What to do in Puerto Vallarta

Isn’t it interesting to see individual travel styles when travelling in a larger group?  Recently we went on a family vacation to an all-inclusive resort in Puerto Vallarta.  After a few days of boogie-boarding and beach volleyball, a few of us found ourselves wanting to explore the surrounding areas and wondering what to do in Puerto Vallarta?

We found some great organized excursions, and some hidden gems that I highly recommend you check out the next time you’re in town!

1. Zip-Line Adventure

Vallarta Adventures offers an organized full-day excursion that should be on everyone’s to-do list!  Enjoy Mexico’s longest, fastest zip-line through the canopy of a protected tropical forest.

2. Malecon (Boardwalk)

The Malecon is Puerto Vallarta’s most popular tourist area, and it’s easy to see why!  A beautiful 12-block pedestrian promenade will give you some of the best photo opportunities from your vacation.  From the impressive beach-side sculptures to the beautiful views of the Bahai de Banderas, you’ll have plenty to see before you even start to make your way along the cobblestone roads to the iconic Our Lady of Guadalupe church.

3. Rhythms of the Night

The second excursion organized by Vallarta Adventures to make my list is Rhythms of the Night.  Spend the afternoon on a scenic ocean cruise across Banderas Bay to the secluded cove of Las Caletas.  Take a quick walk into the jungle to enjoy a great theatrical performance at the pyramid stage, followed by a romantic buffet dinner on the beach under the stars.

4. Municipal Market

The Municipal Market or “Flea Market” is 2 levels and dozens of shops containing your best source for silver, pottery, clothing, or any other gift for those who were left behind or to remember your trip by.

5. The River Cafe

The River Cafe is a perfect spot to stop for lunch or dinner.  Located minutes from downtown, you’ll feel a world away in the secluded indoor-outdoor restaurant.  The food and service is excellent, and who knows, you may even have an unexpected dining guest like we did!

No matter your travel style, you now know what to do in Puerto Vallarta to keep everyone engaged.  Whether on the beach or exploring the region, I hope that you’re next trip there will be your best yet!

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