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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.

Free Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta

There's no need to give your credit card a workout in Puerto Vallarta. The following won't cost a penny.

Museo del Cuale - Young or old, this place will rouse your imagination and grip your attention.

Plaza Principal - Be wowed by the design and originality of this impressive example of modernistic architecture.

La Presidencia (Town Hall) - If you like delving into bygone eras, this is one stop you ought to visit.

Plaza de las Armas - This is a lively area where you can absorb the ambiance and appreciate the local way of life.

Los Muertos Pier - If you're eager to check out some of the more important or unique places in the community, this is a great place to start.

La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - Get in touch with your spiritual side or simply savor the peaceful atmosphere at this holy place.

Camarones Beach - Get stuck into your favorite magazine or listen to some music while you're catching those rays.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Puerto Vallarta

Nuevo Vallarta

This purpose-built coastal resort features a long sandy beach, family-friendly hotels, golf, water sports and wildlife.

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Stunning beaches, rolling waves, water sports, jungle treks and superb restaurants await visitors at this stylish getaway on the Pacific coast.

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Punta de Mita

Dabble in water sports and discover deserted beaches, exclusive hotels and picture-perfect islands at this serene oceanfront resort.

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Romantic Zone

Playa de los Muertos and Olas Altas Street are just a few worthwhile attractions to visit in Romantic Zone. Travelers also love the stunning beaches, fantastic nightlife, and popular shops.

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Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Home to the city’s main museums, art galleries and an amphitheater, this historic center also has a stunning esplanade right by the water.

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Marina Vallarta

A noteworthy feature of Marina Vallarta is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out El Faro Lighthouse and Marina Golf Club.

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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?

What is Puerto Vallarta famous for?

Malecon is an icon of Puerto Vallarta, so make it a priority to visit.

What should I not miss in Puerto Vallarta?

Make time in your schedule to explore top-rated sights like Bay of Banderas and Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens.

Are there cheap things to do in Puerto Vallarta?

What can you do in Puerto Vallarta for free?

You'll hardly have time to pull your wallet out of your backpack with so many free attractions:

  • Malecon
  • Bay of Banderas
  • Playa de los Muertos
  • Punta De Mita Beach