 4, the small town of San Francisco (aka 'San Pancho') Nayarit, will celebrate an eight-day festival honoring its namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi. Festivities include not only veneration of the patron saint, but a whole lot of merry making too.

Heal the Planet Group Meditation at Lazaro Cardenas Park
Julie Guerrero

With the intention of healing our planet, a group of energy and light workers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico have organized a gathering to be held at Lazaro Cardenas Park in Colonia Emiliano Zapata on September 9 at 9 pm, and everyone in the world is invited to participate.

Venture Off the Beaten Path in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board

Strategically located on the Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is famous for its luxury all-inclusive resorts, fine dining, local culture, art, history, eco-adventures, and more. But travelers looking to venture off the beaten path will find there's much more to discover.

Private Sector Funds Relaunch of Visit Mexico Website
BanderasNews.com

The Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) relaunched the Visit Mexico website last week, thanks to an agreement with big players in the private sector, who agreed to make an estimated investment of $1.8 billion pesos ($90 million USD) in the promotional platform over the next five years.

Kid Tested and Approved Activities in Puerto Vallarta
Warren Brander

Raising two young children in Puerto Vallarta, our family has become somewhat expert in local fun for kids, especially as ours aren't shy to share their opinions about what is cool and what isn't. Here are a few activities that our kids give a top mark to add to your list of family adventures.

Viva Aerobus Launches Vallarta - Tijuana Flights
BanderasNews.com

Viva Aerobus, Mexico's ultra-low-cost carrier, reached 100 domestic routes with the announcement of its new flights from Puerto Vallarta to Tijuana. Tickets for this route, which will begin operations on December 13, are now on sale with one-way tickets starting at $1,498 pesos.

Bringing Your Pet to Mexico Just Takes Proper Planning
María Francesca

One of the great joys of traveling is sharing the experience with loved ones, so your vacation should include the whole family - even the furry ones! Bringing your four-legged friend to pet-friendly Puerto Vallarta will add to your adventure and, with proper planning, it's easy!

8.7 Million Tourists Expected to Cruise to Mexico in 2019
BanderasNews.com

A recent study by the Cruise Lines International Association revealed that, with ports around the country welcoming over 527,000 passengers in June alone, Mexico is the world's leading cruise destination. The 2019 numbers represent a 7.1% increase in cruise arrivals over 2018.

The Hollywood Travel Guide to Punta Mita, Mexico
Hollywood Reporter

Pick a name in Hollywood and chances are they've been to Punta Mita. Leonardo DiCaprio, Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, David Duchovny & Jennifer Aniston are all vets of this Mexican fishing village turned private luxury retreat.


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Looking for more than just another hotel room? Check out our favorite places to stay in, around and beyond Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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