Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta

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Lounge on the beaches of Bahía de Banderas on Mexico's Pacific coast. Surrounded by tall mountains, the bay is known for being a humpback whale breeding ground, as the whales make the annual pilgrimage here to mate and give birth. Explore the bay's pristine beaches, go swimming or snorkeling, or visit the bay’s largest port city. Take a boat tour to discover the bay's isolated beaches; if you're lucky, you may spot dolphins, stingrays, turtles, and whales. Using our international travel planner, Puerto Vallarta attractions like Bahía de Banderas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • July 23, 2017
    Ideal to put to sea but wave can be intense from one moment to another. The combination of sea and mountains makes special to this beach.
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  • May 14, 2017
    My friend & I took two day long trips out into Banderas Bay during our 10 day visit. We took a Vallarta Adventures dive trip out to the Marrietas Islands and also a day luxury sailing day trip. When r...  more »
  • April 10, 2017
    Banderas Bay is home to a large number of towns and cities. Much of the coastline is building up, but there are still smaller villages scattered about and they are always good to visit. North of Puert...  more »

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Where to stay in Puerto Vallarta

The appropriately named Hotel Zone, at the coastal fringe of the city center, serves as one of the most popular areas to stay, with equally good access to the beach and the amenities within the city. Private rentals are particularly popular, with the Hotel Zone and the equally vibrant hub of Emiliano Zapata to the south offering plenty of condominiums to complement the range of budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels. Many of the city's best gay-friendly accommodations are found at the southern fringe of the old town.
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