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While winter weather in some places means long days inside with few hours of sunshine, in Mexico, winter weather means sunny days without the intense heat of summer, perfect for fun outdoor activities in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta on land and at sea. A winter beach vacation is the perfect opportunity to escape the dark days of the season and soak up some vitamin D while exploring the great outdoors and unique Puerto Vallarta activities. For one of the best winter vacations, head to Mexico’s west coast for some of these outdoor winter activities and things to do in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta.

1. Whale Watching

It’s not just humans who are attracted to the warm weather for a winter beach vacation. Several varieties of whales migrate south from the arctic seas to mate and give birth in the warm waters off the coast of Mexico, and if whale watching is one of the fun outdoor activities in Puerto Vallarta that interests you, the best months to visit are December-March. While you can occasionally spot whales from your balcony window, the best way to see them is on Nuevo Vallarta activities tours. Because these tours leave in the mornings, you may want a light jacket for the brisk ride out to sea. 

2. Jungle Hiking


Hiking lets you see another side of Puerto Vallarta outdoors, and winter is the best time to explore the jungles without the heat of summer. Monkey Mountain has some of the most scenic views of the bay, and while you can hike it independently, there are a few Nuevo Vallarta activities tours that will guide you to the peak. While the final ascent is a little challenging, the bird’s-eye view is totally worth it.

3. Biking

The best winter vacations in Nuevo Vallarta begin with some morning exercise on the city’s bike path. The path is around four miles long, and it’s shaded by palm trees and tropical plants, making it the ideal spot for outdoor winter activities, like biking and jogging. You can also use the bike path to explore more of the city and visit different shops and restaurants. 

4. Beach Days


There are so many fun things to do at the beach in winter that you can spend your whole vacation relaxing by the sea. In Nuevo Vallarta, the beach stretches on for miles, providing plenty of space for walking or for enjoying some volleyball or frisbee throwing. Many resorts also provide kayaks and paddleboards for their guests to use. These fun things to do at the beach in winter will energize your muscles while the beauty of the sea calms your soul.

5. Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

During a winter beach vacation in Nuevo Vallarta, the water is cool and clear, perfect for spotting tropical fish, and the best outdoor winter activities to explore the sea are snorkeling and scuba diving. These are some of the most fun outdoor activities in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta for families of all ages. There are several snorkeling spots you can explore on Nuevo Vallarta activities tours, and there are also several dive shops that can help you plan the right dive for your ability level.

6. Sailing


To explore the sea without getting wet, sailing is one of the most relaxing things to do in Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta. As you cruise across the bay at sunset, you’ll be treated to drinks and hors d'oeuvres, as you see the mountains and the great Puerto Vallarta outdoors from a whole new perspective. 

7. Downtown Excursions

Of all the things to do in Puerto Vallarta, the best winter vacations always include a day of exploring the downtown cobblestone streets and seaside Malecon boardwalk. As you walk around, you’ll spot the iconic crowned cathedral, visit local boutiques and markets, and find some good restaurants and bars, all while taking in the fresh sea breeze. These Puerto Vallarta activities will help you experience the local culture during your trip.

The variety of Puerto Vallarta activities makes the city a destination where all different kinds of travelers have the best winter vacations. As you explore the great Puerto Vallarta outdoors and try new and fun things to do at the beach in winter, you’ll build lifelong memories with your loved ones of sunny days and warm weather.

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