Puerto Vallarta is the best place for your summer vacation! There is so much to like about this tropical destination. It is very affordable and travelers benefit from the convenience of several direct flights. It’s little wonder that it is one of the most popular beach destinations both for national and international vacation seekers. If you enjoy fun in the sun, there is plenty to be found for the whole family from enjoying picnics on the beach, to horseback riding, to snorkeling with multi-colored fish or taking a daytime sailing tour. They are so many wonderful memories waiting to be made here during any time of the year, but summer is as good a time as any to visit this beautiful seaside destination.
While the weather is hotter here during summertime than through the winter months (October to March), there are plenty of opportunities to cool off in the water or in the air conditioning. Summer is known to be rainy season, but the great thing is that it rarely rains during the day, so you can still work on your tan and get that perfect bronzed glow! At night, when it does rain, you can watch spectacular lightning displays light up the sky and listen to the hypnotizing sound of the raindrops. Enjoy this natural entertainment from the comfort of your hammock on your private balcony at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta.
Garza Blanca is now operating at half capacity with safety measures in place, and we are ready to welcome you back for the summer. Large suites with full kitchens and expansive terraces offer the opportunity spread out with the family and enjoy a little rest and relaxation. With three incredible swimming pools to enjoy, three gourmet restaurants as well as a Beach Bar & Lounge, plus a host of complimentary outdoor activities and activities for youngsters, you will find yourself enjoying every moment of your vacation from the time you wake up to the time you put your head on Garza Blanca’s heavenly signature linens and mattresses.
Garza Blanca’s unique location on the south shore gives you access to both Blue Flag certified beaches and breathtaking jungle-clad mountains. This means you can take advantage of outdoor activities such as hiking and kayaking in the morning, and relax on the beach in the afternoon sipping refreshing drinks. Garza Blanca is the place to be this summer!
Complimentary kayaks are available for use and as well you can take a guided tour to Los Arcos where you will have an opportunity to snorkel and enjoy the reef. Miguel and Cesar from the activities team are the kayak guides and they are both very friendly and knowledgeable. They will be waiting at the Water Sports Centre for you every morning at 7:45 am. The tour departs at 8:00 am. The kayaking distance is 2.5 miles therefore, to participate in this tour, you must have kayaking experience and be a good swimmer.
Paddle boards are available daily from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Due to the sea conditions, this is the best time to go. If you have never tried paddle boarding before, you can attend a free paddle board clinic every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:00 am followed by a chance to practice the skills you learned.
Be part of a jungle trek excursion. Our free guided hike through the mountains directly behind the resort departs daily at 10:00 am and lasts 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of drinking water. This is a lovely jungle jaunt. There are also many fun activities to do around the resort in the summertime.
If you are traveling with your little ones, they will enjoy a host of creative activities at the kids club. During the month of September, the theme is ‘September in Mexico’ and the kids can get involved with making Huichol art, papel picado, orange tree art class, making a Mexican flower and DIY piñatas. They can participate in bird watching, planting a tree or beach activities such as making sandcastles, and playing soccer or volleyball. If your child is more of a computer geek, they can test their skills playing a variety of the top video games at the kids club.
To complement a host of exciting outdoor and kids activities, you will benefit from a wide variety of culinary delights. Before going kayaking or hiking, try the Blanca Blue Sunrise Breakfast, part of our Gourmet Culinary options. It is a nice and light breakfast choice with fresh house made granola, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit. If you prefer to just enjoy the day lazing around the resort, spend time taking a leisurely breakfast. There are plenty of delicious breakfast menu items to choose from including: Aztec Crepes, filled with eggs and sausages; the Tafer Croissant with egg frittata, salmon, spinach, tomato & sour curd; and delicious traditionally Mexican Chilaquiles with red or green sauce. Blanca Blue’s new breakfast options can be enjoyed in the cool comfort of the air-conditioned restaurant or out on the terrace where you can admire the stunning scenery and watch the gentle ocean waves lapping up on Garza Blanca’s white sand beach.
For dinner, Blanca Blue just introduced a new menu concept. The menu has been split into 6 distinct categories including: Appetizers, Signature Soups, Prehispanic Traditions, Market Food, Grandmother’s Traditions and Specialties. Each category serves a specific type of cuisine depending what you are in the mood for. BocaDos STK also introduced a new dinner menu in August full of tender dry, aged steaks, as well as the addition of many veggie options including pastas, risotto and more.
Spa Imagine, Garza Blanca’s resort spa, offers another way to relax and enjoy the day. Take advantage of spa services such as massages, wraps, facials and more. Unwind in our hydrotherapy circuit prior to your treatment. Idyllic jungle views can be admired through the spa’s floor to ceiling windows while you enjoy extreme pampering in a Zen setting this summer. Dazzling beauty surrounds.
Shutterbugs will find plenty of ways to enjoy the day taking pictures around the Garza Blanca Resort, which is very photogenic, as well as both the beach and jungle areas. You can even see the landmark rocks of Los Arcos from the property. You will want to photograph Los Arcos, which you have a clear view of from the resort, at sunset! Or venture to the Malecon and try to photograph every single sculpture dotted along it that you can find. During your exploration throughout the downtown area, you will notice Puerto Vallarta’s colorful culture with plenty of artisan crafts and trinkets beckoning you to take them home. Don’t forget to stop by a Mexican candy store and try authentic Mexican candies. If you don’t know what to ask for, the store clerk will be more than happy to assist you.
No trip to Puerto Vallarta is complete without an excursion on the Marigalante, also known as the Pirate Ship. The ship is currently operating at half capacity, so instead of its normal 240 passengers, it will only carry 120 people to allow more personal space for passengers. The ship offers a family friendly day tour from Monday to Saturday departing from the Pirate Boutique across from the A.P.I. Marina at 8:45 am. During the day tour you will enjoy breakfast and lunch, sailing around the bay, and snorkeling at a secluded beach followed by a lively Pirate Show once you get back on board. There is a night tour departing from the same location daily at 5:45 pm. During the night tour you can witness spectacular sunsets, and enjoy a delicious dinner, a cracking pirate show followed by a party and fireworks. So, pick your preferred time, hop aboard, and joy a rollicking good time! The day tour is for families and the night tour is recommended for adults only due to the drunken pirate party atmosphere.
When you’re done with the day’s activities, and it is time to retreat back to your suite, you will have the sweetest dreams about the adventures you have lived. It’s not just the king size bed, the finest linens, and pillows, but all our beds have specially designed mattresses built for comfort befitting a peaceful sleep. Come and enjoy your summer to the full! We are waiting for you at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa.