PUERTO VALLARTA TRAVEL GUIDE

A weekend in Puerto Vallarta

weekend in puerto vallarta

We invite you to enjoy a weekend in Puerto Vallarta on the Bahía de Banderas, where you will find beaches endowed with first class services where you can practice water sports, underwater landscapes where its exuberant marine life lives, and an artistic and cultural setting that brings together all the flavor of the Mexican Pacific coast.

FRIDAY

Puerto Vallarta is one of the destinations with the highest hotel offers in Mexico, so you will not have difficulty finding accommodation in one of its beach hotels or those in the vicinity of the center. Among the accommodations that we recommend; Las Alamandas, Camino Real, Sheraton Buganvillas and Quinta Real, which have private beaches, golf courses, and aquatic activities centers, among other services.

After staying, you can take a tour of downtown Vallarta, where its typical buildings are located. Walk through the Main Square “Ignacio L. Vallarta”, where there is a kiosk and a monument to one of the state’s most famous governors.

In the surroundings of the main square, you will have the opportunity to visit the Municipal Presidency, where there is a mural that portrays the foundation of the port in 1851, as well as the Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Being a destination in the state of Jalisco, you will have the opportunity to enjoy typical expressions of Mexican culture such as mariachi singing or savor typical Jalisco dishes, such as pozole or chicken a la valentina, as well as recipes abundant in seafood.

SATURDAY

After breakfast, you will have the opportunity to choose among the many activities that Puerto Vallarta offers its visitors.

To start, go back to the beach area so that you can recognize the surroundings and their respective attractions. We recommend that you visit Playa Los Muertos, the busiest beach in the city where you can rent boats to sail or fish, as well as parasailing or water skiing. Here you will also see a magnificent sculpture representing a seahorse, created by the artist Rafael Zamarrita.

Another beach that may be of interest is Mismaloya, located 12 kilometers southwest of the city. You can discover the exotic places that inspired the American filmmaker John Huston to film “The Night of the Iguana”, starring Ava Gardner and Richard Burton, and that was also the favorite destination of his wife Elizabeth Taylor.

Mismaloya is an ideal place to practice fishing for species such as tuna, sailfish, mojarra and dorado, as well as sailing, water skiing and parasailing.

If you like to dive, Puerto Vallarta has places like Boca de Tomatlan, 16 km southwest of the port; El Morro, located 10 km west of the Marietas Islands, on the edge of Bahía de Banderas, or Isla Corbeteña, located 65 km from Puerto Vallarta and home to stingrays, sharks and dolphins. This is also the favorite place for expert divers and beginners for the great variety of underwater landscapes that are hidden in the depths.

If you are attracted to outdoor activities, Vallarta has places like Rancho El Charro and Rancho Ojo de Agua where you can rent horses for a ride through its surroundings; To observe the flora and fauna of the place, we recommend you visit Colomitos, which is located southwest of Puerto Vallarta.

If you are in the mood for an adventure aboard a yacht or a cruise, you can visit Marina Vallarta, a tourist complex that integrates a marina with capacity for 400 boats, commercial area, hotels and condominiums, yacht club and fishing, In addition to a golf course and an old lighthouse.

After a full day of adventure, at dusk, nothing better than going to any of the nightclubs, bars, and restaurants that populate the boardwalk to enjoy the shows, lights, and music, as well as the slow descent of the sun over the horizon.

The options range from small canteens with live Mexican traditional music to modern lounges with the latest in world electronic music, or through the traditional rock bars. We recommend you go to places like Christine, an institution in the nightlife within Puerto Vallarta; Carlos O ‘Brian’s that has offered a casual style of entertainment for more than three decades; From Santos Bar that becomes an attractive minimalist lounge and The Zoo Bar for dance, one of the most requested by young people with a cheerful atmosphere and avant-garde music, techno, reggae and rock will invite you to dance.

SUNDAY

To end your stay in Puerto Vallarta, we invite you to take a tour of the best spas and gyms, which will offer you an extensive menu of holistic alternatives to relax and clear your mind. The most luxurious resort to aromatic oils and fresh flowers to energize your room, although there are also alternatives based on prehispanic practice of temascal.

If you are interested in taking a souvenir from Vallarta, go to the handicraft markets located next to the Cuale river and in Díaz Ordaz 874. Here, you can buy products from all over the country: from coahuilenses sarapes to Pakal Mayan heads. The most authentic thing you can find are the multicolored figures of the Huichol chaquira, from the state of Nayarit.

How to get to Puerto Vallarta:

Puerto Vallarta is located 352 kilometers west of Guadalajara, on highway 15 to Tepic. When you reach the village of Chapalilla, at kilometer 161, you must continue on highway 200 towards Compostela and continue southwest until you reach Puerto Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta has an international airport located 8 kilometers from downtown Puerto Vallarta. It arrives to international airlines such as Mexicana, Aeromexico, American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and Alaska Airlines.

The bus station is located 14 kilometers north of Vallarta. Lines such as ETN, Transportes del Pacífico, Zihuatlán, Transportes y Autobuses del Pacífico, Grupo Estrella Blanca, Elite, Futura, Transporte Chihuahuense and Norte de Sonora arrive there.

Tips

Only 45 minutes from the port, in the heart of the rainforest, an adventure awaits you that will give you the opportunity to see the world from a very particular perspective: the Canopy Tour, which involves transporting yourself over tropical trails to a height of 4 to 21 meters, using pulleys on horizontal guide wires. It lasts two and a half hours and it is recommended to wear pants or shorts, tennis, insect repellent and a light jacket. You can carry a small backpack, as long as you allow your hands to be free during the descent; Children over 8 years of age who are at least 1.4m tall can participate in this experience. The departures are every day of the year.

Puerto Vallarta has become one of the best options to enjoy golf, so today it has several golf courses where you can play on the edge of the beautiful view of the bay, lush vegetation, world-class designs and facilities. The golf clubs you can visit are those of Marina Vallarta, Paseo de la Marina S / N and Vista Vallarta Golf Club, in Circuito. University No. 653.

Between the months of November and April, Puerto Vallarta is visited by humpback whales, which can be seen aboard a boat, while swimming in the company of their offspring or in a courtship ritual. You can also swim with sea lions and dolphins, a captivating experience that even some people use as therapy.

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