Local Adventures and Attractions
Superior Tours Vallarta offers a lovely tour of the iconic sites of Puerto Vallarta and surrounding areas, including the downtown, the “zona romantica,” historic churches, Mismaloya (where the famous 1963 movie Night of the Iguana was filmed), and ending with a tasting tour at a tequila distillery. http://superiortoursvallarta.com/tour/puerto-vallarta-city-tours
This ecotour operator offers snorkeling and seabird-viewing tours on the pristine Marieta Islands, known as the Mexican Galapagos. Pristine waters and amazing fish and wildlife viewing! https://www.ecotoursvallarta.com/marietas-islands/
Punta Mita Expeditions offers experiences with a strong passion for the preservation of the Mexican Pacific and its natural beauty. Listen to the whales singing, ride a wave, replant a coral. Punta Mita Expeditions combines in a responsible way marine experiences with excursions in top class Powerboats and Catamarans where you can have a private chef on board so you can enjoy as never before. www.puntamitaexpeditions.com/experiences
From a relaxing horseback riding on the beach to the adrenaline of crossing on a zip line the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Vista Paraíso has the adventure you need. https://vistaparaiso.mx/
Mismaloya Playa – Night of the Iguana filming location
Visit nearby beach town Mismaloya, set in a tiny scenic cove, and see where the iconic movie Night of the Iguana, starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, was filmed in 1963. Have a drink or lunch in a local hotel, or enjoy swimming or snorkeling.
This small gem of a museum, located on an island, has striking exhibitions giving an overview of the peoples who populated the region between 5000 and 2000 B.C. , including their pottery, art and hunting tools. Admission is free. http://www.inah.gob.mx/es/
Includes a speedboat ride, mule ride to the top of a mountain, 1000-foot zip line ride; water slide; rope bridge; and rappelling down a waterfall! Great for kids and adventurous adults! http://www.puertovallartatours.net/outdoor-adventure.htm
Swimming with Wild Dolphins
Several local operators offer the chance to view and interact with wild dolphins, even listening to their songs! Swimming close to dolphins is not guaranteed, but they are often playful and enjoying interacting with people.
And last but not least … Shopping!
Jewelry, souvenirs, blown glass, masks and pottery are highlights of shopping in the Puerto Vallarta area. Boutiques and shops abound, both downtown and along the area’s beaches. High-end galleries offer sculpture and painting for the collector, and the city is known for the most diverse and impressive collection of contemporary Mexican fine art outside of Mexico City. For handmade articles and authentic local ambience, visit the Farmers’ Market at Plaza Lazaro Cardeñas on Saturdays, where you can also taste an incredible variety of homemade dishes and food by the beach.