Puerto Vallarta is perhaps one of the most enduringly popular vacation destinations in Mexico due to its pristine beaches, pristine swimming waters and diverse activities. There’s so much to do in Puerto Vallarta, in fact, that you could have something different to do every day of your vacation year after year! With activities, excursions, day cruises and landmarks to visit Puerto Vallarta has something to offer people of all ages and persuasions. Here are a list of our top ten activities to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta while you’re on your vacation.
- Searching for Whales
If you’re a snowbird who likes to get away from the winter chill then Puerto Vallarta will have something special to offer you when you visit. During the winter months Puerto Vallarta’s coast are home to whales, and you can take advantage of this with a whale watching tour! From November to March you’ll find plenty of companies who’re willing to take you out to see these magnificent creatures. One of the most beautiful Puerto Vallarta activities.
Sport fishermen couldn’t do much better than Puerto Vallarta for a great catch; here you can find Marlin, Dorado, Red Snapper, Sailfish and even Tuna fish to catch. There are plenty of tour operators than can take you out on the water and show you a good time! A watery activity for all the family.
- Pirate Fun on the Marigalante
The Marigalante pirate ship is one of the most iconic activities in Puerto Vallarta and is somewhat of a legend. Puerto Vallarta’s pirate ship is a replica 17th Century galleon that was modelled on the Santa Maria (Christopher Columbus’s flagship) which can be found sailing the shores of These ships offer day and night cruises which are suitable for people of all ages and persuasions.
- Malecon Saunter
The Malecon in Puerto Vallarta is a truly wonderful seafront boardwalk that takes those who walk along it through some of the best parts of the city. The Malecon was renovated in 2011 and has been given a full architectural facelift, so to speak. It is now flush with some of the most beautiful plants and bushes in the area. The sunsets you can see from the Malecon are spectacular, and the view is the best in the city. What’s more on an average day you can see rock balancers, flying acrobats and other street performers. The best of Puerto Vallarta’s free activities by far!
- Los Arcos Activities
The Los Arcos rock formation is a perfect place to see a variety of wildlife. You could see a wide array of migratory birds, and if you care to kayak or snorkel around the base you could see some marine wildlife, too. Most of Garza Blanca‘s suites offer a great view of this iconic geological formation.
- Secluded Beaches lost in time
South of Puerto Vallarta, you can still find communities that can only be reached by boat, and a day trip to one of these much loved beach towns will give you a quick glimpse into how Puerto Vallarta might have looked 100 years ago. You can enjoy the beach here, or take a hike into the jungles near these towns.
- Tee Time
Golf lovers will be spoilt for choice in Puerto Vallarta where there are a huge number of world class, championship standard courses to choose from. What’s more the excellent year round climate will mean that you never have to call off a game.
- Rhythms of the Night
Rhythms of the Night is a night tour activity that takes visitors to Las Caletas, which was once home to the hollywood director, John Huston. Houston lived hidden on a private beach surrounded by beautiful jungles. Now Las Caletas is one of the city’s most loved activities. A trip here involves a romantic dinner on the beach and a pre-hispanic show which involves magical rituals and dancing.
- Canopy and Zip Lining
Take a walk on the wild side with this adrenaline pumping activity! Puerto Vallarta’s mountains and ravines are perfect for this incredible activity, and zip-lining is undoubtedly the best way to see them. One of the most hair-raising Puerto Vallarta activities.
- Night Out On the Town
Party animals will love the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta. The nightlife here truly has someone for everyone. Whether you want fine dining, lively bars, bustling nightclubs or live music you can be sure that you’ll find what you want in Puerto Vallarta. You’ll be able to have a family dinner, a romantic evening, or a wild party. All you need to do is turn up at the right doors.