Are you headed to beautiful Puerto Vallarta soon for a vacation in paradise? If you are, you will love the area’s natural beauty, excellent climate, and endless activities to enjoy. There are also wonderful restaurants, fun bars and clubs, and high-end art galleries. During your trip, why not try our choices for the top outdoor activities to do in Puerto Vallarta. Keep reading below to learn more!
1. Go Hiking
To start with, hiking is a top outdoor activity in Puerto Vallarta. While some hikes are a bit off the beaten path, they are all worth it. Our top picks for the best tours in the Puerto Vallarta area start with the Mirador Cerro de La Cruz in downtown Puerto Vallarta. The urban hike heads up steep cobblestone streets to reach a set of stairs that lead to a beautiful lookout point. It’s a great workout and the views of Banderas Bay are simply stunning. Next, another popular hike is the Monkey Mountain (or Cerro del Mono) hike north of Puerto Vallarta in the town of Higuera Blanca. This challenging hike ends with spectacular views of Punta Mita and the Pacific Ocean that can’t be beat. Last but not least, the Las Animas hike that follows the coastline south from the fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan is another not-to-miss outdoor activity.
2. Stroll Along the Malecon Boardwalk
Secondly, no visit to Puerto Vallarta is complete without taking a stroll along the iconic Malecon boardwalk. The mile long boardwalk is pedestrian friendly so no cars are allowed (only pedestrians and there is a bike lane for cyclists as well). Along the way, there are multiple iron art sculptures that are interesting to check out. In addition, you can find great restaurants, fun bars, tons of shops, and more. Why not stop and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the many restaurants on the boardwalk? It’s a great spot to go “people watching” or to simply grab a cold drink while you rest for a bit. If you enjoy exercise, the Malecon is also a wonderful spot to go running in the morning when the air is cool, or take an evening stroll at night with loved ones to admire one of Puerto Vallarta’s spectacular sunsets.
3. Go Paddleboarding
Another top outdoor activity to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta is paddleboarding. If you aren’t already familiar with the sport, paddleboarding involves using a surfboard and paddles to get some exercise out at sea. To start, you can lay down on the board and swim to get past the breaking waves. Once you reach a calmer section of ocean, you can kneel on your board and then stand up. You can take it easy and enjoy the peaceful sounds and smells, or you can really paddle hard if you want to get in a good workout. Some of the best spots in Banderas Bay to go paddleboarding are In Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita. It’s easy to rent a paddleboard from beach vendors, and it only costs around $10 dollars an hour so it’s budget friendly, too.
4. Swimming Holes and Zipline Tours
There are tour companies in town that have various zipline tours that take visitors deep into the Sierra Madre jungle. One of the tours heads south of town where guests will love the thrill of the zipline high above the tree lines surrounded by the lush greenery of the jungle. After you get your heart racing, it’ll be the perfect time to go swimming in one of the many swimming holes in the area. One of the most popular spots is called El Eden, which is situated on the southern edge of Puerto Vallarta just inland from Mismaloya Beach. El Eden has beautiful natural pools that are fed from the Mismaloya River. The natural pools are an excellent spot to take a refreshing swim on a hot day in Puerto Vallarta.
5. Mountain Biking
Last but not least, Puerto Vallarta also has excellent mountain biking if you want to stay active during your vacation. If you don’t have a bike with you, there are various bike shops in town that will rent you a bike or you can even pay to have a tour guide take you. South of Puerto Vallarta you can find the Jorullo trails where there is a mix of double track and single track trails that will challenge even the most skilled rider. If you want a more relaxing ride, you can try the Mirador route near Vista Vallarta Golf Course. While it does have a steep incline to reach the lookout point, the entire ride is on a dirt road so there’s plenty of space to take your time and no technical skills are required. If you like a challenge, you can also head to Sayulita to try their difficult single track trails. Hire a guide as the trails are quite complex and it’s easy to get lost.
As you can see, there are lots of fun outdoor activities to enjoy in Puerto Vallarta. These are just a few of the activities you can enjoy if you vacation in the area. If you’re in the market to buy a vacation home at the beach, check out Lemuria Residences. The new property is situated on a beautiful reserve that has its very own hiking trails including a waterfall and a beautiful, private beach, too. Contact them today to learn more!