Best Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta

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Los Muertos Beach and Pier, Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone (Old Town)

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.

What to do in PV & Surroundings


Top Puerto Vallarta options


Beaches, Landmarks & Things To See in Puerto Vallarta


Recommended day trips (beaches, towns and more)


Different options to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta


Ecotourism and nature


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

Puerto Vallarta's Boardwalk / Malecon is one of the main attractions in town

Puerto Vallarta’s Boardwalk / Malecon is one of the main attractions in town

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.

Where are baby sea turtles released in Puerto Vallarta?

[toc] Introduction Every year, over one million sea turtles are released into Banderas Bay and the Riviera Nayarit, a haven for these tiny chelonians thanks to the numerous turtle sanctuary camps that dot the coastline.The Olive Ridley, green sea turtle, leatherback turtle, and hawksbill turtle all lay eggs here. The Olive Ridley turtle is the most common, laying eggs three times a year and generating an average of 100 eggs per nest, 80 percent of which hatch. Only one in a thousand turtles will go on to breed. As each new generation of female turtles matures, they return to their birth beach to lay their eggs. The male turtles never come back.Turtles arrive in June to deposit their eggs, and the hatchlings leave the nest 45 days later. Workers from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and local volunteers stand watch on the beaches at night to collect the eggs, keep them safe, and hatch them. Baby Sea Turtle Release Find out more & Book Online! Encounter with Nature at the Sea Turtle Camp Find out more & Book Online! Nuevo Vallarta's beach has among the highest numbers of female sea turtle arrivals in the region. The turtle camp is 14 kilometers (8.6 miles) long, and the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas has kept it open for 25 years, registering an average of 5,500 nests and releasing 300,000 to 400,000 hatchlings each year. According to the National ...

Cuale River Municipal Market (Flea Market)

Cuale River Municipal Market (Flea Market) +52 322 201 3913 mercado@mercadomunicipalpv.com Agustín Rodríguez s/n, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico Monday to Friday 9:00 AM - 7:00PM Saturday 9:00 AM - 7:00PM Sunday 9:00 AM - 7:00PM The popular saying goes that to know a town you have to visit its square, its church and its market, so to really get to know Puerto Vallarta, a visit to the Cuale Municipal Market is a must. A market that is the essence and tradition of this tourist destination with almost three decades of operating on the banks of the Cuale River, right in the heart of Historic Downtown Puerto Vallarta. A market with a history that dates back to the beginning of the last century, and which boomed in the 1960's with the increase of marketing in the place, before giving way to the construction of the present facilities that were inaugurated on November 28, 1979, by Governor Flavio Romero de Velasco and Municipal President Eugenio Torres Ramírez. Among the aisles where today it is possible to find a wide range of handicrafts, typical clothing and jewelry, there are enclosed three decades of history of struggle and effort of the vendors, from the pioneers to those who have come with the passage of time, to adapt to the transformation of this tourist destination to continue offering national and foreign tourists, quality products at attractive prices, in addition to the experience itself that represents the visit to ...

Lo De Marcos is a really charming traditional town in Nayarit, Mexico

[toc] Summary Lo De Marcos is 1 hour and 10 minutes to Puerto Vallarta Population: 2099 (2020 census) Coordinates: 20.9537° N, 105.3540° W, 8m over sea level Activities: beaches, fishing, hiking, golf, kayaking, windsurfing, surfing and horseback riding Closest towns: Rincón de Guayabitos (15 min N) and San Pancho (15 min S) Approximately 32.5 miles (52.4 km) from Puerto Vallarta International Airport In the same time zone as Puerto Vallarta & Guadalajara, Central Daylight Time Introduction As with many of the smaller villages and cities in Nayarit, along the highway to Puerto Vallarta, Lo de Marcos is an unassuming little town. Most people seem to just drive by, not expecting to find anything of interest along the way. However, Lo de Marcos is actually one of the most charming places along the picturesque Riviera Nayarit where you can actually experience and witness what life is like in a small Mexican town, perhaps even a bit like Puerto Vallarta was some 60 or 70 years ago. Lo de Marcos is just 7 miles (11 kilometers) north of San Pancho (San Francisco) and 9 miles (14 km) south of Rincón de Guayabitos outside the Banderas Bay area to the north of Puerto Vallarta. Here you'll be treated to the authentic spirit of a Mexican village. Diligent fishermen repair their fishing nets, which they will later cast into the warm Pacific Ocean at the end of the cobblestone road. They live surrounded by wide, quiet streets, colorful flowering trees ...

El Salado Beach, Marina Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

Full length walking tour of El Salado Beach. The only access point, the part in front of the Golf Course, Bay View Grand and all the way to The Westin Resort & Spa Hotel and all the way back to Pasaje Bocanegra. Video shot on July 12th, 2022 by Saúl Manzo. El Salado Beach (Playa El Salado) is located in Marina Vallarta within Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on the beautiful Bay of Banderas. It is bounded by luxury beachside resorts like as the Velas Vallarta, Meliá, Marriott, Mayan Palace, and Westin and also by condominiums like Bay View Grand, Portofino, Caracoles, Shangri-la and Tres Mares. Unless you stay at one of the resorts or condos, getting to the beach on foot can not be done without knowing where to go in. El Salado is sort of accessible by finding and following the street called Pasaje Bocanegra, located going out west from Calle Albatros between Calle Flamingos & Calle Gaviotas on the northern side of Marina Vallarta 00:00 Marina Vallarta, Calle Albatros (street) 00:04 Pasaje Bocanegra (acceso a Playa El Salado - beach access) 00:42 Playa Boca de Tomates (Beach) 00:52 Playa El Salado en el mapa (El Salado Beach location) 01:03 Marina Vallarta Golf Course 01:13 Hoteles y condominios Playa El Salado (El Salado hotels & condos) 02:16 Extremo norte de Playa El Salado/Northern end of El Salado Beach 03:31 Inicio de playa frente a Bay View Grand (beach by BVG Condos) 08:18 Inicio de playa frente a Velas ...

La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach, a lesser known family option

[toc] La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach, Nayarit, Mexico Located in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 2950 ft long (0.55 miles) 50 minutes from PV's main square Between Bucerias and Punta de Mita 5 minutes from La Cruz's square Between Marina Riviera Nayarit and Vallarta Gardens Hotel Family-friendly beach Controlled waves & shallow edges Easy access from the Marina side Introduction La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach beside Marina Riviera Nayarit There are five beaches around La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, some larger than others, with easier and more difficult access. We will concentrate on the ones that are more readily available and offer better services and experience. Two of these beaches are this one and Playa La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Playa La Manzanilla. The sequence of beaches from east to west in La Cruz are: El Tizate Beach La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach La Manzanilla Beach Piedra Blanca Beach Arena Blanca Beach In this article, we focus on La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach, the second most popular beach option in La Cruz, behind La Manzanilla Beach. The beach measures a total of 2950 feet (0.55 miles) and offers an 80 feet wide stretch of grey-golden sand. There are a few breakwaters along the way that help corral the sand in and keep a swimmable and shallow stretch of family-friendly beach. La Cruz de H. beach location Where is La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach? The beach is to the ...

La Manzanilla Beach, a great North Zone family option

[toc] La Manzanilla Beach, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico Located in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle 2800 ft long (0.53 miles) 60 minutes from PV's main square Between Bucerias and Punta de Mita 5 minutes from La Cruz's square Between Marina Riviera Nayarit and Condominiums Real del Mar Family-friendly beach Controlled waves & shallow edges Most popular side is the western end of the beach Introduction There are five beaches around La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, some larger than others, with easier and more difficult access. We will concentrate on the ones that are more readily available and offer better services and experience. Two of these beaches are Playa La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Playa La Manzanilla. The sequence of beaches from east to west in La Cruz are: El Tizate Beach La Cruz de Huanacaxtle Beach La Manzanilla Beach Piedra Blanca Beach Arena Blanca Beach La Manzanilla Beach, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Nayarit, Mexico In another article, we will describe Playa La Cruz in another way. In this one, we will focus on La Manzanilla Beach. Although the beach measures a total of 2800 feet (0.53 miles), the area most people recognize as La Manzanilla is a 560 foot stretch that goes from the breakwater by Vista Hermosa Restaurant to the breakwater separating the Alamar Beach Club. Where is La Manzanilla Beach? The beach is in the southern part of the town known as La Cruz de Huanacaxtle ...

Olas Altas Beach Guide, Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone

[toc] Introduction Olas Altas Beach (Tall Wave Beach) is one of the main beaches in the Puerto Vallarta city area because it is part of the same beach that is the most popular in town, Los Muertos Beach. Because of this, it tends not to be known or even named. You'll find this beach along the northern end of the Romantic Zone. It starts off by the mouth of the Cuale River and ends by the Los Muertos Pier. You'll also notice that the main street in the Old Town is also called Olas Altas, so it's an important feature in town. Where is Olas Altas Beach? I must admit to have been making the same mistake for years (the video below has it burnt in the captions), I thought this beach ended at Venustiano Carranza Street, but it actually ends at Francisca Rodríguez Street and the Los Muertos Beach pier! How do I know now? I am basing my decision on moving the Playa Olas Altas limit on the words of Mr. Carlos Munguía Fregoso, the late Official City historian (cronista) that in his 1996 book "Puerto Vallarta el paraíso escondido" states: "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 Púlpito." Because we know the northern end of Olas Altas to be the Cuale River and the southern ...

El Malecon Beach, Downtown Puerto Vallarta

[toc] Introduction The Malecon Beach (El Malecon Beach, Playa del Malecón) is not one of Puerto Vallarta's main beaches, it just happens to be right by the boardwalk. Furthermore, the new promenade design included paths down to it from the seaside walkway, so now it's readily accessible. Even so, it's not a beach that the locals normally use for swimming (plus there are no lifeguards!), even so, you'll find people sunbathing here, kids also enjoy it, but it is not the best of beaches. Depending on the tides it'll be wide or not, when the tide is low, you may even enjoy a walk from the Millennia statue to more or less Corona Street by the "Ladder" statue. El Malecon Beach's south end by Corona Street