Bucket List: Top 10 Best Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s top tourist vacation destinations situated on the Pacific Coast. It is an amazing resort town for its breathtaking beaches, diverse marine species, local resorts, and various water activities. Other than its rich nature, there are other best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Plan your trip, for here are the 10 best things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Food Tour

Taco – Puerto Vallarta Food Tours

A great way to get acquainted with the locals is going on a food tour. Vallarta Food Tours offers various tours depending on the visitor’s taste.

They offer several day food tours, including ‘The Original Downtown Tour’ where tourists can have 8 tastings of cultural foods, ‘The Street’, an evening taco adventure tour, and ‘Mex-ology’ tour offering tourists the best tequila, taco, and Mexican cocktail tasting.


Malecon Puerto Vallarta by Andrew Milligan Sumo via Flickr CC

One of the most iconic spots in Puerto Vallarta is the 12 blocks mile-long promenade, the Malecon. This spot is perfect for a night stroll along the pier where street vendors sell various items such as crepes, clothes, jewelry, and getting a caricature of yourself.

The walkway also features several sculptures, such as La Nostalgia and The Sellers Mosaic.

Bahia de Banderas

Bahia de Banderas by Andrew Milligan Sumo via Flickr CC

Bahia de Banderas or Bay of Banderas is a port and resort town situated on Mexico’s Pacific Coast at the Nayarit State.

The largest bay in the country offers various activities for visitors, such as snorkeling near the Arches Islands and going on a cruise at the Christopher Columbus replica ship, the Marigalante.

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Puerto Vallarta By Another Believer – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Locally referred to as La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a neoclassical, baroque, renaissance Catholic Church constructed from 1930 to 1940.

This is a must-visit for tourist who wants to learn more about Puerto Vallarta’s history.

Islas Marietas National Park

Hidden Beach at Islas Marietas National Park By Christian Frausto Bernal from Tepic, Nayarit, MEXICO – Parque Nacional Islas Marietas, CC BY-SA 2.0, CC

Situated on the federal waters of Punta de Mita at Bahia de Banderas, Islas Marietas National Park are a group of small unoccupied islands which is a popular tourist attraction for its magnificent and diverse marine life.

The islands have beautiful rock formations, scenic views, and the perfect place for snorkeling.

Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Puerto Vallarta Beaches by Nicole Herrero via Unsplash

If you are a beach bummer, then Puerto Vallarta’s Beaches will surely make your stay worthwhile. The city beaches are filled with nightlife and partying, which is a great way if you are looking to meet new people.

And if you want a more secluded beach trip, head out of town and visit some of the best beaches, including Playa Las Gemelas, Playa Mismaloya, and the summer paradise Yelapa.


Marigalante Pirate Boat, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico by Alonso Reyes via Unsplash

For a more adventurous and one-of-a-kind experience, hop on the wooden Spanish Galleon the Marigalante. Pirate Ship Vallarta offers night and day tours serving good food and an open bar.

The ‘Pirate Land’ Tour consists of under the sea breakfast on the pirate ship’s tavern, beach activities, and various shows such as the Pirate Show. For an adults tour, book the ‘Pirate of the Bay’ to enjoy dinner under the sea.

Magic Towns

Sayulita Mexico by Kevin Noble via Unsplash

If you want to learn about Mexico’s rich history and culture, visit Mexico’s Magic Towns. There are 121 Magic Towns across Mexico, and Puerto Vallarta has nearby Magic Towns that tourists can visit for a more traditional day tour experience.

The top Magic Towns in Puerto Vallarta includes Mascota, Sayulita Mexico, and Tequila, Jalisco.

Museo del Cuale

Museo del Cuale via Mayofest Puerto VAllarta FB Page

A very small but informative museum near Isle Cuale, the Museo del Cuale offers insight into Central American culture, specifically Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The museum was founded in 1973, giving tourists an idea of the city’s history and archeology of the area’s original inhabitants.

Rancho El Charro

Rancho El Charro photo via FB Page

If you want to go on a horseback riding trip, head to Rancho El Charro, a horseback riding service in Mexico.

They offer different riding tours ranging from 3 hours with a stopover at a restaurant and an 8 hour horseback riding tour where visitors will ride in a remote area, a tropical river, visit a waterfall, and enjoy a stopover at the scenic view of the bay.

Puerto Vallarta Travel and Tour Packages

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, tour packages, and affordable flights in Puerto Vallarta and nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Rijeka hotels and resorts via Agoda and Booking.

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Also read:


  • Swift, (2021), 21 Best Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Goats on the Road
  • Drillinger, (2021), 12 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta, Planet Ware
  • (2021), 25 Best Things to Do in Puerto Vallarta, Vacation Idea
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