Activities & Sports
While enjoying the magnificent scenery, you can do various aquatic activities, including surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating and sailing.
Great deep-sea and freshwater fishing are included among the many attractions; sailfish, dorado and red snapper fishing are some of the most popular catches.
If you’re looking to do recreational activities on land, you can go on an ecotourism outing, do an adventure tour, or go mountain biking. Other outdoor activities you can enjoy here include horseback riding and whale-watching.
Located near the main entrance of the Riviera Nayarit tourist resort is the Parque Aquatico Splash. This aquatic park has spacious green areas where you can relax, a 20 m water slide, a children’s play area and a dolphin and sea lion show.
Vallarta is a great destination for golf enthusiasts, as it has world-class courses with abundant vegetation and beautiful bay views: Casa Club El Tigre, Paradise Village Golf and Country Club, Club de Golf Flamingos, Mayan Resort Palace Club de Golf, and Four Seasons Golf.
The Altavista petroglyph complex is located near the village and beach-town of Chacala. This region was originally home to the largely unstudied Tecoxquin indigenous culture dating to 2300 BC. This extensive group of rock carvings is still used today for ceremonial religious purposes by the native.
Visit the archeological site of Guachimonton in Teuchitlecen which is considered one of the first settlements living in a more structured society and is composed of circular structures dating back 2000 years.
Attractions & Sights
Most attractions are in Puerto Vallarta. Wander through Viejo Vallarta, with its traditional cobbled streets, white-walled houses, wrought-iron balconies and red tiled roofs. Plaza de Armas is the city's main plaza where visitors can often see public concerts.
Visit the Parroquia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, with its unusual dome, a replica of the crown worn by Empress Charlotte in 1860, or admire the original murals by the artist Manuel Lepe in the Palacio Municipal.
Walk along the Malecon with its esplanade of bronze statures and wide variety of shops with something for everyone; explore the galleries displaying contemporary Mexican art. Saucedo Theatre Building, built in 1922 in a Belle Epoque style has been converted to retail use.
Various pre-Colombian objects were found at the Puerto Vallarta archaeological site and they are now on display at the local Cuale Museum of Archaeology. If you want to know more about the history and culture of the place, this museum is a must. The University of Guadalajara's Coastal Center features several public attractions including the Peter Gray Art Museum and a Crocodile Farm.
The Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens has agaves and other native plants and orchids. The Puerto Vallarta Zoological Gardens is home to 350 animals.
There are many boat excursions available along the bays of Banderas, Yelapa, Caletas, Quimixto, Playa Animas and Marietas Islands.
There are beautiful coastal villages to explore as well in the area such as Punta Sayulita, El Monteon, Rincon de Guayabitos, and Penita de Jaltemba.
Many hotels organize fiesta nights once a week. At Marina Vallarta you’ll find several nightclubs where you can have some cocktails as you take in an impressive view of the marina. If you had something more intimate in mind, you can visit the various establishments that play lounge music, which gives the atmosphere a much more romantic feel.
For night owls, check out the many bars and nightclubs in Puerto Vallarta, offering everything from live jazz and salsa, to popular DJ mixes. Favourites include Cactus, El Faro, J.B. and Zapata for nightly pre-Hispanic and folk music.
The state capital Tepic, which lies146 km to the northeast, has many museums, historic buildings and beautiful parks that await you. See the Palacio de Gobierno, Cuatro Pueblos Museum, Cathedral of the Purisima Concepcion de Maria, Temple of the Cruz de Zacate, Amado Nervo Museum and the Casa de la Cultura. Visit the Regional Museum of Anthropology and History which offers archaeological exhibits and the ethnography of the Cora and Huichol indigenous peoples.
Here is a once-in-a-life-time excursion: After a 50 min flight deep into the Sierra Madre, you will visit a real indigenous village. The Huichol Indians, cut off from the world by the rugged mountains and deep canyons, still live much as they did in pre-Columbian times. They refuse to be influenced by the modern world and live by rich oral and ceremonial traditions. They are known for their exquisite beadwork.