Whether you are looking for a vacation full of relaxation and lazing your days away or an activity-packed, fun-filled break, Puerto Vallarta is the answer. With beautiful sandy beaches, a buzzing nightlife, a wide variety of restaurants, and many museums and activities to choose from, Puerto Vallarta has something for everyone. Find the lowest prices on vacation packages to Puerto Vallarta with Ya Vas by Volaris and get to know more about this lively resort town on Mexico's Pacific coast.
Top things to do in Puerto Vallarta
No matter what your preference, the range of things to do in Puerto Vallarta will keep you busy.
Walk along the Malecón promenade
One of the first things you should do when you visit Puerto Vallarta is to stroll along the Malecón and get a feel for the area. Stretching from Hotel Rosita to Zona Romántica, the half-mile esplanade is filled with street performers during the day and is the perfect place to catch the sunset in the evenings. Although the promenade won't take you long to walk in one go, there are many distractions lining the route, including restaurants, stalls and ice cream vendors.
Visit the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Found at the center of Zona Romántica in the old town of Puerto Vallarta, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a well-known landmark in Puerto Vallarta. The church has a beautiful architecture outside with its crown-adorned main tower, and intricate carvings outside, and a beautiful image of the Virgin of Guadalupe inside. It is a must see in Puerto Vallarta for any culture and history lover visiting the town.
Relax at the best beaches in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta has beaches for every type of traveler. The most popular beach in Puerto Vallarta, Los Muertos, is frequented by both tourists and locals and is a great place to relax and enjoy the lively atmosphere. The sand is soft, and the sea is calm, making it the perfect place for a day under the sun. You can also get a treat from vendors selling various snacks, drinks, and trinkets, or choose to have a bite to eat at one of the countless restaurants located on the promenade behind. Other Puerto Vallarta beaches include Playa Conchas Chinas, where couples can swim into their own private natural pool within the rock formations surrounding the beach area, and Playa Camarones, known best for parasailing or paddle boarding, among other fun water activities.
Take a whale watching trip
Whale watching tours are a popular attraction in Puerto Vallarta, and you can choose from multiple options, all allowing you to see the magnificent humpback whales. Some are organized by marine biologists who will give you interesting information during the tour. The boats have microphones so you can hear the whale song and you'll also get lots of opportunities to take photographs. If you want to take a whale watching trip, travel to Puerto Vallarta between December and March, though some people have spotted whales as late as May and as early as November. With Ya Vas by Volaris, you’ll be sure to find the best vacation packages to Puerto Vallarta during any season.
Go shopping at the municipal market on Isla Cuale
Whether you want to buy a gift for yourself, are looking for some exciting souvenirs, or you just want to browse, the municipal market on Isla Cuale is the place to be. Expect wooden toys, jewelry, and leather goods, as well as lots of other trinkets to remind you of your visit. The top-level is dedicated to food items, and the stalls allow you to taste freshly cooked local food. Isla Cuale is separated from the rest of the town by a forked river, and can be reached by various crossings from Centro and Zona Romántica.
Staying in Puerto Vallarta
To be close to the tourist attractions and main areas of interest, Centro is where you want to be, as it's the perfect base for exploring all the city has to offer. If you are looking for a beach holiday, you can choose one of the resorts and hotels situated right on the shore, where many of the all-inclusive packages to Puerto Vallarta stays are located.
If nightlife is what you are after, Zona Romántica is the top choice, with its wide variety of bars and clubs where you can party all night long. For families who want a quieter holiday, the more serene southern area is a great choice. It's still not too far from the action but has quieter beaches and a more relaxed atmosphere. Find and compare the best hotel packages in Puerto Vallarta with Ya Vas.
Getting around Puerto Vallarta
Local buses are a cheap and easy way to get around, and they are used by both locals and travelers alike. Choose the buses labeled Centro, depending on the direction of travel. Try to use the correct change and remember to press the button when you want to get off at the next stop. Taxis are another convenient way to get around and are recommended when traveling at night. They are quicker and more direct compared to buses, although you should expect to pay more. Remember to agree on the fare before you set off as taxis in Puerto Vallarta don't use meters. Renting a car is also an option if you are planning to venture further than the central tourist areas or want more freedom during your break; however, this is usually a costly alternative.
Puerto Vallarta Airport information
Puerto Vallarta Airport is known officially as Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR), serving as the main international and domestic point of entry to Puerto Vallarta. The airport offers shops and eateries on two levels, as well as currency exchange and car rental. The journey from the airport to central Puerto Vallarta, located approximately 8 km (5 miles), will take about 20 minutes. From the terminal, there are regulated taxis that will take you to the town for a fixed fee. You can also find the city buses a short walk from the airport that will take you to Centro and Zona Romántica.
Best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta
Visit Puerto Vallarta between April and June to enjoy beautiful weather while avoiding the crowds. During the winter months, there is minimal rainfall and warm temperatures. This is also the peak season for whale watching, so if you have your heart set on this, winter is the best time to travel to Puerto Vallarta. Between July and September, there are higher temperatures and sporadic rainfall, so if you book your vacation package deals to Puerto Vallarta during those months, make sure to prepare accordingly for the weather.
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