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Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Puerto Vallarta Sports & Activities

Uncover sports & activities in Puerto Vallarta with our insider's guide.

Logistics

Buy your ticket from licensed vendors along the boardwalk at Los Muertos Beach, online, or through area tour operators. Prices are fluid; like...

Outfitters

Full- and half-day trips take in the beaches of southern Bahía de Banderas with snorkeling, beach time, and lunch (on board or on the beach...

ATV and Dune Buggy Tours

Increasingly, ATV, dune buggy, and jeep tours are heading for the hills around Puerto Vallarta. Most rides are to small communities, ranches...

Canopy Tours

Canopy tours are high-octane thrill rides during which you "fly" from treetop to treetop, securely fastened to a zip line. Despite the inherent...

Golf

Not a bad mango in the bunch" is how one golf aficionado described Puerto Vallarta's courses. From the two courses at Four Seasons Punta Mita...

Horseback Riding

Most of the horseback-riding outfits are based on family ranches in the foothill towns of the Sierra like Las Palmas. Horses are permitted on...

Mountain Biking

Although the tropical climate makes it hot for biking, the Puerto Vallarta area is lovely and has challenging and varied terrain. Aim for the...

Fishing

Sportfishing is excellent off Puerto Vallarta, and fisherfolk have landed monster marlin well over 500 pounds. Surf casting from shore nets...

Kayaking

Except on calm, glassy days, the open ocean is really too rough for enjoyable kayaking, and the few kayaking outfitters there are mainly offer...

Sailing

Although large Bahía de Banderas and towns to the north and south have lots of beautiful beaches to explore and wildlife to see, there are few...

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

The Pacific waters here aren't nearly as clear as those in the Caribbean, but they are warm and nutrient-rich, which means they attract a variety...

Surfing

The main surfing areas are in the north, in Nayarit State, and include Sayulita and Punta Mita, where there are nearly a dozen offshore breaks...

Bird-Watching

Although there aren't many dedicated birding operators here, this region is perfect for the pastime. Vallarta has more than 350 species in a...

Dolphin Encounters

Many folks find the idea of captive dolphins disturbing; others cherish the opportunity to interact with these intelligent creatures that communicate...

Hiking

The coastal fringe and the hills behind Vallarta—with streams and rivers heading down from the mountains—are beautiful areas for exploring,...

Turtle-Watching and Repatriation

Mexico has seven of the world's eight sea turtle species. Three of those species live in and around Banderas Bay. The fastest growing and earliest...

Whale-Watching

Most of the boats on the bay, whether fishing boats or tour boats, also run whale-watching tours (December-mid-March). Some boats are equipped...

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