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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CarnavalPV 2017, Puerto Vallarta's Mardi Gras Parade
Puerto Vallarta's 9th annual Mardi Gras Parade, set to kick off on Tuesday, February 28th at 8:00 pm, promises to continue to show the world our vibrant community. So gather your masks and friends and get ready to catch beads, blow whistles and kisses, and stay out late.
Purr Project Offers Cat Lovers 'Superior' Vallarta Tours!
You've heard about the 175+ cats and kittens living happily at Puerto Vallarta's feline shelter. Now you can meet them! Purr Project is offering visits to the ranch in roomy, 10-passenger air-conditioned vans every other Wednesday. The next tour is set for February 22, 2017.
VYC Hosts WesMex International Small Boat Regatta
Vallarta Yacht Club is gearing up for the International WesMex Regatta 2017. Set for March 10-12, the event typically attracts around 300 competitors from all over the world, and this year it has again been selected as one of 5 National Qualifier Regattas for all of Mexico.
Cooks, Musicians Tune Up for 5th Charity Chili Cook-Off
Puerto Vallarta's chili cooks and musical groups are tuning up for the 5th Charity Chili Cook-Off, set for February 25 from 1-5 pm at El Rio BBQ Bar and Grill. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat chili fest and dancing to live music provided by Mikki Prost, The Bones, Dave Whitty & Texas Embassy Blues Band.
Ready, Set, Go! 2017 Sporting Events in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust
The director of the Office of Conventions and Visitors, Miguel Andrés Hernández Arteaga, recently reported that, with the goal of strengthening the destination's reputation as a paradise for sports tourism, 16 sporting events have been scheduled to be held in Puerto Vallarta this year.
2017 Puerto Vallarta Real Estate Fair is Almost Here!
Timothy Real Estate Group
Whether you're a buyer, seller or thinking about investing, you don't want to miss the 2017 Vallarta Real Estate Fair. A panel discussion, on topics from the basics of the buying process and closing costs to the intricacies of cross-border taxation, will complement the exhibitors' booths.
Gala Vallarta-Nayarit: Another Success in 2017
83 Banderas Bay area hotels and more than 70 travel wholesalers from Mexico, the US, Canada and Spain met in Puerto Vallarta this week for the 23rd Gala Vallarta. In addition to negotiating rates for the 2017-2018 season, Vallarta's new and coming attractions were promoted.
NatGeo Ranks Playa del Amor Among World's Top Beaches
National Geographic recently published its 2017 list of the 'Top 21 Beaches in the World' and Playa del Amor, the 'Hidden Beach' located off the coast of Vallarta-Nayarit at Las Islas Marietas Marine Reserve, was not only featured in the article, but topped the chart.
Valentine Day Shopping is Sweet at Mercado Los Mangos
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to share the love with friends and family than to visit Vallarta's new 'buy local' market, Mercado Los Mangos. Meet up with your sweetie, dance to live music and scoop up some sweet gifts, like Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates.
Eighth Annual 'Patotón' Fundraiser for SETAC Center
Come out to the Boana Torre Malibu poolside terrace on February 22 from 7-11 pm for an unforgettable evening of fun and friendship at the 8th 'Duckaton' Fundraiser for the SETAC Community Center. You'll enjoy live entertainment, free food, an open bar and more - for a good cause!
VBG International Peace Garden Dedication Feb. 16
A community celebration will be held at the Vallarta Botanical Garden on February 16th as Mexico's official International Peace Garden is dedicated. Performances by two popular local musical groups, Moruno Gypsy Jazz Trio and Stolie, will add to the dedication ceremony's festivities.
The Social Event of the Season in Lo De Marcos
The 4th Annual Taste of Lo De Marcos, to be held at the Centro de Fiestas Los Delfines on Sunday, February 19th from 3-8 pm, will feature food from area restaurants and live music by Caravane and The Blonde Gypsies, Latcho & Andrea, with proceeds benefiting two local non-profit organizations.
'Beers, Boys & Burgers' Every Sunday at Hotel Mercurio
Banderas News Team
The poolside bar at Hotel Mercurio has long been a favorite hangout, but on Sundays, the party amps up a few notches with the 'Beers, Boys & Burgers' Party. From 4:00 to 7:00 pm, the hunky Mercurio boys serve up tasty hamburger sliders and all the beers you can drink for just $150 pesos!
Cruise Ships Give Year-Round Boost to Vallarta Tourism
Cruise Industry News
Puerto Vallarta has been gaining ground in the international cruise industry in recent years and, after receiving several awards from cruise industry associations for exceeding expectations and getting high passengers satisfaction ratings, 2017 will be no exception.
Mercado Los Mangos' Opening Day Was a Huge Success
Last Saturday's opening of Puerto Vallarta's newest outdoor market, Mercado Los Mangos, was a huge success! Held weekly at the Library, this 'buy local' market offers locally produced artisan products, live music, 'made on site' food, a children's craft tent and more.
17th San Pancho Music Festival Set for February 24-26
What began in 2001 as a backyard jam session has since grown into one of the most popular music events in the region - the San Pancho Music Festival. Now in its 17th year, the festival, which will be held Feb 24-26th, will feature well over 25 groups covering the gamut of musical genres.
Sixth Annual Riverfest to Benefit Pasitos de Luz
The Sixth Annual Riverfest is being held on Saturday, March 4, at El Rio BBQ to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta. If enjoying fabulous food and excellent live music, while supporting a fantastic local charity sounds like a dream come true, this event is for you!
XIII San Blas International Migratory Birds Festival
The XIII International Migratory Birds Festival will be celebrated in San Blas from January 29 to February 5, 2017. This year's program offers a variety of activities aimed at encouraging culture, the arts and, above all, the preservation of the environment with a special focus on birds.
VBG's International Peace Garden Nears Completion
Vallarta Botanical Garden has been selected for the honor of being the site of Mexico's first International Peace Garden. Work is underway to complete the project, which will adorn the slope that rises toward the VBG's new multi-faith chapel, in time for the Feb. 16 dedication.
Purr Project Offers Cat Lovers 'Superior' Vallarta Tours
You've heard about the 175+ cats and kittens living happily at Puerto Vallarta's feline shelter. Now you can meet them! Purr Project is offering visits to the ranch in roomy, 10-passenger air-conditioned vans every other Wednesday. The next tour is set for January 25, 2017.
Commitment, Compassion & Solidarity in Vallarta-Nayarit
More than 1000 Vallarta-Nayarit residents and visitors joined the millions of people around the world in Saturday's Women's Solidarity events. Over 500 people gathered in each of the communities of Puerto Vallarta and San Pancho in support of women's rights and human rights.
Finnair to Offer Direct Flights from Helsinki to Vallarta
The Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) announced the first direct nonstop flight from Helsinki to Puerto Vallarta between November 19, 2017 and March 18, 2018. The upcoming weekly service follows almost two years of close cooperation and partnership between Finnair and the MTB.