Best activities in Puerto Vallarta that you should not miss while in town

Things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

isLocated on the Bahía de Banderas, the resort city of Puerto Vallarta is a stunning vacation destination – whether you’re traveling with family, or planning a romantic getaway. It’s much photographed due to its beauty, so you may even recognize some of the views. Here are some of the best activities in Puerto Vallarta that you should not miss while you’re in town.

Best activities in Puerto Vallarta


  1. Discover the city

    Best activities in Puerto Vallarta

    The beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta at sunset

Puerto Vallarta is a beautiful city, steeped in culture, so you can’t pass up the chance to see all it has to offer. A sightseeing tour is one of the best activities in Puerto Vallarta. You will visit the city’s most important locations and learn a little of its history. Our tour includes visiting the city’s main church, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the famous boardwalk, city hall and flea markets. Lunch is included too.

  1. Become a buccaneer

Setting sail on the Marigalante is one of the best activities in Puerto Vallarta. The Marigalante is the city’s premier pirate ship. A voyage on the Marigalante is an experience like no other. You’ll begin your journey in the late afternoon, and get to spend a spectacular five hours on board, watching the sunset over the ocean. The trip culminates in a breath-taking firework show. First, you’ll get to enjoy some fabulous Mexican cuisine on board! Plus, there’s no need to bring extra cash for drinks, as the open-bar is included in your ticket price. All of this makes a trip on the Marigalante one of the best attractions in Puerto Vallarta.    

  1. Get your adrenaline pumping

    Best activities in Puerto Vallarta

    Get your adrenaline pumping in Puerto Vallarta with a fun day trip

Looking for something a little more exhilarating? Puerto Vallarta isn’t just about lazing on the beach and enjoying the sunset from the comfort of a boat. The city has so much more to offer, including the opportunity to really get your blood pumping and your heart racing with our Outdoor Challenge Tour. We warn you this one is not for the feint hearted. You’ll try some of Mexico’s longest (and highest!) zip wires, take on waterfalls, and cross jungle bridges in a specially designed circuit course. If you’re an adrenaline junky, this is a day you will not want to miss.

  1. Hit the bars

What better way to finish off your day than by visiting some of Puerto Vallarta’s finest bars? The city has a lot to offer in the way of nightlife, so there’s no excuse not to enjoy at least one night out. There’s El Solar, with it’s cool, laid-back beach vibe. Coppa, with its unique beer-based cocktail selection. Or Bar La Playa, where delicious cocktails are served in a mason jar. Every bar in the city offers something different, so they make for one of the best attractions in Puerto Vallarta.

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  1. Enjoy the botanical gardens

If you want to spend a day away from the beach that isn’t too intensive, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are the place for you. Founded in 2004, the site boasts 20 acres of hiking trails and stunning gardens just waiting to be explored. In 2013, the project was named one of the ‘Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For’.

  1. Unwind on Puerto Vallarta’s pristine beaches

    Best activities in Puerto Vallarta

    Unwind on the beach at beautiful Puerto Vallarta

No vacation to Mexico would be complete without at least one day at the beach. Las Caletas is a stunning eco-paradise and one of Puerto Vallarta’s best hidden treasures. The bay is completely isolated from the rest of the area. It’s only accessible by boat, so you can spend a perfect day away from crowds and the bustle of the city. With our Las Caletas tour we also offer a guided walk, the opportunity for snorkeling and kayaking. There’s an adventure play park for kids if you’re on a family vacation.

  1. Explore the islands

Become an intrepid adventurer with our Marietas Island tour. Trust us on this, as this is one of the Must things to do in Puerto Vallarta.  You’ll set sail in the morning from Nuevo Vallarta’s Marina and spend a fabulous 7 hours exploring the unique eco-system of the islands, and even looking out for the tropical wildlife that inhabits them. The Marietas are one of the most popular places to visit in Puerto Vallarta, so make sure you don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

  1. Go snorkeling

In addition to all of the city’s other great activities, Puerto Vallarta also offers the opportunity to spend a day snorkeling. It’s a fun activity for people of all ages – so whether you’re on a family vacation, or a romantic getaway, snorkeling is an activity not to be missed! With our snorkeling tour to Los Arcos not only will you get to spend time exploring the deep sea, you’ll also get to sail on a modern Catamaran across the Banderas Bay. There is a stop at the private beach of Las Animas for a fresh buffet lunch. 

  1. Visit the galleries and museums

    Best activities in Puerto Vallarta

    Find beautiful handicrafts in the many markets found in Puerto Vallarta

The history of the town means that there’s lots of things to do in Puerto Vallarta, and it’s home to some incredible museums and art galleries. There’s the Cuale Museum showcasing the area’s most important archaeological artifacts to start with. You can alsosee all of the handicrafts and street art that the vibrant city has to offer on an art walk.

  1. Spend an evening at the pier

Nothing beats the beauty of a sunset at the Los Muertos pier. It’s a must see landmark and the perfect photo opportunity for budding photographers. This place is know as one of the most romantic things to do in Puerto Vallarta. Spend an evening on the beach  or enjoy a meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you don’t miss out on seeing the sunset from the shore!

So, there you have it – our top picks for the best activities in Puerto Vallarta. If you’re planning a vacation to the city, maybe you’ll like to browse our full range of fabulous tours in the area?