Encompassing beaches and forest-clad hills, Nuevo Vallarta is an attractive resort with an abundance of opportunities for outdoor fun. Frequented by families, honeymooners and adventure seekers, this area is one of the most popular vacation spots on the south coast of Nayarit. Enjoy a relaxed beach getaway or an activity-filled escape with hiking, water sports and more.
Extending for several miles along the resort’s coastline is Nuevo Vallarta Beach. Throw down a towel or sit beneath the shade of a palm tree or umbrella and gaze out across the glistening Pacific Ocean. Go for an invigorating swim in the mild water or try water sports such as bodyboarding, parasailing and windsurfing. The nearby Aquaventuras Park features waterslides, a lazy river and the chance to swim with dolphins.
Join an excursion to the Marieta Islands, a dedicated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a fantastic location for scuba diving and snorkeling. While here, swim through a water tunnel to access the idyllic Hidden Beach.
Banderas Bay is populated with a plethora of sea creatures. Between December and March, boat tours take passengers out on the sea in search of humpback whales. Look for nesting sea turtles at Flamingos Beach between July and December.
Out of the water, all-inclusive hotels, budget accommodations and spas frame the resort’s palm-lined streets. Browse the stores at Paradise Plaza Shopping Center or choose between the pristine greens and fairways of four excellent golf courses. Within the resort are El Tigre Golf Club, Mayan Palace Golf Course and Vidanta Golf Nayar, while Flamingos Golf Club is just a 15-minute drive north.
Embark on daytrips to other atmospheric beach villages on the south coast of Nayarit. Head north to Bucerías, celebrity haunt Punta Mita and surfer’s paradise Sayulita. Find Mismaloya and Yelapa south of Puerto Vallarta.
Reach Nuevo Vallarta by flying to Puerto Vallarta International Airport and rent a car from there. Many hotels also operate shuttle services to and from the airport. With blue skies and consistently warm temperatures, Nuevo Vallarta is a year-round destination though rain showers are more frequent in summer.
Beaches, Entertainment and Relaxing
Choose from a variety of water sports, watch dramatic sunsets and, in the right season, spot nesting sea turtles and migrating whales at this beach on Banderas Bay.
Sip coconut water, eat grilled fish and check out the shopping and entertainment at this beachside promenade.
This stretch of Mexican coastline has sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages and ideal spots to swim, surf or snorkel.
This secluded beach, once owned by a Hollywood legend, is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and enjoying the region’s fresh seafood.
See native birds, plants and animals in this secluded wildlife area just half an hour away from Puerto Vallarta.
Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Los Arcos, a favorite green space in Mismaloya. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this romantic area.
Take a scenic sunset cruise across Banderas Bay to one of the most secluded beaches in the world, Las Caletas, and enjoy a romantic evening out. Once on the island, enjoy a lavish dinner and a mesmerizing performance of ancient rituals and stories, revealed through music and modern dance.
Snorkel, swim, and kayak through the stunning rock formations scattered around the Marietas Islands. Beloved by Jacques Cousteau for their rich marine life and clear waters, this underwater playground is an ideal place to spend the afternoon.
Experience an adrenaline rush like never before on an adventure through Puerto Vallarta's jungles and beaches. Rappel down waterfalls, zip into freshwater pools, hop onto a mule for a mountain trek, tackle trails on a 4x4, and slip down an 846-foot (258-m) waterslide.
Speed Boat Ride and fly above the jungle and river on the highest Ziplines… Exotic animals, Waterslides, Kayaks & River Fun, Tequila Tasting, Restaurant-Bar & More in Los Veranos Canopy Tour! Kick off your adventure tour as you jet across the bay in a speed boat, admiring beautiful views of Puerto Vallarta, including “Los Arcos” National Marine Park, or enjoy your way to the canopy in our land-only transportation.
Spend a relaxing day at Las Caletas Beach, one of the Puerto Vallarta area's most secluded and pristine hideaways. Plenty of opportunities to sunbathe, snorkel, and paddleboard makes this serene pocket of Jalisco the picture-perfect place to while the day away.
Your surf lesson starts as you meet your instructor at the beach club, Mita Aventuras Surf School at beach in Punta de Mita village. You'll receive all necessary equipment including surfboard and rash-guards.
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