Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s popular holiday destinations. That’s because they boast sparkling seas, gorgeous beaches, friendly marine life, and many more.
Given its natural beauty, the best things to do there would be some outdoor-based activities. If you’re interested, here are nine thrilling outdoor activities that you should try while you’re in Puerto Vallarta.
When you’re in Puerto Vallarta, one notable destination that you might want to visit would be the Jorullo Bridge.
It’s a newer destination in the area, but it’s noteworthy for being the longest suspension bridge in the world for vehicles. It’s a part of Canopy River, an ecotourism resort, and they offer tours and activities specifically for this bridge.
There are two vehicles that you can ride across the bridge depending on what you want. You can go on a Jorullo Bridge ATV tour if you’re going to drive by yourself. You can also go on a Jorullo Bridge RZR tour so that one person is driving while you are taking pictures, so perfect for two people.
It’s an excellent way to see and cruise through the surrounding area around the Jorullo Bridge, as well as the bridge itself.
Whale watching is another popular Puerto Vallarta activity that you and your kids may enjoy. Some popular places offer whale watching tours or safaris, Wildlife Connection, and more.
The best season to go to Puerto Vallarta to see the whales would be between December and March. If you want to see the humpback whales up close, taking a whale-watching safari is the way to go. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!
Swim with Dolphins
Aside from watching whales, you can also swim with dolphins in the waters of Banderas Bay. You might even get to see the sea lions along the way. The dolphins are pretty friendly, but it’s still best to approach them with caution and to respect the animals when you try to swim with them.
Puerto Vallarta has plenty of jungle canopies to behold, but the best way to enjoy the presence of the jungle is by going on a zipline.
There’s nothing quite like zipping across treetops and getting that wind through your hair as you admire the expanse around you. You can even go ziplining with your kids.
Some places offer a zipline tour so that you get to enjoy the zipline coupled with other experiences. For some, this includes a Mexican lunch after your ziplining.
Cruises and sailing activities are another great way to enjoy the waters around Puerto Vallarta. You can do the usual luxury yachts and sailboats. However, if you want to go big and have a unique experience, you should do a pirate sailing cruise.
If you want to do something that won’t cost you much to do, then pack your trekking poles as hiking is a popular Puerto Vallarta activity that you can do. Many gorgeous hiking destinations will be pleasant sights. Waterfalls are a ubiquitous sight to see in some Puerto Vallarta hiking destinations.
Monkey Mountain is a popular hike because it has some of the best views of the coastline in the area. Another hiking destination to go to would be the Vallarta Botanical Gardens. There you’ll be able to enjoy perfectly curated gardens as well as a river and beach through the Jaguar Trail.
If you want a more slow-paced but still thrilling experience, you should engage in some deep-sea fishing in Puerto Vallarta.
Although this may be a more calming experience, you have to keep in mind that you’re catching mackerel, tuna, and more. That means bringing your kids is not the best thing to do.
However, you’re going to enjoy the taste of fresh ceviche from the fish that you caught yourself straight from the ocean.
Another way to enjoy the gorgeous scenery of Puerto Vallarta is by hopping on a horseback riding tour around the hillsides and valleys of the area.
The Sierra Madre mountains are a popular destination for a horseback riding tour. It’s also excellent for first-time visitors in Puerto Vallarta.
Going through the natural setting with a guide will help you know more about the area. Aside from that, a horseback riding tour is the best way to see the more remote spots that are unreachable otherwise.
You’ll feel like an adventurer from back in the day when you’re atop your gorgeous horse, walking along a jungle trail and getting sprayed from the waterfall nearby.
There are so many fantastic scuba diving spots around Puerto Vallarta.
The Mexican Pacific Coast has such a diverse ecology, so scuba diving and snorkeling are popular activities. The Marietas Islands is one of the best ones in Puerto Vallarta to go.
The Princesa Wreck Dive is also a unique scuba diving spot because that’s where you can see a shipwreck, so if you haven’t seen one before, go to this spot.
Over to You
Puerto Vallarta is a gorgeous and popular travel destination. Plus, the activities on this list should help you build an itinerary for what you want to do if you ever go there.
Any of the activities on the list highlight the beauty that Puerto Vallarta has to offer. No matter what your interests are, you’re going to find one activity that you’ll enjoy here.