Horseback Riding - Numerous family ranches in the Sierra foothills offer horseback riding excursions. Horses are permitted on the beaches in some of the smaller towns, but not in Vallarta proper. For an unusual adventure, head over to the local polo club (. Club do Polo Costa Careyes), rent a pony and join in a pick-up game of polo (http://www.mexicopolo.com). Hacienda de Dona Engracia Tel: 322/224-0410 (www.haciendadonaengracia.com) Rancho Charro Tel: 322/224-0114
ATV & Dune Buggy Tours - ATVs and Dune Buggies are a fun and adventurous way to explore the hills or beaches around Puerto Vallarta. Be prepared to get dirty especially during the more rainy summer months when puddles and mud are more abundant. Photo from Wild Vallarta. Adventure ATV Jungle Treks Tel: 322/223-0392Wild Vallarta Tel: 322/224-2118 www.wildpv.com.
Dolphin Watching - The waters around Puerto Vallarta are teeming with dolphins. There are a couple of options for seeing dolphins up close and personal. To view and observe dolphins in their natural environment, contact one of the many whale watching companies outlined above for a dolphin watching excursion. You can also try Wildlife Connection Tel: 322/225-3621 www.wildlifeconnection.com that owns two skiffs that track dolphin pods. When a pod is found, the passengers can get out and swim with the dolphins in a non-captive environment. If you are comfortable with the idea of dolphins in captivity, Dolphin Discovery Tel: 322/297-0724 or 866/256-2739 toll-free in the U.S. (www.vallarta-adventures.com) operates an interactive dolphin research facility where people can swim with the dolphins. Dolphin photo courtesy of Vallarta Adventures.
Sailing - The waters around Puerto Vallarta are perfect for sailing enthusiasts. Photo courtesy of Charter Dreams. Charter Dreams Tel: 322/221-2522 www.charterdreams.comComing About Tel: 322/222-4119 www.coming-about.comCasa Naval Tel: 322/100-4154 www.casanaval.comVallarta Adventures Tel: 866/256-2739 toll-free in the U.S. or 322/297-1212, ext. 3 www.vallarta-adventures.com
Surfing - Advanced Surfers head to Punta Mita by boat to catch the offshore waves, while beginning surfers find the waters at Sayulita, El Anclote and Barra de Navidad best. Captain Pablo Tel: 329/291-2070 for equipment rental & lessonsOscar's Rental Tel: 329/291-6284 www.puntamita.com/oscarrentals.htmCoral Reef Surf Shop Tel: 329/298-0261
Jeep Safari - Vallarta Adventures offers a jeep tour of the Sierre Madre foothills on jungle trails, stops at small towns, a nature walk and a beach stop for lunch and swimming. Call 866/256-2739 toll-free in the U.S. or 322/297-1212, ext. 3 or visit www.vallarta-adventures.com online for details.