Puerto Vallarta attractions

Top Choice Beach in Puerto Vallarta


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

Boca de Tomatlán

Boca de Tomatlán is a seaside village that’s less commercialized than Puerto Vallarta and a good place to munch ceviche tostadas on the beach. You can get water taxis from here to more remote beaches further along t…
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…
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.
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 river mouth in the 1920s and was then consolidated. It's very pleasant for a traffic-free stroll among …
Beach in Puerto Vallarta

Playa de los Muertos

Despite its name, Playa de los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) is a lively beach which is handy to downtown. At the southern end of the beach, a stretch of sand called Blue Chairs is a popular spot with gay men.
Cathedral in Puerto Vallarta

Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

The crown-topped steeple of the Church of Our Lady of 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.