Discover Puerto Vallarta – Riviera Nayarit!

By Jed Hauck and Jacqueline Zea

Puerto Vallarta

Dotted with enchanting cobblestone streets, white adobe houses, red tiled roofs, expansive resorts, culinary abundance, and an unhurried lifestyle, this picturesque coastal city is enviable!

Puerto Vallarta Banderas Bay

Experience the beauty of the seaside paradise of Puerto Vallarta.

Banderas Bay is certainly not a bashful one with 14 miles of golden-sand beaches offering something unique for everyone. Those seeking to soak up the rays can find a quiet stretch of powdery sands. Others can expect lively beaches jam-packed with action, beach bars, and activities including: horseback riding, biking, hiking, canopy tours, golf, deep sea fishing, surfing, water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, and much more!

The Malecón Puerto Vallarta

Walk along the seaside promenade, The Malecón, with its trendy shops and authentic restaurants.

Delightful Dining

Sample authentic Mexican fare, international cuisines from award-winning restaurants, or choose a beachside café and take in the panoramic views.

Noctural Scene

Discos, bars, sports pubs, live music clubs, and cantinas galore all make up Puerto Vallarta’s sizzling nightlife. Whether it’s downtown or the Hotel Zone, you’re bound to encounter a ton of energy and pulsating music!

Our Lady of Guadalupe Puerto Vallarta

One of Puerto Vallarta’s most recognizable sights, the Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is a romantic and cultural touchstone in Puerto Vallarta.

Approximate Flight Times

New York/Newark – 6 Hours
Philadelphia – 6 Hours
Boston – 7 Hours
Miami – 6 Hours
Los Angeles– 3 Hours

Entry Requirements

All US citizens are required to present a valid passport. If staying in Mexico for over 72 hours, a Mexico tourist card is needed (single entry up to 180 days).


Tropical climate with hot weather year-round.
Average high temperature is 88°F

Puerto Vallarta Experiences

– Hit the streets for nieve de garrafa, homemade ice cream in typical Mexican flavors.

– Spend an afternoon enjoying water sports at Playa Los Muertos.

– Take a stroll along the malecón, where you’ll encounter the iconic row of arches called Los Arcos.

– Soar across mountaintops on an exhilarating zip-lining adventure in the Sierra Madre.

– Celebrate the evening by listening to live music from the bandstand at Plaza de Armas, the cultural center of Puerto Vallarta.

Riviera Nayarit

Riviera Nayarit’s long coastline is excitingly diverse, with the surfer paradise Destiladeras, the elegant haven Punta Mita, and the ecological preserve Islas Marieta.

Armando Marietas Riviera Narayrit

Rejuvenate your romance with a journey with serene and secluded settings in Riviera Nayarit.


Discover unrivaled beauty tucked between the Pacific coast and the Sierra Madre Mountains. With historic towns, fishing villages, lush jungles, rocky coves, nature adventures, and almost 200 miles of a glistening coastline, you can’t be blamed for falling in love with this sun-drenched gem.


Whale Watching La Bahia de Banderas

With more than 200 miles of beaches, Riviera Narayrit is a water wonderland with such activities as whale watching…

Luxury Stays
Lavish accommodations abound here, boasting world-class championship golf, unparalleled gastronomy, ultimate spa pampering, and pristine beaches allowing you to work on your sun-kissed tan as often as you’d like!



Banderas Bay is not only a favorite amongst savvy vacationers but also humpback whales who visit each winter to gather, give birth, and showcase their newborns—an extraordinary spectacle worth experiencing.

Surfer’s Haven

Plenty of breaks for beginners and avid surfers alike to grab their boards and hit the challenging waves at Sayulita, The Cove, La Caleta, and San Blas, also known as a relaxing bird-watching destination.

Approximate Flight Times

Surfing Riviera Narayrit

…and surfing!

New York/Newark– 6 Hours
Philadelphia– 6 Hours
Boston– 7 Hours
Miami– 6 Hours
Los Angeles– 3 Hours


Tropical climate with hot weather year-round.
Average high temperature is 88°F

Riviera Nayarit Experiences

– Have the time of your life on a canopy and ATV adventure across the bay through the verdant rainforest, back roads, and foothills.

– Try your hand at sport fishing and go after marlin, swordfish, and tuna on a charter out of Punta Mita or Nuevo Vallarta.

– Savor mouthwatering seafood anywhere along “Restaurant Row” at El Anclote.

– Shop at markets and public plazas for handmade pottery created by the Cora and Huichal.

– Tee off at championship golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, and Rovert von Hagge.

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About Our Writers
jed hauck - promo photoJed Hauck is a writer for Flight Centre USA. A New Yorker to the core, he has written extensively inside the travel and entertainment fields (winning Emmy Award honors for the latter), and has traveled widely throughout Europe and North America. He would love to live in London but can’t quite master the accent. He does, however, speak French like Marcel Marceau.




Jacqueline ZeaJacqueline Zea is a Copywriter for Flight Centre, USA. She’s a self-published poet (Inner Happenings) and is fluent in Spanish.  She’s been to Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canouan Island in the Grenadines, Barbados, Turks & Caicos, St. Thomas, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and several others!

When she’s not traveling and writing, she’s immersing in mindfulness, enjoying Zumba, and thinking about her next Halloween costume!