Puerto Vallarta

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  • 1. El Malecón

    Zona Romántica | Promenade/Boardwalk

    If you have visited Puerto Vallarta before, maybe you remember that its malecón used to have cars between the boardwalk and the shops and nightclubs...Read More

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  • 2. Playa Borrego

    Beach–Sight

    You can walk or ride a bike to long, lovely Playa Borrego, 1 km (½ mile) south of town. Rent a surfboard at Stoners' or Mar y Sol restaurant...Read More

  • 3. Playa Palmares

    Olas Altas | Beach–Sight

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

  • 4. Alta Vista Petroglyphs

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Even though it's not a typical excursion for tourists, the Alta Vista petroglyphs offer an interesting and different day in the outdoors. Discovered...Read More

  • 5. Archaeological Museum

    El Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Pre-Columbian figures and Indian artifacts are on display at the Archaeological Museum. There's a general explanation of Western Pacific cultures...Read More

  • 6. Basilica de Talpa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the large plaza, the Basilica de Talpa is the main show in town. The twin-spire limestone temple is Gothic with neoclassic elements. After...Read More

  • 7. Boca de Naranjo

    Beach–Sight

    A couple of miles north of La Peñita, a dusty road leads to this long, secluded sandy beach with excellent swimming. The rutted dirt road from...Read More

  • 8. Casa Museo de Doña Conchita

    Local Interest–Sight

    You're welcome any time at the Casa Museo de Doña Conchita. The aged but affable lady loves to show visitors photos of her venerable family...Read More

  • 9. Cerro de la Cruz

    Town/Village

    The countryside just outside town is ideal for hikes and drives. From Mascota's plaza you can walk up Calle Morelos out of town to Cerro de...Read More

  • 10. Cerro de San Basilio

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    For a bird's-eye view of the town and coast, hike or drive up Calle Juárez, the main drag, to Cerro de San Basilio. Contaduría. Cannons protect...Read More

  • 11. Chacala

    Beach–Sight

    Some 30 km (19 miles) north of Rincón de Guayabitos, Chacala is another 9 km (5 miles) from the highway through exuberant vegetation. You can...Read More

  • 12. Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    El Centro | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is dedicated to the patron saint of Mexico and of Puerto Vallarta. The holy mother's image, by Ignacio Ramírez...Read More

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  • 13. Contaduría

    Historic District/Site

    Cannons protect the ruined Contaduría, built during colonial times when San Blas was New Spain's first official port. ...Read More

  • 14. Destiladeras

    Beach–Sight

    A classic in the region's beach scene and favorite of locals, this beach stretches a few miles north of Piedra Blanca headland. It's a wide...Read More

  • 15. El Anclote

    Beach–Sight

    The most accessible beach at Punta de Mita and considered to be surf central is El Anclote, whose name means "the big anchorage." Just a few...Read More

  • 16. El Templo de la Virgen del Rosario

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Continuing down the road from the Contaduría brings you to El Templo de la Virgen del Rosario. Note the new floor in the otherwise ruined structure...Read More

  • 17. Estero El Salado

    Marina Vallarta | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    You know how in New York they reserved a huge piece of much-coveted land for Central Park? Well, something like that happened in Puerto Vallarta...Read More

  • 18. Flamingos

    Beach–Sight

    Officially known as Nuevo Vallarta Norte, Flamingos, as called by locals, is the only beach in the Riviera Nayarit holding the coveted international...Read More

  • 19. Grand Velas Spa

    Spa–Sight

    The spa at Nuevo Vallarta's most elegant all-inclusive resort has dramatic architectural lines and plenty of marble, stone, teak, and tile....Read More

  • 20. Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde

    Information Center

    Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde. In San Pancho, Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde works to save the olive ridley, leatherback, and eastern...Read More

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