South of the Border

SUP Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Wild West Coast

Sep 13, 2011
Outside
Outside Magazine
Paddling in Punta Mita bay, near Islas Marietas, Mexico

Paddling in Punta Mita bay, near Islas Marietas, Mexico    Photo: Courtesy of Jeri Grant

Puerto Vallarta’s ideal for stand up paddleboarding for the same reason it's rife with pudgy beachcombers: 86-degree water and the wind-sheltered Banderas Bay. Take a covered boat six miles offshore to Las Islas Marietas, a protected wildlife sanctuary, and spend an afternoon paddling above coral reefs, floating by the arid coastline, and scoping endangered sea birds perched on rock pinnacles. ($90/person w/ boards; pacificpaddle.net)

Filed To: Paddleboarding, Travel

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