Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta,Mexico

Puerto Vallarta is located in the North Coast Region of the state of Jalisco, and is Mexico's third most important port

About Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta was virtually unknown internationally for most of the 20th century until 1963, when the film director John Huston decided to film The Night of the Iguana in Mismaloya, to the south of Puerto Vallarta.

The most popular attraction in Puerto Vallarta is its famous Boardwalk known as breakwater, which is 1 kilometer (0.6 mi) long and runs along the seashore from the Aquiles Serdán Park until 31 de octubre street. It is considered the most important historical monument of the city and it hosts diverse artistic events. Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican beach destination, where the best work of national and foreign artists is produced and displayed.

You can see Los Arcos on the boardwalk, a kind of theater presenting outdoor night shows. In front of this theater you will find the main square, the city hall, and the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Following the tour, you will find The Friendship Fountain, The Neptune and Nereida sculpture, the famous Boy on a Seahorse, and Vallarta Dancers or Xiutla. Other sculptures are Búsqueda de la Razón, La Rotonda del Mar, El Sutil Comepiedras, La naturaleza como madre, Una historia de amor, Los Milenios, El Unicornio de la Buena Fortuna, and La Ballena y su Cría. Here you will also find a variety of restaurants and shops.

This tourist destination in Banderas Bay offers clothing-optional, ecological, and mountain beaches, the most popular are Gemelas, Los Muertos, Conchas Chinas, Los Camarones, Boca de Tomatlan, Boca de Tomates, Garza Blanca, and Mismaloya. At Matamoros Lighthouse, you can admire a spectacular view of the seventh largest bay of the world.

During winter, humpback whales migrate from the north to the warm protected waters of Banderas Bay to give birth to their young. If you are lucky, you will see them from your balcony or the beach, or you can take a tour. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the Vallarta Zoo or the Botanical Garden to the south of Puerto Vallarta, a bird watching tour, or the release of turtles. You can also practice snorkel in Las Caletas and Marietas Islands, dive, swim with dolphins, or fly over the sea in a Flyboard. The more adventurous can explore the jungle on a Mercedes Benz Unimog, on a horse, or with a zip line ride, as well as practice rappelling in the Sierra Madre, jump from the bungee, or get an aerial view with parasailing.

A short distance from Puerto Vallarta, you can visit small towns in the middle of the mountains as San Sebastián, Talpa de Allende, El Tuito or Mascota.

Puerto Vallarta is a port that never sleeps with a lively nightlife and many options for all tastes, budgets, and celebrations. For shopping you can visit El Malecón, the Municipal Market, or the Cultural Tianguis.

Puerto Vallarta has hosted beauty events and international conferences, and festivals as the Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit International Gourmet Festival in November, the Cultural Festival in Mayo, the International Film Exhibition, the Art Walk all Wednesdays from October to May, Campeonato Nacional Charro, the Wine Fest, the International Poets Meeting, and Arte Letras en el Mar festival in April, among others. Puerto Vallarta also celebrates traditional festivities as the Virgin of Guadalupe, the party with the Municipal Band on Thursdays and Sundays at the gazebo, mimes and clowns shows at the Lazaro Cárdenas Square and Los Arcos, and the festivities to San Miguel Archangel in Delegacion Pitillal.

***The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican Peso (MXN).