This large and complete map shows the area of Banderas Bay, which includes the area within the state of Nayarit that extends from Punta Villela (Villela Point) on the peninsula of Punta de Mita to the mouth of the Ameca River that separates Nayarit from the state of Jalisco. Then the area of the bay in Jalisco extends from the mouth of the Ameca River to Cabo Corrientes Point. The Banderas Bay map includes the location of: Islas Marietas Playa Escondida o del Amor (Hidden Beach) Punta Villela / Villela Point El Anclote Beach Nuevo Corral del Risco La Lancha Plumeros Las Cabezas Punta Puntoque / Puntoque Point Paraíso / Paradise Bolongo Playa Amor / Love Beach Paraíso Escondido / Hidden Paradise Park in this area Walk to Burros Beach Punta El Burro / Burros Beach Punta Tortugas / Turtle Point El Farallón Los Veneros Rancho Banderas Playa Estates Playa Destiladeras / Destiladeras Beach Playa La Calera / La Calera Beach Punta Las Cargadas / Cargadas Point Punta Montoga / Montoga Point Las Viudas Palito Verde Arena Blanca / White Sand La Manzanilla La Cruz de Huanacaxtle El Tizate Punta Esmeralda Bucerías Public Access to the beach Second "access" to Nuevo Vallarta Beach Third access to Nuevo Vallarta beach Nuevo Vallarta Beach Laguna El Quelele / El Quelele Lagoon Desembocadura del Río Ameca / Ameca River Mouth Boca de Tomates You need to either walk or drive to the beach Only "public" access to the Marina Beach Playa ...
Puerto Vallarta is a vibrant center of art creation, exhibition, and promotion. The Art Walk is another important contribution to PV's cultural activities, many art galleries in the Downtown and Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta participate. Remarkable paintings, sculptures, fine ceramics, blown-glass and other art is offered. Local Arts & Crafts and folk art of the region includes sandals and huaraches, made with leather and the "Vallarta" style shoes (similar to moccasins). Frames, decorations and chandeliers of artistic wrought iron, colonial style furniture, all kinds of silver and gold jewelry and other materials, decorative pieces in mother of pearl, and that's just the start of the shopping list.
Though there are a large number of things to do in Puerto Vallarta. If your trip is short, you really don't want to spend each and every day traveling all over the place, which is why a TOP 10 list like this one can be quite useful. This map includes the best of the best trip/tour/activity options to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta, depending on your taste and interests, some may be more or less your style, for special needs, hobbies and so on, you can check the larger list of "What to do's" in town.
Any hotel worth its salt offer free wi-fi access, some include it for an extra charge. If you are somewhere in Puerto Vallarta you may want to connect through one of the public Wi-Fi hotspots listed in this section. Do take into consideration the security risks and in some cases, you'll be expected to consume something to gain access to their internet connections.
If Prehispanic culture is your thing, you should take some time to learn a bit more about the amazing Huichol or Wixárika, their culture, their heritage, and their beautiful and world-renowned art. The Wixárika (the term that actually means "seer"), have remained totally faithful to their beliefs even in the midst of this modern technological era. They struggle every day against adversities preserving their clothing, their rituals, history, language and art, an example for all other cultures around the world. The following map shows the area where this native American culture lives. They are mostly located in the Sierra area of the states of Durango, Jalisco, Zacatecas and Nayarit, in places that are very hard to get to by car. Read more: Huicholes and PV Wixárika Art
Puerto Vallarta's Malecon (boardwalk) is the obvious city favorite, not only for the locals and Mexicans but for all those visiting the city. There's so much to see, experience and enjoy, all in one place. Part of the non-stop attraction this seaside walkway holds lies in the many beautiful, strange, cryptic statues that are found every 100 or so yards along the way. Some have been there for more than 40 years, others are relative newcomers and have no more than a few years, but all are great photo opportunities and some are even waiting for you to climb or sit on them. The map shows the location of the statues that are on the original malecón that runs from south of Hotel Rosita all the way to the Naval museum in downtown PV.
If you continue further northward after Nuevo Vallarta you'll pass Bucerías, following the Pacific edge of the Banderas Bay you'll find La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and La Manzanilla Beach, later Destiladeras Beach, then right on the northernmost point of the Bay, Punta de Mita and its popular Anclote Beach, along Pacific coast going north out of the bay you have Litibú, Sayulita, and San Pancho. In the bay and just outside its protection, some impressive islands and scuba sites include El Morro, La Corbeteña, and the Marietas Islands. There are certainly lots of options for your travel adventure, just choose based on your interests and time, no need to miss anything while you're here.
Mexico is a well-known surf destination, with the miles and miles of beaches there are quite a few world-class options in the Puerto Vallarta area, the Banderas Bay and a little further up Riviera Nayarit. This map shows the best surf options, if you know any one not included, feel free to recommend it so we can add it to the list.
Most newcomers to Puerto Vallarta will have more than enough to enjoy in the city and close by, but North of the city, crossing the Ameca river you go into what is now known as Riviera Nayarit, a nearly 200-mile long stretch of coast in the neighbor state of Nayarit. It includes the well-known tourist development called Nuevo Vallarta and smaller traditional fishermen towns like Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Sayulita, San Pancho, Rincon de Guayabitos, Chacala, San Blas and even further up the coast. There are many beaches and a wide variety of options, this map shows some of the towns and beaches, but there's much more to visit there.