Attractions

Top Choice Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Yelapa

Yelapa, the furthermost of the southern beaches from town, is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most secluded and beloved bays, home to a small fishing community. Lots of day trippers turn up on organized tours, but this pic…
Top Choice Museum in Puerto Vallarta

Museo del Cuale

On Isla Río Cuale, this has a small but very well-presented collection of pre-Hispanic ceramics and gives a good archaeological overview of the various indigenous groups who lived in western Mexico. Most panels are …
Gardens in Puerto Vallarta

Jardín Botánico de Vallarta

Orchids, bromeliads, agaves and wild palms line the paths of this gorgeous nature park, located 30km south of Puerto Vallarta. Follow hummingbirds through fern grottoes, or head down to bask in a chair on the sand a…
Landmark in Puerto Vallarta

Los Arcos

Public events such as gaucho parades and mariachi festivals bloom on the sea side of the plaza near an outdoor amphitheater backed by Los Arcos, a row of Romanesque arches that has become a symbol of the city.
Cathedral in Puerto Vallarta

Templo de Guadalupe

The crown-topped steeple of the Templo de Guadalupe, the town's central cathedral, is a Vallarta icon, and the hand-ringing of the bells via a long rope is a local tradition.
Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Playa Conchas Chinas

Around 3km south of downtown is the beautiful condo enclave of Playa Conchas Chinas. It's a tiny cove favored by families for the shallow and sheltered pools created by the burly rock reef further out (that's where …
Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Mismaloya

Mismaloya, the location for the film The Night of the Iguana, is about 12km south of Puerto Vallarta: you can still see the dilapidated Iguana sign by the roadside. The tiny scenic cove is dominated by a gargantuan …
Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Boca de Tomatlán

Sixteen kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, beyond Mismaloya, southwest along the coast, is Boca de Tomatlán, a seaside village that’s less commercialized than Puerto Vallarta and a good place to munch ceviche tostadas…
Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Playa Palmares

About 6km south of Zona Centro, Playa Palmares – named not for the nonexistent palms but for the condo complex of the same name – is a narrow but ample stretch of white sand. These picturesque turquoise shallows are…
Island in Puerto Vallarta

Isla Río Cuale

A trip to Vallarta wouldn't be complete without lingering on Isla Río Cuale, a sand island that appeared in the rivermouth in the 1920s and was then consolidated. It's very pleasant for a traffic-free stroll among t…