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Surrounded by the towering Sierra Madre mountains, the white edges of beaches and the sparkling depths of the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta is a tropical destination of contrasts and beauty.

There are many unique and wonderful things to do in, and near, Puerto Vallarta. Here is our list of all the fun things to enjoy in the area, you’ll surely find many options for your specific taste and by reviewing this section you make sure you don’t miss out on anything.

From the simple cobblestone streets in the downtown area to sophisticated amenities provided at Grand Tourism hotels, Puerto Vallarta is always a great beach destination choice.

Puerto Vallarta Malecon

Puerto Vallarta offers each guest their own unique and ideal vacation mix of not only relaxation and wonder, but also tranquility and action.

If you’d like to arrive by sea, the Banderas Bay area boasts a number of modern and sophisticated Marinas, and for those who like golf, Vallarta has eight championship golf courses.

You can also feel assured by the knowledge that the city also offers top-level hospitals, no unsavory surprises here.

No matter your particular preferences or indulgences, there’s a part of Puerto Vallarta that’s just right for you and your personal vacation.

List of Best Beaches in Puerto Vallarta

[toc] Best and safest swimmable beaches Garza Blanca Beach Puerto Vallarta is a world-renowned resort town with miles of pristine beaches, but sometimes it's hard to find the best spot for you. Here are six of the best swimming beaches in Puerto Vallarta & the Banderas Bay area that will make your time on the beach even better! Garza Blanca Playa de Oro Las Animas Playa Camarones Boca de Tomatlan Bucerias Best beaches for snorkeling Conchas Chinas Beach, Puerto Vallarta If you're looking for the best beaches to snorkel, look no further. This is a list of the seven best beaches/locations in Puerto Vallarta and the nearby Bay area that are perfect for snorkeling and guaranteed to provide you with an incredible experience. Conchas Chinas Yelapa Majahuitas Colomitos Marietas Islands Las Gemelas Mismaloya Best beaches for kitesurfing and windsurfing Bucerias Beach Nayarit If you're looking for the best beaches for kitesurfing and windsurfing, Bucerias and La Manzanilla in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle in the neighboring Nayarit, but still in the Banderas Bay area are where you should go. These two towns offer some of the best sand beaches and winds for sailors and kiters. If you're looking for some of the most dependable spots on Mexico's Pacific coast, then these two towns might be your perfect match. It doesn't matter if you prefer to catch some waves or fly high through the air with a kite; ...

Recommended day trips (beaches, towns, etc.)

Recommended Day trips Wonderful coastal towns, beaches, colonial towns to visit, lots of fun things to do near Puerto Vallarta. Some need to travel a bit and might require a trip that lasts a whole day, or a bit longer, to make it enjoyable. Boca de Tomatlan (Jalisco) Bucerías (Nayarit) Caballo Beach (Jalisco) Colomitos (Jalisco) Chacala (Nayarit) Destiladeras beach (Nayarit) El Eden (Jalisco) El Pitillal (Jalisco) El Tuito (Jalisco) Garza Blanca (Jalisco) Hidden Beach, Marietas Islands (Nayarit) La Caleta (Nayarit) La Cruz de Huanacaxtle (Nayarit) Las Ánimas de Quimixto (Jalisco) Las Caletas (Jalisco) Las Gemelas (Jalisco) Los Arcos (Jalisco) Majahuitas (Jalisco) Marietas Islands (Nayarit) Mascota (Jalisco) Mismaloya (Jalisco) Navidad (Jalisco) Nuevo Vallarta (Nayarit) Punta de Mita (Nayarit) Quimixto (Jalisco) Riviera Nayarit San Pancho (San Francisco) (Nayarit) San Sebastián del Oeste (Jalisco) Sayulita (Nayarit) Tehuamixtle (Jalisco) Tequila (Jalisco) Vallarta Botanical Gardens (Jalisco) Yelapa (Jalisco)

Ecotourism & Nature

Ecotourism and Nature P.V. would not be such a beautiful destination if it wasn’t graced with such its lush and diverse natural environment. Birdwatching – Birding in Vallarta Canopy Tours (Zip-line options) Ecotourism Humpback Whales Jorullo Bridge, longest hanging bridge in the world Leatherback Sea Turtles Nature & Biodiversity Reef fish River Crocodiles Sea Turtle Protection Sunsets Vallarta Botanical Gardens (VBG review) Vallarta Zoo

Enjoying Puerto Vallarta (Food, culture, sports, etc.)

Enjoying Puerto Vallarta A more general list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta, includes food, Mexican culture, and sports activities. Art Galleries ArtWalk Bars in town Culture & Arts Fishing – Fishing Report Golf Grills you’ll enjoy Huicholes – Wixárika Art Motorcycle tours in PV Mountain biking Nightlife – We recommend Papantla Flying Men Parasailing Plans for 1, 3 & more days in PV Restaurants and Cafes Romantic Places & Ideas Scuba diving Shopping Skydiving Sports & Activities Surfing Sweets Tacos Tequila, Mezcal & Raicilla Typical dishes Vanilla Vegetarian Restaurants

Top Puerto Vallarta Options

The Best Options in Puerto Vallarta Here’s what we consider the best or top options in each category for Puerto Vallarta. Best Beaches for… list Top 5 Beaches in Puerto Vallarta Top 10 Beaches in Vallarta & the Bay Top 10 Romantic Experiences Top 10 Things to do (Mostly Free) Top 10 Things to do with Kids Top 10 Tours & Activities Top 10 All-Inclusive Hotels Top 10 Things to do in Puerto Vallarta (read more)

Beaches, Landmarks & Things To See in Puerto Vallarta

Sightseeing & City Landmarks Here's a list of things to do and see, most of them in Puerto Vallarta's downtown area. Attractions and Sightseeing North Zone Nuevo Vallarta Marina Vallarta Hotel Zone Downtown Romantic Zone South Zone Beaches in Vallarta and the bay area, beach guide Boca de Tomates Beach Camarones Beach Conchas Chinas Beach Cuale River Island, a downtown oasis El Púlpito (The Pulpit) Gringo Gulch history Las Amapas Beach Las Pilitas Lookout on Matamoros Lookout on La Cruz Los Muertos Beach / Pier at Los Muertos Beach Malecon, downtown boardwalk Malecon Arches Museums & Culture Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish/Church, the "Cathedral" Puerto Vallarta City Sign Papantla Flying Men (Pole Flyers) Sculpture Guide & Malecon sculptures Seahorse Sculpture/Statue Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Caballo Beach (El Caballo) Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico

Caballo Beach, Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico Introduction Caballo Beach (El Caballo), Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico Playa Caballo (or El Caballo, I’ve seen it mentioned both ways – Horse or The Horse) is a beautiful, relatively isolated, beach just northeast of Las Animas Beach in the South Zone of the Banderas Bay. You can get there directly by water taxi (panga) you can ask to be left off at Playa Caballo, it may not be viable due to waves and tides. If you are not looking to get wet, maybe it’s best to arrive at the pier at Las Animas and then walk northeast along the beach, take the path to Hotelito Mio, and to the right of the hotel is Caballo Beach. If you continue northeast you’ll get to Casitas Maraika, that has a small nice beach just to the right of it too. Caballo Beach Panorama The beach has light yellow sand, clear emerald green-blue waters, the waves can be stronger than the ones at Las Animas. Because Las Animas is a popular beach destination for a number of bay cruises, if you want a bit more privacy and want to enjoy a calmer day at the beach, you should consider walking to this beach. If you need a drink and snack, you can go to the bar of Casitas Maraika and enjoy the view too. What to do at Caballo Beach This beach is less known than Las ...

Boca de Tomates Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Aerial view of Boca de Tomates Beach, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico Introduction Boca de Tomates Beach from the Turtle Release camp, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico An important explanation: Do not confuse Boca de Tomatlán with Boca de Tomates. Boca de Tomatlán is the Puerto Vallarta beach farthest south accessible by land and Boca de Tomates is the northernmost beach in Puerto Vallarta and Jalisco, which you can get to in a car. Just south of the mouth of the Ameca River is the political division of the State of Nayarit to the north and the State of Jalisco, to the south. In this area, you can find the northernmost beach of Jalisco, Boca de Tomates. It is a beige sand beach about 3100 ft (950 m) long. It is an area known for its ramadas (palapa-like eateries) that offer fresh food from the sea. The place is also known as a crocodile habitat and is also a popular bird-watching location. The beach is nice, but it is not known for being very attractive, furthermore, due to the crocodiles, I would not recommend swimming in the sea, much less in the river. On the far southern end of the beach, you can find the Campamento Tortuguero de Boca de Tomates (Saving Sea Turtles in Puerto Vallarta). What to do in Boca de Tomates Boca de Tomates Beach looking west, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico This beach is certainly popular with local families, they'll gather ...

Lluvia (2020) Jovian

Lluvia (Rain) an impressive sculpture by Jovian on the Malecon [toc] Introduction Lluvia (Rain) is a new monumental sculpture unveiled December 10th, 2020 on the Malecon. It depicts a young man standing with outstretched arms looking upward into the sky (or rain). It can remind you a bit of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. This figure not only seems to represent the connection of humans and nature but also seems to offer a welcome embrace (or hug) to all visitors. It becomes the 34th sculpture placed along the edge of the sea in Puerto Vallarta. About the sculpture Lluvia by Jovian on the Puerto Vallarta Malecon Mexican artist Jovian created "Lluvia", a tall impressive sculpture that stands at 3.5 meters tall (11.5 ft) and weighs 650 kilograms (more than 1400 pounds) that now becomes another important component of this open-air Art Gallery by the edge of the sea. This very valuable sculpture was donated by the artist through Galeria Corsica to the Instituto Vallartense de Cultura (IVC) and the city. Lluvia (2020) Jovian, night view The official unveiling ceremony was presided by Arturo Dávalos (Puerto Vallarta's Mayor), Candelaria Tovar (Muncipal DIF president), Jean Pierre Renucci (Galeria Corsica owner) and Marina de los Santos (Vallarta Cultural Institute director). Arturo Dávalos Peña, stated that “this beautiful sculpture will emblazon the Puerto Vallarta Malecon". Jean Pierre Renucci, stated that together with Jovian, the joint donation is an ...

Las Pilitas, Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Las Pilitas (baptismal fonts), Los Muertos Beach, close to El Pulpito (Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta) [toc] Introduction Las Pilitas (the small baptismal fonts) and El Púlpito (The Pulpit) are two separate rock formations found on the southern end of Los Muertos Beach in Old Vallarta (Romantic Zone). In this article we'll concentrate on Las Pilitas, a group of rocks and boulders that are very recognizable because they are where you now can find the original Seahorse statue, a bigger replica is found on the Malecon and many are surprised when they find this one too. Las Pilitas video Las Pilitas, a bit of history By Prof. Carlos Munguia Fregoso (1938-2005) Official historian of Puerto Vallarta The fine sands of Los Muertos Beach extend from the end of Francisca Rodríguez Street -Hotel Marsol- all the way to the rock formations known as Las Pilitas and El Pulpito. During the last century, the beach was used to load ships with metals produced by the Cuale and San Sebastián mines: "The gold from the mines, plates and ingots were moved by land and at Los Muertos Beach, they awaited the arrival of the ships that would transport them to their destination." Las Pilitas is the group of rocks at the end of the beach where the bronze seahorse statue by Rafael Zamarripa, El Caballito, stands. This representation of a small boy riding on the back of a seahorse has ...

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