Mexican sunshine, Pacific sea and white-sand beaches are just some of the reasons behind Puerto Vallarta’s fame. Set on beautiful Banderas Bay, and backed by the mountains of the Sierra Madre, the resort combines cultural traditions and outdoor adventures, pampering luxury and terrific Mexican cuisine. Our three-day itinerary blends the best of the city, the outdoors and the region for an action-packed visit.
Day 1: Puerto Vallarta Lowdown
Use the church tower of Puerto Vallarta’s Our Lady of Guadelupe as a landmark on a stroll of downtown Puerto Vallarta. cobbled streets lined with flowers lead to the Malecon boardwalk, for strolls along the waterfront to the signature Seahorse Statue. Quaint souvenir shops sell Huichol handicrafts, and bohemian galleries highlight the work of local artists. To relax on the beach, try Los Muertos near the river, or head to quieter stretches of sand like El Gato and Los Arcos. For the best grounding in Puerto Vallarta’s layout, get your bearings on a day tour of the highlights.
Day 2: Outdoor Fun for the Family
A family beach holiday at Puerto Vallarta is all about getting out in the sunshine and dipping your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Say hello to Flipper and friends with a family dolphin experience, or join a beginner’s diving class to see what’s swimming under the sea. Older kids will rave about gliding across the treetops on the zip-line canopy adventure, and a day spent sailing on Banderas Bay is fun for all ages, with kayaking and snorkeling with wild dolphins.
Day 3: Big Day Out
From the mountains to the coast, there are some great destinations for day trips from Puerto Vallarta. Spend the day relaxing at an exclusive beach resort at Las Caletas, or get a taste for the Mexican countryside on a trip to the lovely colonial town of San Sebastian, where little seems to have changed in 100 years. The sparkling cove at the town of Yelapa is an enjoyable sail from Puerto Vallarta, for village restaurants and beach fun.