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Puerto Vallarta

Known for Beach, Relaxing and Excursion

Swim, snorkel or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular vacation spots in sunny Mexico.

How do you get to Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is an oceanfront city on the west coast of Mexico. The area began as a collection of sleepy fishing and pearl-diving villages. Today, the city and surrounding parts of the Bay of Banderas (Bahía de Banderas) are popular with tourists as a resort destination. You will find a range of outdoor family activities here, from water sports to secluded beaches and botanical gardens.

The Bay of Banderas is a 62-mile (100-kilometer) stretch of beach with rocky outcrops, white sand and clear water. Puerto Vallarta is the largest community here, and is home to the elegant Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Snorkel or scuba dive off the coast and see manta rays, sea bass and dolphins.

Las Caletas is a small, private beach accessible only by water. Take the Vallarta Adventures catamaran to go on hikes in the jungle, visit a small zoo and enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. The beach is the former private residence of Hollywood director John Huston.

Take an evening stroll along the Malecon, the pedestrian promenade that lines the Puerto Vallarta coast. The area is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists and is lined with restaurants, street performers and food vendors. Enjoy a cool tejuino, a local drink made with fermented corn, or buy grilled fish by the skewer.

The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens give insight into the local wildlife and vegetation. The gardens include conservation areas dedicated to the blue agave plant, used in tequila production, as well as native vanilla orchids.

Puerto Vallarta is particularly popular between January and March. Gostavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport is a short bus trip from the city center. Get around the city on foot or by local buses, which are cheap and run frequently. Try taco stands for cheap street food, or the cafés and restaurants in the old town for sit-down meals.

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Sip coconut water, eat grilled fish and check out the shopping and entertainment at this beachside promenade.

This stretch of Mexican coastline has sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and ideal spots to swim, surf or snorkel.

Explore this small group of islands off the eastern coast of Mexico and discover hidden beaches, protected wildlife and spectacular snorkeling.

See native birds, plants and animals in this secluded wildlife area just half an hour away from Puerto Vallarta.

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Take a scenic sunset cruise across Banderas Bay to one of the most secluded beaches in the world, Las Caletas, and enjoy a romantic evening out. Once on the island, enjoy a lavish dinner and a mesmerizing performance of ancient rituals and stories, revealed through music and modern dance.

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If you want to enjoy a dinner under the sea, tasting a delicious lobster tail combined with filet mignon , livening up with Live Music and delights the only show for adults that really want to have fun.

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Begin the day enjoying a full and delicious breakfast Under the Sea in our pirate tavern, on board of an amazing 700 ton Galleon, full of adventures and fun.

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Escape the tourist hot spots and venture to Yelapa, a tranquil village with an abundance of snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and local Mexican culture. Complete with lively guides and an open bar, this full-day catamaran trip explores Banderas Bay's secret hideaways, isolated coves, and secluded beaches.

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Snorkel, swim, and kayak through the stunning rock formations scattered around the Marietas Islands. Beloved by Jacques Cousteau for their rich marine life and clear waters, this underwater playground is an ideal place to spend the afternoon.

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Discover Puerto Vallarta's delectable side as you taste its authentic flavors. Choose between 3 exciting food tours led by charismatic local guides, featuring genuine tacos, sweets, and artisanal ice cream. This memorable experience combines delicious bites, history, culture, and sightseeing.

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