Puerto Vallarta is more than just a stunning coastal resort town on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. With so many fun day trip possibilities, Puerto Vallarta makes the perfect home base for your Mexican adventure. From towering mountain ranges to idyllic fishing villages, you will love exploring the vibrant region that surrounds Puerto Vallarta. Here are three places to visit during your trip to this area.

Punta de Mita

Just north of Puerto Vallarta, Punta de Mita is a 1,500-acre private peninsula in the Riviera Nayarit where you can enjoy a slower paced, tranquil area but still experience the happening nightlife of the big city, according to Susurros del Corazón. This peninsula is surrounded on three sides by more than nine miles of beaches, giving you ample opportunity to play in the sand and the surf. Doing so will leave you feeling pampered and relaxed. While in Punta de Mita, you can also take a short, fifteen-minute boat trip to visit the Islas Marietas National Park.


The name of this small resort town in Nayarit translates to “place of divers,” giving you an indication of the main draw of this destination. According to Riviera Nyarit, this piece of coastline in Bucerías stretches uninterrupted for twenty-nine miles. In addition to the allure of the beach, the town also boasts a bustling dining scene, a charming town square dotted with cobblestone streets and brightly colored homes. The gentle waves of the shores of Bucerías make this a great destination for families.


Surfing enthusiasts will want to put an excursion to Sayulita at the top of their travel itinerary. Featuring a quintessential Bohemian vibe, Sayulita is a haven for surfers looking to ride the waves and immerse themselves in this inviting culture, according to Feather and the Wind. The town also features a host of travel services, shopping opportunities, dining establishments and cozy bars that welcome you in and make you feel like family. The town is also an oasis for those looking to relax and rejuvenate in a tranquil setting. Sayulita is home to many yoga and wellness retreats, making it an ideal place to escape from the humdrum routine.

Any of these three destinations will deliver a fun adventure when you want to step away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta. Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or the chance to catch a wave, you will find what you’re after just a short distance away.