How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Vallarta

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Mexican sunshine, Pacific sea and white-sand beaches are just some of the reasons behind Puerto Vallarta’s fame. Set on beautiful Banderas Bay, and backed by the mountains of the Sierra Madre, the resort combines cultural traditions and outdoor adventures, pampering luxury and terrific Mexican cuisine. Our three-day itinerary blends the best of the city, the outdoors and the region for an action-packed visit.

Day 1: Puerto Vallarta Lowdown

Use the church tower of Puerto Vallarta’s Our Lady of Guadelupe as a landmark on a stroll of downtown Puerto Vallarta. cobbled streets lined with flowers lead to the Malecon boardwalk, for strolls along the waterfront to the signature Seahorse Statue. Quaint souvenir shops sell Huichol handicrafts, and bohemian galleries highlight the work of local artists. To relax on the beach, try Los Muertos near the river, or head to quieter stretches of sand like El Gato and Los Arcos. For the best grounding in Puerto Vallarta’s layout, get your bearings on a day tour of the highlights.

Day 2: Outdoor Fun for the Family

A family beach holiday at Puerto Vallarta is all about getting out in the sunshine and dipping your toes in the Pacific Ocean. Say hello to Flipper and friends with a family dolphin experience, or join a beginner’s diving class to see what’s swimming under the sea. Older kids will rave about gliding across the treetops on the zip-line canopy adventure, and a day spent sailing on Banderas Bay is fun for all ages, with kayaking and snorkeling with wild dolphins.

Day 3: Big Day Out

From the mountains to the coast, there are some great destinations for day trips from Puerto Vallarta. Spend the day relaxing at an exclusive beach resort at Las Caletas, or get a taste for the Mexican countryside on a trip to the lovely colonial town of San Sebastian, where little seems to have changed in 100 years. The sparkling cove at the town of Yelapa is an enjoyable sail from Puerto Vallarta, for village restaurants and beach fun.

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Downtown Puerto Vallarta Food Tour

Get acquainted with Puerto Vallarta's delicious food scene on this 3.5-hour food and eating walking tour. With an expert foodie leading the way, sample the diverse array of the city's edible delights, from tacos to sweets on this culinary adventure. Stop at 10 different spots to sample the food. And while going from place to place, see some of the highlights of the town and learn about the history of Puerto Vallarta. This small-group tour is limited to just 10 people, ensuring plenty of personalized attention. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Puerto Vallarta Cooking Class: Market Shopping, Lesson and Tastings

Feast upon the explosive flavors of Mexican cuisine during a 5-hour cooking class in Puerto Vallarta.  Shop in a vibrant market for colorful produce; visit a traditional tortilla factory; and learn of regional culinary customs with a knowledgeable guide. Gain insight into customary cooking techniques with a local master chef, discovering recipes like fish ceviche, and taste tantalizing samples of tequila on this insightful and interactive culinary tour.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Ziplining in Puerto Vallarta: Original Canopy Tour

Soar over the treetops of the rainforest straight into a traditional tequila bar on a half-day canopy tour from Puerto Vallarta. Feel your heart race as you ride on Puerto Vallarta’s first-ever zip line circuit, feeling the wind in your hair as you gaze down at lush jungle and glittering rivers. Travel for two miles (3 km) on strong cables suspended 328 feet (100 meters) in the air as you enjoy panoramic vistas of the landscape. Conclude your exhilarating experience by sampling fruity cocktails, swimming in the refreshing river and greeting the diverse wildlife of the on-site menagerie.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Day Trip from Puerto Vallarta: Punta Mita and Sayulita UTV Adventure

Embark on an adventure-driven day trip to nearby Punto Mita and Sayulita. Set out from either Nuevo Vallarta or Puerto Vallarta, enjoying a scenic drive to Punto Mita before taking charge of a 4WD UTV (utility terrain vehicle) for a noteworthy ride of your own. Follow your guide along undulating trails and river beds to Sayulita, a laid-back fishing village home to a bustling arts & crafts scene. Here, take a guided tour, peruse the stalls or savor a snack. Then hit up the off-roads once again.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Taste of Pitillal Food Tour

Eat your way through a part of Puerto Vallarta on this extensive and very edible 3.5-hour tour of the local Pitillal neighborhood. With the guide by your side, get acquainted with the many flavors and cooking styles of Mexico. Go beyond the realm of the average tourist and indulge in dishes such as slow-cooked meat, tacos, freshly grilled shrimp, churros and much more. The small-group tour is limited to just eight people, ensuring a lot of personalized attention.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Taco Adventure Evening Food Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Eat your way through a portion of Puerto Vallarta on this decadent eating and walking tour. Stroll the streets of Emiliano Zapata and 5 de Deciembre neighborhoods stopping along the way to sample some local edible delights. Eat full-portion samples of tacos, quesadillas, churros, sopes, pozole and much more. Stop at 4 different tacos stands and carts to eat delicious al pastor, fresh seafood and other varieties. All the while, learn about the history of the neighborhoods from your trusty local guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Puerto Vallarta City Tour

Explore every corner of Puerto Vallarta’s cultural landscape on this full-day sightseeing tour. Visit all of the city’s legendary landmarks and monuments including the Guadalupe church, the City Hall and the magnificent Malecon. Travel around the city by coach and on foot to discover history as rich as Puerto Vallarta’s architecture. Upgrade to cap your tour with a meal in the rainforest.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Sebastian Tour from Puerto Vallarta

Leave Puerto Vallarta behind to explore one of Mexico's last hidden vestiges: San Sebastián, tucked within the Sierra Madre. On this 7-hour tour, take in scenes of daily rural life as you travel by comfortable vehicle into the mountains toward this colonial enclave. Meander among its whitewashed structures with your guide, see remnants of its mining past, and simple enjoy a town mostly untouched by tourism. Lunch is included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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VIP Nightclub Tour in Puerto Vallarta

Party like a professional in the cosmopolitan clubs of Puerto Vallarta on a VIP nightclub tour. Slink past the velvet ropes of three of the city’s most exclusive bars and clubs and immerse yourself in the vibrant and vivacious atmosphere with a lively local guide. Dance to prominent Mexican DJs; sip cocktails at reserved private tables; and energize with five hours of completely unlimited drinks.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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