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Discover the Finest of Puerto Vallarta in Late 2023: Your Ultimate Activities and Events Handbook

Updated: Oct 12, 2023

Puerto Vallarta, a year-round tropical paradise, awaits your exploration. If you're preparing to venture to this enchanting destination, you're in for a delightful experience. Our comprehensive guide will lead you on a journey of enticing activities, local events, and essential attractions to ensure you savor every moment of your stay.

1. 14th Puerto Vallarta Ceviche and Aguachile Festival

If you're a seafood enthusiast, mark your calendar for the 14th Puerto Vallarta Ceviche and Aguachile Festival. This culinary extravaganza allows you to savor up to 50 different varieties of fresh ceviches and spicy aguachiles. The festival features a range of seafood restaurants from Puerto Vallarta and local beverage brands, including craft beer and pastries.

In addition to the delectable dishes, the festival offers live music and entertainment for attendees. Renowned chefs from Peru and Colombia will be the guest judges, evaluating the best ceviche and aguachile recipes created by participating restaurants.

Don't miss this seafood lover's paradise on Saturday, July 29th, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, hosted at Hidalgo Park, located in the heart of Puerto Vallarta.

2. More Culinary Extravaganzas in Puerto Vallarta for late 2023

As the year progresses, Puerto Vallarta continues to offer culinary delights. Starting from October 2023, the city hosts a series of culinary events that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you're into traditional Mexican cuisine or international flavors, you'll find a wide array of options to explore.

🍽️ Nayarit Vallarta Gastronómica (September 29th - October 4th, 2023)

This extravaganza gathers a constellation of culinary maestros, including Michelin-starred chefs, 50 Best honorees, and Top Chef talents, hailing from Mexico, Latin America, and Europe.

Each year, the program entices visitors with exclusive dinners set against idyllic bay backdrops, guided wine tastings by top sommeliers, and gourmet workshops accessible to both professionals and the general public. Under the theme "The Cooking Factor: Cocinando una nueva era," Nayarit Vallarta Gastronómica is slated for September 29th to October 4th, 2023, headquartered at the Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta Hotel. For more information visit: Nayarit Vallarta Gastronómica.

🍴 28º Festival Gourmet International (October 2023)

Mark your calendar for the "28º Festival Gourmet International." Running for ten consecutive days, this annual autumn culinary gathering invites esteemed chefs from across Mexico and the world to showcase their culinary artistry. The city's finest hotels and restaurants, as well as those in the Bahía de Banderas area, become the stages for these gastronomic creations.

Since 1995, the Festival Gourmet International has been orchestrated by the culinary "Three Musketeers" - Thierry Blouet, Heinz Reize, and Roland Menetrey - who continually elevate the event to new heights.

Prepare for an unforgettable culinary journey during this festival. Discover the participating restaurants for the twenty-eighth edition Festival Gourmet International.

3. Day of the Dead Festival in Puerto Vallarta

Experience the rich tapestry of Mexican culture by immersing yourself in the vibrant celebration of the Day of the Dead Festival. This annual event, which typically occurs from late October to early November, transforms Puerto Vallarta into a captivating hub of traditions and colorful festivities.

During this time, the city comes alive with intricate altars adorned with marigold flowers, sugar skulls, and photographs of loved ones who have passed away. Streets are adorned with papel picado (colorful paper banners), and the air is filled with the aroma of traditional foods.

You'll have the opportunity to witness and partake in the age-old customs of honoring ancestors through music, dance, and art. Join in the solemn yet joyous processions to local cemeteries, where families gather to remember and celebrate their loved ones.

Don't forget to indulge in traditional Day of the Dead treats like "Pan de Muerto" (Bread of the Dead) and "Calaveras de Azúcar" (Sugar Skulls).

4. Sea Turtle Release Puerto Vallarta

If you're visiting Puerto Vallarta between July 1st and December 31st, you have a unique opportunity to be part of an incredible conservation effort - the Sea Turtle Release. Each year, from summer to fall, you can actively participate in releasing hundreds of sea turtle hatchlings back into the ocean.

Various turtle camps and hotels in the area run their own conservation programs, and you can join in to witness this heartwarming spectacle. Accompanying these tiny hatchlings from their nest to the beach's edge, where they begin their journey into the sea, is a memorable experience.

The sea turtle releases are not only a chance to connect with nature but also contribute to the preservation of these magnificent creatures. These events are free, open to the general public, and typically take place in the hours leading up to sunset during the months of July through December.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this vital conservation effort while you enjoy your stay in Puerto Vallarta.

5. Butterfly Week at Vallarta Botanical Garden

The Vallarta Botanical Garden, located about 45 minutes south of downtown Puerto Vallarta, is not just a place of natural beauty but also a hub for environmental awareness and conservation. Among its many treasures, the garden is home to over 80 species of butterflies, making it a haven for these delicate insects and a vital contributor to pollination in the area.

One of the most enchanting events at the Vallarta Botanical Garden is the Butterfly Week. This special week celebrates the presence of butterflies in the garden and raises awareness about their significant role in the ecosystem. As you explore the garden during this time, you'll be treated to a variety of activities dedicated to these winged wonders.

During Butterfly Week, you can witness the vibrant colors and graceful flight of these butterflies, learn about their life cycles, and even participate in educational programs. It's a fantastic opportunity for nature enthusiasts, families, and anyone interested in the natural world.

Recognized as one of the Top 4 Gardens in North America, this 120-hectare natural reserve was recently designated as a Protected Natural Area (ANP) with the category of "State Area Voluntarily Dedicated to Conservation." It's the second ANP of its kind in the state of Jalisco.

Make sure to visit the Vallarta Botanical Garden and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of butterflies during Butterfly Week.

6. International BMW Motorcycle Club Convention

Motorcycle enthusiasts from Mexico and around the world will gather for the first time in Puerto Vallarta for the International BMW Motoclubes Mexico 2023 Convention. This event, created with the aim of promoting a culture of friendship and respect, is organized by BMW Mexico and takes place annually in different parts of Mexico. In its twenty-sixth edition, the convention is being held in collaboration with BMW Jalisco, who have selected Puerto Vallarta as the host city.

Expect the participation of over a thousand enthusiasts of the German brand, coming from 26 states of Mexico and other countries, including the United States, Guatemala, Peru, and Belize. It's a unique opportunity to connect with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts from diverse backgrounds.

The convention will feature conferences, road safety training, vendor booths, presentations of new BMW motorcycle models by the brand's executives, and rock concerts. The official venue for the event is the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center.

For more information and registration, visit BMW Moto Club Bavarian GDL.

7. Explore Art at the Historic Center: Art Walk Centro Histórico Puerto Vallarta

For art lovers and enthusiasts, Puerto Vallarta offers a vibrant cultural experience through the Art Walk Centro Histórico. Sixteen of the city's leading galleries, all located in the historic center, open their doors for this unique art stroll.

Collectors, aficionados, and the artistic community come together every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, starting from October 25th, 2023, until June 26th, 2024. It's a weekly date to immerse yourself in the world of art.

The participating galleries showcase exhibitions featuring the finest works from their catalog of Mexican and international artists. Often, they offer complimentary wine and the chance to engage in conversations with the exhibiting artists. The Art Walk allows for a self-guided and free exploration of the galleries. The close proximity of these galleries makes it possible to visit several in a single evening while mingling with fellow art enthusiasts.

Check out the opening schedule and the list of participating galleries on the Art Walk's official website.

In a few words…

As we conclude our journey through Puerto Vallarta's late 2023 offerings, it's evident that this tropical paradise has something for everyone. Whether you're a foodie seeking culinary delights, a nature enthusiast yearning for sea turtle releases and butterfly encounters, or a culture lover eager to immerse yourself in the Day of the Dead Festival and art walks, Puerto Vallarta welcomes you with open arms.

Don't miss the chance to experience these unforgettable events and activities that showcase the beauty, culture, and biodiversity of this enchanting destination. Puerto Vallarta beckons you to create lasting memories and savor every moment of your stay.

Where to Stay in Puerto Vallarta for these activities and events?

While you immerse yourself in the captivating activities and events that Puerto Vallarta has to offer in late 2023, there's no better place to call your home away from home than Hotel Boutique San Trópico. Our cozy and inviting boutique hotel, nestled in the serene surroundings of Marina Vallarta, provides the perfect retreat for travelers seeking relaxation, comfort, and easy access to all the wonders of this tropical paradise.

As you embark on your culinary adventures, cultural explorations, and encounters with nature, you can count on Hotel Boutique San Trópico to enhance your stay:

🏨 Comfortable Accommodations: Our thoughtfully designed rooms and suites offer a tranquil oasis to rest and rejuvenate after your day's adventures. Relax in style and enjoy the amenities that make your stay truly comfortable.

🌴 Tropical Paradise: Our lush gardens, complete with swaying palms and a shimmering pool, create an idyllic setting where you can unwind and soak up the Puerto Vallarta sun.

🍽️ On-Site Dining: Savor delicious meals at our on-site restaurant, where we blend international flavors with local influences to create a memorable dining experience.

🌊 Proximity to Attractions: Hotel Boutique San Trópico is conveniently located near the Marina Vallarta Golf Course and Marina boardwalk, making it easy to access various attractions and activities.

🚌 Transportation Services: We offer transportation services to help you navigate the city and reach your chosen events and destinations with ease.

🛌 Peaceful Retreat: After your exciting day exploring Puerto Vallarta, return to the tranquility of our hotel, where you can relax in the comfort of your room or take a leisurely stroll through our tropical gardens.

Make your stay in Puerto Vallarta truly special by choosing Hotel Boutique San Trópico as your accommodation. We invite you to experience the beauty and charm of this tropical paradise from the welcoming embrace of our boutique hotel.

Book your stay with us today and create lasting memories in Puerto Vallarta!

Frequently Asked Questions of Puerto Vallarta Events and Activities for late 2023:

When is the Day of the Dead Festival in Puerto Vallarta?

The Day of the Dead Festival typically takes place from late October to early November each year. It's a vibrant celebration of Mexican traditions and culture.

Can I participate in the Sea Turtle Release in Puerto Vallarta?

Yes, if you visit Puerto Vallarta between July 1st and December 31st, you can participate in the Sea Turtle Release. Various turtle camps and hotels organize these conservation programs, and they are open to the general public.

What is Butterfly Week at Vallarta Botanical Garden?

Butterfly Week is a special event at Vallarta Botanical Garden dedicated to celebrating butterflies and raising awareness about their role in the ecosystem. It features activities, educational programs, and the chance to witness these beautiful insects up close.

Tell me more about the International BMW Motorcycle Club Convention.

The International BMW Motoclubes Mexico 2023 Convention is a gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts from Mexico and around the world. Organized by BMW Mexico, it features conferences, road safety training, motorcycle presentations, vendor booths, and rock concerts. The convention is held in collaboration with BMW Jalisco and takes place at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center.

What can I expect at the Art Walk Centro Histórico in Puerto Vallarta?

Art Walk Centro Histórico is a cultural experience where 16 galleries in the historic center of Puerto Vallarta open their doors every Wednesday evening. You can explore exhibitions, engage with artists, and enjoy complimentary wine. It's a self-guided and free art stroll that runs from October 25th, 2023, to June 26th, 2024.

Are there any culinary events in Puerto Vallarta in late 2023?

Yes, Puerto Vallarta hosts culinary events in late 2023, including the Nayarit Vallarta Gastronómica in September-October and the 28º Festival Gourmet International in October. These events feature renowned chefs and gourmet experiences.

If you have more questions or need further information about visiting Puerto Vallarta, feel free to reach out.

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