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Puerto Vallarta

Far from being a sleepy coastal town, you'll find plenty of boat trips, diving, and horseback riding here.

Our most recommended things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

1. Puerto Vallarta: Hop-On-Hop-Off City Bus Tour

Discover the magic of Puerto Vallarta aboard the VallarTour Bus! Feel the sea breeze and the warmth of the sun as you immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of this vibrant city. With our Hop-On Hop-Off service, you have the freedom to explore at your own pace, hopping on and off at any of our official stops strategically located so you don't miss a thing. What are you waiting for? Hop on the VallarTour Bus and live the experience! ✅Panoramic Views: Admire the urban and natural landscape from our elevated platform. ✅Bilingual Guide: Learn about the history and secrets of Puerto Vallarta with our audio system in Spanish and English. ✅Accessibility: We are committed to inclusion, offering universal access on all our units. ✅VallarTour Bus is more than just a tour; it's your passport to discovering the hidden treasures and stories that make Puerto Vallarta an unforgettable place. We look forward to sharing this unique adventure with you!

Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night Cruise & Dinner Show

2. Puerto Vallarta: Rhythms of the Night Cruise & Dinner Show

Embark on a Mesmerizing Journey by Rhythms of the Night Experience Your adventure begins with a cruise through the shimmering waters, bathed in the warm hues of the setting sun. Feel the gentle sea breeze and watch as the colors of the sky blend into a masterpiece of nature's artistry. As you approach Las Caletas, the anticipation of the night's wonders begins to build. As darkness descends, you'll find yourself surrounded by the soft glow of candlelight at an exquisite open-air dining setting. Indulge in a sumptuous dinner that tantalizes your taste buds and sets the stage for the immersive experience that lies ahead. Prepare to be captivated by a performance inspired by the ancient legend of the 5 suns which celebrates our spiritual connection to the animals and nature. As you sit beneath the starlit sky in an amphitheater nestled in the heart of the jungle, witness a breathtaking tale brought to life through music, dance, acrobatics and special light effects. Allow yourself to be swept away by the emotions and energy that flow through every movement and note. Immerse yourself in the enchanting ambiance as you relax under the twinkling stars. The jungle's chorus of sounds becomes the soundtrack to your evening, adding to the immersive experience. Feel a deep connection with nature as you revel in this unique and unforgettable setting. As the night draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the extraordinary experiences you've encountered throughout the Rhythms of the Night journey. From the serene cruise and candlelit dinner to the awe-inspiring performance and the tranquility of the jungle, every element weaves together to create memories that will stay with you forever

Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islands Boat Tour and Snorkeling

3. Puerto Vallarta: Los Arcos Islands Boat Tour and Snorkeling

Snorkel in the beautifully warm waters to discover the underwater marine life and corals of the protected Los Arcos National Marine Park on a guided boat cruise from Puerto Vallarta. Observe birds nesting in the caves of the sanctuary's five islands. Meet in the old center of Puerto Vallarta and take a public bus to Mismaloya, a beautiful town 25 minutes south of Vallarta. At the beach, board the boat to start your journey to Los Arcos. Discover five beautiful islands in a protected natural area and a sanctuary for birds. In the incredible caves, learn about the fauna of the natural reserve, including the great variety of birds who nest on the islands. Next, the captain will take you to a special and safe area where you can snorkel and learn about the great variety of marine fauna that call the coral home. Before returning to Vallarta, visit an iconic location that played a key role in the history of the city.

Puerto Vallarta: Full Day Hike to 6 Hidden Beaches & Snorkel

4. Puerto Vallarta: Full Day Hike to 6 Hidden Beaches & Snorkel

Explore six hidden beaches in Puerto Vallarta with a local guide. Admire the beauty of nature and swim and snorkel in blue waters. After meeting your guide in Zona Romantica, take an urban transportation just like the locals do. Get off at a picturesque fisher town and start your hike following the riverbank and the sea. From there, ascend to the tropical forest with some amazing views. After a short hike through the jungle, descend to your first destination, Colomitos Beach, also known as the smallest beach in Mexico. Take some pictures by the beach before continuing on your adventure to explore more hidden beaches. As you arrive at your other destinations, grab the opportunity to swim in clear blue waters. If the sea is calm, your guide will take you to a secret place where you can snorkel and observe diverse marine life. After your refreshing swim break, proceed to your final destination and last beach, Playa las Animas. There, you have the chance to try an incredible local seafood plate before taking the boat back to the fisher town where you will see the bay from a totally different perspective.

Puerto Vallarta: Yelapa Falls Yacht Cruise All-Inclusive

5. Puerto Vallarta: Yelapa Falls Yacht Cruise All-Inclusive

Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences. Head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Yelapa is a charming coastal village south of Puerto Vallarta only accessible by boat. Yelapa Beach is famous for its white sand beach and sapphire water, ideal for snorkeling and playing. On this tour you’ll explore the charming village of Yalapa, swimming in the waterfalls, play on the white sand beaches, go snorkeling and enjoy the open bar and food onboard. Join us for an unforgettable experience and an amazing day out on the water.

From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

6. From Puerto Vallarta: San Pancho and Sayulita

Get picked up at your hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and set off on the 1-hour drive to San Pancho, your first stop. When you arrive, have the opportunity to admire the Huichol crafts by the streets, see the beautiful beaches, and walk around the little beach town at your own pace. Next, head a few minutes along the coast to Sayulita,  a little picturesque surfer town loved by travelers and locals. Here, enjoy your favorite drink at the beach while you look at the surfers and soak up the sun. Use a buggy board to unlock your adventurous side and take on the waves. Also, have some free time to walk around the place and shop for handicraft souvenirs made by local artisans.  Before heading back to Puerto Vallarta, enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant. At checkout, you will have the option to include lunch in your ticket price.

Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

7. Puerto Vallarta: City Tour, Tequila and Coffee Factory Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in either Puerto Vallarta, Bucerías, Nuevo Vallarta, Conchas Chinas. Ride in a comfortable air-conditioned van through the city. Take a short walk on the Malecon. Learn about the area from your knowledgable guide. See the iconic locales within the city. Visit the Church of the Lady Guadalupe leaving plenty of time to take pictures. Travel to the mountain and tour a Tequila Distillery. Learn the process of making tequila. At the end of the tour, enjoy a tequila. Continue on and visit a local organic coffee factory. Learn about the coffee-making process and enjoy a coffee tasting. Choose the option with lunch and enjoy a local meal.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

8. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

Puerto Vallarta: Nogalito EcoPark Zip Line, Swim, & Tequila

9. Puerto Vallarta: Nogalito EcoPark Zip Line, Swim, & Tequila

Take in beautiful views of the Sierra Madre Mountains as you zip line down 11 of the highest, safest, and fastest zip lines in Puerto Vallarta. Swim in the river and join a tequila tasting for even more fun. Meet your driver at one of the meeting points, then get driven to the facilities where you can truly enjoy the beauty of the vegetation of Puerto Vallarta. Once arrived, meet the guides and gear up to spend one of the best moments of your vacation enjoying 11 unforgettable zip lines. After zip lining, enjoy a tequila tasting (optional) and choose to taste some of the best Mexican food at a restaurant located inside the facilities (costs not included). During the rainy season, take a dive into the refreshing river featuring more unbeatable natural beauty.

Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

10. Vallarta: Yelapa Waterfall & Majahuitas Snorkel Adventure

Depart from Puerto Vallarta and set off on a boat cruise towards the tropical paradise coves of Yelapa and Majahuitas. Admire the picturesque coastal scenery, where dolphin encounters and humpback whale sightings (in winter) are common occurrences.  Make your first stop at the breathtaking shores of Majahuitas Cove. With its untouched sandy beach and crystal clear water, it's the perfect hideaway for a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, and kayaking with an expert guide. Accessible only by boat, Majahuitas Cove features spectacular marine wildlife protected from the human hustle and bustle of nearby Puerto Vallarta. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel here with all equipment included by the crew. Then, head over to Yelapa, which offers another incredible option for a scenic beach retreat. Nestled in a stunning natural cove, this tiny community is free of any roads and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty. This tour gives you the opportunity to relax on Yelapa beach and explore the surrounding area, where stunning tropical wildlife and a hidden Yelapa waterfall lay just minutes from the shore. Stroll through the charming fishing village to the cascading, Cola de Caballo waterfalls and jump into the refreshing water, or simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty. Browse through the native artisan handicrafts along the way, then kick back in the sun at Yelapa's expansive beach where the river streams into the ocean, surrounded by an incomparable green mountains landscape. Whether you hike to the waterfalls, snorkel, or bury your toes in the sand, you’ll be struck by the idyllic beauty of these tropical retreats. As you cruise back to Puerto Vallarta with an open bar and onboard fiesta, wrap up a perfect day with some great music, dancing, and unforgettable entertainment provided onboard.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Puerto Vallarta?

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 617 reviews

My daughters (ages 11 and 13) and I had a great time whale watching. We especially enjoyed the educational lecture and video prior to our boat trip. We were told that there were only few more days left in the whale watching season, so weren’t sure what to expect. But was lucky enough to see several whales. Mostly moms and babies. Our guide Maggie was informative, friendly, and helpful. We really appreciated her dedication to helping and studying the marine wildlife in Puerto Vallarta. Highly recommend.

This was a very fun and interesting excursion. I'm so glad that I did it. I had spent enough days just hanging out at the beach and it was fun to go hiking and exploring. The stops at the different beaches also allowed for continued cool-down and relaxation time which made for nice breaks. Rocco our guide was incredible as well and made it even more interesting. I highly recommend this tour!

My friend and I had an incredible time exploring Puerto Vallarta and it’s good with Silvia. A grey variety of dishes, which included drinks and dessert, it was hard to decide on a favourite. Silvia was knowledgeable, engaging and funny - a real host for the city. Greatly appreciated her “salsa spice rating scale”! Will do this again next time we return, and would recommend to anyone!

Omar was a great guide. Very informative and interactive for both English and Spanish speakers. We learned about the history of the region as well. Wish the tour could have been another hour or two longer in each stop. Good communication on pickup times and schedule. Remember this tour is only transportation and a guide, but that is exactly what we wanted.

Our guide Ricky and his crew were amazing. They always made sure we were taken care of and enjoying our time. I highly recommend this activity!