Bask in the sun on glorious beaches with spectacular crystal-blue waters and scenic views.

Visit one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks of Puerto Vallarta, Los Arcos, a row of arches in the oceanfront square of Plaza Morelos on the city’s southern end that also serves as an amphitheater.

Go on a scuba diving trip with great visibility on a guided tour and dive with Banderas School Republic.

Rent an ATV and go deep into the Sierra Madre Mountains with Puerto Vallarta Tours. Pass through Mexican towns, race up remote dirt roads, and plow through water hazards on your way to a swimming hole with a small waterfall.

See first-hand experiences of the state of Jalisco’s cultural wealth on trips to nearby indigenous Huichol communities in the Sierra Madre Occidental.

Cast off onvarious fishing expeditions and sport-fishing events and tournaments that are held in Puerto Vallarta, which is popular for its variety of species.

Choose from a wide variety of water-sports tours and activities with Charly’s Sailing and Sportfishing.

Take a tour on one of many main vessels at the port, each with various itineraries: Ride on high-speed inflatable boat, Outdoor Adventure, which takes you to activities such as zip lining, rappelling, mule rides and suspension bridges; or enjoy a relaxing cruise on Sarape to Los Arcos, Playa Las Animas and Playa Quimixto.

Swim with the dolphins, watch shows, ride thrilling water slides and chutes, and soak up oodles of fun at Dolphin Discovery—Aquaventuras Park.

Take a bus up the coastline to the charming small fishing village of Bucerías where you can go fishing, swimming, art gallery-viewing or beachside dining.

Form a Congo line by Jet Ski, fish from a kayak, or go snorkeling, diving, fishing or whale watching on one of ECO Explorer’s innovative tours.

Take an exciting ecotour with Ecotours de México—Earth Friendly Adventures, which include children’s amenities.

Super charge your adrenaline by going panther spotting in the jungle—talk about your high-octane thrills.

Step aboard the Pirate Ship Vallarta for the “Pirates of the Bay Night Show,” a 4-hour sunset cruise with a pirate show, dancing, games, lots of family fun, and incredible views of Banderas Bay and Puerto Vallarta from the deck of this real wooden pirate ship.

Visit Canopy River for tours of Canopy, ATV rentals, rappelling, zip lining on 12 lines, hop on a mule ride and top things off at the Tequila Tour and Restaurant-Bar Service.

Tee up at Vista Vallarta Club de Golf, which encompasses two 18-hole, par-72 championship golf courses: A signature golf course designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, and another neighboring signature course designed by golf great Tom Weiskopf.

Enjoy a play every day at Vallarta’s Theatre, “El Teatro Vallarta,” a modern building with a capacity for over 900 people.

Get down and dirty with Unique ATV Tours’ off-road adventures in one of its automatic ATVs, Rhinos, Jeeps and dune buggies that seat up to 4 people. From forests to farmlands and the lush jungle to hidden waterfalls in the Sierra Madre and the virgin beach of Mayto, explore the best that Puerto Vallarta has to offer.

Take a tempting culinary tour offering and insider’s view into local life. Vallarta Food Tours’ guides will open your eyes to the richness of Puerto Vallarta’s history and architecture, and satiate your appetite with unforgettable culinary adventures and authentic Mexican dishes.

Get your thrills at Los Veranos Canopy Tour, with Puerto Vallarta’s original zip-line adventure.

Rent a Jet Ski to explore the crystal-blue waters, coastlines, rock formations, and every nook and cranny of Banderas Bay.

Rejuvenate your senses, and sense of well being at one of many relaxing spas in Puerto Vallarta.

Satisfy your cravings for exotic Mexican cuisine and drinks, such as Posi, as well as a wide array of international food to tantalize the taste buds.

Swim alongside giant manta rays, or cruise the waters of Banderas Bay to get close to the humpback whales.

Stroll along the El Malecón, a seaside promenade that borders Vallarta’s downtown and parallels Banderas Bay, and marvel at the creativity and uniqueness behind each of the sculptures you pass along the way.

Grab a table at one of the top eateries on the island of the Cuale River or in Olas Altas, also known as the Romantic Zone.

Visit one of Vallarta’s spacious new shopping centers and try your hand at dice and slots, or take in a movie (most in English with Spanish subtitles) while cooling off at one of the state-of-the-art theaters.

Do some department store shopping, banking and boutiquing along the main thoroughfare.

Get your cultural thrills with an Art Walk that takes you to all the downtown galleries, so you can experience the diversity of the traditional and modern artists being displayed.

Catch a local or international troupe performance at the new theater, which also houses a gallery of modern Mexican art, hosts performances by local and international troupes. Its signature show, Fandango, is a spectacular display of music and dance that will leave you spellbound, complete with a full mariachi performance.

Take lovely evening walks near the center of town in Olas Altas and the Marina, which are full of art galleries, souvenir shopping and fine dining.

Watch a wide variety of street performers playing and singing for tips against the backdrop that has made Vallarta famous—its glorious sunset.

Have a romantic dinner at a cliff-top restaurant, or sail to a distant cove that offers a dramatic dining backdrop while you’re entertained by an ancient Aztec ritual re-enactment.

End your day relaxing to jazz and soul in a piano bar or sipping a frosty pint at an Irish pub.

Take a second trip down the Malecón where you can stop and watch Voladores de Papantla (Papantla Flyers) as they perform a death-defying, pre-Columbian ritual at the top of the hour on the boardwalk.

Drink and dance the rest of the night away at one of Vallarta’s many nightclubs, featuring everything from live music, including Cuban, Mariachi and local trios to rock-bands, harp, guitar or piano, to disco-clubs with salsa, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, electronic or reggae music to get your feet moving.