Puerto Vallarta Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Puerto Vallarta - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Riviera Nayarit 16


North of Banderas Bay 8

Nuevo Vallarta to Punta Mita 6

Punta Mita 1

Sayulita 1

South of Puerto Vallarta 11


Cabo Corrientes 3

Southern Banderas Bay 7

Costalegre 11

San Blas 10

Mascota 8

Marina Vallarta 4

Zona Romántica 4

El Centro 3

San Sebastián 2

Nuevo Vallarta 2

Talpa de Allende 1

Olas Atlas 1

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Between the beaches of Quimixto and Yelapa and about 35 minutes by boat from Boca de Tomatlán, this small beach is the playground of...

Playa Boca de Tomatlán

  • Beach–Sight

This is the name of both a small village and a deep, V-shaped, rocky bay that lie at the mouth ("boca" means mouth) of the Río Horcones,...

Playa Mayto

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Thirty-eight kilometers (23 miles) down a passable road from El Tuito, this gorgeous beach is several miles long, embraced on either...

Playa Mismaloya

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It was in this cove that The Night of the Iguana was made. Visitors from the '70s remember parking their vans on the sand and eating...

Playa Palmares

  • Beach–Sight

This is the first beach to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag certification, a program run by the Foundation for Environmental Education.

Playa las Animas

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There's lots to do besides sunbathe at this beach and town 15 minutes south of Boca de Tomatlán. Framed in oak, coconut, and pink-flowering...

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

On 20 acres of land 19 km (12 miles) south of town, the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens features more than 3,000 species of plants.


  • Beach–Sight

Between the sandy stretches of Las Ánimas and Majahuitas, and about 20 minutes by boat from Boca de Tomatlán, Quimixto has a narrow,...


  • Beach–Sight

Just over 2 km (1 mile) from Mayto, Tehuamixtle is a sheltered cove with a few basic rooms to rent. The area is known for its oysters,...

Villa del Mar

  • Beach–Sight

Four kilometers (2½ mi) beyond Tehuamixtle, Villa del Mar is a beautiful virgin beach on a broad sweep of bay. Several miles long, flat...