Good beaches north and south of town
Good surfing at Punta de Mita, 20 miles away
Los Arcos Marine Reserve is a beautiful spot where you can view the rock formations and swim thru the arches. Sea life includes angelfish, damsels, parrot fish, lobsters, puffer fish and possibly mantas and stingrays.
Plenty of good dive sites, including night and deep dives
Half dozen companies offer mountain biking into the hills but it town theres too much traffic.
Many companies offer sportfishing yearround
Not much organized hikes, but plenty of opportunities for hiking in the surrounding hills
Beach walks, walking through town; cobblestone streets
A half dozen good 18-hole courses; south of PV there are challenging, fun courses at El Tamarindo and Grand Bay Isla Navidad
Usually too much ocean surge/wind for a leisurely paddle
Good boating; big marina, organized day and night cruises
Good sailing; big marina, annual regatta in March. Marina in Nueva Vallarta does repairs. Good days trips include a sail to the Tres Marias islands or to Yelapa.
Two major gourmet festivals each year, and tons of wonderful restaurants
Many galleries and artists, weekly art walk in high season
found in the hotel zones and on beaches like Yelapa and Las Animas in high season
Many clubs and also gay bars, it's a party town!
Imported foods and gourmet shops can be found
small archaeology museum, maritime museum
Trips to mountain towns, Yelapa, Costalegre, and northern beaches
Good Spanish school in town
Most major hotels have a few; only a few private venues
Great variety of items from Guadalajara, Huichol yarn paintings and beadwork, and much more.
An excellent place to shop for Huichol art, glass, and ceramics. Lots of cool boutiques.
Half a dozen good theater complexes with movies in English
Jungle terrain, very tropical
Beautiful setting, surrounded by the Sierra Madre del Sur
Lovely tropical beaches, some suitable for swimming
A half dozen rivers drain into large Bay of Banderas
Ranches in small towns outside Vallarta
Plenty of countryside around if you want to escape the crowds
Old PV, while crowded, still has a small-town flavor; lots of smaller towns nearby
Bigger by the day, with creature comforts as well as traffic
Break a sweat over brunch
A great place to be single
Myriad possibilities; deals in low season
Luxurious houses along the coast
Just about perfect
Hot and humid but many places with A/C
Most people avoid September
The gringo belt stretches from Puerto Vallarta north thru the Riviera Nayarit. The nearby communities of Nuevo Vallarta and Bucerias are also very popular. English is widely spoken.
Lots of gringos, but lots of Mexicans as well.
Large international airport with direct flights to U.S. and Europe.
About 1000 miles
This area is very hot and muggy in the summer and being in the city makes it even more so. The winters are great. Summer is the rainy season.
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