12 + The best activities and day trips in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

Hidden between the Pacific Ocean and the Sierra Madre, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit are beautiful places to visit. Tourists flock to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to watch the humpback whales wintering in Banderas Bay, watch the crocodiles swim through the lagoons or simply rest on a beach surrounded by picturesque cliffs.


You can’t say enough about Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. From crocodile watching to sea turtle watching, from zipline adventure to relaxation on a beautiful beach, there are so many wonderful activities to experience. Here is a list of the best outdoor activities and day trips in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. ¡ Read on for more details!


  1. Marietas and Snorkeling Islands


For those looking for an eco-adventure, you can explore the amazing marine life of the coastal area of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, as well as Banderas Bay on exciting full-day excursions offered from specific locations in the area. Snorkeling and kayaking offer a close and personal experience of the underwater and water beauty that is so abundant in this coastal region. In addition, the Marietas Islands are a great place to observe exotic birds, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and manta rays.


  1. Gastronomic tour of downtown Puerto Vallarta


Puerto Vallarta offers a delicious gastronomic scene even for the most picky. Take a walking tour with a gastronomic expert on one of the gastronomic tours on offer: you can eat through some amazing local Mexican restaurants, food trucks and cosina-kiosks. Enjoy some local history with your guide as well as some fun facts about the area. It is a walking tour of the city, all while tasting a varied assortment of tasty delicacies. It is a fun excursion for everyone, as who does not like to try new flavors and delights.


  1. Crocodile sighting in the National Marshes


The National Marshes (mangroves of San Blas) are a refuge for crocodiles, aquatic lizards, jaguars and some migratory birds. When you are in Nayarit, you must experience this beauty. You can take a boat trip to see the vast lagoons of this region up close. And if you’re lucky, you can observe the elusive fauna that inhabit them.


  1. Observing the young sea turtles


The sea turtle hatching season begins between June and November. So, if you are here during these months, do not miss the release of turtles during the hatching season. Usually a large number of pup release events take place in November, please confirm before the visit.


You can also see turtle cubs in turtle camps and nurseries run by certain ecological groups.


  1. Explore Puerto Vallarta


Puerto Vallarta is reputed to be one of the best destinations in Mexico. Embark on a road adventure along the mountain trails. You can ride from the Vallejo Valley to a local ranch. Then enjoy a dip in a waterfall and contemplate the landscape. This trip will allow you to absorb the serenity of the tropical forests. You can also enjoy the best cuisines in the wide variety of Mexican restaurants. Another recommended way to get to know the area is to make an excursion or hire a guide. There are many things to see and do, from a tequila tasting at a distillery, a walking tour through the streets, a walk along the Malecón, a visit to the marina of Vallarta and the charming church of the Virgin of Guadalupe…. , by name some. The sky is really the limit when it comes to getting to know Puerto Vallarta.


  1. Explore craft markets


The Spanish word for market is market , these markets are a tradition that dates back to a time before the arrival of the Spanish. Markets are an ancient tradition in which villagers and local vendors and artisans gathered to trade and exchange products. Now the area of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit offer markets throughout the week. There are enough markets you can probably explore each day of the week while visiting the area.


  1. Whale watching


Between November and April, several humpback whales visit Banderas Bay as part of their migration between Alaska and Hawaii. You can take whale watching trips to see some of the spectacular whales.


These trips may also include music and dancing. And on some trips too

You can practice kayaking or snorkeling as part of the adventure. When in Mexico, don’t forget to splurge a little excitement and adventure for yourself.


  1. Adventure canopy and zip line tours


If your traveling soul wants to do something exciting and equally adventurous, you should do the canopy tour. A canopy tour is the most adventurous and exciting activity you can do. You’ll travel to the highest level of the rainforest treetops, then take an exciting zip line ride. ¡ Surely this will give you the much needed adrenaline rush you are looking for!


  1. Relax on the beaches of Banderas Bay


Banderas Bay is the most popular tourist area in Nayarit. You can relax on the beach and enjoy the sun or you can try some activities such as surfing, boogie-boarding, swimming, bodysurfing and more. For a more secluded beach experience, make sure to go to Playa Destiladeras. This particular beach destination restores serenity and encourages relaxation and rejuvenation with its stunning peaceful beauty, the sounds of waves, sunrises and sunsets worthy of being blacked out, and fabulous beach walks on the fine warm sand.


  1. Know the huichol art


A visit to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the Huichol art made by the artisans of the Huichol village. The Huichol are the natives who lived near Sayulita in the foothills and highlands of the Sierra Madre. It is known that the Huichol people live in the states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango and Zacatecas, in Mexico. They are known for their unique art of painting with yarn. The colored thread is pressed on a surface covered with bee wax, resin and beads that decorate objects such as miniature skulls and animal figures. Huichols are known for their long history of beading work. Huichols make their beads with clay, shells, corals, seeds and other findings. With their beads, the Huichols make jewelry and other surprising decorative objects. The highlight of Huichol art is that it is intricate, colorful, laborious and very impressive!


  1. Hiking in the mountains of monkeys


From the side of Sayulita or Punta de Mita, the trek to Monkey Mountain is considered one of the hardest and most exciting adventures. It’s a two-hour hike and it’s really demanding. In summer it can be a little more difficult due to the humid weather. However, you can start early or



You have two options to climb this mountain – by Higuera Blanca (area of Punta de Mita) or by Pátzcuaro (area of Sayulita). If you are not afraid of challenges, the latter is for you, but if you are a beginner, you should go on the side of Higuera Blanca (Punta de Mita).


  1. Take a road trip


A road trip is the best way to enjoy the lush landscape of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Fun never ends on a road trip, does it? On a road trip, one can experience the enchanting beauty, serenity and magnificence of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. Along the way, you can also try the fresh coconut milk from the fruit stalls on the road or taste Mexican cuisine in rural country restaurants. These dishes will warm your soul and give flavor to your life. A great little day trip would be to drive north from Puerto Vallarta to San Pancho or Lo de Marco, depending on how fast you want to see the sights. Depending on the day of the week, stop at a market/market and enjoy some food and entertainment, check out the beaches and take some pictures.


  1. Discover the diving


If you have ever wondered what it feels like to breathe underwater but have never had the opportunity to do so, you have to try diving while you are in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. You will receive instructions on how to use diving equipment, basics and safety. As you dive underwater, you will see a different world, and you will come out feeling more refreshed than ever. There are a few professional PADI diving centers in the area; It is best to consult on the Internet the opinions and places of PADI diving.


There are many other things you can do in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, such as strolling through the boho-chic beach town of Sayulita, visiting the village of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, staying in luxury resorts in Punta Mita, and more. We hope these suggestions will help you decide what to do and what to see during your visit to this stunning wonderland of Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit.


While planning your trip or relocation, don’t forget to take some videos and home photos because you’ll want to capture everything during your amazing trip. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, waiting for you to jump in!


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