More than a year after the global pandemic hit, finally, we can make holiday plans again! If you are dreaming of taking a summer holiday to a top beach destination in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, in the State of Jalisco, has implemented health and safety standards to stop the spread of COVID-19, so that visitors can travel here with confidence.
Last year, the World Travel and Tourism Council created an initiative called the Safe Travels Stamp. The stamp helps travelers recognize governments and companies that have adopted the safety measures outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Puerto Vallarta received the Safe Travels Stamp in June 2020, signaling to travelers that it is safe to visit Puerto Vallarta during COVID.
If you are wondering whether it’s safe to visit Puerto Vallarta, here is some information you should know.
Puerto Vallarta International Airport is Open
The airport in Puerto Vallarta is open and is receiving several international flights daily. At the airport, health, sanitization, and prevention measures such as social distancing and the use of hand sanitizing gel are being strictly adhered to.
Visitors are not required to quarantine upon arrival. They are only required to show customs officials the QR code from the health questionnaire that is mandatory to fill out before leaving their home airport.
Public Spaces and Beaches
Puerto Vallarta has been operating on a stoplight system since the start of the pandemic, which indicates the level of contagion. Currently the stoplight is green, indicating that there is a low risk of contagion and business activities are operating as normal, schools, public spaces, and beaches are open. Visitors and locals are still expected to wear face masks in all public areas, use hand sanitizing gel before entering shops, and observe social distancing.
Resorts in Puerto Vallarta are open and taking special safety precautions per government mandates. Many are even going above and beyond the legal requirements to make sure guests feel comfortable.
Tour operators are running at reduced capacity and observing safety measures. There are many tours running safely in Puerto Vallarta during COVID. As an example, imagine an ATV tour, riding your own ATV outside, with plenty of space between you and other people. Snorkeling, kayaking, and many extreme tours can be done safely in small groups with social distancing.
When you visit Garza Blanca Puerto Vallarta for a summer getaway, you will find endless adventures and activities to do that are COVID-safe.
Snorkeling and Kayaking at Los Arcos
One of the best outdoor activities to do when you visit Garza Blanca is snorkeling or kayaking at Los Arcos. Los Arcos is the name for the rock islands visible from Garza Blanca’s lobby, Blanca Blue, and the beach. These islands and the water around them form a marine preserve that is home to colorful tropical fish, rare birds, and many other species of marine life. Our activities guides lead tours every day of the week at 8:00 am.
Outdoor Exercise Classes
What better way to keep up your fitness training than to do it outdoors in a beautiful tropical setting? Garza Blanca offers outdoor exercise classes including yoga, stretching, and tai chi daily at 9:00 am, apart from Sundays. Consult the program for the activities schedule.
Connect with your inner self while stretching and toning your muscles and practicing relaxation techniques. Join our expert yoga and tai chi teachers in these Eastern arts of movement, meditation, and relaxation. Encounter a state of wellbeing as you learn techniques to control your body and calm your mind. These classes are held in small groups with social distancing and safety protocols and are a great way to bring some movement to the body while enjoying the beach scenery that Puerto Vallarta is most famous for.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, join us at 11:00 am for a Paddle Board Clinic. Learn how to keep your balance on water and enjoy a fabulous activity connecting with nature witnessing the immense beauty of Banderas Bay. This activity is available to guests ages 12 and up.
On Thursdays, enjoy a morning jog around the meticulously landscaped grounds of Garza Blanca and Hotel Mousai with our guided class, Jogging Around the Property. Runners will love the rise and fall of the course, which winds up and down the jungle hills.
River, Waterfall, and Mountain Hiking
Hiking is a wonderful outdoor activity. Garza Blanca has a hiking guide who takes small groups every day at 10:00 am. There are different levels of hiking, from intermediate to advanced.
Outdoor Sporting Games
Join us every day at 4:00 pm. for a variety of outdoor sporting games. On Mondays we play Basketball. On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays we play Bocce Ball. On Thursdays and Saturdays, we play Horseshoes, and on Wednesdays we play Squash. These games are great fun in small groups, and feed the need for a little friendly competition.
Wine and Tequila Tasting
Did you know that the state of Jalisco is famous for its tequila? Join us at Blanca Blue every Friday at 4:30 pm. to learn about different kinds of tequila from our certified experts, and to taste them for yourself.
Wine tastings are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00 pm. at BocaDos STK by our expert sommeliers.
Reservations are required for both tastings.
Visit the Cuale River
The Cuale River runs through the center of downtown Puerto Vallarta, and there are two islands in the middle of the river that function as city parks. On the eastern island, you will find colorful street art, weathered statues, and a tall staircase in green and yellow tiles designed to resemble an iguana’s tail headed up into classic homes on cobbled streets.
The western island features colorful artisan stalls filled with local art, knick-knacks, clothes and souvenirs. This is a great place to experience art & culture while walking in the open air.
Spa Day at Spa Imagine
Spa Imagine is open and our therapists have been trained in COVID safety, so you can relax and enjoy your treatments.
We look forward to receiving you during your next trip to Puerto Vallarta! If you have any additional questions about COVID safety, please call our front desk and ask for the latest information. COVID-19 testing is available at Garza Blanca Resort.