Five Musts for First Timers

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Puerto Vallarta has more to offer visitors than ever. So what are the best activities and not-to-be-missed attractions? We’ve rounded up the five musts for first-time visitors.

Get Up Close to Our Lady of Guadalupe — The city’s most important monument, the landmark cathedral features a distinctive “crown” that tops the church spire. A destination to discover Puerto Vallarta’s history and experience its religious foundation, visitors are invited to attend Mass every Sunday at 10am or service Saturdays at 5pm. One of the most exciting times to experience Our Lady of Guadalupe is during the Feast of Guadalupe Festival (December 1 –12) when large processions descend upon Puerto Vallarta and end at the cathedral.

Stroll the Malecón — Considered one of the city’s most iconic attractions, the Malecón isa mile-long pedestrian path that runs along the waterfront. Originally built in the 1930s, it’s home to sculptures that are symbols of Puerto Vallarta, along with restaurants and cafes, bars, shops and street vendors.

Get Lost in the Romantic Zone — The Romantic Zone, or “Zona Romantica” as it’s referred to by locals, consists of charming cobblestone streets that wind through the heart of the city and are lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries. The area’s cultural intrigue, abundant food options (including some of the city’s best street food vendors), locally-made artifacts and plenty of places to dance the night away make it easy to love.

Take a Dip at Los Muertos Beach — Puerto Vallarta’s most popular beach, the conveniently located playa known for its soft sand and warm, turquoise waters, attracts tourists and locals, alike. While it can get crowded, those who enjoy people-watching will not be disappointed!

Test the Waters of the Banderas Bay — Whether whale watching, snorkeling, sailing, jet skiing, windsurfing or fishing, the famous Bay gives visitors a chance to experience the city via one its greatest assets — the sea.

For more information about these and other attractions, inquire with the front desk.