5 Amazing Things To Do In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

So, you are coming to Puerto Vallarta for vacation and you want to experience the best of our city. Check out our list of amazing things to do. We hope it will inspire you to explore and experience some of the magic that is Puerto Vallarta, Mexico!

Walk the Malecon

Malecon is Spanish for a public walkway along the sea, a boardwalk. Vallarta´s Malecon is a gorgeous wide paved pathway, along the Bay of Banderas, in downtown Puerto Vallarta. Palm trees line the way, with breathtaking views of the entire bay. Whimsical bronze sculptures are displayed along the entire route. Unique shops, cafes, and gardens, all in a designated pedestrian zone,  ideal for strolling. The Plaza de las Armas, in front of the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is an open-air amphitheater that has concerts and dance performances on the Malecon in the evenings.  A magical mix of artists, food vendors, locals, and tropical breezes make the Malecon a rich and uniquely Vallarta experience.


Excursions In Puerto Vallarta

Canapy River

Explore the Jungle—Zip the Canopy

Puerto Vallarta is famous for our beautiful beaches. However, amazing adventures also lie behind the beach, up in the jungle, in the Sierra Madre Mountains. Vallarta’s mountain jungle is a semi-tropical rain-forest where birds and butterflies abound. A garden of Eden,  with over 7,000 indigenous plants (including over 170 species wild orchids) and over 1,000 species of tropical birds. Take a zip line tour and fly through the hidden, wild, and wonderful world of a jungle canopy. Lots of great choices for zip lining. Our favorite is Canopy River.

Day Excursions In Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa Water Taxi Coop

Explore the Bay—Boat Cruises and Water Taxis

The Bay of Banderas offers endless options for recreational boating. Take a bay cruise on a pirate ship or jump on a water taxi to the south shore. Water taxis leave from the Vallarta municipal pier and from Boca de Tomatlan. You can also rent jet skis and paddle boards, or charter a boat for snorkeling, whale watching, or fishing. The charters aren’t as expensive as you might imagine! Or take a sailboat cruise on the Bay.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Puerto Vallarta, Mexico



Visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Vallarta’s architectural gem, the church sits on the main plaza in front of the Malecon and the Plaza de Las Armas. Construction began in 1904 and took 70 years to complete. The church is dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of all Mexicans. Awe-inspiring upon entry, with architectural grandeur, the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a must see.


 Walking Tours In Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

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Peruse the Art Galleries or Take the Free Art Walk Tour

The art walk is on Wednesday evenings, a self-guided walking tour through art galleries and cafes in downtown Vallarta. Many shops and galleries offer wine as you wander through their gallery. Art of all mediums is shown. A fun way to explore the art scene and meet artists, gallery owners, and other art lovers along the way.

For more ideas take a look at this blog post!

Top 5 Puerto Vallarta Excursions

From relaxing on the golden sand beaches to wandering the historic cobblestone streets, there is no shortage of things to do or sites to see in Puerto Vallarta. (Check out our post, Top 10 Things to do in Puerto Vallarta) But, if you really want to make the most of your time in the state of Jalisco, we’ve put together five of our favorite Puerto Vallarta day trips. Let’s do a little exploring!


1) Sayulita- A picturesque little beach village 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, this surfing mecca has a laid-back, bohemian vibe. Spend a day surfing, sipping tequila or just soaking in the local color. A must-see, Sayulita has a unique magic all its own.


2) Yelapa- Looking for a place to completely unplug and get away from it all? Yelapa is a tiny fishing village and a peaceful haven for lovers of the sun and sand. There are no cars in Yelapa, so you’ll travel by boat from Puerto Vallarta. You can depart from Los Muertos Beach or Boca de Tomatlán. Getting to Yelapa is actually an adventure in itself, and the reward is absolute tranquility.

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3) Tequila- Tequila is more than a beverage. It’s a region, a town, a culture and a history. There is no better way to properly experience tequila than to visit the place where it’s actually made! We recommend taking a tour of the factories. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to get to Tequila by bus or car.

San Sebastian

4) San Sebastian- A ninety-minute drive from Puerto Vallarta and deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains, visiting this former mining village will make you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Wonder the Mexican colonial streets that seem untouched by time and enjoy the culinary tradition that San Sebastian has to offer. Be sure to try the Chocoraiz, which is a chocolate drink spiked with Raicilla, aka local moonshine.


5) Mayto Beach and Tehuamixtle– Ever wonder where the locals go to “get away”? It’s about 2 hours south of Puerto Vallarta and its one of our favorite places! Lay on a hammock and enjoy miles and miles of virgin beaches. Stay at our favorite little rustic hotel, El Rinconcito and tell Fernando we sent you! Our must-have meal, an oyster and seafood lunch, can be found about ten minutes away at Tehua.

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