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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.

Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta with Kids

There's fun for the whole family no matter where you go in Puerto Vallarta. Here are some family friendly experiences you can enjoy together that will make your vacation unforgettable:

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

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.


Downtown Puerto Vallarta

Downtown Puerto Vallarta is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, abundant dining options, and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Malecon or Camarones Beach while you're exploring the neighborhood.


Conchas Chinas

Notable for its beaches, restaurants, and shopping, Conchas Chinas is a sought-after destination for many travelers visiting Zona sur. If you want to see some sights in the area, check out Playa de los Muertos or Olas Altas Street.


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.


South Shore Hotel Area

The stunning beaches and fantastic nightlife are just a few highlights of South Shore Hotel Area. Make a stop by Playa Mismaloya or Playa de los Muertos while you're exploring the area.

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Las Glorias

A noteworthy feature of Las Glorias is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Playa Las Glorias and La Isla.


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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 a symbol of Puerto Vallarta, so allow enough time to visit.

What should I not miss in Puerto Vallarta?

Great sights are easy to come by here, however, Bay of Banderas and Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens are two you simply can't miss.

Are there cheap things to do in Puerto Vallarta?

If you're on a smaller budget, consider adding these affordable tours and activities to your schedule:

What can you do in Puerto Vallarta for free?

Your escape to Puerto Vallarta needn't cost a bundle with free attractions like these to keep you entertained:

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