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Best Things To Do in Puerto Vallarta

PV has great activities for daytrippers off a cruise ship. Catch a bus or ask a taxi driver to take you to the beautiful Malecón, the boardwalk that runs parallel to Banderas Bay. Then take your time strolling past the unusual statues and intricate sand sculptures found there, stopping for pictures or looking inside one of the art galleries along the way. You'll probably end your walk at Los Arcos or the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe -- two of the most iconic images of the city. If you have more than a day to spare, plan on spending one or two hours at the Botanical Gardens of Vallarta or in the northern seaside town of Bucerías.

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#1
Bahía de Banderas (Banderas Bay) Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Whether you're relaxing on the beach, testing the city's nightlife (from clubs with ... read more»

#2
Los Arcos and El Malecón Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: One of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks of Puerto Vallarta, Los Arcos refers to ... read more»

#3
Isla Río Cuale Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Isla Río Cuale is a mystery to many first-time Puerto Vallarta travelers. The fact that ... read more»

#4
Zona Romantica Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This charming south side neighborhood is like a detached, unpretentious beach village that serves PV ... read more»

#5
Bucerias
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: A great place to experience the joys of a resort town without the tourist-palooza that ... read more»

#6
Playa Los Muertos Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The most popular shoreline in Puerto Vallarta, Playa los Muertos (Dead Man's Beach) in ... read more»

#7
Botanical Gardens of Vallarta
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: To explore beyond Puerto Vallarta, you might want to try the popular Jardines Botánicos de ... read more»

#8
Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: The silhouette of this church in downtown PV is one of the most definable images ... read more»

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