Once you'd settled at one of the comfortable and luxurious hotels in Puerto Vallarta, and after you had seen the majestic beach of Banderas Bay, which is surrounded by mountains covered in green by the jungle; once you had walked along its golden sandy beaches or along the traditional cobbled streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta, you'll surely ask yourself: what else is there to do in Vallarta?
Well, if the purpose of your trip to Puerto Vallarta is not merely relaxation, meditation or contemplation, we have good news for you: there are plenty of things to see, learn and explore in Vallarta! Vallarta 101 consists on walking along the famous "Malecon" (the boardwalk) to visit all its shops, restaurants and bars, but that's only the starting point of your adventure.
You just have to visit this place known as "Las Caletas" (the coves), where you will be guided by experienced bilingual experts to safely go diving, snorkeling, or kayaking in the area. There is also a path which leads you deep into the jungle, allowing you to learn more about the flora of Puerto Vallarta; you may also visit a well-groomed garden of orchids, or take part in an interactive experience with parrots.
Then, how about swimming with dolphins in Puerto Vallarta? Have fun with these intelligent mammals and learn much more about them with explanations and examples provided by their trainers. The chance of caressing, kissing and playing with them face to face is truly priceless.
If your next vacation in Puerto Vallarta happens to be between the months of December and March, why not paying a visit to our long-time friends, the humpback whales? You'll get incredible photos of these huge ocean inhabitants who arrive each year at the calm waters of Banderas Bay. Whale watching in Vallarta is something you just can't miss! Do not forget to bring sunscreen, your camera and a towel, should you get soaking wet by the splashing and stunning leaps of these impressive mammals!
You can also take a sport fishing tour aboard a modern ship, be it a 34, 37, or a 41 feet long boat. These boats have private restrooms and feature shaded areas that protect their passengers from the sun. With dedication and technique (or even some help from the tour conductors), in the waters of Puerto Vallarta you can capture beautiful specimens of Black Marlin, Sailfish, or Yellow Fin Tuna, among many others.
Just a few miles from downtown Puerto Vallarta you'll find old-time estates called "Haciendas" still engaged in agricultural production, while they also provide environment friendly tours and promote regional traditions. One of such places is Hacienda El Divisadero, where you can watch the production process of the regional liquor known as "Raicilla", a beverage distilled from "agave lechuguilla". Also at Hacienda El Divisadero you may go horse-back riding to visit the natural surroundings, the Tuito River, as well as interesting petroglyphs located nearby.
To close on a high note your trip to Puerto Vallarta you need a stimulating adrenaline rush: you must fly through the air! Yep, you read it right, you have to fly. Near Puerto Vallarta you can visit El Eden Park, the place where "Predator", the Hollywood movie was filmed. Go buzzing over the treetops while zipping on wires (with all the safety measures needed, of course). There are some other places in Vallarta that offer an exciting zip-line adventure; in some you can also practice rappelling, or ride a gentle mule.
These are just some of the recommendations we have for you; probably during your vacation in Puerto Vallarta or in the neighboring Nuevo Vallarta you will find a thousand and one more things to do, all of them very fun and interesting. Our final tip: watch the last sunrays over Puerto Vallarta while lying on a hammock and with a Margarita in your hand!
What is there to do in Puerto Vallarta?
- Miguel Angel Hernández