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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Guayabitos Revving Up for 14th Annual Motofiesta
Banderas News Team
Rincón de Guayabitos is revving up for the 14th Motofiesta Guayabitos. Set to take place May 31-June 2, hundreds of motorcyclists and thousands of visitors will come together to enjoy a rip-roaring good time, a flashy main street parade, concerts, and contests.
Jackie Nava Fight Will Put Vallarta in the Spotlight
Puerto Vallarta will take center ring on May 25, when Mexico's WBA Gallo World Champion, Jackie 'Princess Azteca' Nava, takes on Argentina's Supergallo FIB World Champion, Marcela 'Tigresa' Acuña, in a spectacular boxing match at Agustín Flores Contreras Sports Stadium.
Vallarta Hosts Mexican Open Beach Volleyball Tournament
The 2019 Mexican Beach Volleyball Open is set to take place at Playa Camarones in downtown Puerto Vallarta from May 24 to 26, with 104 of the best doubles teams in the country seeking volleyball glory, and their share of the $80,000 pesos to be distributed among the winners.
International Reggae Fest Riviera Nayarit, May 17-19
The International Reggae Fest - Riviera Nayarit 2019 is coming to San Pancho, Nayarit May 17-19, 2019. This cultural, artistic, and musical event that pays tribute to Bob Marley will bring together two nations - Jamaica and Mexico - to share the best of both cultures.
Up to 24 Hurricanes Could Affect Mexico This Season
The 2019 Mexican Pacific hurricane season begins today, Wednesday, May 15. Up to 24 tropical cyclones are forecast for Mexico this year, according to Christian Dominguez, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) Center for Atmospheric Sciences.
PVRPV Laundry Keeping CONCACAF Players Looking Fresh
Puerto Vallarta's premier vacation rental and management company, PVRPV, is providing their professional laundry services to the sixteen teams that are participating in the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship games, which are being played in PV through May 19.
Vallarta Garden Club Needs Volunteers for May 16 Outing
Continuing in our mission to beautify Puerto Vallarta for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors, the PV Garden Club is actively looking for volunteers to help maintain our many plantings this summer. Our next summer outing will be on Thursday, May 16.
May 24 Pulpito Drag Derby Part of 2019 Vallarta Pride
Robert M. Schley
Vallarta Pride 2019 will once again feature the Púlpito Drag Derby, one of the most unique block parties in the world! Mark your calendar for Friday, May 24, so you don't miss this fun event that's part fashion show, part kick-ass competition, part SETAC fundraiser, and 100% entertaining!
Hook the Cure Returns to Puerto Vallarta this November
Fishing and golf enthusiasts are already making plans to visit Puerto Vallarta November 7-10, 2019 for a long weekend of fun and friendship at the 14th edition of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's premiere fishing, golf & spa outing, 'Hook the Cure Powered by IOTEC.'
Puerto Vallarta Celebrates 101st Anniversary May 10-31
From May 10-31, 2019 Puerto Vallarta will commemorate its 101st anniversary as a city and 51st year as a municipality during Mayo Fest, an annual celebration that offers a series of music and dance performances, cultural and sporting events that are free and open to the public.
2019 Riviera Nayarit Wind Festival/Kitesurf Competition
Kitesurfers from all over Mexico - and the world! - are preparing to hit the beaches of the Riviera Nayarit for three days of spectacular kitesurfing during the 2019 Festival del Viento (Wind Festival) set to be held May 17-19 at Maritima Nuevo Vallarta in Flamingos, Nayarit.
El Tuito: A Satisfying Adventure into Rural Mexico
I first met Marta several years ago, after hearing about her famous breads, cakes, and cookies in the small Mexican town of El Tuito. I have visited her many times since because her butter cookies are to die for. If you ever visit Puerto Vallarta, I will happily take you there.
Tips for Great Summer Gardening in Puerto Vallarta
Summertime, from June to October, is Vallarta's rainy season. And while summer rains can make your garden lush and green, without proper preparedness, they can also cause significant damage. Tropicasa Realty offers a few helpful tips for summer gardening in Puerto Vallarta.
Vallarta Hosts 17th International Fireworks Symposium
Puerto Vallarta will explode in a profusion of light, color and sound from May 6-10, as the city hosts internationally famous pyrotechnic manufacturers and showmen, who will present spectacular displays on the Malecon, during the 17th International Fireworks Symposium.
VBG #5 on USA Today's 2019 '10 Best Gardens' List
Competing against 20 of the best gardens on the continent, the Vallarta Botanical Garden has placed on USA Today's '10 Best Public Gardens' list for 2019! Coming in at fifth place, this is the second year in a row that the VBG has achieved this prestigious recognition.
2019 Vallarta Pride Festival Offers a Week Full of Fun
The seventh edition of Vallarta Pride, Puerto Vallarta's annual Gay Pride festival, is set to take place in La Zona Romantica from May 19 to 26, 2019, with a variety of events designed to honor the vibrant LGBT community that live in and visit our tourist destination.
Join The JG Group's River Clean-Up on Sunday, May 5
If you love Puerto Vallarta, and are going to be in town this weekend, make plans now to join The JG Group's River Clean-Up this Sunday, May 5 at 9:30 am. We supply the garbage bags and tongs. You bring your positive energy. Together we can make a difference!
2019 Fiestas de Mayo de La Parroquia de La Santa Cruz
It is not too late to experience a true Mexican tradition in Old Town Puerto Vallarta! The 2019 Fiestas De Mayo festivities continue outside Parroquia de la Santa Cruz, Calles Aguacate and Lazaro Cardenas in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, every evening through Friday, May 3.
Volunteers Needed for PV Garden Club Summer Projects
Continuing in our mission to beautify Puerto Vallarta for the enjoyment of both residents and visitors, the PV Garden Club is actively looking for volunteers to help maintain our many plantings this summer. Our first outing of the summer will be on Thursday, May 2.
2019 Down Puerto Vallarta Extreme Bike Race, May 18-19
After the incredible success of its first two editions, Down Puerto Vallarta is coming back to town on May 18 and 19, 2019, bringing some of the best extreme bikers in the world to the streets of downtown, where they will compete for more than $300,000 pesos in prizes.