Puerto Vallarta has become one of the top spring break destinations in Mexico, rivaling Cancun and Cabo San Lucas, being perfect for both family vacations and for spring breakers seeking a fiesta. There are several destinations where travelers can spend their spring break vacations 2021, but thousands of people flock to Puerto Vallarta each year to bask in the natural delights of Banderas Bay, such as the white sandy beaches, magnificent ocean and mountainous tropical jungle that offers an abundance of exploration and adventure!

Puerto Vallarta also features a robust night life, with an array of bars and three-leveled night clubs located along the Malecon boardwalk overlooking the vast ocean. The enchanting town is also home to several signature restaurants, art galleries, authentic Mexican markets, and retail shops. It’s easy to see why Vallarta has rocketed in popularity and become one of Mexico’s most treasured tourist destinations.

If you’re thinking of taking a spring break trip to Vallarta, we’ve got you covered with a list of exciting activities and suggestions for what you can do during your vacation.

Climb Monkey Mountain

Climbing Monkey Mountain is about both the journey and the destination! North of Puerto Vallarta near Sayulita, located along the idyllic north coast of Banderas Bay stands the impressive mountain, which is the most visible and largest landmark south of Punta Mita. At the top, you’ll be met with breathtaking and unmatched 360’ views of Banderas Bay, the beaches, the coastlines, and boundless stunning views of Riviera Nayarit!

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The one-hour ascend up mountain is a true delight in itself. You’ll immerse yourself in bewitching and enchanting tropical jungle, shaded by exotic trees and twines keeping out the heat. The sweet melodies of wildlife echo through the vegetation and you’ll catch sight of amazing creatures such as a variety of exotic birds, butterflies, lizards and insects. Enjoy the true essence of nature as your guide teaches you about the natural ecosystem of Puerto Vallarta as well as fauna and flora of the area.

The ascend near the top of the mountain begins to intensify. There are ropes that can assist you with the steeper and more slippery parts of the climb. Your breath will start to shorten, and your legs will begin to ache until suddenly… you reach the summit and you’re met with the most rewarding ocean views. At the summit, you’ll take a hearty rest and enjoy a snack and beverage while absorbing the magnificent views and taking advantage of the magnificent photo opportunities.

Climbing Monkey Mountain is a very unique and unmatched experience that everyone should try! The hike isn’t too difficult, but a certain level of fitness is required. You can stop as many times as you feel necessary during the ascend up the mountain.

Take a Cooking Class

Taking a hands-on cooking class is a fantastic way of immersing yourself in Puerto Vallarta’s local culture and to learn the methods behind the divine and delicious Mexican cuisine! It’s an unmissable opportunity to try some of the best food that the region has to offer and learn unique information about Vallarta from a native of the area, such as outstanding restaurants that are off the beaten track or the best hidden spots to watch the sunset.

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It’s no secret that Mexico has one of the most authentic and delectable cuisines in the world, showcasing its succulent street tacos, piquant and crispy Chilaquiles, rich and hearty Mole Poblano, and exquisite Tres Leches dessert cake to mention a few.

There are numerous cooking classes being hosted throughout Puerto Vallarta, majorly in the downtown area, and most last for 3-4 hours. Learn tips and tricks from the area’s most renowned chefs and then feast upon the explosive favors of Mexican cuisine!

Visit the Palo Maria Waterfalls

Make your spring break vacations in Puerto Vallarta 2021 special by visiting one of nature’s truest delights. Hidden deep in the Sierra Madre mountains sits Palo Maria, an enchanting and cascading hike encompassed by tropical and exotic jungle and featuring a number of picturesque waterfalls. Palo Maria is an enjoyable one-hour hike inland along the flowing river and scenic banks, that requires a moderate physical ability. You’ll climb over natural rock formations, pace through shallow waters and parade through hanging twines and flora.

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But the end reward is worth it. The waterfalls are breathtaking with fresh clear water that lightly flows from the mountain core and unfamiliar plants delicately shading the magical area. Be sure to take your swimming clothes as you’ll want to jump in and bask in the pure essence of nature. Some of the waterfalls showcase rope swings, in which you’ll have limitless fun swinging into the pools and capturing memorable photos!

Visiting Palo Maria is a unique chance to experience the abundant beauty of Puerto Vallarta and disconnect, taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Visit Marietas Islands

Enjoy a day of your spring break vacations in Puerto Vallarta 2021 by visiting the Marietas Island (known in Spanish as ‘Islas Marietas’) is a UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve that’s famous for its native and exotic wildlife such as the Blue-footed Booby bird, the stunning hidden beach area, crystal-clear waters, and miles of impressive landscapes. It offers an opportunity to escape from the busy flow of Puerto Vallarta and bask in calmness and serenity.

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The Marietas Islands are located approximately 2 hours from downtown Puerto Vallarta and are only accessible by boat. During the tranquil journey, you may catch sight of some mighty Humpback Whales that take shelter in Banderas Bay from November through to April to breed and raise their offspring until they’re ready to conquer the vaster ocean. You may also see a pod of dolphins dancing through the water or elegant Manta Rays flipping out of the water.

Once at the islands, enjoy a day of snorkeling, paddle boarding, swimming and exploring the natural delights of one of Mexico’s most loved UNESCO sites!

Take a Surfing Lesson

Learning to surf is a thrilling and exhilarating experience that is something to tick off the bucket list – and what better place to learn to ride the waves than in the blissful waters of Mexico?

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There are numerous ideal surfing spots across Banderas Bay, featuring attractive waves and the perfect waters. Sayulita is one of PV’s most famous surf spots, especially during spring break, with excellent waves for short or long board surfing and having hosted the Stand-Up World Championships in 2015. The vibrant and picturesque beach is embraced by the gaze of Sierra Madre and is lined by ocean vines and coconut trees. You’ll find numerous beachside restaurants serving delicious seafood dishes and thirst-quenching cocktails. The light drone of reggae music echoes through the palapa’s as the crowds take to the waves.

Sayulita is also a ‘pueblo magico’ – a ‘magic town’ in Mexico. The winding cobblestone streets are vividly decorated with colorful flags and the towns ambience is very laidback and hippie, a perfect complement to the lively surfing scene. You’ll find numerous surfing schools on the beachfront, where you can receive professional training from an experienced surfer.

Stay at an All Inclusive Resort

Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa offers all that is needed to descend into a desired state of tranquility and peace. The architecturally stunning and modern resort sits on the Sierra Madre mountain, encompassed by exotic flora and offering the ultimate views of Banderas Bay and Los Arcos.

There is plenty to do at the beach resort that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The resort has two large salt-water infinity pools, a jacuzzi, a full-size tennis court, and equipment for water sports. You can join in on a Kundalini Yoga class that are hosted weekday mornings, take a sensual journey during one of our wine tasting sessions, or enjoy PV’s natural delights during our hiking tour. There are three signature restaurants onsite that can be enjoyed the fullest with our Gourmet Culinary All-Inclusive plan.

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The resort features a world-class spa that offers some of the most state-of-the-art equipment that Puerto Vallarta has seen, such as a six-cycle vitality pool and a pressure massage shower. The spa also features tailored and deluxe treatments, ranging from hydrotherapy rituals to facial treatments. It’s the perfect haven to spend time disconnecting and rejuvenating your mind, body and soul.

We also have a kids cub to keep the little ones entertained! The weekly schedule is packed full of engaging and fun activities, such as a treasure hunt, a cooking class, planting a tree, and mini Olympics!

Ice skating on the Beach

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That’s right, you read that correctly! Be one of the first to enjoy ice skating on the beach with IcelandBeachPV’s new rink. It is the one and only ice rink on the beach in all of Latin America and it is an impressive 40 meters long and 20 meters wide. You can find them at Febronio Uribe 171 in the Hotel Zone, open daily from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. Skating prices are 130 pesos per hour, or 80 pesos per half hour including skate rental.

This is the ideal activity for those wanting to catch both a bit of sun and a dose of invigorating cold during their spring break in Puerto Vallarta. Be one of the first to enjoy a wonderful view of the ocean waves while you glide around the ice rink.

Coffee, Tequila, and Botanical Gardens Tour

Discover new flavors and sights on this exciting tour through the stunning botanical gardens of Puerto Vallarta with Puerto Vallarta Discovery. The tour conveniently includes hotel pick-up and drop-off and takes you to the mountains with stunning views of Banderas Bay along the way. Learn about the remarkable orchid, agave plant, and wild palm collections maintained at the garden.

Experience a free tequila tasting as well as a complimentary lunch. Try something new this spring break and book through Puerto Vallarta Discovery today!

Swim with Dolphins

swim with dolphins

This Dolphin Signature Swim package from Vallarta Adventures is a popular tourist attraction, perfect to add a little pizazz to your spring break. You’ll get to experience a ride with these gentle mammals and also learn more about their behavior and how they interact with each other.

The dolphins here are very well taken care of, and their caretakers ensure they have as much downtime as they need. The dolphins spend no more than two hours a day playing with visitors, and the program is certified by the Human Conservation program, so you can rest assured that the dolphins are as happy as you are on your vacation.

Spa day at Garza Blanca

Spa Imagine, nestled within the Garza Blanca Preserve, is a world class luxury spa with every service you could dream of. Their state-of-the-art Hydrotherapy Ritual is complete with a steam room, six-cycle vitality pool, cold plunge pool, and more! Gearing up for a night out? Get glammed with the signature Spa Imagine Luxury Manicure and their Shampoo & Blow Dry package.

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The spa also has private Therapy Suites which you can bask in alone, or with your partner. Find your zen this spring break at Garza Blanca.

You’re sure to have an exclusive and memorable spring break experience with us during your stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It’s a truly charming city that offers a unique type of magic and abundant elements of fun. Experience something new like ice skating on the beach or embark on a breathtaking botanical gardens tour and an afternoon of tequila tasting. We hope to see you and your loved ones enjoy your spring break vacations in Puerto Vallarta 2021!