Activities & Attractions
Puerto Vallarta is famous due to the beauty of its beaches and also by the fact that is surrounded by different zones of high (tourist) development, also sited almost in the Jalisco limits and Nayarit beaches along with its popular Bandera Bay.
However, the charm of this fascinating destination amazes both the domestic and the foreign traveler by the number of adventures to get involved with during your next visit. Next we state some of the main activities to do in Puerto Vallarta.
Puerto Vallarta has earned fame among enthusiasts of this fancy sport, offering the best settings and the most celebrated tournaments in the state, granting it with worldwide quality and becoming an amazing attraction as well. Some of the main courses are “Marina Vallarta” located in the Marina Corridor, it features 18 holes par 72; “Vista Vallarta Golf Club” located in the University Circuit, offering two courses of 18 holes, par 71; “Flamingos Golf Club” located 14 kms away towards the airport north, offering a course of 18 holes, par 72.
As far as appreciating flora and fauna, Puerto Vallarta is an amazing destination to do so, also to go for a photo safari, or simply tour peacefully while you make conscience of preserving the environment. Colomitos is ideal to go for a walk and appreciating from a short distance the birds, butterflies, geckos and tropical trees. At the Marietas Islands, you will be amazed with the caves, canyons and cliffs, and imposing endemic species such as: the blue legged Bobo bird native from the Marietas Islands and the Green Loudmouth bird. The Arcos is another splendid place, a submarine park identified by its three arches shaped by marine erosion throughout thousands of years, where more than 350 species coexist. Boca de Tomates, the river mouth of Ameca River is a very attractive spot since, during the months of July and December, children and adults along collaborate in the release of baby (Marine) Turtles’.
One of the ecological beauties to admire from in Puerto Vallarta, is the adventure tour, appreciating the beauty, the harmony and grace from the Hunchback Whales that come to these coasts to pair and give birth to babies, as well as the dolphins that inhabit Banderas Bay. The Hunchback Whales can only be seen during the winter season, though; you will be able to watch the dolphins play in the port all year round. This tour, without a doubt is totally worth it, since in top of all, you will get to meet the beaches that surround Banderas’ Bay. In the coast zone you can find service providers that set up this matchless tour for you.
Scuba, Snorkeling and Kayaking
Banderas Bay is a sanctuary with a great marine abundance, becoming a “must do” activity for the scuba diving and snorkeling practice, an experience full of fun for the entire family. Your day is full of amusement, learning and challenge, while you get to practice snorkeling, kayak or scouting the tropical ecosystems in the isolated and the secluded beaches surrounding the stunning Banderas Bay.
Only for those ones who dare to experience the biggest adrenaline rushes, challenging skills and feel like adding up that adventurous element to the trip, you can find the most challenging activities in this port.
The Bungee Jumping in Puerto Vallarta is located at the 9 km marker over the highway towards Mismaloya. The fall is over 36 meters high, it can also be performed at Boca de Tomatlan, only 16 kms away southwest from this destination. Heading over to Las Animas, towards the city’s southwest, you can challenge the wind on a thrilling tour on parachute. In Yelapa, 30 kms away southwest Puerto Vallarta, you find paragliding activities as well.
For those Surf enthusiasts, in Puerto Vallarta you find high waves and the proper wind to take over the board and waves. The best spots to practice this sport are in Boca de Tomates beach, only 10 kms northwest Puerto Vallarta and at Playa de Oro, ideal for amateur surfers due to its calm waves.