see + do
Puerto Vallarta see + do
Attractions in Puerto Vallarta and along the Pacific Coast range from beach lazing to adventure sports to gallery hopping. Puerto Vallarta's waterfront downtown neighborhood, Viejo Vallarta, is made for wandering. Sculptures line the malecón along the edge of the Bahía de Banderas, and world-class galleries, folk art shops, restaurants, and nightclubs fill the town's river-stone streets on both sides of the Río Cuale. But let's be honest: You can't come to Mexico's Pacific Coast without spending time on the beaches, and they certainly don't disappoint, from the jungle-backed sands of Yelapa to the water-sport-crazy stretches around Puerto Vallarta. Sport fishermen ply the surrounding waters, and divers and snorkelers explore offshore reefs. On land, active types take to Puerto Vallarta's forested hillsides for horseback riding and zip-line canopy tours, and explore the Huichol villages and remote mountain towns in the Sierra Madre.
The sea life along Mexico's Pacific Coast is more robust than in much of the Caribbean: Whales, rays, turtles, and gigantic billfish appear here regularly, and...more