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About Puerto Vallarta

by: Travel by México

About Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta
City Info

About Puerto Vallarta

by: Travel by México

Welcome to Puerto Vallarta, the friendliest city on earth, located between the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, in the heart of the Banderas Bay.  This bay is the largest in Mexico, the second largest on the American continent, and one of the deepest and most beautiful on the planet.

Following the interest generated in 1963 by the filming of "Night of the Iguana" directed by John Huston, Puerto Vallarta has grown into a leading tourist destination in the Mexican Pacific coast. Its success is due both to the quality of hotels and tourism services, as well as the ideal climate conditions and the friendliness of its inhabitants. Puerto Vallarta is both a traditional city, the third largest tourist port of Mexico, and a cosmopolitan city that attracts each year more than 200 cruises and more than 3 million visitors! Its international airport "Gustavo Díaz Ordaz”, offers connections to major cities in North American, Canada, and Mexico, such as Guadalajara, Leon, Mexico City and San Jose del Cabo.
This is a place of contrast between colonial and modern, the jungle and the coast, fun and tranquility. Puerto Vallarta offers its visitors an extensive range of activities and places of incredible beauty that will turn your vacation into an unforgettable experience.

Climate: The climate of Puerto Vallarta is semi-tropical and humid with an average temperature of 27 C (80 F). The rainy season extends from mid June to late September, with scattered showers that last until mid-October.

WHAT IS THERE TO DO AND SEE IN PUERTO VALLARTA? Puerto Vallarta has much to offer its visitors. Relaxation or adventure, whatever your age or your budget, without a doubt you’ll find whatever suits your tastes among this magnificent scenery nestled between the jungle and the Pacific: idyllic beaches, hotels, restaurants, first class spas and salons, excursions and tours, boat rides, sunsets, eco-tourism, golf, scuba diving and snorkeling, water skiing, kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing, parasailing, fishing and sport fishing, humpback whale watching (January through mid-March), swimming with dolphins, visits to secluded beaches, horseback riding, ATV rides and dune buggies, visits to indigenous communities, cultural activities, nightlife, shopping in traditional markets and crafts, visits to art galleries, open-air performances, and so on. All these activities and many more await along the 42 km (26 mi) of coastline along the Banderas Bay in the state of Jalisco.

THE PUERTO VALLARTA MALECON: The Malecon has been the most important historical monument for Vallarta since 1936, and one of the favorite places for visitors to stroll and admire the sunsets. This boardwalk’s open-air sculpture museum reinforces Puerto Vallarta’s fame for being the largest coastal city with a strong art presence! All along this walk, there are many places for all ages and all tastes: restaurants, theme bars, agencies for tours and scuba-diving, many jewelry stores, souvenir shops and artisan markets. During a visit, don’t miss trying the Tequila, the regional drink from a town of the same name located 3 hours from Puerto Vallarta.

How about admiring Banderas Bay, but ... from the air? Enjoy an invigorating 30 minutes of parasailing, guaranteed to bring you unparalleled emotion and splendid panoramic views.

Every weekend, at the foot of the famous Malecon arches, musicians, singers, dancers, mimes and clowns come together to share their art in the outdoor theater "Aquiles Serdán”. This show is a joy for the children and adults involved with the play of these jolly street performers. Near the theater is a small area where artists exhibit and sell their work to passersby.
Don’t miss the daily performance (just opposite the statue of "Caballito de Mar") of the brave "Papantla Flyers.” This wonderful spectacle symbolizes one of the rituals of the Totonac civilization.

BEACHES: The Banderas Bay is home to more than 40 beaches of incredible beauty. Some are ideal for sunbathing while enjoying a delicious regional dish, or discovering the amazing fauna and flora of the marine floor, or if you love extreme sports like kite surfing, more than 10 km (6 mi) of coastline await you.

NORTH BEACHES: Boca de Tomatlan, Bucerias, Coral del Risco (Punta Mita), Cross Huanacaxtle Destiladeras, El Anclote, El Morro, Marieta Islands, Lo de Marcos, Los Veneros. And the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta: Piedra Blanca, Punta de Mita, Sayulita and San Francisco.
CENTRAL BEACHES: Conchas Chinas, Las Amapas, Las Estacas, Las Glorias, Los Camarones, Los Muertos, Marina Beach, Playa de Oro, Playa Dorada (opposite the boardwalk)
SOUTH BEACHES: Garza Blanca, Las Animas, Las Gemelas, Los Arcos, Majahuitas, Mismaloya, Punta Negra, Quimixto and Yelapa

BEACHES only accessible by boat: Las Animas, Quimixto, Majahuitas and Yelapa.

PUERTO VALLARTA MARINA: Located 15 minutes from downtown and 5 minutes from the International Airport G. Diaz in a first class resort: 18 hole golf course and club, water park, and 5 star hotels. The Vallarta Marina is home to anchors of yachts, sailboats and fishing boats. Surrounded by several shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants, it has a capacity of around 400 ships.

NUEVO VALLARTA MARINA: Located in the nautical residence of Nuevo Vallarta, this luxurious, modern marina hosts more than 270 boats. Each year in March, the delegation of tourism of Nuevo Vallarta organizes the "International Banderas Bay Regatta.”

NIGHTLIFE: The nightlife in Puerto Vallarta is some of the most vibrant in all the Mexican Republic. With over 50 bars and nightclubs, this small city offers a multitude of distractions. All kinds of musical tastes are represented: rock, jazz, salsa, pop, mariachi, reggae, 80’s and techno music. Some bars offer an excellent selection of live music, and if you want to know one facet of the folklore of Mexico, we recommend attending a typical "Mexican Night" featuring a buffet of Mexican food and a folkloric ballet.  Thanks to its climate, the friendliness of its people, the security, the enthusiasm of its tourists, and its outstanding services, Puerto Vallarta is synonymous throughout the year with party. Whether at the beach or one of its internationally acclaimed restaurants, a bar on the Malecon, or out for a romantic dinner aboard a pirate ship, the contagious frenzy of its nights will keep you going until dawn!

TOURNAMENTS AND FESTIVALS: Each year, Puerto Vallarta is the scene of several festivals and international competitions, among which are: "The International Gourmet Festival” organized by the famous French chef Thierry Blouet," and “The Vallarta International Film Festival", the "International Swordfish and Marlin Tournament ", and the "Vallarta Golf Cup.”

CRUISES AND PORT TERMINAL: Puerto Vallarta is visited annually by over 240 international cruise ships! Thanks to its location, it is one of the most coveted routes of these giant ships. The solid reputation of the Terminal Portuaria de Vallarta lies in the excellence of its structure and its services.
NUEVO VALLARTA: The nautical zone of Nuevo Vallarta is located north of Puerto Vallarta, 10 minutes from Puerto Vallarta International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown. With its 10 km (6 mi) of navigable waterways, its 5 km (3 mi) of beaches, and a growing real estate market, this elegant and charming area has quickly become a sought out tourist destination. Here there are exclusive hotels and spas, two prestigious 18 hole golf courses, a luxury sports club, a marina (port anchorages sailboats, yachts, catamarans and fishing boats), a mall and a mini-market, shops, restaurants and bars.

Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta are waiting for you with open arms. Come enjoy the best vacation ever!