Puerto Vallarta is a vacationerʼs dream; the number of attractions in Puerto Vallarta is seemingly endless. Whether spending time with the kids, enjoying a romantic holiday, or partying with friends on Spring Break, there are many Puerto Vallarta attractions to choose from. Below is a list of some of the best attractions in Puerto Vallarta.
Popular Puerto Vallarta Attractions
A water park for the entire family, Aquaventura boasts ten water slides of different speeds, a lazy river you can ﬂoat down, a fantastic kids water playground, and several pools to swim in.
Enjoy a once in a lifetime personal experience with bottle nose dolphins. The parkʼs professional marine biologists give a short presentation about these fabulous marine animals before you get to interact with them in the water.
Sea Lion and Dolphin Shows
Another Puerto Vallarta attraction worth watching is sea lion shows. These sea mammals perform tricks to delight young and old alike.
Las Caletas is a gorgeous tropical hideaway accessible only by boat. Take the chance to enjoy the private beach and snorkel with sea lions. These mammals from Uruguay are trained to jump and are more affectionate and playful than dolphins.
Canopy Adventure Park
Thrill seekers and nature lovers will love the exhilarating feeling of riding zip lines 90 ft above sea level in the tropical rain forest of the Sierra Madre Mountains. This high-speed adventure whisks you from several platforms as you enjoy the view of the stunning foliage, tropical birds, and wildlife. This canopy adventure ride is one of the most popular attractions in Puerto Vallarta.
One fantastic Puerto Vallarta attraction is Vallarta Adventure’s tour. Following a speedboat ride to Boca de Tomatlan, a jungle beach on the shore of the Bay of Bandera, you will drive to a base camp in the Sierra Madre Mountains on a 4X4 Unimog. After, a mule ride up the mountain will take you deep into the forest, where you will partake in the specially designed Adventure Circuit. The Circuit contains a series of exhilarating jungle rides- rappelling down waterfalls, crisscrossing jungle bridges and streams- on a fun-ﬁlled, highly energetic experience that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
The original Bloodhound was a racing boat that participated in sailing races around England and Scotland between 1874-1880. This replica, that is one of the attractions in Puerto Vallarta, is a 98 ft wooden sailboat that takes 40 passengers on a whale watching cruise around the bay. On the way back, the boat stops at the Marieta Islands, where the captain stops the engine and hoist the sails as lunch is served. Passengers then have the option to swim and snorkel or just enjoy the relaxed ambiance of the trip.
Malecon, a mile long boardwalk located downtown that stretches from north to south, is the jewel of Puerto Vallarta. Along the promenade you will ﬁnd shops, restaurants and several art galleries. Towards the south end, you will ﬁnd the picturesque Los Arcos (the Arches), a large outdoor amphitheater where you can catch live folkloric shows, cultural activities or street performers. At the north end of the Malecon is an outdoor market where you can buy fresh ﬁsh and locally grown produce.
- Sea Horse by Rafael Zamarripa
- In Search of Reason by Sergio Bustamante
- Nature as Mother by Adrian Reynoso
- The Rotunda of the Sea by Alejandro Colunga
- La Nostalgia by Ramiz Barquet
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Our Lay of Guadalupe Church is the most recognized and revered attraction in Puerto Vallarta. Although this Catholic church is open every day and welcomes visitors year round, it gets very busy during the 12 day festival in December.
Puerto Vallarta is home to many artists from around the world who have been lured by the cityʼs beautiful scenery. You will ﬁnd a huge variety of shops featuring local fashion, artwork, sculptures and jewelry of every kind. The Hulcol Indians, who live in the mountains in an around the area, are a source of inspiration and are known for their beautiful bead and yarn work. Some of these galleries of have cocktail openings where you can meet the artists and purchase their pieces. From October to April, there is a biweekly downtown art walk that is a popular attraction for Puerto Vallarta locals and tourists alike.