Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular resort cities in Mexico, and there are so many things to do in Puerto Vallarta that you might not have considered. As an added bonus, many of these attractions are cheaper than the classics, making them great options if you’re looking to save money while still having fun. Whether you live in or are visiting the area, here are 10 underrated attractions in Puerto Vallarta that you should check out!
Number 1: Paradise Beach
A white sand beach with crystal clear waters and a reef just off shore make for ideal snorkeling. Paradise Beach is certainly well-kept, but it’s not overdeveloped like many of PV’s other beaches—it feels much more authentic. There are lots of options for eating, drinking, renting kayaks and paddle boards, and laying out. Also nearby is Jardines de Punta de Mita (the most exclusive residential area on Banderas Bay) so if you have time to kill while you wait for your Spirit Check Flights at the airport (just 15 minutes away), stroll through one of its beautiful neighborhoods. You may even spot a few local celebrities enjoying a walk or a meal. We recommend going when it’s low tide because then you can walk further down the beach!
Number 2: Golf on the Pacific Ocean
You may have heard of Banderas Bay, but did you know that it is home to some of the most scenic golf courses in all of Mexico? It’s an excellent place to unwind. If you’re interested in more ways to unwind, check out number 9: Yoga on Paradise Beach. The water is calm and there are soft mats available for class participants. Whether your goal is physical fitness or spiritual enlightenment, you’ll find both at Yoga on Paradise Beach! And if you still want more beach time after class, stay for dinner and bask under brightly colored umbrellas as waiters bring you mojitos or margaritas and light snacks such as shrimp cocktail. It really doesn’t get much better than that! Back at your hotel, walk along Playa de Oro Beach in front of Aventura Spa Resort & Villas (the most luxurious resort in all of Puerto Vallarta) where horseback riding tours can be arranged with ease. For a truly romantic ride along our white sand beaches, nothing beats a sunset tour with champagne, flowers and personalized service from friendly locals with great tips about what to do and see while visiting our city! Get in touch today about how to add these activities into your holiday package! Our concierge staff knows just what will make for an unforgettable vacation including special rates on activities not included above so give us a call today at 1-888-678-0392.
Number 3: Hiking Los Osuna Canyon
While most people know about Puerto Vallarta’s popular beaches and busy shops, they don’t always look for things to do off of them. If you’re looking for adventure, then check out Hiking Los Osuna Canyon. If you only have a day or two in PV and need to squeeze as much out of your time there as possible, hiking through Osuna is just what you need. Not only will it give you some physical activity that can burn off some of those vacation calories, but it will also give you some perspective. It’s easy to get caught up in all that is going on around you in an exciting place like PV; when we tend to lose sight of what matters most: enjoying life with family and friends. Go spend some time in nature while you remember what really counts. Hiking through Los Osuna is a great way to refresh before heading back into town. Make sure to bring water, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen!
Number 4: Dining on Sugar Beach
Sugar Beach is one of Puerto Vallarta’s most underrated attractions. During lunchtime, grab a table on their beautiful patio and order up some delicious Mexican or Italian fare; during dinner time, try an evening sunset cocktail and treat yourself to dinner with a view! At nightfall, sit by Sugar Beach’s fire pit for a romantic date night that you won’t soon forget. Whether you want to enjoy lunch or dinner, be sure to get your spot early—this hidden gem fills up fast!
Number 5: Ziplining Through a Waterfall in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle
Located about 30 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle is a beautiful waterfall that is especially stunning after a heavy rain. Ziplining through it gives you an opportunity to see some incredible wildlife including local parrots and geckos, as well as experience water cascading all around you. If you get tired on your zip line, take a break to explore and do some swimming! The only downside of ziplining here is that you have to buy Spirit Airlines Tickets separately which can add up quickly—but it’s worth every penny.
Number 6: Snorkeling Along Los Arcos Baja Sur
Los Arcos is one of our favorite spots to go snorkeling in all of Puerto Vallarta. While it’s not technically located on Isla Riberas, it’s close enough that you can make a day trip out of it. Los Arcos, or the arches, are natural sea arches, with underwater tunnels and colorful tropical fish. This is just one of several sites along Baja Sur that make it great for snorkeling. The best part? It’s cheap! Entry into Los Arcos costs less than $2 USD per person, and tours usually include gear rental (mask and snorkel). Make sure to bring your camera!
Number 7: Taking a Sunset Cruise on The Bay of Banderas
Puerto Vallarta’s most popular canyons are great for climbing, mountain biking and bird-watching. Get some exercise by kayaking from Las Flores Canyon to La Barra de Navidad. You’ll get a workout for sure, but you’ll also get gorgeous views of paradise along with it. Also check out Los Tres Brazos Canyons for even more natural beauty. Tip: If you want to avoid crowds when kayaking or canoeing here, do so on weekdays as locals tend to take a day off during weekends (with great weather like it is most of the year here in PV, it’s no wonder they would want to escape work.)
Number 8. Sightseeing Boat Ride Up The Old River Channel
Discovering Vallarta by sea is a popular way to experience its history and culture. Visit historical landmarks, colonial villages, and watch how fishermen catch fish. Check out Howler Monkey Island on a half-day trip that includes lunch at Michila’s restaurant. A little far away but well worth it! Not only do you get to see dolphins and crocodiles but you also go right up close to Isla Marietas which has some great beaches! You’ll end up on Isabel Island where they have another great beach with views of nearby islands, sunsets, nature trails, birdwatching and more. There are even monkeys there that roam freely through town much like their Arese neighbors just across the river channel!
Number 9. Kayaking In Las Flores Canyon
If you’re looking for something to do on a warm evening or to take your mind off of potential nightlife distractions, there are few better ways to relax than an evening at Royal Corin and Golden Pheasant Golf Course. Royal Corin is an elegant destination set along one of Puerto Vallarta’s most picturesque beaches. If golf is more your thing, then be sure to head over to Golden Pheasant just down the road; it’s one of Mexico’s only Greg Norman signature golf courses. It doesn’t get any more luxurious than that!
Number 10. Enjoy An Evening At The Royal Corin Resort and Golden Pheasant Golf Course.
This is considered one of the best 18-hole golf courses in all of Mexico. Although it’s a little ways outside of town, there are shuttles that run regularly between hotels and resorts to transport golfers to and from the course. The clubhouse is known for its exquisite Mexican cuisine, especially breakfast, which is included with your greens fee. The staff here always goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable and welcome. If you love golf but want something that feels a little more relaxed than a big resort or country club, Royal Corin Resort and Golden Pheasant Golf Course might be just what you’re looking for on your next trip Spirit Airlines to Puerto Vallarta.