Puerto Vallarta Travel and tourism guide with Puerto Vallarta hotel, airport, airline and vacation information.
Puerto Vallarta is served by Puerto Vallarta (Gustavo Diaz Ordaz) International Airport (PVR). Airlines serving Puerto Vallarta include Mexicana, Aeromexico, Continental, Alaska, Delta and others. Visit the Mexico Airport or the Mexico Air Travel sections for more information about airports and airlines serving Mexico.
Puerto Vallarta is located near the middle of the Bay of Banderas on the pacific coast of Mexico and includes parts of the states of Nayarit to the north and of Jalisco to the south. The Bay of Banderas is the largest bay in Mexico and includes four principle regions within 100 mile shoreline. The climate is comparable to Hawaii with 300 sunny days per year. The temperature averages 28C (82F) and the rainy season extends from June to early October. The area population is approximately 250,000 persons with all the ammenities of a small city. You'll find long stretches of beach to the north of town, and delightful coves to the south. The climate is just plain wonderful.
The entire bay is now referred to as Vallarta and Costa Vallarta refers to the entire region which extends from Cabo Corrientes in the south and extends north, including the entire Banderas Bay coastline, and continues beyond the bay and up the coast as far north as San Francisco, Nayarit.
Costa Vallarta includes four regions: Puerto Vallarta, South Shore, North Shore and Costa Vallarta North. The Puerto Vallarta region extends from Marina Vallarta in the north to the Camino Real Hotel just past Conchas Chinas in the south. It includes the five principle residential areas. The South Shore region begins just south of the Camino Real Hotel and continues south to Yelapa. The North Shore region extends from Nuevo Vallarta, just north of the international airport, and continues to the northernmost point of the bay, Punta de Mita. The Costa Vallarta north region extends above Punta de Mita and includess Sayulita and San Francisco (commonly called San Pancho).
Puerto Vallarta boasts a comfortable Marina, world class golf courses, sports fishing, scuba diving, a vibrant night life and some of the finest dining in Mexico (it hosts an annual International Food Festival each November).
The myriad shops and galleries brim over with quality goods from all over the valley, but visiting the markets make shopping a deeper cultural experience. Excursions to surrounding humble villages provide an opportunity to see artisans spin their magic in the tradition of their ancestors. The sheer abundance and joyful variety of Mexico hand crafts and folk art will captivate even the most jaded shopper.
Puerto Vallarta's beaches are divided into three zones: north, south and in town. Perhaps the most popular beach is Playa de los Muertos (Beach of the Dead). It is better for hanging out rather than swimming and stretches south of the river and can be accessed from Calle Olas Altas. About 6 miles ( 10 kilometers) south of townis Playa Mismaloya. This is where "Night of the Iguana" was filmed and it is still possible to hike to the ruins of the movie set at the southern end of the cove. On the north side of town is Playa de Oror, which is backed by the Hotel Zone. The beach seems private for the hotels but all beaches are federal property and open to the public. All beaches offer food and bar service while Mexican vendors bring much of the Puerto shopping experience direct to your towell. It is recommended to start all price negotiations at half the asking price.
Boats aren't limited to fishing trips. The coast of Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area alternates between long, sandy beaches and small, intimate coves. Traveling by boat is an easy way to explore the coastline. Also mixed in with the beaches and coves are fresh water lagoons, home to many different birds and fish. Entire days can be spent gliding through the sea, stopping for a snack of freshly steamed lobsters at one cove and to study the sea turtles at another. Snorkel and scuba gear can be difficult to find in the area, but it is worth the effort. The coves host any number of submerged rock formations and coral reefs; it is an ideal setting for the inquisitive swimmer.
Puerto Vallarta’s more than 250 restaurants offer a wide array of delightful local seafood dishes as well as a broad range of international cuisine. Quaint sidewalk cafes and coffee houses also abound in Puerto Vallarta, often featuring live music. Try Carlos O'Brian's, the Cafe de Artistes or De Santos in the downtown area. For night owls, check out the many bars and nightclubs in Puerto Vallarta, offering everything from live jazz and salsa, to popular DJ mixes.
Puerto Vallarta is located 885km (553 miles) NW of Mexico City; 339km (212 miles) W of Guadalajara; 285km (178 miles) NW of Manzanillo; 447km (278 miles) SE of Mazatl‡n; 239km (149 miles) SW of Tepic.
AmeriMed Address: Avenida Francisco Medina Ascencio, Plaza Neptuna, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 48354 Phone: 52.322.10023
Hospital San Javier Marina Address: Avenida Francisco Medina Ascencio # 2760, Zona Hotelera Norte, Marina Vallarta, Mexico, Phone: 52.322.61010
Internet cafes are plentiful in Puerto Vallarta and at some hotels. Travelers can gloat about their tropical adventures to the folks back home with ease. In fact, there are even cafes that serve drinks at the computers. They are great spots to meet other visitors.