Activities

From a boat or kayak ride up to flyboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing and the many available beaches to practice them, Puerto Vallarta offers a wide variety of water sports to spend a spectacular day filled with fun. There are numerous opportunities for snorkeling, diving, dolphin, sea lion and whale-watching, or sailing and touring to remote beaches and islands. Take a snorkeling excursion to Los Arcos, two small islands with arches that shelter a variety of sea life. From November to March, Banderas Bay is home to humpback whales, migrating from their polar feeding grounds to breed and play in these safe warm waters. Go in search of these magnificent creatures, with their distinctive fluked tails, on a day trip with one of Puerto Vallarta’s many tour companies. We strongly suggest you to try an encounter with the dolphins, a unique experience in Mexico, where you’ll be able to swim and interact with them in open waters.

Whether your idea of adventure is zip lining upside down through the rainforest or more tame activities like hiking and bird watching, the unspoiled tropical rainforest of the Sierra Madre mountains just outside Puerto Vallarta provides the ideal setting. A host of eco-adventures are on offer: zip-lining, rappelling, hiking, canopy tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, village tours, off-road adventures, and more. If you love nature, be sure to plan a day trip to the Vallarta Botanical Garden, where besides seeing a wide variety of plants, you can also take a hike or swim in a river and have lunch overlooking a scenic view of the surrounding mountains.​

Extreme Activities

If you’re a fan of extreme adventures and activities that will push your adrenaline to the limit, Puerto Vallarta has the best options to give your vacations an exciting touch.

The inflatable boats are ideal to enjoy speed and freedom with family or friends. For the adventurous ones there are ATV rides that take you down trails to the slopes or a walk through the mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental on horseback or by bike. Other excellent options to experience some adventure is descending from a zip line while enjoying the beauty of the panorama, rappelling waterfalls, crossing the Jorullo suspension bridge, parasailing, and touring with a view from the heights of the tourist spots of Puerto Vallarta.

Tournaments

Sports tournaments for amateurs and pros are also part of the activities offered in Puerto Vallarta. There is volleyball, tennis, mountain biking, football, fishing, golf, athletics, extreme sports, as well as activities for people with different capacities.

Throughout the year, different national and international tournaments are held where participants from different parts of the world meet in Puerto Vallarta offering attendees a first-class show. These include open Mexican beach volleyball, the Puerto Vallarta Open, and the international fishing tournament in Puerto Vallarta.

Fishing

You can’t talk about Puerto Vallarta and not mention fishing. The abundant marine life in the waters of Banderas Bay in the Puerto Vallarta area are known by fishing experts to offer some of the best deep sea sports fishing in the world, and the city has over three million fishing buffs visiting every year to fish in the deep seas. Puerto Vallarta fishing is top-notch all year round.  With trophy-size Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna, among many other sportfish, a Vallarta fisherman seldom goes home empty-handed

The annual International Marlin & Sailfish Fishing Tournament, held every November for over fifty years, brings together some of the most avid sports fishermen from Mexico, the U.S. and abroad. With 322 days a year of sunshine, and average temperatures of 85°F (30°C), on the water is definitely the place to be.

Not a fan of saltwater fishing? Fishing enthusiasts also have the option of fresh water fishing in the rivers and lakes that are found through the Sierra Madre Mountains. Lake Cajon Peñas is one and a half hours south of Puerto Vallarta and offers visitors bird watching, hiking, water skiing, kayaking and bass fishing. The lake is surrounded by abundant vegetation, flowers, colorful bird species, and wildlife that are native to the Sierra Madre Mountains. The abundance of birds and wildlife almost guarantees that visitors will experience wildlife in their natural habitat. The lake is stocked regularly with large mouth, Florida bass, and Tilapia. The current record for largest bass in the lake caught is 13 pounds!