Fun things to do in Puerto Vallarta

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    Whale Spotting

    by J_P_B Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Whales frequent the bay from December through to April - we missed it by a week, but lots of people go here to catch humpback whales performing acrobatics in the water. Definitely something I will do on my return.

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    Socializing anyone?

    by jamiesno Written Dec 1, 2002

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    This is not an official activity I guess but there is little substitute in my mine for getting out and mingling with the locals and having a nice ice cold corona when it is 32 degrees out. You really get a lot of local knowledge and learn more about what is happening in the area.

    The fine gentleman in the picture owned his own restuarant and told us how lively it was in the night and told us lots of great stories as during the weekends he spends most of his time deep sea fishing!!!!

    My amigo!

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    Tour Puerto Vallarta

    by spartan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The tour company will pick you up at your hotel lobby in one of their very own 1st Class fully air conditioned buses. First they head to Mezcales where you will be allowed to taste and view raicilla (tequila). You will then be transported downtown for shopping, then into the jungle for swimming and lunch (at Chino's Paraiso).

    Studying the features of the tequila plant
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    Under the sea in Puerto Vallarta

    by spartan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Depending on where you go, the water is crystal clear and offers magnificant views of life under the surface. Las Marietas, Las Caletas, El Morro, Los Arcos or Corbetena are all in the Bahia de Banderas and are great areas to view coral, fish and the ocean floor.

    You gotta try it at least once
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    WHAT TO DO...WHAT TO DO

    by Skye_Miles Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Stroll along the Malecon on a weekend evening
    Watch the free dance/music shows at the 'arches' on Sundays
    Eat tacos or corn on the cob from the street vendors
    Go to the local cathedral and light a candle for a departed loved one
    Go to the main local beach on the southside called Playa Los Muertos and have lunch at a palapa restaurant on the sand

    Watch sunset with mariachis playing in the background,
    Buy fresh squeezed orange juice from the lady on the corner
    Get ice cream cones from Dolphy's, hot dogs from D'Mikes
    Visit the tile factory & store
    Go to the 2-story supermercado just south of the river called Rizo Stop into a bakery.

    Take an inexpensive local bus out to El Anclote or Destiladeras (towards Punta Mita) or south to Boca de Tomalan. Or a day trip via water taxi from the Pier to Yelapa.

    For more formal activities offered: sunset dinner cruises on the pirate ship, daytime snorkeling cruises out to Los Arcos, horseback riding in the jungle to a waterfall, rent a jeep, sign up to attend a Fiesta, or on the beach try parasailing, banana boats, innertubes.

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    Here are some of the main popular sites

    by Skye_Miles Written Feb 25, 2003

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    SOME A FEW TO MENTION:
    Church of Guadalupe. A must see. Can't be missed. Off the Malecon at the main square. Hidalgo 370, Central. Zocalo. City Hall.

    Los Arcos. (Arches) Across from the main square. Site of many plays, acts - you name it. Just hang out! Walk the Malecon!!
    John Huston Statue. Located at the upper part of the Cuale Island.
    Rio Cuale Island. River splits the town in half. Island has numerous
    shops and dining spots. Just float around, but not on the river!.
    Mismaloya. Site of the film 'Night of the Iguana'. Take the path that
    goes along the river (NOT into the Hotel!) and go to the beach area.
    Gringo Gultch. Up in the hills behind the main Cathedral. Home of
    the Casa Kimberly -- Liz Taylor & Richard Burton.
    Marina area. Check out all the shops, dining and yachts. Have a cocktail up in the Lighthouse for a vantage view of the harbor.

    Los Muertos Pier. Located at the popular Los Muertos Beach area.

    Also next door is the Olas Altas beach --- also a very popular area.
    Marina area. Check out all the shops, dining and yachts. Have a cocktail up in the Lighthouse for a vantage view of the harbor.

    Just stroll along the streets such as Jaurez and Morelos and see all the numerous varied shops. Cross the bridge, south, into old town and see even more shops, dining spots, bars/discos and much more!

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    Puerto Vallarta's Beach

    by Mindy_J Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    laying down under shade & listening to the beach. Make sure you have a resort that cleans the beach EVERY morning.

    view from our chairs, morning view. so early no one else was down yet. view from the room corner shot of resort Sunset
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    Parasailing, with beautiful pics!

    by Mindy_J Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We saw parasailing from many resorts. This was about 50.00USD. Well worth it! People come daily to get customers at the resort.. afternoons.

    toward the resort what a view! toward town prepairing to leave coming back down
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    Swimming

    by Joemidwest Updated Jan 16, 2007

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    The Playa del Sol Sur (2 miles south of old town) built its own breakwater for swmming or snorkling. Los Arcos is the good local spot for more challenging snorkling and diving.

    breakwater Los Arcos Playa del Sol Sur Pool
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    Malecon-Walkway

    by Mindy_J Written Oct 16, 2006

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    There are so many statues and beautiful artwork along this shoreline walkway.. a must before you leave.

    The arches City Symbol Climbing Children Dophin Fountain behind the ocean view
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    Head South

    by dc.milo Written Jan 27, 2005

    To the south of PV are many less crowded beaches and exclusive resorts. There are aslo many bus tours and snorkeling trips to the south.

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    The Marina

    by taryn21 Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    The Marina is in the most northwest part of Puerto Vallarta. If you enjoy boats, this is a must see. Also around the Marina, there are many restaurants and shops. Nice place to go for a walk.

    Marina
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    Mister Tequila Tasting Gallery

    by meeshelmybelle Written Nov 11, 2004

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    This is not merely for people who like to drink or partiers. You get a free lesson on how they make tequila and free tastes of very good tequila.

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