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Los Arcos Tours

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Los Arcos
At Los Arcos Marine Park in Puerto Vallarta there are islands to visit, reefs to dive, tunnels to swim through, and caves to explore, providing plenty of the arches that give Los Arcos (the Arches) its name. This protected area is famous for its abundant wildlife, both above and below the ocean’s surface, and is a popular snorkeling spot.

The Basics
Los Arcos is reachable only by boat, and most visitors arrive as part of a Puerto Vallarta day cruise that includes relaxing at sea and snorkeling in the caves of Los Arcos. The marine life is stupendously varied, from clown and puffer fish to rays and sea turtles. Sightseeing cruises typically also visit other must-see Puerto Vallarta attractions, such as the malecon (waterfront promenade), Romantic Zone, and Mismaloya Beach. There are also small-group snorkeling tours and popular South Shore private sightseeing cruises. Puerto Vallarta city highlights tours let you view Los Arcos from the shore and include hotel pickup and drop-off. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Los Arcos is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers, and first-time visitors to Puerto Vallarta.
  • Bring sunblock and a hat or sunglasses, as there’s little shade out on the bay. Also wear comfortable clothing, and tote a bathing suit, towel, and change of clothes.
  • Snorkeling gear is provided on most Puerto Vallarta boat tours; bring your own if visiting independently.

How to Get There
Los Arcos lies off the coast of Mismaloya, in the south of Banderas Bay. The easiest way to reach Los Arcos is on a snorkeling or sightseeing tour. Cruise boats head out to Los Arcos from the Puerto Vallarta malecon and Marine Terminal. 

When to Get There
Los Arcos Marine Park is lovely year-round. Arrive early if you want to beat the crowds, especially during Puerto Vallarta’s high season (winter). Spring and fall strike a nice balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds. Wet weather is likely from July through September. 

Mismaloya Beach
A small sandy beach on a picturesque jungle-fringed cove, Mismaloya sits just south of Puerto Vallarta along the coast of Banderas Bay. In 1964, John Huston’s movie The Night of the Iguana put this now-famous beach town on the map. A popular day trip from Puerto Vallarta, it offers several seafood restaurants, thatched-roof palapas, and one large resort.  
Address: Malecon, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
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City Tours

Full-Day Puerto Vallarta City Highlights Tour

See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta on a full-day tour that explores downtown, Los Arcos, and Mismaloya Beach. With an expert guide to lead the way, you’ll stroll the Malecón, see gorgeous coastal scenery, and visit a tequila distillery for a tour and tasting. This Puerto Vallarta tour is a great choice for first-time visitors, and it includes pickup and drop-off at local hotels.
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Private Tour: El Eden ATV Adventure from Puerto Vallarta

This fully customizable private half-day ATV tour takes you through Puerto Vallarta to El Eden for a jungle adventure. With just your family and friends, enjoy a variety of landscapes as you drive your all-terrain vehicle through downtown, along a highway and into the woods of El Eden. Choose from a variety of stops: to swim in rivers, visit a charming fishing village and see a filming location for the movie ‘The Predator.' Experience a different side of Puerto Vallarta with this tour ideal for riders with previous experience on ATVs.
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Day Cruises

Half Day Sightseeing and Snorkeling Tour With Buffet Lunch and Open Bar

Experience the waters and sights of Banderas Bay overlooking Puerta Vallarta during this sightseeing cruise that includes multiple watersport activities, buffet lunch, and unlimited drinks. Take in the coastline from the boat as it glides over the waves to Arches National Park where giant rock formations jut out from the sea. Here, snorkel, swim, paddleboard and kayak, and then refuel with fresh dishes like ceviche. 
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all day experience

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Sailing Trips

Day Sailing on Banderas Bay

Explore the curvaceous coastline and iridescent waters of Banderas Bay on a half-day sailing tour from Puerto Vallarta. Sail upon the shimmering sea; swim in crystal clear blue water; and discover the incredible natural wonders of Banderas Bay. Snorkel in a secluded cove and enjoy complimentary beverages and delicious lunch as you cruise on your luxurious vessel. Combine the unadulterated pleasure of sailing with pampering on this delightful excursion.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

South Shore Private Sightseeing Cruise in Puerto Vallarta

Take some time to relax and see the beauty of Puerto Vallarta’s south shore from a private yacht. Cruise by Los Arcos, the rocky arches that are a Puerto Vallarta landmark, weigh anchor and splash over the side to snorkel (equipment is included,) or simply enjoy your time aboard the yacht with a cold drink and your friends and family.
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City Tours

5-Hour Puerto Vallarta City Tour

See the highlights of Puerto Vallarta: the rich history, beautiful architecture, and stunning scenery that has made it a tourist hotspot for many years. Visit the seaside Malecon and celebrated Lady of Guadalupe Church. You will stop at several lookout points for spectacular views of the Bay of Banderas and Los Arcos before lunch and the return trip to your hotel.
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Snorkeling

Snorkel Los Arcos departing Puerto Vallarta

Snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Los Arcos on a full-day snorkeling expedition from Puerta Vallarta. Discover the scenic surroundings of the ocean as you cruise on a stylish catamaran, enjoying a fresh and fruity onboard breakfast. Marvel at rugged rock formations and natural sculptures as you glide over the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy local specialties on a beautiful beach as you experience one of the areas most popular tourist activities.
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Snorkeling

Small Group Snorkeling in Los Arcos, Puerto Vallarta

Snorkel through Los Arcos and have an up-close experience with the diverse marine life in the waters off Puerto Vallarta. Your marine expert guide will teach you all about the sea life in the area. You may see angelfish, eels, manta rays, sea urchins and many more! The tour includes a visit to the beach at Mismaloya and the chance to ride behind the boat on a giant inflatable.
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Dining Experiences

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Day Trips

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Walk in Quimixto and snorkeling in Los Arcos

Quimixto is one of the most emblematic beaches to visit during your stay in puerto vallarta, our guides will take you to know this place and its beautiful waterfall where you can swim and eat something in your restaurant, including snorkeling in Los Arcos
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Private ATV Tour

Our guides made our tours the best in the bay. We are a group of friends who are local nationals and love what we do.
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La Bonita Tour In Los Arcos

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Jet's Naked Boat Tours

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