Botanical Gardens of Vallarta
- Type: Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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To explore beyond Puerto Vallarta, you might want to try the popular Jardines Botánicos de Vallarta (Botanical Gardens of Vallarta), located just a half hour south of the city and accessible by taxi or the special 'El Tuito' bus from the corner of Carranza and Aguacate. The gardens feature an assortment of wild flowers and insect life that provides a relaxing and romantic getaway from the day-to-day hustle of Vallarta's downtown.
Travelers on TripAdvisor consider the Botanical Gardens "a great spot to visit outside of the city" and a "hidden gem off the beaten path." Some travelers also expected to spend one or two hours but ended up staying the entire day. If you do decide to head to the gardens, go early so that you have time to return to PV for other planned activities. Or, simply go in the afternoon after a day at the beach. Also be sure to buy a meal or, at the very least, a drink at the gardens' restaurant, which come highly recommended by both travelers and writers.
The gardens are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.