With stop-and-stare beaches, tropical jungles and national parks, Mexico’s Pacific Coast is the ultimate exotic holiday. But what can you do there?
When you think of a holiday to Mexico, tequila, tacos and Aztec ruins probably spring to mind. But Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit offer a different side to the story – and a different coast. The Pacific side of Mexico serves up unspoilt sands, thick rainforest and protected parks. Here’s our top pick of the best things to do…
1. Visit Higuera Blanca
Just along from Punta de Mita, the cute village of Higuera Blanca is the perfect spot for horse riding. You can saddle up, gallop across white sands and splash in the surf. When you fancy a break from the beach, head over to Litibu Golf Course – the fairways here are flanked by exotic forest and the Pacific Ocean.
2. See The City Sights
If you need a break from the beach, head to the city of Puerto Vallarta. Here you can explore intricate churches, bright galleries and glittering boutiques. Take a stroll along the Malecon boardwalk by the ocean, where you’ll find a line-up of spice-filled restaurants and low-lit bars. It’s the perfect spot for margaritas and tacos on a sunny evening. And, if you’re not quite ready to go to bed, the bars and clubs stay open until the early hours.
3. Explore Los Arcos National Marine Park
Embrace your inner David Attenborough and spend a day at Los Arcos. Just south of Puerto Vallarta, this protected coastal park is only accessible by boat. It boasts a stunning coral reef, deep tunnels and hidden caves, so it’s a popular spot for snorkelling. Meanwhile, the granite cliffs are home to pelicans, parrots and penguins.
4. Play Golf Along Riviera Nayarit
It’s not all about beaches and wildlife here. Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta are also home to some world-class golf courses – golfing legend Jack Nicklaus has even designed some of the greens. If you’re staying in the Nuevo Vallarta area, you can practise your swing against an OMG backdrop of sun-topped mountains, lush rainforest and sandy beaches.
5. Go Zip Lining Through The Jungle
Adrenaline junkies will love our Jungle Expedition. Tucked away in the Sierra Madre Mountains, tropical forests, treetop bridges and sky-high zip lines make for a great adventure. Hook up your harness and do your best Tarzan impression as you zoom through the leafy canopy – it really is the best way to see the jungle. And if that’s not enough to get your heart racing, why not ride a raft down the river afterwards?
Ready to go? Book your holiday to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit today.