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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta all year round

Hotels & Resorts 04/06/2024
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Do you know Puerto Vallarta? If not, continue reading to discover a paradisiacal destination that you will fall in love with with its natural beauty, its rich culture and its impressive tourist panorama.

Puerto Vallarta, internationally recognized for its charm and hospitality, finds its appeal above all in the ocean. With some of the most spectacular beaches in Mexico, it is a paradise for lovers of water sports and culture, with a range of activities that explore both the local culture and the rich biodiversity of the region.

Additionally, the city perfectly combines ancient and modern, with some of the best art galleries in Mexico located in the historic center. Here, among alleys and squares, you can admire works by renowned local and international artists, as well as public sculptures that give life to urban spaces.

We will show you the best activities to enjoy throughout the year in this charming Mexican city, as well as its best beaches!

The best beaches in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is famous for its stunning beaches, where you can relax under the warm sun, enjoy the crystal-clear waters of the Pacific Ocean and practice the best water sports. Some of the most notable beaches include:

  • Playa los Muertos: Known for its lively atmosphere and colorful beachfront bars and restaurants, this beach is perfect for enjoying the sun, sand and fun.

    Considered the jewel of Puerto Vallarta's beaches, one kilometer long and located one hour north of Puerto Vallarta, it has a modern sail-shaped pier from where you can enjoy the views of the boats that ply the Bahía de Banderas (Bay of Flags). The year-round calm waters are ideal for fans of water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing.

    In addition to its natural appeal, this beach has a vibrant and youthful atmosphere, especially in the Romantic Zone, with a lively and recommended nightlife for both young people and adults.

  • Playa Mismaloya: Located in a picturesque bay surrounded by lush vegetation and approximately 50 minutes south of the heart of Puerto Vallarta, this beach offers calm waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling or paddle-boarding. In addition, it is famous for being the setting for the film "The Night of the Iguana", starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

    This beach, 350 meters long, offers a unique experience in a stunning natural environment. Here, visitors have the opportunity to explore the Los Arcos National Marine Park, a set of rocky islands that jut out into the sea, ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling.

    Along the coast, you will find a selection of resorts and restaurants offering first-class services. After relaxing on the sand and enjoying the sea, you can take the opportunity to take a tour of a tequila distillery and explore the city's lively nightlife in its bars.

  • Conchas Chinas Beach: This beach is known for its impressive rock formations and peaceful atmosphere. As the southernmost walkable beach in Puerto Vallarta, it is perfect for those looking for a relaxing escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Here you can see impressive color combinations between the forest and the mountains in the background and the turquoise waters. Thanks to this, you have the opportunity to plan a charming walk with family or friends and immerse yourself for hours to explore the fascinating underwater world in the calm, crystal-clear waters of the beach... You don't need anything else!

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Annual Activities in Puerto Vallarta

This charming coastal town not only offers beautiful beaches and stunning views, but also a variety of events and festivals that you can't miss. With so many exciting activities throughout the year, Puerto Vallarta is a destination that never ceases to surprise and captivate those who visit it.

The Puerto Vallarta Boardwalk

The Puerto Vallarta Boardwalk is the heart of the city, where you can walk for 1 km along the sea, enjoy the sea breeze and admire its impressive outdoor sculptures.

To see one of the best views of the bay and contemplate a magnificent sunset in Banderas Bay, you must arrive and climb the Matamoros Lighthouse, in Old Vallarta.

At night, the boardwalk comes alive with street performers, live music and a lively atmosphere.

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May Cultural Festival

Every year in the month of May, Puerto Vallarta celebrates its Cultural Festival, an event that highlights the rich artistic and cultural tradition of the region. The festival offers a wide range of activities for all ages, from live music with renowned regional Mexican artists to family entertainment and irresistible dining options.

During the festival, you can enjoy concerts, art exhibitions, rides, plays, and much more.

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week

If you are a foodie, you can't miss Puerto Vallarta Restaurant Week, an annual event, held in May or June, that brings together the best restaurants in the city. For one week, you can enjoy special menus at reduced prices at a wide variety of restaurants, from traditional Mexican cuisine to international haute cuisine.

International Gourmet Festival

For fans of haute cuisine, a very special gastronomic event takes place in Puerto Vallarta in November: the Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival, an unmissable experience.

During this festival, internationally renowned chefs and restaurants gather in the city to offer exclusive meals, master classes and tastings. Additionally, participating local restaurants present exclusive menus that highlight their most iconic dishes, as well as the creativity and innovation of the region's chefs.

Gastronomic Vallarta Nayarit

Another notable gastronomic event is Vallarta Nayarit Gastronómica, which brings together in October an outstanding selection of nationally and internationally recognized chefs and producers, including Michelin Stars, representatives of the 50 Best list and Top Chef participants, as well as gastronomy lovers. of all the world.

This annual event offers a varied program of activities that includes exclusive dinners in idyllic settings along the bay, wine tastings led by expert sommeliers, tastings and gastronomic workshops for both professionals and the general public.

Puerto Vallarta Pride

To celebrate diversity and inclusion, Puerto Vallarta Pride is held in May each year, an event full of color, music and celebration. During this week, the city is filled with parades, parties and cultural events that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Art Walk Puerto Vallarta

If you like art, you can't miss the Puerto Vallarta Art Walk, an event held every Wednesday night during high season. On the Art Walk, you can wander the picturesque streets of downtown Puerto Vallarta and the art galleries of the city's historic center, meet local artists and admire their works.

In addition to the art exhibition, the Art Walk also offers special events, such as openings of new exhibitions, presentations by guest artists and live demonstrations that add an extra touch of excitement and dynamism to this fascinating cultural experience.

Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta

During the winter months, more specifically from December to March, Puerto Vallarta becomes a magical setting where you can spot humpback whales on their annual migration to warmer waters to reproduce.

Embark on an exciting whale watching tour and you will have the opportunity to see between 300 and 500 specimens in their natural habitat.

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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta: Grand Park Royal Puerto Vallarta

For a great experience and comfort in Puerto Vallarta, we recommend staying at Grand Park Royal Puerto Vallarta. This resort offers stunning ocean views, spacious rooms and a wide range of services and amenities to make your stay unforgettable. Enjoy the different pools, specialty restaurants, spa and much more at this exclusive beachfront hotel.

You also have the option of staying at Park Royal Homestay Los Tules Puerto Vallarta, a magical complex with beautiful gardens of tropical plants where you can live an unforgettable vacation. It is made up of 20 Mexican colonial-style buildings with 83 beautiful fully equipped villas, a restaurant, seven swimming pools and outdoor tennis courts.
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