Puerto Vallarta Icons – Islas Marietas (Marietas Islands)

Islas Marietas

Surely a natural icon of Banderas Bay, the Marietas Islands are one of the most important nesting sites of seabirds in Mexico and eastern tropical Pacific, also housing many other marine species.

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Islas Marietas
Islas Marietas

Marieta Islands were caused by volcanic activity during the cretaceous era, getting fancy shapes, the two islands of this archipelago (Round Island and Long Island) have virtually the same shape, dominated on the surface and underneath with a variety of caves and cliffs.

After years of scientific research and an intensive effort to provide legal protection to the archipelago, was finally declared a “Marietas Islands National Park” in 2005, with almost 1,400 hectares of land to be an important nesting area, shelter, reproduction and transit of at least 92 species of waterfowl, underwater, resident and migratory.

It is estimated that in these islands is located the largest population of the iconic global brown bobo bird (Sula leucogaster) and with them you can see the beautiful blue-footed bobo bird, which also nests in the Galapagos Islands.

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That is why it is not allowed to “step on” the islands, and human routes should be limited to sightseeing, the beach and water activities like diving, kayaking and snorkeling.

If this was not enough, during winter you can hear the amazing songs of humpback whales, who use the islands as a natural shelter against predators and ocean currents.

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Puerto Vallarta Icons – Los Arcos

Los Arcos

Located south of the city these imposing natural formations of the bay are considered since 1984 as a National Marine Park of the Arches or simply called “Los Arcos”; they have a totally virginal beauty where there are deep tunnels, caves, arches and breathtaking reefs. Besides being one of the sites protected by the Mexican government for the reproduction of different seabirds also fishing is banned around an area of 30 hectares.

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There are five islets with heights between 5 and 50 meters above sea level. Three of them have to form a natural arch, the largest rock has a tunnel of 25 meters high, is the favorite place for snorkeling and diving. At any time of year you can see an endless number of colorful fish, turtles, stingrays, octopus, lobsters, eels, etc.

Access is very easy and the experience is amazing as to appreciate more of the facets of nature in one place. This is one of the many activities offered in Puerto Vallarta to enjoy with your family and can not miss on your next vacation.

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Golf in Puerto Vallarta

Golf in Puerto Vallarta

In 2002, Puerto Vallarta became part of golf history to host the EMC World Cup. Since then, numerous championships, tournaments and competitions are held at the golf courses of Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta has the following golf courses:

Marina Vallarta Club de Golf
This course designed by Joe Finger in 1989 has 18 holes and is one of the most popular because of its proximity to the city, located in the Marina Vallarta neighborhood.
Vista Vallarta Club de Golf
Opened in 2001 has two 18 hole courses, one designed by Jack Nicklaus and the other by Tom Weiskopf. With exceptional views of the bay and the city this field is proud to have hosted the EMC World Cup in 2002.
Flamingos Club de Golf
The first golf course built in the area, opened in 1978 and designed by the British Percy Clifford during his stay in Mexico.
El Tigre Club de Golf Paradise Village
It was designed by Von Hagge Group company in a relatively flat terrain, shows a very clever use of sand and water in the definition of the holes.
Mayan Resorts Golf
Opened in 2001, designed by Jim Lipe and located in the Mayan Palace property in Nuevo Vallarta just 15 minutes from the airport.
Campo de Golf Four Seasons Punta Mita
Designed by Jack Nicklaus 19-hole this field has the peculiarity of having one of the holes on an island which carry the ball through the Pacific Ocean is a challenge.
Campo de Golf Isla de Navidad
Magnificent 27-hole course located on Christmas Island and designed by Robert Von Hagge has spectacular views of ocean, mountain and lagoon.
El Tamarindo Golf Resort
Named the second best in Mexico by BEST’s Golf Guide to Mexico; is an 18 hole course designed carefully by David Fleming.

Whether for an individual player or a complete corporate group, golf clubs offer facilities that will make your stay memorable.

Come and practice your golf skills in Puerto Vallarta!

The Humpback Whale

The humpback whale season is about to begin, these large mammals travel each year 7.400 kilometers from the north pole to reach the equatorial Pacific Ocean and can be seen along Banderas Bay from mid-December to April, reaching up to 300 of them per season.

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Here in Puerto Vallarta due to the depth of the bay it’s possible to see these amazing animals from downtown and the beach, in any case the eco-tours are available daily so you can take this opportunity to enjoy the show of the whales jumping out of water, the reason for this it’s because that is how males attract the attention of females for mating. Their jumps reach up to 15 meters high.

Today it is estimated that between 6 and 7 000 humpback whales exist in the North Pacific, of which about 3,500 are “Mexican” for being reproduced in national waters. According to the National Institute of Ecology (NIE) whale watching is properly regulated by the official Mexican standard since the 2000 season their safety is guaranteed.

The Vallarta Whale, also known as the Dancing Whale, is a monumental bronze sculpture depicting a humpback whale with her calf. Created by artist Octavio Gonzalez, weighs 12 tons and measures 8.9 meters high and 13 long. Inaugurated on March 14, 2001 and can be seen at the entrance of Marina Vallarta.

The humpback whale watching turns out to be an extraordinary natural spectacle which can be seen just a few meters from the boat, turns out to be an unforgettable experience, highly recommended.

56th. International Fishing Tournament Puerto Vallarta

56th International Fishing Tournament Puerto Vallarta

The International Marlin & Sailfish Fishing Tournament has arrived once again to Puerto Vallarta this time celebrating its 56th edition. This renowned fishing tournament is organized by Mr. Andres Famania Ortega, Bandera’s Bay Fishing Club President taking place November 9, 10, 11, and 12 in which you can participate in 4 categories: Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi and Tuna fish; in the case of Sailfish and Marlin the teams will be able to participate in the catch and release form stating the team champion with the highest number of catches.

With prizes adding up to  2 million pesos; there are 7 cars, professional fishing equipment  and cash prizes! Each team is integrated by a maximum of 4 fishermen and with the sole purpose to protect the species only the following species will be qualified:

  • Marlin with a weight over 220 Lb. – Record 710.54 Lb.
  • Sailfish with a weight over 66 Lb. – Record 155.64 Lb.
  • Tuna fish with a weight over 66 Lb. – Record 388.01 Lb.
  • Mahi Mahi with a weight over 22 Lb.
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The opening ceremony took place Thursday, November 10 at pier number 3 at the Integral fishing administration (API) and the award ceremony will be held at the Hotel Krystal, Jalisco hall on Saturday, November 12 at 8:30 pm.

This tradition began in 1956 at the Puerto Vallarta Fishing Club becoming more popular year after year. The activities start early in the morning and the goal is to find the best fish samples.

Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas) Puerto Vallarta

Bahía de Banderas Puerto Vallarta

One of the most unique traits in which Puerto Vallarta is established is it’s Bay; Bahia de Banderas, running along 100 miles of coast line graciously surrounded by mountains and dozens of beaches.

Bandera’s Bay is politically divided by two states Jalisco and Nayarit; such division is marked by the Ameca River which ends at the Bay. Being the biggest and deepest of Mexico reaching about 3,000 meters of depth and it’s the second biggest of North America.

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The bright solar light and its clear blue waters makes the ideal conditions to enjoy an infinite of water activities such as parasailing, surf, water diving, snorkeling, sport fishing, water photography, and many more.

Mexico is one of the five countries with the most biological diversity in the world. This natural bay being so rich with sea life of which visitors can discover by taking the Eco-Tours that are offered, without doubt the one with the most impact is the humpback whale watching tour, among one of the most important is the turtle release program which is held a few meters from the beach at sundown.

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Among the recreational activities are the trips in boats along the bay where you can enjoy the sunset with its variety of orange, pink, and violet colors while watching the dolphins very closely (permanent residents of Puerto Vallarta), discover the heavenly beaches such as Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa, you can also visit the Marietas Islands swim with the multicolor shoals at Los Arcos National Park Reserve or even enjoy of a wonderful pirate show on a boat.

The charm of Bandera’s Bay and the similar Hawaiian weather has led to the evolution of Puerto Vallarta and comply satisfactorily with the expectations of today’s modern tourist.

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