There is something for every age and interest. Here are just a few of the awesome things to do in Puerto Vallarta!
Go Scuba Diving
Whether you are a first-time or a savvy diver, there is something for everyone under the sea! There are Various Scuba Diving Tours to choose from it’s the perfect opportunity for underwater adventures. Expect to see diverse marine life of manta rays, sea turtles, tropical fish, octopus, and maybe even humpback whales or a shipwreck. Scuba diving is also extraordinary here because of the unique caves and rock formations like Los Arcos.
Drink And Dance The Night Away
In PV the party never ends. After you catch the stunning sunset the city comes to life. Whether you prefer bar hopping, a more laid back live music or clubbing, there is plenty to do after the sun goes down. The Malecon is lined with thrilling night clubs where the party truly almost never ends or head to the Romantic Zone where you can find LGB-friendly bars and clubs.
Explore Zona Romantica
Zona Romántica is a trendy and lively area. It’s the LGBT-friendly neighborhood in PV, but all are welcome! In fact, it’s where you will find some of the best restaurants and shops in town. This includes restaurants that serve a variety of international dishes—and lots of excellent Mexican food. Be sure to stop by our food tour partner Tuna Azul for fresh and delicious seafood.
Enjoy The Vallarta Botanical Garden
For those who love nature, Vallarta’s Botanical Garden is a must. In addition to the native and exotic plants and flowers from around the world you can hike, bird watch, swim in the river, attend workshops, and more. The gift shop sells plants, seeds, art, coffee, and artisanal food. Be sure to dine in the restaurant where you will enjoy breathtaking views. The Botanical Gardens are a stop along the way on our 32 Hour Overnight Experience To Mayto Beach!
Set Sail To Islas Marietas
Formed by volcanic activity many years ago and protected by the government today, these uninhabited islands host countless treasures including the most beautiful beaches in the world. A Bucket List spot for many travelers and a full day of fun on the water. It’s also one of the few places in the world you can see the blue footed booby bird!
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.
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.
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.
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 taxito 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.
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.
There is more to do but this list is an excellent place to begin!