Enjoy the surrounding nature, the Sierra Madre Mountains, bask on the golden sand beaches in the warm, sunny weather and watch some spectacular sunsets. Take trips north to the smaller towns (Bucerías, San Pancho, and La Cruz). Drive into the mountains to really small colonial-style towns like San Sebastian del Oeste, Mascota, or Talpa de Allende, where time stands still. You can even take a day trip to Charro and Mariachi-Land Tequila. Closer and south are beautiful, tranquil hideaway beaches that will remind you of a tropical island in the South Pacific.
Puerto Vallarta is also a birdwatcher’s heaven, with more than 315 species of birds, including the Blue-Footed Booby on the Marietas Islands. There are loads of tour, excursion, and activity options for a family vacation or for those into extreme sports. We can mention zip-line canopy tours, swimming with dolphins, and golf options. There are bay cruises, whale watching, scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing, horseback riding, family water parks, and a unique zoo. Another very popular family outing is the award-winning Vallarta Botanical Gardens.