There have been many travel advisories for the US-Mexico border area, but most of the Mexican coast still has untouched beauty and security. Nuevo Vallarta is one of the unspoiled destinations just waiting to give you the most relaxing experience you have ever had. Nuevo Vallarta has emerged as a sister resort destination to Puerto Vallarta, while keeping its own personal charm. The entire 100km horseshoe-shaped coastline of Bahía de Banderas is known as Vallarta, although it’s divided almost equally between two states – Jalisco, where Puerto Vallarta is, and Nayarit where Nuevo Vallarta is.
The area is covered by lush vegetation providing wonderful scenery and has the perfect atmosphere to spend comfortable moments of absolute relaxation. Here you can row by the lagoon, swim with dolphins, or sail the estuaries and islands by Ameca River, which is also a sanctuary for hundreds of wild birds. Emphasis has been placed on wildlife preservation, especially in the area surrounding the lagoon. Here you will be in direct contact with nature.
Nuevo Vallarta is nestled in Banderas Bay, which, at 27 miles from east to west and 20 miles from north to south, is the third largest bay in the world and North America’s largest.
Situated on the west coast of Mexico, Banderas Bay offers long stretches of incomparable coastline, and unlike many other resort destinations were there is only one long beach, on Banderas Bay every neighborhood is unique and adds to the charm and diversity of Nuevo Vallarta.
The bay itself is Mexico’s largest and one of the world’s deepest, with recorded depths of more than 3000 feet. Offering superb sport fishing for sailfish, marlin, tuna and other game fish, it’s home to dolphins, manta rays and even quirky little seahorses – and a nursery for humpback whales November through March and Olive Ridley turtles June through December, huge leatherbacks joining them on occasion.
If you prefer adrenaline, you can enjoy a diversity of tours departing from the marina and taking you to a variety of exciting destinations. Don't forget the golf courses, regattas, or a visit to the water park. At Nuevo Vallarta, while there is fun for everyone, there is always a perfect moment for relaxation, comfort and romance.
Water sports can't be missed at this wonderful destination. Enjoy the adventure of snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing, windsurfing, parasailing, taking catamaran or yacht tours or banana boat rides, or speeding along on a wave runner. At Nuevo Vallarta, there will always be a way to unleash your adrenaline and have fun to the max.
If you like golf, you can practice your swing on gorgeous championship courses developed by famous designers such as Jack Nicklaus and Robert Von Hass, among others. The golf club Mayan Palace, designed by Jim Lipe, and the golf course El Tigre, designed by Robert Von Hagge and Rick Baril, are just two of the various options you will find at Nuevo Vallarta. Come and enjoy this marvelous sport among rivers, lakes, and hills that will challenge you, with the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean in the background.
Enjoy an exciting journey across the jungle on horseback. Ride to the ranches near Nuevo Vallarta or along the gorgeous, golden sand beaches while the sun sets on the horizon. Travel across this beautiful tourist destination as you never imagined.
Fun and adventure are never-ending at the amazing water park, Splash, where you will find cool slides, dolphin and sea lion shows, fabulous green areas, and a great variety of activities to entertain everyone.
While enjoying your Nuevo Vallarta vacation, do not miss the chance to visit the ranches located in the town of Mezcales, where you can see the fermentation and distillation process of the liquor obtained from the agave (a kind of Mexican cactus).
Despite being a place where the main objectives are relaxation and tranquility, Nuevo Vallarta also has a wild side where the party never ends. If you are looking for nighttime activities and fun, you can't miss the nightclubs Nuevo Vallarta has for you.
If you are the kind of person for whom shopping is almost a sport, this will be the venue of your dreams because of its wide range of stores.
If you are looking for arts and crafts, do not miss the chance to see the beautiful creations of the Huichols. The Huichols are an indigenous group that inhabits the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. Their handicrafts are full of symbolism and designs of unparalleled beauty. Using pumpkins, wood, eye-catching threads, colorful glass beads, and beeswax, they create incredible ornaments that will be marvelous souvenirs.
Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit is located just 10 minutes north of the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, and at the heart of the Banderas Bay. Stretching Northwards from the quaint town of Las Jarretaderas to the forgotten paradise of Lo de Marcos and encompassing a world of vacation possibilities in between, Vallarta-Nayarit is home to an amazing array of sights and activities to satisfy the palate of the most demanding traveler.