Puerto Vallarta Environment
By and large, sun-seekers are drawn to Puerto Vallarta for its gold-toned beaches. Welcomed by 26-miles of sandy shore, hidden rocky coves, clear lagoons and lively social spots, they won't be disappointed. However, many also choose to vacation here for Puerto Vallarta's fertile rainforests, small villages and lush mountainous regions.
Beaches – Puerto Vallarta's most accessible beach is Playa Los Metros. It's located right in town. The waves and undertow can be quite rough here, but after crashing into some big waves you can refuel at the wide array of open-air restaurants. On the southern end of Playa Los Muertos is a popular gay swimming ground known as 'Blue Chairs'. Just north of town lies a string of smooth, sandy coves hidden within rocky inlets. These white sand beaches include Playa Anclote, Punta Mita, Playa Piedras Blancas and Playa Destiladeras, favored by surfers for their huge swells (waves).
Puerto Vallarta Eco Tours – Once you've had your share of sand and water you are welcome to get close to nature on one of the following eco-tours:
Birds of San Blas – A trip to a bird-watchers paradise in nearby San Blas will positively ruffle your feathers. Travel to San Blas' birding haven takes 4 hours max.
Rancho Altamira – is a 50-acre working ranch, where guests become cowboys and cowgirls for an entire day, enjoy a barbecue lunch, horseback riding and a saunter through the nearby colonial-era village of El Tuito.
Sierra Madre Expedition is a day-long excursion through restricted jungle trails, isolated villages and winds-up with lunch on a secluded natural beach. Guests travel in style in Mercedes all-terrain vehicles.