The list of attractions in Puerto Vallarta is endless, but we’ll start by sharing with you 5 places you must visit on your next trip to this destination.
Los Arcos Marine Park
Located between the beaches of Las Gemelas and Mismaloya you’ll find Los Arcos Marine Park. Its islands were formerly known as Las Peñas, and were declared Marine National Park in 1984, in order to preserve the biodiversity of marine species and birds that inhabit them, such as pelicans, wild parrots, and blue-footed booby birds.
Its waters are ideal to practice stand up paddle, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Admire the abundant marine life found in its depths at more than 1500 feet (480m), and discover its amazing reefs, home to multicolored fish including clown fish, parrot fish, stingrays and octopuses.
Los Muertos Beach Pier
An iconic place in Puerto Vallarta, the pier at Los Muertos Beach is the meeting point for both locals and visitors, with a walker to admire stunning views of the Pacific, and a striking sail-like structure that lights up in the evenings with beautiful colors. On its surroundings you can find handicraft shops and restaurants.
Here, you can take a water taxi to visit emblematic beaches like Yelapa, Quimixto, or Mismaloya.
El Salado Estuary
Discover the natural wonders at the only urban estuary in all Latin America. This protected area features a fascinating show with over 25 species of amphibians, birds, bats, and reptiles, among which you’ll find green iguanas and crocodiles. In addition to 17 species of mammals, such as raccoons and armadillos.
The crocodile preserve is a must-stop, where you’ll learn more about this species alongside biologists and volunteers who look after their nests to prevent bird predators.
You must cross the longest vehicle suspension bridge in the world, after an off-road adventure driving an ATV through breeches and streams. You can organize a tour with a certified tour operator in Puerto Vallarta.
Its 1470 feet (470m) long and 490 feet (140m) high offer the opportunity to admire gorgeous views of the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Cuale River that runs under it. An adventure worth experiencing more than once.
Our Lady of the Guadalupe Parish
The star of countless pics, the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe and its crown, a work by Jalisco artist and sculptor Carlos Terres, is a must-stop when in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
The crown was named “tecuntlanopeuh”, which in nahuatl language means “that which originated in the summit of Las Peñas” (as Puerto Vallarta was formerly known).
Located in front of the main square, this parish witnesses important festivities and events, such as the Lady of Guadalupe Procession on December 12th and the Sunday danzon dance, organized at the square’s gazebo.