Mexico is, and has been, the number one tourist destination for travelers in North America for a long time. Every year, over 150,000 Americans head south to escape the freezing temperatures and gloomy days of their northern homes. For many, this much needed vacation is a time to kick back, relax and embrace all that life has to offer and there is no better place to do just that than in the tropical destination of Puerto Vallarta.
For years, this playful Mexican town has been gaining popularity among travelers due to its traditional Mexican charm mixed with modern nightlife and adventure. It has risen through the ranks to the number two position on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Destinations in Mexico and for good reason. With a wide assortment of entertaining activities and a long list of things to see, Vallarta has a little (or a lot) of something for everyone.
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From extreme excursions, like skydiving and zip lining, to a more relaxed selection of city and tequila tours, Puerto Vallarta offers the perfect mix of entertaining activities for the sassy modern traveler. Guests to the area can embark on an exciting array of experiences on land, at sea and even in the air. Popular choices include swinging from the treetops on a canopy tour, swimming with dolphins and sea lions at one of the area’s water parks, and trekking through the jungle on high-powered ATVs. There is also a vast selection of sightseeing and cultural tours, that offer a slower pace for those desiring a less radical experience.
While there is no shortage of things to do in this vibrant coastal Mecca, the list of things to see is even longer and more diversified. For starters, the historic downtown area, which rests in between the rolling hills of the Sierra Madre Mountain range and the royal blue waters of the Bay of Banderas, is overflowing with amazing colonial architecture, beautiful churches, pumping nightclubs and bars amidst a myriad of art galleries that will satisfy even the strongest of cultural cravings.
From the Malecón, a mile-long boardwalk in the heart of downtown, experience junkies can enjoy divine sunsets, watch the Flyers of Papantla as they perform their unique religious ceremony swinging through the air, and grab traditional snacks from local vendors, all while stopping to take pictures of the various sculptures along the way.
From the impressive ships in the Marina to the picturesque islands on the city’s southern end, there is no shortage of sights to see in Puerto Vallarta. However, with so much to look at, one thing is for sure, squeezing it all into a single week’s vacation can be a daunting task. It might be one of the reasons that the city sees its fair share of return visitors every year, especially during the winter months where there isn’t a single snowflake or icy road in sight.
Whatever the case, there is no doubt that Puerto Vallarta will continue its climb to the top of the charts for travelers everywhere. When do you arrive?