Beaches close at hand
The closest beaches to the old town centre are Playa de los Muertos and Playa Los Camerones which are both within easy walking distance.
Los Muertos beach – also known as Olas Atlas beach at the northern end - is the place to go for a lively buzz of activity. It's the most popular beach here where locals, families and visitors sunbathe, stroll along the shoreline and paddle in the clear, warm water. There are plenty of restaurants and bars fringing the beach and along the length of the pier, so even if you're enjoying an All Inclusive Mexico holiday, you're free to stop for drinks and meals throughout the day.
Playa Los Camerones is a less crowded stretch of pebbles and sand where families enjoy lazy, peaceful beach days reading, chatting and unwinding. Go here for a tranquil picnic space away from the crowds.
Take in the local art and culture
Puerto Vallarta is a real hub of artistic and cultural activity. As you stroll around town, you'll discover numerous art galleries filled with beautiful pieces from local and international artists. Art galleries aren't the only place where artwork is displayed though – you'll also find it out on the streets.
Adored by locals and visitors, outdoor sculptures stand out as some of the most popular art in Puerto Vallarta. These innovative installations are collaborative designs created with input from a variety of artists. You'll find magnificent sculptures situated along the peaceful pedestrianised area of Malecon – so you can pause and get a really close look at them.
Explore the shopping, eating and nightlife
The main shopping area lies in Olas Altas in the Area Romantico district of the old town. You'll get a real sense of the original features here with its winding cobbled streets and beautiful traditional cream and terracotta buildings. The main street runs parallel to Los Muertos beach, so you can stop off here between seaside trips. You'll find local crafts and souvenirs as well as fashion outlets, high-end designer art and jewellery.
Olas Altas is also packed with a wide selection of places to stop off for lunch and a few drinks – or to come back to for dinner and some lively nightlife. The areas around Los Muertos beach and pier are also good places to head for if you're looking for a scenic view over the Pacific.
Explore and enjoy some new adventures
Between relaxed, lazy beach days and lively nights there's plenty to see and do in and around Puerto Vallarta during your visit.
You can try out some of the nature tours on offer, such as the Dolphin Extreme Swim - a real treat for the kids – to discover more about the the exciting underwater world of dolphins. And there's a good selection of boat trips where you can scuba dive or snorkel and marvel at the exotic sea life. You can also sail out to get a glimpse of humpback whales and pods of wild dolphins leaping out of the water, or discover hidden coves and secluded hideaways.
The Sierra Madre mountain range – the backdrop to Puerto Vallarta – offers opportunities to explore inland and discover the local wildlife and landscape. If you enjoy being active, there are opportunities for horse-riding and high-paced kayaking on offer as well. With our great range of last minute deals to Mexico available all year round, you'll never tire of things to do here.