3/5 - Okay
Verified travellerDec 7, 2019
too many new monster condo buildings
Swim, snorkel or just relax on one of the beautiful beaches at Puerto Vallarta, one of the most popular vacation spots in sunny Mexico.
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.
Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019
Reviewed on Dec. 6, 2019
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.
See native birds, plants and animals in this secluded wildlife area just half an hour away from Puerto Vallarta.
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.
Experience the culture, scenery, and cuisine of Puerto Vallarta on a comprehensive tour of the city's must-see sights. Check out architectural and artistic landmarks around town, admire the coastline from the beach, and relax over lunch and a tequila tasting in the rainforests of the Sierra Madre.
Discover Puerto Vallarta's delectable side as you taste its authentic flavors. This tour is perfect for those that want to get acquainted with regional dishes and learn the rich history of Puerto Vallarta.
Speed Boat Ride and fly above the jungle and river on the highest Ziplines… Exotic animals, Waterslides, Kayaks & River Fun, Tequila Tasting, Restaurant-Bar & More in Los Veranos Canopy Tour! Kick off your adventure tour as you jet across the bay in a speed boat, admiring beautiful views of Puerto Vallarta, including “Los Arcos” National Marine Park, or enjoy your way to the canopy in our land-only transportation.
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.
The museum is located inside of “Teatro Vallarta” in the down town of Puerto Vallarta. Be welcome with a Delicious frozen Margarita or virgen margarita for the non drinkers. Discover the world of tequila since the ancestry times, the pass of this important regional drink, by using all your senses.
Verified travellerNov 18, 2019
Starting to get more expensive. Prices jumped from last year. Also getting very busy, may be time to look for a less busy destination.
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