Things To Do
SPORTS / RECREATION:
Tennis: In addition to the dozens of courts in the resort area, Puerto Vallarta has two exceptional tennis centers: The Continental Plaza Tennis Center and Los Tules Tennis Club.
Golf: Puerto Vallarta offers two challenging courses: Los Flamingos Country Club: Jungle-lined fairways located in the neighboring State of Nayarit, and...
Marina Vallarta Country Club: Joe Finger designed 18 hole, par 71, championship links with scenic lakes, ponds and lagoons.
Watersports: Blessed with 25 miles of golden beaches and spectacular Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta presents limitless possibilities for enjoying the Pacific. Most hotels can arrange for activities, including water-skiing, wind surfing, deep sea fishing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, catamaran and yacht excursions and parasailing.
Hiking, Mountain Biking and Jungle Tours: Energetic visitors can stretch their legs while exploring the lush, tropical terrain of the surrounding Sierra Madre mountains or by signing up for one of the several hour-long escorted horseback tours through rural villages and spectacular scenery.
Horseback Riding: Horse rentals are available at most major hotels from local vendors, and riders can choose from trails around the city or in the mountains.
Puerto Vallarta boasts fine shopping and eclectic treasures. Along its charming cobblestone streets and Malecon (the city's waterfront walkway) are literally scores of establishments offering everything from designer fashions to casual resort wear, fine jewelry to hand- crafted leather goods, one of a kind embroidered skirts and blouses to colorful souvenir T-shirts.
ART & CULTURE
Puerto Vallarta's fine art galleries are internationally acclaimed and present, among others, the work of such renowned local artists as Sergio Bustamante, Manuel Lepe, Javier Niño, Rogelio Diaz and Evelyne Boren. Vallarta is increasingly becoming a center for fine indegenous and native art works, especially those created by the neighboring Huichol Indians. In addition, regular classes are held at various venues in town for those wanting to study painting, sculpture, pottery, beadwork or other artistic endeavors while on vacation
When it comes to dining, dancing, and late night romancing, Puerto Vallarta does it con gusto. Whether the call is for sunset margaritas at a quiet cliff side terrace or piña coladas at a boisterous "gringo bar" its wide variety of bars is unsurpassed along the Mexican Riviera. Dozens of restaurants in town and at the various resorts serve up a gamut of international cuisine, from Mexican to Italian, French to Argentine, Cajun to Japanese, in settings ranging from funky beach palapas to elegant candlelit dinner houses. And when the sun goes down, the fun really begins at nightclubs and discos that rival those in any cosmopolitan city.
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