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There are so many places to see and visit on Banderas Bay, we could write a new blog post each week on things to do in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico without running out of activities to promote. A few of the things that you can do in Puerto Vallarta include zip lining through the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains, taking a calm relaxing stroll through the city, dancing at the top salsa bars and clubs, and eating at five-star diners and restaurants, but the list is really endless. See also, our previous blog post: Top 10 things to do in Puerto Vallarta. There is something for everyone to enjoy on Banderas Bay.
Follow your senses or ask one of our concierges
Start off your Puerto Vallarta adventure by eating a taco at one of the street vendors, shopping at the local markets and boutiques for souvenirs, and don’t forget to take in the scents, colors, and flavors that only Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has to offer. If you don’t know where to start, then ask one of our concierges to assist you with more ideas for things to do in Puerto Vallarta.
Olas Altas and the Zona Romantica
Olas Altas is located in the center of Puerto Vallarta and is often referred to as the ‘romantic zone’, because of its cobblestone streets, assortment of bars, bistros and locally owned boutiques by the beach of Los Muertos. Only a 10 minute taxi journey or one bus ride, this area is particularly convenient for guests staying at Garza Blanca Resort. The streets here are buzzing with character and charm and you can enjoy a variety of pastimes, such as trying some tasty homemade ice cream and chocolate from Xcocodivas or you can just sit at the Page in the Sun Café and read a book or treat yourself to pancakes at the Pancake House. When night arrives you will start seeing crowds of people heading to one of the popular bars or restaurants. Joe Jack’s Fish shack or Espresso restaurant are two great places to dine; they offer delicious dinners and the freshest ingredients. Then head over to Nacho Daddys for some live music or Andale’s Bar to dance the night away.
If you are ready for adventure, then the Islas Marietas excursion is the tour for your. Las Islas Marietas are a group of islands just off the coast of Banderas Bay which were formed thousands of years ago during a volcanic eruption. These islands are also famous for the hidden beach that lies at the heart of the islands, which you must swim through a cave to reach, and the blue footed boobies, a rare species of bird. These islands can only be reached by licensed tours as they are a protected area. Many people who visit the Marietas Islands do so to go snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, all of which are wonderful ways to explore the islands. During the whale season from November to April, many tours combine a trip to Las Islas Marietas with whale watching. This is a beautiful place that you should make sure that you visit. The islands are amazing!
The Malecon of Puerto Vallarta
No list of the best things to do in Puerto Vallarta would be complete if it did not mention the people’s favorite boardwalk. The Malecon is an amazing pedestrianized promenade that is located right next to the Romantic Zone and can be easily reached by walking along the water’s edge from Los Muertos Beach. This area is the perfect place to take a stroll, because there are no cars or busses, and you will see many people jogging and walking their dogs in the morning and around sunset.
The Malecon beachfront offers visitors the chance to see artists, rock sculptures, and even performances. When the night falls you can expect The Malecon to explode with activity. Many of the most famous clubs and bars in Puerto Vallarta are located on The Malecon if you love dancing and partying. On most nights there is no admission fee to enter the clubs.
ATV Tours in Puerto Vallarta
The ATV tours are one of the best ways to see Banderas Bay’s natural beauty and one of the most popular things to do in Puerto Vallarta. The scenery is absolutely stunning. ATV tours are offered in the morning and in the afternoon, so you can choose one that will take you up to the mountains where there are waterfalls or you can even go on tequila tastings. You will be driving your own ATV through water, dirt, and off road, but don’t be frightened, because it is so much fun. The ATV tours are great for all ages, and you can even bring your children, because most of the ATV’s have a back-seat, which is safe for the entire family. You can choose from all types of ATV tours companies, let the Garza Blanca travel agency help you find the one for your.
Saturday Farmer’s Market Puerto Vallarta
The Farmer’s Market is held each Saturday in Puerto Vallarta. This is an excellent way to meet the locals and enjoy eating local produce. The Farmer’s Market starts in November and runs through May. It is located in Olas Altas in the center square named after Lazaro Cardenas. The entire family will enjoy going to the Farmer’s Market, because you can eat pasta, cheese, and shop for jewelry, clothes, pottery, art, and anything you can imagine. Sometimes at the Farmer’s Market there will be live music that is performed by local musicians. If you don’t want to do any shopping, then make sure you enjoy the homemade tacos or Thai food that is prepared fresh by locals. One of the rules at the Farmer’s Market is that everything has to be made and grown by the vendor, so you can expect the best of the best here.
There are also other great markets in Banderas Bay to enjoy, such as the Cruz de Huanacaxtle Sunday market that is packed with arts and crafts as well as organic produce.
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