Bordered by the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains, boasting white sand beaches and surrounded by the sparkling depths of the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta is a great tropical destination, providing an exotic blend of vibrant culture, Mexican flavor and nature at her best. Puerto Vallarta's stunning beaches offer a suite of activities to partake in, from scuba diving, snorkeling to just strolling along the golden coast. Your Vallarta vacation would be incomplete without taking advantage of the day tours to some of the unique and interesting places located close to Puerto Vallarta. Here's a list of some of the best day trips from Puerto Vallarta that will add a new dimension to your vacation experience.
#1 San Sebastian del Oeste: Settled in 1605, San Sebastian sits in the scenic hills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. This beach town has been designated as Pueblo Magico — a magical town — by the Mexico Tourism Board as it boasts historic architecture, a wealth of 18th century Haciendas and coffee & agave plantations in its lush mountainsides.
#2 La Cruz de Huanacaxtle: La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a picturesque rustic village located in the state of Nayarit, north of Puerto Vallarta. La Cruz has many beautiful beaches including La Manzanilla, Destiladeras, Careyeros, Bucerías, Sayulita, San Pancho, Chacala, Chacalilla, and La Peñita. All these beaches are perfect for enjoying your laid-back vacation and perfect beach day getaway.
#3 Yelapa: Yelapa is a small beach town in Jalisco in the southernmost cove of the Bahía de Banderas. Surrounded by forest and bathed by the beautiful Pacific Ocean, Yelapa is great for snorkeling, diving, parasailing and fishing adventures. If you prefer more adventurous activities, go for camping, explore the jungle and hike in the hills.
#4 Bucerias: The town of Bucerias is located only 20 minutes North of Puerto Vallarta. Bucerias’ 5-mile stretch of soft sandy beaches, cobblestone streets, amazing sightseeing landmarks, impressive sunset and heartwarming charm will not only give you calm and peace, but you will also feel relaxed and refreshed. The Bucerias beaches are also a great place for surfing, windsurfing, boogie boarding and kitesurfing.
#5 Boca de Tomatlan: Not far from downtown Puerto Vallarta (only 17km south of Vallarta), Boca de Tomatlan boasts some of the most beautiful beaches of the southern part of the Banderas Bay. Boca de Tomatlan, despite its relaxed demeanor, is a great starting point for many adventures including snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, scuba diving and hiking to the Colomitos Beach.
#6 Mismaloya: This beautiful beach is quite famous in the Banderas Bay as the movie "The Night of the Iguana” was filmed here in 1963. Located 9 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, the romantic & beautiful setting of sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, palm trees and the mysterious mountain forest surrounding the Mismaloya beach makes up for a favorite destination for romantic yacht charters in Puerto Vallarta.
With its varied, amazing and beautiful destinations, Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding locations are a wealth of exploration. Make some of the best memories from your trip to Puerto Vallarta and the Bay area, and be sure not to miss these magnificent destinations while you are vacationing here on board your own private yacht charter.