Puerto Vallarta is traditional, exquisite, romantic, artistic, diverse, friendly, warm, multicultural, and has an exotic environment. Consistently ranked as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico amongst savvy travelers across the world, it is also one of the cleanest beach destinations in all of Mexico. Surrounded by the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental of Jalisco, beautiful beaches, golden sunsets, and cobbled streets, Puerto Vallarta has been dubbed as the ‘most enticing coastal destinations’. Every year millions come to laze on the dazzling sandy beaches, browse in the quirky shops and wander the picturesque central streets and enticing Malecón (boardwalk).
Things To See and Do in Puerto Vallarta
Water Activities – Water sports abound in and around Puerto Vallarta, because the waters of Banderas Bay, are protected and calm. You can be part of many water-based activities such as swimming, parasailing and jet skiing at almost any beach in Puerto Vallarta. If you want to experience an amazing scuba diving and snorkeling escapade, travel to the south end of town toward Los Arcos which is a natural preserve or in the northern area near Bucieras and Punta de Mita which is located near the northern point of the bay. Other popular diving destinations include Los Angedos, Las Marietas, El Morro, and Las Caletas. For the true sportsman, Purto Vallarta also offers some good deep sea sportfishing and freshwater fishing opportunities. All types of fish inhabit the waters around Puerto Vallarta at different times of the year. Marlin, sailfish, dorado, snapper, all of which can be caught on a wide variety of fishing boats that you can hire from us at almost any of its beaches. Another water-based activity that ought not be missed is the whale watching escapade. Banderas Bay is home to its own colony of Humpback Whales. Many tours are available to view these magnificent mammals. For the more adventure-loving travelers, Harley Davidsons are available for rent and can be taken to a calming hike to a serene waterfall.
Parks, Gardens and Wildlife – The local tropical climate of Vallarta makes it a veritable paradise for both flora and fauna, airborne, on land, and or in the water. This extraordinary environment provides shelter for not only mammals, reptiles, insects and lesser-known species, but also four hundred bird species of many different sizes and colors along with three hundred orchid species. Marietas Islands National Park is considered to be an important breeding site, shelter, and transit of resident, migratory, continental and marine bird species such as the Brown Booby and the famous Blue Footed Booby. You can spot dolphins (all year) and humpback whales from the islands and boats (mid-December to late March). Los Arcos National Park features small beautiful granite islands protruding from the sea surface. These are protected as a National Marine Park since 1984. This wonderful place is also a protected area for various seabird species and some of these include penguins, various species of parrots, pelicans and other sea and land birds. The Banderas Bay and the surrounding Pacific Ocean makes Puerto Vallarta a great area for the most conspicuous fish, namely the blue & black marlin, red snapper, sailfish, tuna, and sea bass. Reptiles include green iguanas, spiny-tailed iguanas and the Mexican beaded lizard.
Best Beaches – Part of the beauty and fun of traveling to a new place is having the opportunity to enjoy the beauties nature has in store. In the case of Vallarta, one of the main attractions is the beaches in the area. While many of the beaches are famous for activities to partake in such as scuba diving and snorkeling or simply strolling down the golden sands. You can also enjoy the view of frolicking humpback whales and dolphins in the bay, meditate to the soothing and relaxing sound of the waves or enjoy the beautiful and romantic sunset. Playa Los Muertos is Puerto Vallarta's most famous and popular beach. Another beach that ought not be missed is Mismaloya beach – the place that started it all for Puerto Vallarta as a tourist destination. In the Nayarit region of Acapulco, you can plan a visit to Sayulita, Marieta Islands, Flamingos, and Nuevo Vallarta to name a few. On River Jalisco, the famous beaches include Tranquila, Los Muertos, Garza Blanca, Los Arcos to name a few. And in the Cabo Corrientes river, you can visit the famous Cabo Corrientes, Mayto, Tehuamixtle, Villa del Mar and Yelapa.
Tourist Attractions – With its tropical climate and a number of tourist attractions, Puerto Vallarta is a paradise for history enthusiasts. The best part is that Puerto Vallarta has a lot to offer. The Puerto Vallarta Malecon is a seaside promenade by the edge of the ocean. While strolling along the Malecon , you can come across the beautiful statues along the way, admire the bay, and in the evening enjoy the sunsets that color everything in tones of orange and red. You can also visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish - the symbol of the city. It dominates the downtown skyline and is one of the favorite icons. The church is always active and you'll hear the bells every day. If you want to enjoy the famous cobblestone village streets that are so common in all the typical Mexican towns, then head to the Romantic Zone (Old Vallarta). All the history buffs can visit the Naval Historical Museum which provides permanent exposition with 5 areas that include documents, charts, maps, scale boat and ship replicas. Finally, you can't leave Puerto Vallarta without enjoying the artwork of one of the greatest artists of this city – Manual Lepe. His paintings of small angels, children, and Puerto Vallarta landscapes can be found in the homes of presidents and art collectors.
Dining and Shopping – Puerto Vallarta dining and nightlife have something for everyone, from popular bars like Senor Frogs to elegant restaurants. The shores of the sparkling blue Bahia de Banderas Bay surrounded by emerald green mountains are all dotted with Puerto Vallarta's famous restaurants. There are many dining options in Puerto Vallarta to choose from, including those that serve International, French, Mexican, Seafood, and Spanish cuisines. Vallarta has something to satisfy every taste and budget. Do treat your taste buds with one of local dishes that best represents what is typical in the town is "Pescado embarazado", which is a pregnant fish. Other local favorite dishes are Birria, Pozole, and tamal. For the shopaholics, Puerto Vallarta is a “dream come true.” There are outdoor markets, flea markets, shopping centers, small indoor centers and everything in between. Walk through the eclectic streets to find something special that you cannot possibly live without. Excellent shops are scattered throughout. Visitors have the unique opportunity to purchase pieces by some of Mexico’s most well-known contemporary painters and sculptors as well as internationally renowned artists. Among the products that you may find interesting are silver jewelry, blown glass objects, local pottery, scrapes, clothing, masks and other artisan products.
Day Trips – Puerto Vallarta day trips offer vacationers access to some of the most beautiful places and tourist destinations that lie in close proximity of Vallarta. The perfect place for parasailing, Yelapa lies in close proximity when considering close side trips from Puerto Vallarta. You need to do a bit of planning if you wish to visit the Marieta Islands. The islands are now a national park and it's perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Do not miss the day trip to the “crown jewel” of the Riviera Nayarit – Sayulita. Sayulita has always been a popular surf destination because of its consistent river mouth surf break. You can always go horseback riding, hiking, jungle canopy tours, snorkeling and or fishing. Other popular day trip destinations include Playa las Animas, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Cabo San Lucas, and Acapulco.
Renting a private yacht charter in Puerto Vallarta from Puerto Vallarta Yachts is a wonderful way to spend your vacation. On board, you can sail on the azure waters, zip from beach to beach, or drop some lines and fish as you cruise along the Puerto Vallarta shoreline while taking photos, stopping for snorkeling in the protected marine preserves along the way. Our private yacht charters in Puerto Vallarta provide comfort, privacy and full flexibility over your day. You can also contact us at 702-401-4284 to book your luxurious yacht. Our charter consultants will help you select the best charter yachts in Puerto Vallarta and take you to the surrounding cruising destinations.