The 10 Best Things to do in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit

July 27, 2021 Esmeralda Fenner

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.)
Restaurants in Nuevo Vallarta

1. Nuevo Vallarta Beach

Nuevo Vallarta 63735 Mexico
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3,509 reviews

Nuevo Vallarta Beach

Reviewed By 657JulieM - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

We love the Nuevo Vallarta area principally for the beaches. You can walk for hours enjoying the peaceful atmosphere watching the sea birds catching fish and if you’re fortunate you can see momma sea turtles coming in to lay their eggs along with baby turtles hatching and making their way to the sea.

2. Estudio-Cafe

Paseo de la Marina 31B, Nuevo Vallarta 63735 Mexico +52 322 297 0825 [email protected]hotmail.com
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 160 reviews

Estudio-Cafe

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

Reviewed By ottravel5 - Ottawa, Canada

We stopped by to see the new concept and design. Looks like some of the old world charm will be gone...and something more modern and. upscale is planned. WE have loved our many visits to this cafe and hope to come back and see the new place. Warm wishes to the owners and hope to see the wonderful art and music return to the cafe too!

3. Riviera Farmers Market

Paseo de los cocoteros # 55, Nuevo Vallarta 63735 Mexico http://rivierafarmersmarket.com/
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Riviera Farmers Market

Fruits, vegetables, and seafood with the highest quality and freshness. Great variety of organic foods, bakery, traditional sweets, handmade items, crafts, jewelry and gourmet delicacies. All this in a pleasant outdoor setting with live music and a excellent location in the heart of the Bahia, at CENTRO EMPRRESARIAL NUEVO VALLARTA.

Reviewed By Sea12s - Maple Valley, United States

Great set up, glad we went in the morning. It got hot with masks on. Good selection of crafts, food and jewelry. The vendors were all very friendly, not super pushy, lots of items were "almost free"! They are only open on Tues through April- recommend the trip!

4. Marina Nuevo Vallarta

Paseo de la Marina Mz 8 Lt 46, Nuevo Vallarta 63735 Mexico +52 322 297 7000 [email protected] http://www.marinanuevovallarta.com/
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 104 reviews

Marina Nuevo Vallarta

Set in the heart of Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. Marina Nuevo Vallarta has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the renowned private marina of the region. Located few minutes away from Puerto Vallarta and the International Airport.

Reviewed By AZCoachJ - Prescott, United States

Very convenient to most resorts located south of the Marina and North of the River. An evening walk of the beach adds to the experience. The Marina is home to many nice restaurants and little shops. Most restaurants were taking cash only, preferring Pesos. Additionally, the restaurants have added additional outdoor seating to accommodate COVID protocols. A unique experience.

5. Yelapa y Mahauitas Playa

Nuevo Vallarta Mexico http://www.vallarta-adventures.com/tours/yelapa
Excellent
59%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 64 reviews

Yelapa y Mahauitas Playa

Reviewed By sheriannh

Yelapa is a by boat only beach, take a water taxi from Boca de Tomatlan. Mahauitas is the so called private beach of the Vallarta Adventures tour company. Several boats, including pirate ship anchor there daily.

6. Sabal Playa Beach Club

Paseo de los Cocoteros 114-A, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 Mexico +52 322 113 4806 [email protected] http://sabalplaya.com/
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Sabal Playa Beach Club

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 Tauntonholidayers - Taunton, United Kingdom

Chose this trip as it offered a relaxing day in the sun. The drive from the port was about 30 mins with some things to view from the coach on the way. The resort exceeded our expectations modern, clean and with friendly welcoming staff. Food and drink was varied, good quality, well priced and served to our lounger. Massage (at very reasonable extra cost) was the best we had ever had!!! Infinity pool was warm and not over crowded. Beach was nice and sea safe for swimming but at the beginning of March not as inviting as the pool. Would recommend this trip.

7. Dolphin Discovery Puerto Vallarta

Excellent
55%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 837 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!

8. Playa Bucerias

Nuevo Vallarta Mexico
Excellent
50%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 16 reviews

Playa Bucerias

Reviewed By Go14444227056

Excellent for shopping, swimming, eating authentic local food. The beach sand is excellent for relaxing, walking, playing and taking pictures!

9. Aquaventuras Park

Carretera a Tepic Kilometro 155, Nuevo Vallarta 63732 Mexico +1 866-393-5158 [email protected] http://www.aquaventuras.com/?utm_source=tripadvisor.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Aquaventuras
Excellent
40%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.0 based on 537 reviews

Aquaventuras Park

Reconnect with your inner child at Aquaventuras Park, guaranteed to fill your day with a whole lot of fun! Enjoy our incredible water slides, glide through our famous Teeth Breaker, hop on a tube with your friends on the Octopus, or if you’re brave enough, dare to slide through the Happy Widow, one of our highest slides! Relax on our 160 m Lazy River, and know that your little ones will also have a memorable time in our aquatic kids’ area.

Reviewed By joesE3241VV

Wow! This water park is great. Tons of water slides, pools, zip lines, climbing areas to keep you entertained.There are restaurant areas to buy food and snacks along with a gift shop. Lockers are provided and there are nice bathroom and change room areas. My wife and I did the Dolphin Swim Adventure. We had great time in the pool with two Dolphins and got to get pulled around and pushed around the pool by these beautiful animals.Our dolphin swim lasted about 1 hour.Great job by the dolphin trainer and the two dolphins (sorry I can't remember their names).We had a total of 62 photos taken of us during our dolphin swim and they turned out real nice. The photo package is an additional cost depending on what package you get, but for $80 USD our package was worth it. This place would be great for the whole family.

10. Splash Water Park

Tepic - Puerto Vallarta Highway Km. 155, Nuevo Vallarta 63735 Mexico +52 322 178 3284 [email protected] http://www.splashvallarta.com/index_eng.html
Excellent
33%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 145 reviews

Splash Water Park

Reviewed By Johannd381

We visited the park with 6yr and 8yr old girls. They had a lot of fun. The park is fairly well maintained. The sealion and dolphin shows were excellent and the girls really enjoyed it. The best waiter there is Luis he can speak English well. Ask for him when you enter the park. We made a huge mistake in booking a room at the Splash Inn hotel for a couple of days, which is situated next to the park. I strongly advise not to stay at the hotel, you can buy a day pass at the ticket booth for the park which is not expensive.

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