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Puerto Vallarta Tourist Attractions

Puerto Vallarta
Aerial view of Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is a top destination for vacationers because there is such a wide array of activities and attractions from which to choose.

Whether visitors want to sightsee and shop or wind surf and scuba, Puerto Vallarta has it all. No matter what time of year they choose to visit, wonderful weather and amazing sites will welcome them.

El Malecon


This mile-long boardwalk is a beachfront promenade with sculptures, shops, restaurants, galleries and vendors. Visitors will find the Los Arcos amphitheatre at the south end with performances by acrobats and musicians. The north end has a local market.

Los Arcos National Marine Park


This is a federal underwater park and eco-preserve. Snorkelers and scuba divers can explore this rare environment with colorful fish and exotic marine life. If visitors would like to view it from above the water, they can take a glass bottom boat tour.

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadelupe
Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadelupe interior. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Construction of this building began in 1929 and continued for 12 years. A gorgeous interior is filled with lavish details and hand-carved columns. This cathedral is part of an elaborate religious festival in December lasting 12 days long.

Dolphin Swim


Partake in an adventure and swim with playful Pacific Bottlenose dolphins. Visitors will learn about these docile creatures and have a chance to play with them in the water. The tour departs from Nuevo Vallarta at the Dolphin Center.

Golfing


Puerto Vallarta has seven golf courses designed by pro sportsmen like Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf. Each 18-hole course has stunning scenery and fairways that attract golfers from around the world.

ATV Tours


Adventurous souls can motor their way through the backcountry of the Sierra Madre foothills on an ATV tour. Guides will take them along lush jungle trails and to remote beaches of the area. It’s a great way to explore Puerto Vallarta.

Colonial San Sebastian


This remote and historical town in the Sierra Madre mountains is known for beautiful views, great food and authentic culture. Despite being more than 90 miles from Puerto Vallarta, it is offered as an excursion by cruise lines.

Boca de Tomatlan


This is a gorgeous beach area encompassed by a tropical jungle. Explore the jungle by horseback or on a jeep safari. Water sports enthusiasts can enjoy the aqua waters as their playground for the day.

Playa de los Muertos


It’s a great beach to spend a day under the sun. Visitors can relax on the soft sand or try their hand at some beach volleyball. Jet skiing and windsurfing are also available so vacationers should bring their cash.

Jardín Botánico de Puerto Vallarta


Twenty acres of botanical gardens feature more than 3,000 species of plants. Stroll down its many trails leading to a rose garden, fern grotto, stream, and orchid house. The facility offers a guided tour free of charge at 1 p.m. daily and free parking. It is about one hour south of the city.

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