Puerto Vallarta – Mesmerizing Sunsets, Kilometres of Sandy Beaches & a Laidback, Colonial Centre!

As pretty as it is popular, Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone! This Pacific coast paradise has kilometres of stunning sandy beaches that you’ll never want to leave, sparkling waterfalls that will take your breath away, and an easy going, friendly Colonial centre.

Many come to Puerto Vallarta simply to have a great time, feel pampered, and get the ultimate resort holiday experience. Others love coming to Puerto Vallarta to take the opportunity to shop, engage with the friendly locals, and visit the Zona Romantica for more of an authentic Mexican town experience while still soaking up those holiday rays of sunshine.

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The sun sets on Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta locals are typically warm and welcoming and will be able to point you in the right direction should you need anything while out and about exploring this Mexican resort town. You’ll be able to find just about anything in Puerto Vallarta.

On national holidays you’ll notice Puerto Vallarta is much busier and more crowded, and being that it is a popular tourist destination you’ll also find that prices are higher here than in many other cities in Mexico but it’s still a tremendously fun place to check out! English is widely spoken in Puerto Vallarta, making it that much easier to enjoy your vacation if you’re worried about getting by on English only.

Amazing Puerto Vallarta – Getting there is easy, and sometimes half the fun!

Since Puerta Vallarta is such a beautiful and popular resort town, it’s considerably easy to get there no matter where you’re coming from. The toll roads that come from cities nearby are well maintained and will get you there quickly and easily.

The most popular way of getting to Puerto Vallarta if you’re coming internationally is of course by plane. It’s a top vacation destination, which means that there are a lot of flights coming to Puerto Vallarta from all across North America, and quite a lot of them are paired with hotel packages that can save you a lot of money.

If you’re considering flying to Puerto Vallarta and you’re pretty easy going about the dates, you can watch for the prices of these vacation packages to fall – sometimes you can pounce on an extremely cheap flight to Puerto Vallarta with seven days in a hotel, for half the price you would normally spend. Learn how to watch trends in air fare by checking out web sites such as Kayak.com.

Puerto Vallarta is such a sought-after destination that there are also many different cruise ships that come to the resort city from the USA, Canada, and from Europe. Vancouver to Puerto Vallarta cruise packages, for example, will make getting there half the fun – you can party, dine and relax along your entire way to your Puerto Vallarta vacation and back.

Adventures in Puerto Vallarta – What are you going to do on your holiday?

From kayaking to golfing, whale watching tours to surfing, there’s seemingly endless ways to spend your days in Puerto Vallerta. It really is the resort city that has it all! There are plenty of activities you can do on your own such as snorkeling and swimming, or you could sign up for a group or private tour.

Golfing is one of the number one activities that can be found in Puerto Vallarta. The very first golf course to ever have been built in Puerto Vallarta was made more than 20 years ago at the Flamingos Hotel.

Whale watching tours

Whale watching tours

Featuring 6 world-class golfing facilities in the Banderas Bay area, as well as 3 different exclusive golf resorts that can be found a short drive south of the city, Puerto Vallarta has rapidly transformed into one of Mexico’s leading golfing holiday destinations for over the past couple of decades.

The Mayan Palace Nuevo Vallarta Golf Club is 18-hole is a par 71 course that you can find at Paseo de las Moras S/N, Fraccionamiento Náutico Turístico, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. It’s an enjoyable course with many obstacles, on the scenic beaches of Vallarta where the Bahia de Banderas Bay meets the Sierra Madre mountains. The Vallarta course gives visitors some noteworthy competitive advantages and challenges, with attributes that will please anyone ranging from beginner to expert skill levels.

If you’re planning on being in Puerto Vallerta anywhere in between December through March, you’ll be in time for Puerto Vallarta’s whale watching season. Beautiful humpback whales are the stars of these shows, but you’ll also get the opportunity to spot porpoises, dolphins and other animals.

Puerto Vallarta’s whale watching tours will be able to bring you out onto the waters to experience the sight of the magnificent humpback whale families in Banderas Bay. Ocean Friendly tours can be found online at www.oceanfriendly.com, where you’ll be able to see their most up to date information on whale watching tours in the Puerto Vallerta region.

All of the Ocean Friendly Tours Feature:

  • Government certified and trained boat captains and crew members
  • 27-foot vessels with open deck plans, complete with on board/on deck restroom facilities
  • On board oceanologist and naturalist assistants helping out as your specialized, bilingual guides
  • Illustrated field guides and learning materials
  • A briefing of the Banderas Bay region and an explanation of the Humpback whale’s biological features, and its migration, mating and birthing activities
  • Discussions about the natural and scientific details throughout the entire tour
  • State of the art hydrophone and speaker system for listening to the whale and dolphin vocalizations underwater, available during the winter whale watching tours only
  • West Marine auto-inflating life vests for adults
  • Life vests specifically designed to ensure the safety of younger children
  • VHF radio communication systems for ship to shore communication throughout the trip
  • A complete safety and first aid kit and equipment, and safety certified crew members are all on board
  • Available dry bags for camera equipment and for clothing protection
  • Food – Morning departures will include a lunch of homemade pannini sandwiches, condiments, a variety of fruit and snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks, all with eco-friendly packaging
  • Afternoon departures will feature fruit, snacks, bottled purified water and soft drinks. Simply advise the tour operator if you need a vegetarian or gluten-free lunch, or if you have any food related allergies when you schedule your tour with them
  • An on board gift shop featuring souvenir caps, tee-shirts, and more. Note that it’s cash only, as they are not able to accept credit cards on board. Mexican Pesos, Canadian & US Dollars are accepted.

Puerto Vallarta is definitely one of Mexico’s top dive destinations, a great place to come and go scuba diving or snorkeling. You’ll find an abundane of dive shops along the beaches, renting out all of the necessary equipment and providing lessons if you need them.

The fact that the blue waters off of Puerto Vallarta feature a variety of diving experiences attracts scuba divers of all different skill levels. Regardless of whether you’re a certified expert with lots of experience diving, or if you have never even tried scuba diving for the first time,  there are programs and equipment available for you.

Vallarta-adventures.com is a PADI 5-Star Dive Center; PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are places where scuba divers find diver education, scuba diving equipment and different opportunities to go diving. With Vallarta Adventures you can rent equipment and get experience knowing that you are with one of Puerto Vallarta’s most popular scuba diving operator.

This tour operator features the Discover Scuba Diving program for beginners to advanced certifications, and a team of experienced and friendly guides who will make your holiday memorable while ensuring that you enjoy a safe diving experience.

If you want to try surfing, the beaches in along the coast of Banderas Bay make an excellent day trip. You can embark on a surfing day trip like this completely on your own, with friends, or as part of a coordinated tour with a local surf instructor. There are an abundance of surfing spots in the state of Nayarit, running the gamut from beginner waves, to excellent reef breaks for more experienced surfers.

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A Puerto Vallarta Pufferfish

Check out popular surf spots such as Veneros, Burros, la Lancha, Punta de Mita, San Pancho and Sayulita. You’ll be able to reach these spots easily from downtown Vallarta, as most of them take under an hour to reach, with just over an hour to get to the lovely Sayulita along the Pacific coast. Easily accessible Sayulita is a little village with resources that cater to beginner surfers.

Surf lessons, stunning surf locations, and surfboard rentals are all easily found in Sayulita, and its beautiful beaches are a great getaway from the resort. The area is well known for being the home of some of the best surfers in Mexico!

Puerto Vallarta doesn’t just provide scuba diving opportunies, they’re well known for their snorkeling too. The most popular snorkeling areas to be found in the region are Los Arcos underwater caves, as well as Marietas Islands caverns.

Puerto Vallarta tours, 1-866-217-9704, feature expert English speaking snorkeling guides, snorkeling at Both Los Arcos and Majahuitas, the use of snorkeling equipment, we well as refreshments and bottled water when you organize a snorkeling tour. You’ll just need to bring along biodegradable eco-friendly sunscreen (to help keep the ecosystem healthy), your swim suit, your underwater camera, as well as 20 pesos cash for the Marina Fee (about $1.50.)

Found close by Mismaloya located in the Bay of Banderas is the famous Los Arcos – the most popular diving and snorkeling destination in all of Puerto Vallarta. You’ll be brought to the protected marine preserve to explore around its islands, reefs, many different tunnels, caves, and arches all teeming with marine life.

You’ll definitely want to have your water proof camera handy when you begin spotting a wide variety of sea life, like the spotted Eagle Rays, octopus, lobster, angelfish, puffer fish, needlefish, and clownfish that make Los Arcos their home. First you will snorkel at Los Arcos, before pressing on to the isolated cove of Majahuitas where you can continue your snorkeling adventures as you spot rays, eels, vividly colored fish. The tour itself is conducted on a small 10 passenger or 16 passenger boat. This ensures that the tour will be more personal and there will actually be less people in the water along with you.

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Dining in Puerto Vallarta

Vallarta Adventures also offers snorkeling trips, combining a fun filled day of sun and adventure with just the right mix of educational experiences, physical activity and entertainment. But why stop at snorkeling? There’s sea kayaking, a variety of beach activities, boat tours, and exploration of the tropical ecosystems that can be found on many of the secluded islands and beach hideaways that make up part of the lovely Banderas Bay.

Golfing, snorkeling, humpback whale watching tours, scuba diving and boating are really only just the start of it – you’re only scratching the surface of the impressive number of adventures that are waiting in Puerto Vallarta! You’re going to need a place to relax.

Fortunately, Puerto Vallarta has a laid back colonial centre at its heart – the perfect place to grab a meal, and sip a drink as you watch the world go by. The historic centre of Puerto Vallarta is the place to come appreciate the character of the downtown region, and engage with the locals and travelers alike.

Travel down the cobblestone streets, see the city’s iconic Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (The Church of our Lady of Guadalupe) and treat yourself to a great meal while you hear the sounds of bands playing in the square. It’s all waiting for you in Puerto Vallarta!

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