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.