Puerto Vallarta Vacation Info

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Puerto Vallarta vacation info, Mexico

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One of Mexico’s top vacation destinations, Puerto Vallarta is situated on the Pacific Coast, roughly at the midpoint of Banderas Bay, the largest bay in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest bay in the world.

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Things to do in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is basically a one-stop vacation destination, where an idyllic locale is complemented by a full spectrum of luxury amenities. It combines a leisurely, slow-paced ambience with such expected big resort features as fine dining and flashy nightlife, Vallarta beaches and many golf courses to choose from.

Puerto Vallarta Vacation info

Puerto Vallarta Vacation info

Puerto Vallarta Info

Puerto Vallarta Info

The main Puerto Vallarta vacation spot to see has to be the Malecon, or boardwalk, where restaurants, bars and discos make the city shine at all times of day. Puerto Vallarta has now expanded to some more modern zones like Marina Vallarta which is practically a city unto itself.

Enjoy your stay by starting from choosing from amongst the best hotels in Puerto Vallarta. Check amenities, rates, and book a room all online. It encompasses major hotels like Marriott Casa Magna Puerto Vallarta or Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta, a flurry of upscale condominium developments, an enormous yacht club, an 18-hole golf course, a maritime terminal with departure to Yelapa and Las Animas beaches.

Majahuitas beach

Majahuitas beach

Nowadays Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s most eclectic vacation spot. Puerto Vallarta is more about secluded beaches and ecotourism than Mexico’s other beach vacation destinations.

You can find regular beach activities like jet skiing, parasailing and even windsurfing anywhere in Vallarta! You’ll also find several whale watching tours (Dec-Mar) and endangered sea turtle programs (Jun-Oct).

There are a number of different art galleries, each with their own unique artistic style on display. Puerto Vallarta is one of Mexico’s few beach vacation spots with a full size zoo (Mismaloya), and the only one with its own hanging gardens, located near Mismaloya, where John Huston’s movie “night of the Iguana”, starring Elizabeth Taylor, was filmed.

There are 8 spectacular golf courses within the Bay of Banderas.
Among others, Jack Nicklaus, the von Hagge group and Tom Weiskopf have designed several courses here.
Most of which provide amazing views and are versatile enough to prove challenging for even the most experienced golfers, while still allowing beginners to enjoy them.

Puerto Vallarta beaches

Puerto Vallarta beaches

Puerto Vallarta Malecon

Puerto Vallarta Malecon

Puerto Vallarta history
The first known settlement in Puerto Vallarta, then called Puerto Las Peñas, was established in 1851. It consisted of families who farmed, raised cattle or imported salt used in the refining process for silver-mining operations in the surrounding area.

In 1918, the town’s name was changed to Puerto Vallarta, in honor of a Jaliscan lawyer and state governor Don Ignacio L. Vallarta, who helped draft the Mexican Constitution. Tourists began to arrive in Puerto Vallarta around the 1930′s, and Mexican warships fired a 21-gun salute when Puerto Vallarta celebrated its centennial in 1951.

Much of Puerto Vallarta’s publicity was due to the 1964 filming of John Huston’s “Night of the Iguana”, that showcased the tropical beauty of Mismaloya Beach in Puerto Vallarta. However what really put Puerto Vallarta on the map, was the torrid romance of Hollywood film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton that occured during the filming of the movie.
Puerto Vallarta Vacation Info

Puerto Vallarta Vacation Info

Improved roads and air accessibility led to the construction of first-class hotels in Puerto Vallarta, and soon agriculture (which was the main source of income) took a back seat to tourism. Growth since then has been swift and steady in Puerto Vallarta, fueled by the annual invasion of sun-seeking Puerto Vallarta vacationers. Hotel and resort development, which was spread both north and south of the original village, is extensive but somehow does not overshadow the prevailing sense of charm that makes Puerto Vallarta (or “PV” as it is often called) so appealing.

The tourist influx peaks between mid-December and mid-April; if you plan for a Puerta Vallarta vacation during this period, reservations will need to be booked several months in advance. Nuevo Vallarta, 15 min driving from Marina Vallarta, is just over the Nayarit state line at the mouth of Rio Ameca. This planned resort area has condominiums, luxurious time share resorts, beach front homes, a yacht marina, and a sprinkling of all-inclusive hotels and accommodations.

Come and enjoy the Puerto Vallarta beaches, golf courses and weather now that you know what to do on your Puerto Vallarta vacation!

Puerto Vallarta beaches

Puerto Vallarta beaches