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12 Photos To Inspire You To Visit Puerto Vallarta

12 Photos To Inspire You To Visit Puerto Vallarta was last updated on July 8th, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you make a purchase through one of my affiliate links I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

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My favourite way to dream about travel is by looking at the travel photos others post and then imagining myself there. I mean, that’s probably why “travel influencers ” are so popular on Instagram, we love to imagine ourselves in those places. I decided to give you some wanderlust today by sharing 12 photos to inspire you to visit Puerto Vallarta. And trust me, narrowing it down to just 12 photos was hard because Puerto Vallarta is such a beautiful place!

For me, the most inspiring reason to visit Puerto Vallarta is the diversity of the area. You can be on the water, drive up into the jungle, head over to the beaches of Sayulita, or go to the mining town of San Sebastian. There are beaches, bays, Estuaries, dive coves, islands, and waterfalls. There are so many reasons to visit Puerto Vallarta, but let’s allow the photos to do the talking.

12 Photos To Inspire You To Visit Puerto Vallarta

Triton and Mermaid statue on Malecon

Walking the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta is one of the most popular activities to do in the city, and it’s easy to see why. Not only do you get sensational views of the water and the town, there are sculptures all over the boardwalk, and finding them all is a fun activity in its own right.

Out of all of the sculptures and works of art, we found along the Malecon, my favourite would have to be this one, Triton and Siren.

Created by sculptor Carlos Espino, it has been on the boardwalk since 1990. It depicts Triton, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, God and Goddess of the sea, reaching out to a beautiful Siren. Sirens are known to be mythological creatures who were once handmaidens to the Goddess Persephone. They are beautiful and have the most exquisite singing voices, which they naturally use to lure sailors to shipwrecks off the rocky coasts of their islands.

Random fact. For some unknown reason, local authorities changed the name to Neptune and the Nereid, but the sculptor named it Triton and Siren.

Beach side restaurant tables, with the beach of Boca de Tomatlan

This photo will always represent peace and relaxation to me.

This was taken in Boca de Tomatlan on the last stop of our day tour with Estigo Tours. After an incredible day exploring the jungle and seeing where the movie Predator was filmed, we stopped in the small local fishing village of Boca de Tomatlan and had a drink and some tortilla chips. We just spent time talking and relaxing, watching the boats and fishermen do their work, and it was a wonderful way to end a really fun day. There isn’t much more relaxing than drinks and chips on a beautiful beach!

If you’re looking to do the same tour, here it is!

The cobble road we were driving on, with flowers and trees on the sidewalk

How charming are the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta!? The lush green trees and fresh flowers paving the way just add to the already vibrant colours of Mexico! I wish I had more time to explore more of the Zones. Next visit to Puerto Vallarta will have me thoroughly exploring each zone!

Photo of the town, with a seating area

Colourful flags, a great outdoor public space, and a beautiful church in the background. How could you not feel cheerful when standing here?! Puerto Vallarta has loads of outdoor spaces like this to hang out in, encouraging you to buy yourself a drink and snack somewhere and just sit down and take in your surroundings.

The famous Puerto Vallarta sign on the Malecon, with the seahorse statue

This is the famous seahorse sculpture in front of the colourful Puerto Vallarta sign. Once you see this you know you’re on the famous Malecon! The Malecon is a whole reason why some people are inspired to visit Puerto Vallarta in the first place. Ask anyone who has visited this town and they will mention the Malecon!

When I told people I was travelling to Puerto Vallarta they would all jump in to talk about how their favourite activity was walking the Malecon. And they were right! While my favorite activity may have been a tie between visiting El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary and my day trip with Estigo Tours, walking along the Malecon is a fun, free activity to do on your next visit to Puerto Vallarta.

View of Los Arcos

I had hoped to be able to spend a day out on the water. I had been snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef when I lived in Australia and loved it, so I’d love to snorkel again. Puerto Vallarta has some great snorkelling, and one of those locations is Los Arcos, pictured here.

Named for the granite islands coming out of the water that appear as arches, Los Arcos is part of a protected marine park that travellers can swim in, snorkel, and spend the day sight seeing on a boat.

If you want to spend a few hours snorkelling Los Arcos, here is a tour I think you would really enjoy!

The plane from Predator, with a man dressed up as a Predator in front of the plane

I absolutely love the Predator movies. Even though I love horror movies I find the Predators terrifying!

Those movies are awesome, so when we saw that Estigo Tours offered a stop to the movie set on their Sierra Madre ATV tour we were immediately sold! This plane is actually the airplane that was used in the movie. We got to go inside and check it out.

I did feel bad for the guy who had to stand there in the heat all day to take photos though!

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A natural rock water slide, where filming for the movie Predator took place

Down from where the plane from Predator is, there is a small open-air restaurant. Here at El Eden, locals hang out and many people go swimming in the water, which looked so very refreshing after a sticky and humid ride through the jungle! This water slide here is a natural rock water slide, and everyone who slid down it looked like they were having a blast! If we had a longer stop I would have dove in!

Crocodile in the water, seen through a fence

Located in the El Quelele Estuary, this sanctuary is small, but holds powerful creatures. The very first animal we saw at El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary was this girl. She’s blind, so she has to live at the sanctuary, otherwise, she wouldn’t survive. With crocodiles, alligators, turtles, coatis, various birds and more, you can expect to spend about an hour and a half on a tour of the sanctuary.

And supporting a really fantastic animal sanctuary while learning all about the animals and ecosystems from the veterinarian that works there makes that day even better. I felt great about visiting El Cora, and believe they are doing great work with all they do for those animals.

View of the estuary from the dock

While my Estigo Tours excursion was the most carefree and fun day of my trip, our visit to El Cora Crocodile Sanctuary was the most educational and inspiring.

Crocodiles are my favourite animals, so of course spending two hours at a crocodile Sanctuary had to be a highlight! Getting to see crocodiles of various ages and sizes and learning their backstory, finding out how life brought them to the sanctuary, was so cool. The work this sanctuary does for all of its animals is incredible, and it sits on this beautiful estuary pictured above.

A view of the ocean outside of the Marriott

Doesn’t this look peaceful? Sitting on a clean beach with the sound of the surf and views of the mountains in the distance is incredibly peaceful to me, and it was even better in the evenings when the Malecon would light up at night.

This stretch of beach is right down from the Marriott pool area, but felt a bit more secluded and serene, compared to the busier pool.

The pool area at the Marriott

It’s okay if resorts aren’t your thing and this photo doesn’t resonate with you, trust me, I get it! I didn’t think resorts were my thing either. And I guess technically I haven’t had the full resort experience either. I haven’t done the all-inclusive hotel experience, but staying at resorts is still fun!

This photo is of walking into the pool area at the Marriott, which is just such a beautiful hotel and outdoor space. While this photo is taken during the day, my favourite time to go down to the pool was at night time, when the pool was nearly empty, so we had it to ourselves. Beautiful lights lit the pool area up, and the views of the Malecon were gorgeous.

The best time was when we could see lightning lighting up the sky across the water, but there was no rain for us. That’s one of my most treasured memories from Puerto Vallarta.

Okay, so I know this one technically counts as photo 13, but hear me out, it’s hard to pick just 12 photos to inspire you to visit Puerto Vallarta! This photo is of my veggie fajitas from Victor’s Place, and while food may not inspire you to visit a destination, it sure does for me! The food at Victor’s Place is downright mouth watering, and the service? Sublime!

Is it sad to say that I would go back to Puerto Vallarta just to eat again at Victor’s Place? Maybe, but it’s the truth!

I’ve loved looking through these photos and thinking back on our pretty epic week in Puerto Vallarta. It is such a wonderful place I know that we’ll be going back sometime, and I hope these photos inspire you to do the same!

Which of these 12 photos to inspire you to visit Puerto Vallarta did you like the best?
Are you feeling inspired to visit Puerto Vallarta yet?

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Brooklyn Murtaugh

travel blogger

Hi! I’m Brooklyn. Like many, I thought my purpose in life was to go to university, settle down and have kids. But that is not me. 

My aim is to inspire you to travel as much as you can while you can, whether that be through au pair work, or on your limited vacation days. It CAN be done. This world is incredible, let’s explore it!

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