Discover What To Love About Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit
What To Do
The miles-long Malecon is the treasure of this beachfront city. Recently expanded and widened, one can walk for miles with Banderas Bay and bronze sculptures on one side and restaurants, bars, shops, and more on the other. Towards the south end of the Malecon is Isla Cuale and its craft market, shaded from the sun and kept cool by the surrounding waters of the Rio Cuale.
Every Wednesday from October to May, the art galleries of Puerto Vallarta — concentrated in the Romantic Zone — keep their doors open later than usual for shopping, strolling, and wine sipping.
The famous seahorse sculpture
Whether you love the water or land based adventures, there’s never a shortage of things to do in Riviera Nayarit. Choose from ATV excursions, ziplining tours, sea turtle releases, deep-sea fishing, surfing, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, or getting kissed by a sea lion.
The highest concentration of bars and clubs is along the Malecon in central Puerto Vallarta. North of the city, in Nayarit, nightlife is centered within the hotels.
Puerto Vallarta offers a uniquely diverse selection of shopping options. For clothing, many of the large resorts in the Riviera Nayarit area have onsite boutiques, as well as shops in the Hotel Zone and Romantic Zone. For unique art and jewelry, the galleries of the Romantic Zone are exceptional. And for local crafts and souvenirs, the market stalls on Isla Cuale offer a concentrated area to find the perfect gift to bring home.
You could not possibly find a more delightful place than Puerto Vallarta to visit, thanks to its variety of award-winning restaurants. Choose from traditional Mexican cuisine to the most innovative dishes, as well as beachfront grilled shrimp and gourmet delicacies. At all-inclusive resorts, the cuisine is just as varied — and delicious.
A tropical paradise
What's Going On
Wine Fest — March
Offers an excellent opportunity to sample and learn about wines from Mexico and around the world, as well as to experience wonderful wine and food pairings. Puerto Vallarta.
Oyster Festival — First Sunday in April
A traditional celebration. Do not miss the delights of the sea and the spectacle of small boats sailing the nightly sea. Bucerias.
Restaurant Week — May
During the two weeks of Restaurant Week in May, the very best local restaurants offer incredible three-course meals at discounted prices. Banderas Bay.
Texas Week — June
Texan music festival. Nuevo Vallarta.
International Gourmet Festival — November
An event where more than 15 Riviera Nayarit restaurants feature guest chefs who present exclusive menus, chef’s tables, and a complete celebration for the palate. Riviera Nayarit.
Ballet — Fridays and Sundays
Puerto Vallarta’s own Xiutla Ballet includes more than 300 children and youth in their intensely emotional performances, both locally and internationally. They appear free of charge every Friday at the Lazaro Cardenas Plaza in Olas Altas at 7:30pm, as well as Sundays at Los Arcos del Malecon at 8:00pm. Puerto Vallarta.