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Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

1. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Experience

Upgrade your vacation by visiting this exclusive, private beach hideaway. Accessible only by sea, Las Caletas is surrounded by a steep, jungle-clad mountain backdrop, making it a truly secluded tropical sanctuary. On the Las Caletas Beach Hideaway Tour, you’ll have the opportunity to explore Las Caletas and all of the incredible natural wonders it has to offer. Spend time out at sea on a kayak or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding. Take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities like clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking. No matter what your interests, Las Caletas Beach Hideaway has something for you.

Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

2. Punta de Mita/Sayulita: Horseback Riding Tour

Discover the natural landscapes around the Mexican countryside on this guided tour on horseback. Ride along beaches and through jungles, and discover charming towns like Higuera Blanca. Arrive at the beautiful ranch full of different animals like donkeys, ponies, macaws, roosters, water buffalo, deers, turkeys, and peacocks. Listen to a quick safety briefing before you meet your horse and get saddled up. Riding your horse, explore a typical Mexican Town. Go through the jungle and arrive at a breathtaking beach of Litibu where you will have the option to gallop. After the tour, enjoy a tequila tasting, and feel free to purchase lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant. Finally, take a picture with the majestic "Soruyo", a bull that weighs over 1 ton before heading home.

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

3. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphins in the Wild Tour

Join a team of professional biologists to see bottlenose dolphins up close, not in a pool or artificial environment, and watch these intelligent animals play and interact with each other in the open ocean. The adventure starts with a light continental breakfast. While enjoying your meal, listen as researchers share their experiences with the dolphins and learn about their natural behaviors and habitats. Next, hop on a boat to find PV's resident pod of bottlenose dolphins. Keep an eye out for marine turtles, birds, and giant mantas along the way. From Dec to March there's also a possibility of seeing spinner dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, and, with a bit of luck, even humpback whales and orcas. Listen to the dolphins communicate through an onboard hydrophone. The guides are specialists in cetaceans and marine ecology and will have a lot of information to share about these ocean habitats. Depending on the mood of the pod, the guides may judge that it's possible to go for a swim with the dolphins. This is a truly special experience, as the juvenile dolphins are very curious about humans. Those who wish may take the opportunity to participate in the guides' research project. These tours are what make this research possible and it's thanks to the data collected that dolphin sightings are 100% guaranteed. After 2.5 hours of observing and learning about these playful cetaceans, the group will return to Puerta Vallarta by boat.

Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

4. Isla Majahuitas: Pirate Ship Tour with Kayaking and Lunch

Enjoy a pirate cruise to Isla Majahuitas which is sure to delight the whole family. Enjoy an all-inclusive adventure of activities at sea and great service from the pirate crew plus breakfast, lunch and open bar. Set sail from Marina Puerto Vallarta and board a gorgeous galleon ship for breakfast “Under the Sea” in the pirate tavern. The crew will be with you throughout the day to ensure you have all you need for maximum fun and adventure. Once you’ve fueled up with breakfast, you’ll be ready for the action. Visit the Isla Majahuitas beach club, a perfect place to cool off with a swim or snorkel or take a kayak or banana tour around the beautiful waters. Challenge yourself to a game of beach volleyball or take part in a pirate-themed treasure hunt, the Vallarta activities provide endless diversion in paradise. Sit back and enjoy the Vallarta pirate show and marvel at the acrobatics, dancing, and special effects. When hunger strikes, choose from 8 different meal options and enjoy lunch onboard the Vallarta galleon. Relax with your favorite drink prepared at the deluxe open bar, where national and international alcoholic beverages will be served. At the end of the day, the ship will dock in Marina Puerto Vallarta leaving you with magical memories of a great day at sea.

Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

5. Puerto Vallarta: Las Caletas Beach Hideway Day Trip

Enjoy both pure relaxation and thrilling exploration on this Las Caletas trip from Puerto Vallarta. The day is yours to hike through the tropical forest, spend time out at sea on a kayak, or marvel at the area’s many underwater wonders while snorkeling or paddle boarding just offshore. After hopping on board and taking off from the port, head to the hidden beach of Las Caletas. Upon arrival, choose to take a guided nature walk and meet some of the permanent residents of Las Caletas, including playful monkeys and beautiful parrots. You can also learn more about the culture and traditions of the region by participating in hands-on activities including clay modeling, mezcal tasting, and cooking classes. No matter what you’re looking to do, this Las Caletas has it all. A light breakfast, lunch, and open bar are also included in your trip.

From Puerto Vallarta: Full-Day Tour to San Sebastian

6. From Puerto Vallarta: Full-Day Tour to San Sebastian

Discover the culture and beauty of one of Jalisco’s Magic Villages. On this tour, we will take you to explore the mining village of San Sebastian — a town founded in 1605 — located on the western side of the state. Depart from Puerto Vallarta and get impressive views of the mountains and forests of Jalisco on a full-day tour to the old mining town of San Sebastian. Go for a stroll through the historic town, where the San Juan mine was the last of its kind to shut down in 1921. Sightsee the traditional coffee hacienda where you will learn about Mexican coffee production and afterward relish a distillate tasting at the Tequila House. Finish your day, by relishing a traditional dish of Jalisco at a family-owned restaurant. Feel the charm and joyful mood of San Sebastian city.

Puerto Vallarta: Sea Lion Discovery

7. Puerto Vallarta: Sea Lion Discovery

Learn about environmental conservation as you spend some time getting up close and personal with some of Puerto Vallarta's cutest sea lions. Start your tour hanging out and interacting with some sea lions. Find out interesting facts about them and their habitat as you make some new friends. After spending some time with the sea lions, take a seat in the audience and watch them perform some cool tricks. Enjoy the waterslides, ziplines, and other fun waterpark activities after your experience.

Puerto Vallarta Horseback Riding

8. Puerto Vallarta Horseback Riding

Are you seeking a lifetime adventure? Explore the magic hidden in the mountains of the Sierra Madre led by your loyal horse. From Puerto Vallarta to paradise, give yourself an opportunity to one of a kind trip. The horse ride is the ideal option to let yourself connect with the flora and fauna of the enchanted tropical forest of Vallarta. Explore the flora and fauna of the enchanted forest, where you can observe a unique and spectacular natural scenery. As well, enjoy a relaxing ride through the mountains and descend gracefully in the beautiful and distinguished crystal waters of the Cuale River, swimming along with your horse. Nature, fun, and horses are all you need in Puerto Vallarta!

Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

9. Puerto Vallarta: Dolphin Swimming and Aquaventuras Park

Play and swim with well-trained dolphins with this attraction ticket in Puerto Vallarta. Have fun with the thrilling attractions at the Aquaventuras Park. Renergize yourself after your swim with a free soft drink and an item of your choice from the delicious 'Swimmer's Menu.' Check in at the Aquaventuras Park and begin a detailed safety briefing to ensure the comfort of you and the dolphins during your water experience. Hop in the water and meet these joyful creatures. Try activities like the foot push, where two dolphins will push you from your feet to the above the surface of the water. Next, hold on to two dolphins' dorsal fins and be towed through the water. Get a fin handshake and a peck on the cheek from a dolphin. Have full admission to Aquaventuras Park Vallarta, where you splash around in the swimming area and the kid's playground. Ride on 10 water slides or go for a trip on the river. Enjoy one pass on the extreme climbing wall, challenge and zip lines.

Puerto Vallarta: Private South Shore Sightseeing Cruise

10. Puerto Vallarta: Private South Shore Sightseeing Cruise

Take some time to relax and see the beauty of Puerto Vallarta’s south shore from a private yacht. Begin by heading south and cruising by Los Arcos, the rocky arches that are a Puerto Vallarta landmark. Drop anchor and splash over the side to snorkel or simply enjoy your time aboard the yacht with a cold drink and your friends and family. Continue on to Las Animas Beach, where you can eat lunch, relax on the beach or participate in other beach activities.

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What people are saying about Puerto Vallarta

Enrique “Kike” was our guide and he was awesome! My group and I went zip lining for the first time and felt like we were in good hands the whole time. Kike was not only professional and knowledgeable but made the experience a blast! Definitely recommend to anybody looking for an adventure.

We had a blast. My first time doing it and loved it. Zip lining guides did such an amazing job taking care of our group. They were friendly, informative, and a lot of fun. Thanks again! Highly recommend!

It was a great day tho I would have enjoyed going in earlier when many dolphins were around us and seemed delighted we were there. Overall, it was great fun!

This activity exceeded all my expectations. Very well organized and the boat crew were extremely fun. Great quality food, ambiance, and show.

Exceeded all expectations. You won’t regret going. It’s an experience you won’t forget and something you’ll tell all your friends about.