The best day trips in Puerto Vallarta are the most hassle free. That enable you to truly enjoy this amazing city an cultural atmosphere. As the travel world turns to more of an All Inclusive kind of culture day trip tours have followed by becoming all inclusive and Vallarta is no exception. This city now offers some amazing deals on day tours that include food, drinks, transportation, security and safety that are unsurpassed. Add all of this up and not only do you save money, but you save time.....and which is more valuable on vacation is a very hard question to answer.

The most popular day trip tours in PV are: (according to TA, Google, and local experts)

The Rhythms of the Night Dinner Cruise

Las Caletas Beach Tour

 Canopy Tours

Cultural Encounters

Scuba diving with Banderas Scuba

  huts for rent

These are the most highly rated and most popular tours in Vallarta.

 add Yallapa day trip by boat: beach

Boats leave on regular basisfrom the main pier.  It's 40+ minutes on the water, into a lovely bay.  Liked it very much - nice calm swimming & snorkelling, restaurants on the beach, charming old town to walk around.  Peaceful day on a sunny, sandy beach!!!

I would add a day trip to San Sebastian as an outstanding diversion from the usual Puerto Vallarta experience.  You would have to hire a car for the day, to take you on a trip into the mountains above Puerto Vallarta, but it is well worth it.  Along the way, you can stop at a small artisanal coffee plantation, a small tequila distillery (with a tasting room), as well as the (ancient) Hacienda just outside the town.  In the village you will find a small square, an old church, an inn, a few restaurants, and mountain views backdropping the narrow, winding streets with their interesting, well-kept houses.  Go in the morning for a full-day adventure.  The views each way are magnificent, and you will see a very different side of Mexico just a couple of hours from the beach.