Five Activities for the High Season in Puerto Vallarta

by Craig Zabransky on November 1, 2011

The high season begins this week as the calendar enters November. It’s based on the weather. As the Canada and the US start to cool and snow enters the forecast, the “green-season” (rainy) ends in Mexico and the sun shines bright in Puerto Vallarta.

With the new season, the Puerto Vallarta calendar starts to pick up with events, festivals and fiestas.  I decided to highlight a few new (for me) activities I plan to attend (or attempt to) this year. Here are five on my list, I’d love to hear what’s on your list?

Humpback Whale Watching

Humpback Whales are intelligent. Every winter they migrate south to return to Banderas Bay. Sounds like the proper winter vacation to me. Recently, I have watched the Whales from the shore, but this year I plan to take a tour boat to experience these magnificent mammals up close. Whale Watching in Banderas Bay  makes my list.

Explore Riviera Nayarit

I don’t know much about the resorts, beaches, and beauty offered in this region. So, on my visit I plan to spend sometime away from downtown Puerto Vallarta and discover  “Mexico’s Pacific Treasure,” the Riviera Nayarit.

I expect luxury and also idyllic beach settings. A paradise awaits.

Walk the Reconstructed Malecon

No trip to Puerto Vallarta is complete without a seaside stroll on the malecon. And this year, the reconstructed walkway adorned with sculptures will be a new experience. It’s reconstructed. It’s renovated. It’s revitalized.

I’ll discover what changed and I’m also sure to have opinions just like everyone. But one thing I am certain that everyone will continue to agree on, the fact that it remains a must do on trip to Vallarta.

Attend a Surf Contest in Mexico

I’ve surfed in Mexico numerous times, but I have yet to try any breaks around Puerto Vallarta. With forty beaches in close proximity, I am bound to find some quality waves. And with the annual Long Board Surf Contest in Sayulita, a town just and hour north of Puerto Vallarta, I plan to explore a surf contest too.

Sounds like a perfect beach weekend to me.

Take a Sunset Sail in Banderas Bay

I want to be on a sailboat just like this...

Whether I need to wait for the Banderas Bay Regatta to sail in or decide to hire a captain on a random evening, the goal remains the same, to capture a sunset in Puerto Vallarta from the Bay. With the colors reflecting on the water and an open horizon, I look forward to the moment I love so much, the sunset.

These are the activities I look forward to this season, what do you look forward to in Puerto Vallarta this high season? Let us know

Photos: Craig Zabransky


Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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