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Puerto Vallarta

Known for Beach, Relaxing and Excursion

Beautiful white sand beaches, lush jungles awaiting the adventurous, and sparkling, veil-like waterfalls: meet Mother Nature in this Jalisco destination.

How do you get to Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta wraps around the Bahia de Banderas, or Bay of Flags. Imagine arriving in the horseshoe-shaped bay by Spanish galleon to a multitude of colorful flags flown by armies of native peoples perched on the surrounding hills. That’s exactly what Hernan Cortez did in 1524, nearly 500 years ago. Today, the shores of Puerto Vallarta are dotted with beautiful bronze sculptures, such as “Los Milenios” and the famous boy riding a seahorse (“Caballito de Mar”) instead. There sculptures are far less intimidating and just as beautiful.

If you’re wondering what to do in Puerto Vallarta that’s off the beaten path, join the locals in their weekly Old Town Art Walk in El Centro on Wednesdays in the summer. This event features some of the area’s best galleries, plus a great opportunity to get to know the artists themselves. Will you take home a piece of Vallarta to add to your décor back home?

When your belly starts to growl, stop by a beach-front palapa-style bar for a few drinks and some local seafood. Looking for something different? Dine on fusion plates with tourists and locals alike at Coexist Café, one of the most unique things to do in Puerto Vallarta.

Even the most intrepid cultural explorers will find it hard to resist the deep blue waters of Bahia de Banderas, so why put up a fight? Miles of golden sand are the perfect real estate for lounging beachside with cocktails that feature locally-grown mango and papaya. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating are available, while hiking, horseback riding, and jeep excursions up into the mountains offer gorgeous panoramas and made-for-a-selfie moments.

Speaking of epic moments, our Puerto Vallarta vacation packages were made for savvy jet-setters like you. Take this moment to get yours before they float out to sea with the tide.

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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.

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Choose from a variety of water sports, watch dramatic sunsets and, in the right season, spot nesting sea turtles and migrating whales at this beach on Banderas Bay.

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

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

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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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Board an authentically styled wooden pirate ship for a full day of pirate acrobatics, sword fighting, and cannon blasting. This fun-filled day has activities for the whole family ranging from dancing and contests to kayaking and snorkeling—complete with a lavish breakfast, lunch, and open bar.

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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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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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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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Pay attention to the men (and women!) behind the curtain! Discover the Vallarta beyond the tourist spots and eat at the places locals love! Avoid tourist traps and dive deeper into Mexican culture.

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