Best Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta

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Sightseeing/Landmarks | Top 10/Best Options | Enjoy Vallarta | Ecotourism/Nature | Day trips

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.


Sightseeing & Landmarks in town

Here’s a list of things to do and see, most of them in Puerto Vallarta’s downtown area.


Top Options

Here’s what we consider the best or top options in each category for Puerto Vallarta.


Enjoying Puerto Vallarta

A more general list of things to do in Puerto Vallarta, includes food, Mexican culture, and sports activities.


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.


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.


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.

Lluvia (2020) Jovian

Lluvia (Rain) an impressive sculpture by Jovian on the Malecon 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 t ...

Las Pilitas, Los Muertos Beach, Puerto Vallarta

Las Pilitas (baptismal fonts), Los Muertos Beach, close to El Pulpito (Romantic Zone, Puerto Vallarta) Introduction Las Pilitas (the small baptismal fonts) and El Púlpito (The Pulpit) are two separate rock formations found on the southern end ...

Top 10 Beaches in Puerto Vallarta (with videos)

It’s more reasonable to have a top 10 selection of the best beaches in the area, I think it’s a bit better than the Top 5 Beaches article, this way I can add a wider variety of options from the many beaches available in the Banderas Bay area. St ...

The Malecon Arches, Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Introduction Los Arcos (The Arches), an important Puerto Vallarta landmark, are on the oceanfront Aquiles Serdan esplanade (by the Los Arcos Amphitheater, AKA Aquiles Serdan Theater) on the Malecon. Do not confuse "The Arches" in Downtown PV wit ...

Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta

Without a doubt, contact with nature is one of the activities that more and more people enjoy during their vacations, it can be a walk through the woods, the beach or up a mountain, horseback riding or simply wearing a bathing suit and diving into ...

Top 10 Things To Do with Kids in Puerto Vallarta

Introduction If you travel to new and interesting places, like any good parent, you'll take your children along so they can see new places, enjoy unique experiences that they'll cherish all their lives. Depending on the age of your kids, it'll be e ...

Famous Puerto Vallarta Sunsets

It is nearly impossible to find a travel review of the city that doesn't mention the gorgeous views during a Puerto Vallarta sunset when the sun drops into the horizon. No doubt you've seen nature's own spectacle from the patio of your Puerto Valla ...

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