What to do and see in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit: The Best Places and Tips

In Nuevo Vallarta, you can lounge on the golden-sand beaches of Banderas Bay… or take an ATV tour through the nearby Sierra Madre jungle. A local water park has great twisting slides and sea lion shows… or you could treat the kids to a memorable swim with dolphins. (It'll make for a great "What I did over summer vacation" report.)

1. Nuevo Vallarta Beach

Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3266 reviews

Nuevo Vallarta Beach

Reviewed By spidermarlowe - Boulder, ColoradoBoulder, Colorado

Flat beach for walking, great sunsets, but river stones are becoming a problem north of the Ameca outlet.

We have been visiting the quiet stretch of beach in Nuevo Vallarta in front of the Vidanta properties for a dozen years. I'm referring to the lovely stretch of sand along Banderas Bay, about a kilometer long, between the mouth of the Ameca river, once cal

2. Aquaventuras Park

Carretera a Tepic Kilometro 155, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
Excellent
41%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 490 reviews

Aquaventuras Park

Reviewed By layboy - Swindon, United KingdomSwindon, United Kingdom

Good Day Out

Took the wife here for the Royal Dolphin swim. It was a great treat and I would certainly recommend upgrading to the Royal option. Along with ourvten year old we all enjoyed it.The water park which is included was good too, not the biggest but it’s not th

3. Dolphin Discovery Puerto Vallarta

Enter a destinationNuevo Vallarta, Mexico
Excellent
56%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 733 reviews

Dolphin Discovery Puerto Vallarta

Dolphin Discovery Puerto Vallarta invites you to live the dream of swimming with dolphins in paradise! With a range of programs, we have family-friendly adventures for all ages that you will never forget. Located in Aquaventuras Park, you'll enjoy your dolphin experience and a day on the water slides, an adventure full of adrenaline and smiles!

Reviewed By 300joseluisd - Mexico City, MexicoMexico City, Mexico

very nice

The visit we made to meet the dolphins was incredible, the feeling of their skin, the one they came up to and we could touch them, is wonderful; the dolphins are animals that general tranquility. The place is accessible, but lacks maintenance. We were many people in the session, I think that the dolphins should also rest. Or perform more sessions with fewer people. or limit the number of people in each session.Dear traveler,Many thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us at Dolphin Discovery Puerto Vallarta, it has been great to read that the dolphins activity exceed your expectations and you had a memorable day.The interaction with these magnificent mammals is one of the most wonderful experiences in a lifetime and we are so pleased you have lived it with us.We really appreciate your comments about maintenance at our facility and about our dolphins welfare, please de informed that we love dolphins and we love take care of them, dolphins have a physiology very different from other animals, they have the ability to alternate their cerebral hemispheres to reduce your energy consumption or increase it, in addition the bonds of friendship we establish with them result in volunteer interaction sessions, rest assured that we never forced them to do any activity in contrast, they enjoy playing games with us.On behalf of our team we thank you for your preference and we hope to have the opportunity to see you again soon.Warmest regards!

4. Estudio-Cafe

Paseo de la Marina 31B, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Museums, Shopping, Art Galleries
Excellent
73%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 153 reviews

Estudio-Cafe

Recognized local artists show in studio by café. Outdoor waterside shows Saturday mornings November thru March.

Reviewed By Lee D - Winnipeg, CanadaWinnipeg, Canada

Best shrimp lunch tacos!

This is a cute family run restaurant open during lunch and 3x during the week for dinner. We seemed to make it our stopping point for lunches but also had dinner there. I especially enjoyed the shrimp tacos but also liked their quesadillas. I found their

5. Marina Nuevo Vallarta

Mza 8 Paseo de Lote 46, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Nature & Parks, Marinas
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Marina Nuevo Vallarta

Reviewed By mp8625 - Bristol, United KingdomBristol, United Kingdom

noting special

nothing really special with this marina, nice to have a stroll around but nothing besides that. a few big boats and some nice houses.

6. Riviera Farmers Market

Paseo de los Cococteros | Centro Empresarial, Nuevo Vallarta 63735, Mexico Shopping, Food & Drink, Flea & Street Markets, Farmers Markets More
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

Riviera Farmers Market

Reviewed By Delores65 - Puerto Vallarta, MexicoPuerto Vallarta, Mexico

Everything

This is the best place to literally see everything - the sellers are amazing - friendly and are more than happy to help you with anything you need - There selection is almost from soup to nuts - kitchen sinks to shoes.

7. Yelapa y Mahauitas Playa

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Beaches
Excellent
60%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Yelapa y Mahauitas Playa

Reviewed By Spiteri-Family - Oswaldtwistle, United KingdomOswaldtwistle, United Kingdom

Yelapa is filthy

Yelapa is a filthy hole. Rubbish all over the streets and run down everywhere. Vallarta Adventures takes you to a beach afterwards, you have to wade through a dirty estuary and then to a beach shack. Then surrounded by people trying to sell you everything

8. Splash Water Park

Tepic - Puerto Vallarta Hwy Km. 155, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
Excellent
35%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 137 reviews

Splash Water Park

Reviewed By ioserg - Tlaxcala, MexicoTlaxcala, Mexico

Fun and inexpensive

I've been there 2 times now, and I keep loving it, they have water slides, pools for kids, and a dolphin show, my son got a chance to swim with dolphins for an extra fee.The food and drinks are not overpriced like in many other parks, and the ticket price

9. Grand Odyssey Casino

Av. Los Cocoteros #55 Centro Empresarial, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico Fun & Games, Casinos & Gambling
Excellent
26%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 205 reviews

Grand Odyssey Casino

Reviewed By Susan M - bay area, californiabay area, california

Love casinos but don't recommend this one

I love doing my share of pulling the one armed bandit & sitting at poker tables but would not suggest doing it here. Leave it to Vegas, Reno, Monte-Carlo or elsewhere. The casino is dark & stuffy and works differently from other casinos I've visited. But

10. Sabal Playa

Paseo de los Cocoteros 114-A, Nuevo Vallarta 63732, Mexico Outdoor Activities, Beach & Pool Clubs
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Sabal Playa

A fantastic Beach Club. Our goal is to go beyond your expectations with our unparalleled beachfront location, exclusive facilities, activities, watersports and excelent food. Our restaurant in addition to its fantastic view, offers mexican food, seafood or just a magic sunset. Our charming garden and a infinity pool Our magic touch will make you come back.

Reviewed By Linda P

Great stop for lunch or all day at the beach!

My friend and I drove into Sabal Playa one day and had lunch. Delicious! The setting is beautiful. We came back for their BBQ on Thursdays and loved it. For 600 pesos, you get dinner, wine and music! The service was outstanding each time. Great find.

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