What to do in Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta Attractions

Puerto Vallarta is a resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean in the Mexican state of Jalisco. Things to do in Puerto Vallarta include relaxing on sun-splashed beaches, exploring in the Vallarta Botanical Gardens, and playing golf at one of the many fine golf courses in the area. Puerto Vallarta excursions nature lovers enjoy include whale watching, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding on the beach, sailing, surfing, jet skiing, and kite surfing.

The latest thrilling trend in outdoor adventure in Puerto Vallarta tours is ziplining. Turtle watching is becoming an increasingly popular activity on the beaches of Mexico.

Although Puerto Vallarta receives a great deal of tourist activity, it also has a sizable community of retired Canadian and U.S. citizens, so you won't have a problem finding places to socialize with other English-speaking people. Puerto Vallarta also has a recently established English-speaking live theater scene. However, don't forget that some of the must see attractions in Puerto Vallarta are off the beaten path. For instance, if you love freshly prepared blackberry juice, your best bet is to slip away into a side street and find a little juice stand where the local people go.

One of the most famous Puerto Vallarta activities is the November Festival. You can find art exhibits, concerts, tequila, and wine tasting events, cocktail parties and festive dinners during this annual celebration that takes place in mid-November. All varieties of music are also well-represented in Puerto Vallarta, and one of the top electronic music festivals in the northern hemisphere is held here every year.

Your PV vacation will be much more enjoyable, if you contact our offices here at Expedia for assistance in planning your Mexican sojourn. You can book your stay through us, and we will also provide you with a map of the city as well as advice on Puerto Vallarta activities and local spots that may be of interest to you and your traveling companions.

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There's no need to endlessly reach for your wallet in Puerto Vallarta. The following won't cost a cent.

Museo del Cuale - Old or young, this gallery will spark your imagination and capture your mind.

Plaza Principal - Architecture enthusiasts will no doubt love admiring the impressive modern design of this local landmark.

La Presidencia - Get to know some of the fascinating history of the region through this attraction.

Plaza de las Armas - Wander down the streets and immerse yourself in the vibe of this popular area.

Los Muertos Pier - Strike up a conversation with a few locals and find out why many sightseers stop to visit this place.

La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - Get a better understanding of the local religion at this holy sanctuary.

Camarones Beach - Breathe in the sea air and watch the waves hit the shore at this coastal spot.

Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta with Kids

There are plenty of outstanding experiences in Puerto Vallarta that the whole gang will love. Here are some of the most popular family friendly experiences around.


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Puerto Vallarta on a sunny day?
What to do in Puerto Vallarta on a rainy day?
If it’s raining cats and dogs during your visit, dry off your umbrella and have a go at some of these enticing indoor activities:

What is Puerto Vallarta famous for?
Malecon lives up to its reputation as a landmark you simply can’t miss.
What should I not miss in Puerto Vallarta?
Give yourself enough time here to explore terrific attractions like Bay of Banderas and Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens.