When heading out on a Puerto Vallarta vacation or visiting the region of Riviera Nayarit, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the wealth of activities to choose from. There are so many interesting and exciting things to do and see, that choosing just a few can be a difficult decision, especially if your Mexico vacation is limited to just one week. In order to make the most of your trip, choose from these top five activities in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.
Puerto Vallarta Canopy & Zipline Tours
The mountainous landscape of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit creates the idyllic location for a zipline tour. Fly through the mountains at high speeds while strapped into a harness hanging from far above the forest floor. The exhilarating experience is among the top things to do in Puerto Vallarta and there are a number of canopy tours to suit your needs. Among the best is Canopy River, Canopy Los Veranos and Vallarta Adventures extreme adventure.
Whale Watching in Puerto Vallarta
If you find yourself taking a Puerto Vallarta vacation from December to March, be sure to make whale watching a top priority. The once in a lifetime experience is unreal and often leaves viewers in amazement. Visitors to the region can book a whale watching tour almost anywhere in the bay and tour companies all but promise a spectacular adventure. The pods of humpback whales are known to put on a truly magnificent show that should not be missed.
Las Marietas, Playa del Amor Hidden Beach
Riviera Nayarit has garnered quite a bit of attention in recent years due to its hidden beach, which recently made the Guardian’s list of the top 50 beaches in the world. Coming in at tenth place, Playa del Amor, more commonly known as Riviera Nayarit’s Hidden Beach, is a must see on your next Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit vacation. The stunning beach, which sits a short boat ride off the shores of Punta Mita is truly worth a visit. Visitors can book a tour that offers a day on the water, snorkeling around Las Marietas Islands, and a short visit to the beach.
Sunset Sailing in Banderas Bay
One cannot travel to Puerto Vallarta or Riviera Nayarit without taking notice of the incredible sunsets that grace the shores of the popular duo-destination almost every single night. To make the most of a Puerto Vallarta sunset, rent a private boat that features sunset sailing or head out on one of the top tours that allow you to experience the beauty of Mother Nature, while also enjoying exciting entertainment and delicious cuisine.
Visit the Malecon, Puerto Vallarta Boardwalk
Visiting the Malecon is by far one of the top things to do in Puerto Vallarta if you are looking to experience the vibrant Mexican culture, the warmth of the region and everything in between. Guests are encouraged to visit the Malecon at any point throughout the day, however an evening stroll is usually the most exciting time, as a blend of tourists and locals take to the mile-long strip almost every night of the week. In addition to a lively nightlife and delicious restaurants, the Malecon is known for its artistic elements, including famous sculptures, art vendors, myriad art galleries, and of course local artists who have created both live sculptures and other artistic displays.