It’s no secret Puerto Vallarta is one of the world’s most sought-after vacation destinations. Once somewhat of a secret before being featured in the 1960s film The Night of the Iguana, the now ultra-popular Mexican hotspot ranks among the best for those seeking a little of everything from their escape — from beautiful beaches to stunning architecture to incredible aquatic adventures. And though we’ve scoured the entire globe for our favorite tropical getaways, we still can’t help but agree. Puerto Vallarta is indeed paradise on earth. May we count the reasons why? Here are 15 of our favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta, but the list could go on and on. We’re head over heels for Puerto Vallarta because …

… its gorgeous cathedrals will cause you to take a pause from your busy life and just reflect for a moment. Seriously, just stop and breathe. Ahhh.

… there are plenty of incredibly beautiful beaches to choose from, but the hidden one at La Playa Escondida Isla Marietas is just a bit more secluded.

… culture abounds, and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in it at the Los Arcos Amphitheater — featuring various live performances year-round.

… the city is a foodie haven, with epic food tours that will indulge your palate in flavors you’ll continue craving for days. Bring your appetite!

… the two-mile long stretch of white sand beach at Playa Las Animas is unbelievably picturesque, and the perfect perch for relaxing or exploring.

… visitors during annual turtle breeding season (July – December) may have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of newborn hatchlings, and even participate in guiding them from nest to sea alongside conservation experts.

… you can watch “birdmen” launch themselves from the top of a pole that reaches up to 150 feet in height, performing a nail biting spectacle known as the Voladores de Papantla.

… strolling the cobblestone streets of the nearby village of Bucerias offers a unique step back in time with an old world feel. Art gallery gaze, shop and dine at a slower pace, it’s a vacation after all.

… limes and salt are the only things you really need to pack to have the time of your life. Take a guided city and tequila tasting tour in Puerto Vallarta for proof.

… Banderas Bay features stunning Pacific Coast of Mexico views, and the chance to dive right in to its bright blue waters for an up-close encounter with stingrays and other aquatic life.

… it’s a chocoholic’s dream come true. The ChocoMuseo (Chocolate Museum) features chocolate experiences, workshops and products to help you learn a bit more about how that delicious treat you love so much came to be.

… you can hang out with monkeys, or you can pretend you’re one of them on a ziplining adventure through the tropical jungle. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you soar through the Sierra Madre Mountains for the best scenic view you can find.

… you won’t have to venture far to find Insta-worthy pops of vibrant color. Take a walk through the Zona Romantica for an artistic feast for the eyes — and keep your camera close!

… the Vallarta Botanical Gardens showcase the most colorful side of Puerto Vallarta. Take in the natural beauty as you walk through pristinely manicured gardens lining hiking trails.

… you can go parasailing, kayaking, jet skiing OR simply sit for hours and drink frozen pina coladas out of a coconut. Whichever path you choose, we promise it will be “wasted time” well spent.

What are your favorite things to do in Puerto Vallarta? Share your stories with us in the comments section!

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