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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Punta Mita Eco Rally Celebrates National Parks Day
The Riviera Nayarit is joining in the celebration of National Parks Day with an Eco Rally on Saturday, August 18, in Punta de Mita. The event's goal is to promote the protection of this tourism destination's natural areas, under the tagline 'Enjoy, Learn, and Protect.'
Hotel Amapa Appoints Alessandro Stifani General Manager
Hotel Amapa, now set to open in early 2019 in La Zona Romantica, has appointed Alessandro Stifani as General Manager. An expert on the Puerto Vallarta area, Stifani will be a tremendous asset to the hospitality team, setting the bar high for boutique hotels and impeccable service.
Mozzamare Beach Club Hosts 2018 Riviera Summer Weekend
Part of the Pool Fashion Party Circuit, the 2018 Riviera Summer Weekend will bring famous personalities together at Mozzamare Beach Club August 17-19. Celebrating the best of Riviera Nayarit, this glamorous event features signature cocktails, live performances and popular DJs.
Filling the Shoes of a Great Champion of Conservation
The passing of Panthera President and CEO Alan Rabinowitz on August 5th, 2018, leaves a big pair of shoes for us to fill as we march on in working to conserve our native fauna and flora. Staff and volunteers at the Vallarta Botanical Garden are stepping up to the challenge.
Autumn is an Ideal Time to Visit Puerto Vallarta
Autumn is an ideal time to visit Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. Not only does Mexico's Pacific Coast boast over 250 miles of coastline, but sunshine kisses the greater Banderas Bay area for 300 days a year - meaning your summer doesn't have to end in September.
Why Second Passports are Now More Valuable Than Ever
A second passport is a powerful tool. It facilitates overseas investment and career opportunities, and makes crossing international borders easier. A new report by International Living highlights how changing visa rules could make a second passport even more useful for U.S. citizens.
Vallarta Nominated for Four Food & Travel Mexico Awards
Puerto Vallarta has been nominated in four categories of the 2018 Food & Travel Mexico Magazine Reader Awards, an annual survey that recognizes the best in national tourism, including destinations, hotels, airlines, travel agencies, restaurants, spas, and cruises.
Mexico's Velas Resorts Eliminate Single-use Plastic Straws
In an ongoing dedication to sustainability, Velas Resorts in Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Los Cabos, and Riviera Maya are no longer offering single-use plastic straws. The Mexican resort collection estimates they will eliminate 1.6 million total straws in one year.
Wildlife Photography Goes 24/7 at PV's Botanical Garden
Diana Friedeberg, the Mexico Country Director for Panthera, a global nonprofit dedicated to the conservation of big cats in the wild, is working with Vallarta Botanical Garden to install motion detecting camera traps that will be used to monitor the local jaguar population.
You, Too, Can Stay at the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Resort
If you are a fan of 'The Bachelor' or 'The Bachelorette,' you're probably familiar with the ABC hit franchise's spinoff, 'Bachelor in Paradise.' But did you know that you can stay at the resort where BIP contestants spent three weeks looking for love while exploring Vallarta-Nayarit?
Puerto Vallarta Hilton Opens Adults-Only 'The Hacienda'
Hilton's commitment to innovation without sacrificing heritage or authenticity reflects in The Hacienda, a 192-suite section of its Hilton Puerto Vallarta resort that suits the rising trends of adults-only trips, couples getaways, culturally oriented tourism and business travel.
Jalisco Declares El Centro a Cultural Heritage Site
Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board
Puerto Vallarta's Historic Center is now a protected Cultural Heritage site in the State of Jalisco. The recognition includes the area from the beginning of the Malecón to the cobblestoned streets of the Romantic Zone and continues up to the historic Conchas Chinas neighborhoods.
Puerto Vallarta Day Trips: San Sebastian del Oeste
If you want to find some authentic Mexican history and culture, look no further than San Sebastian. Nestled high up in the Sierra Madre, about 2 hours from Vallarta, this colonial town has its culture rooted back to 1605 when the Spaniards created it as a gold and silver mining center.
Sayulita to Host National Youth Surfing Championship
At least 150 young competitors from Mexico City, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Baja California Sur, Baja California, Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Sinaloa are expected to participate in the 2018 Nayarit National Children and Teen's Surfing Championship to be held in Sayulita from August 8-12.
PV's Public Transportation System Renovations Stalled
The renovation of the public transportation system in Puerto Vallarta has not advanced as quickly expected due to unforeseen problems within the Transportes Unidos del Pacífico company, the firm that was contracted to operate the city's new bus system.
Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas August 2018 Events
The Costa Banderas Chapter of Democrats Abroad Mexico continues in their efforts to register U.S. voters for the upcoming mid-term election. This month, they're hosting a Barrio Block Party and free voter registration assistance on Wednesdays at Daiquiri Dick's on the south side of Vallarta.
Sunwing Announces Direct Flights from Quebec to PVR
Sunwing is expanding its route network out of Quebec City for the coming winter with new direct service to Puerto Vallarta. Beginning on Dec. 17, 2018, and running until April 15, 2019, the new route offers convenient, direct flights to two of Mexico's most popular vacation destinations.
Beyond Puerto Vallarta: Shopping in Tonalá, Jalisco
If you are visiting Puerto Vallarta, consider a trip to Tonalá, a municipality near Guadalajara that's famous for its artisanal handicrafts. On Thursdays and Sundays a 'tianguis' (open air market) features as many as 4000 craftsmen selling everything from pottery to handcrafted furniture.
Join the Community Clean-Up in Col. Emiliano Zapata
The JG Group's Colonia Clean-ups continue throughout the summer to keep raising awareness and getting residents and visitors alike involved in keeping our colonia clean. If you are going to be in Puerto Vallarta on the first Saturday of the month, join us on August 4 and share the love.
Neil Gerlowski Returns to Vallarta Botanical Garden
Vallarta Botanical Garden welcomes back Executive Director, Neil Gerlowski, who has been on sabbatical to pursue a Fellowship at Longwood Gardens, a world-renowned center for horticultural excellence in Pennsylvania. Here he shares his experiences and plans for the VBG.
6th Punta Mita Beach Festival Offers Fun in the Sun
On August 4 & 5, 2018, Kupuri Beach Club will host the Sixth Annual Punta Mita Beach Festival - a weekend full of family fun in the sun that includes surfing, stand up paddle, yoga, beach activities and games for kids, fine cuisine, exquisite cocktails, music, great parties, and much more.
BabelBar's Cuale Music Festival Feature 7 Live Bands
Do you love outdoor concerts? If so, head over to BabelBar on the Rio Cuale Island this Saturday, July 28 for the 2018 Cuale Music Festival. Featuring some of the best musicians in Puerto Vallarta, the music starts at 12:30 pm, and the free entertainment continues all day long.
Riviera Nayarit Keeps its Beaches Safe & Clean
Regarding the Semarnat report on the water quality of Mexico's beaches, the Nayarit Health Department informed that samples were taken during Hurricane Bud, resulting in erroneous numbers, and a more recent sampling proves Riviera Nayarit beaches are in optimum condition.
Legendary Mexican Surfers Host Punta Mita Surf Camp
Learn to master the waves from three legendary Mexican surfers: Coco Nogales, Diego Cadena and Fernando Stalla at the Punta Mita Surf Camp. Set to be held from August 8-12, this camp is perfect for all skill levels, and includes much more than just riding the waves.
Traditional Corn Festival in Jala, Nayarit, August 6–15
Every year during the first two weeks of August, the annual Sweet Corn Festival in Jala, Nayarit, a region where the largest corncobs in the world are grown, gives everyone a chance to experience a very Mexican tradition. This year's festival is taking place August 6th–15th.
Hotel Hacienda Escondida Offers Summer Splash Day Pass
At Hacienda Escondida, Puerto Vallarta residents and visitors can enjoy a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful pool, jacuzzi, and surrounding leisure areas at this boutique hotel on the city's south side - without booking a room! - thanks to their new Summer Splash Day Pass.