Puerto Vallarta is more than just a coastal resort getaway, it's a world-class tourist destination. The area is a natural beauty blessed with clear sand beaches, beautiful jungles, spectacular sunsets, clear emerald-blue waters, and many other natural delights.
Though Hollywood discovered the place in the early 1960s, and even though John Huston brought Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and the jet set that followed, in the 1950's the little town had already caught the attention of city dwellers. Little by little, Puerto Vallarta evolved into a very welcoming and modern city with plenty to do, innumerable gourmet restaurants, and top luxury resorts. It's also very well connected with direct flights to/from most major US cities and by the sea with cruise ships that travel the Mexican Riviera.
'Vallarta' or 'PV' - as it is known to locals - is a typical Mexican pueblo named in honor of the well-respected lawyer Ignacio Vallarta. Recent growth has modernized certain areas, but it remains faithful to the cherished Mexican traditions and heritage, including parades in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe or bands that play at the town plaza kiosk, where locals and tourists alike dance to Latin rhythms.
The city's downtown area is a place where nature and art coexist, now a protected cultural heritage of Jalisco, more than ever, a place to dive into what Mexico really is all about. Strolling along El Malecon you'll enjoy dozens of open-air sculptures created by famous local and international artists. There are art galleries on just about every corner, events and shows abound year-round with artists from around the block or from around the world.
There are 55 miles of the beautiful Banderas Bay beaches to enjoy. Swim and/or marvel at the underwater abundance (dolphins, manta rays, sea turtles and between November and March, even Humpback Whales).
The final magical touch is provided by the open, friendly personality of each and every citizen in PV. A welcoming spirit that has earned this fair city the title of the “World’s Most Friendly City” by Condé Nast Travel magazine.