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Puerto Vallarta Overview

Looking for an amazing vacation filled with cool waters, white-sand, good food and all the comforts of Hawaii without the high price tag? Puerto Vallarta is just that kind of destination! Tucked between the crystal-clear waters of Banderas Bay and the rocky terrain of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Puerto Vallarta is a paradise of fun. The city is teeming with the thrill and excitement of a lavish nightlife mixed with the color and flair of traditional Mexican culture. Whether you came to party, or to soak up the natural beauty of the region, Puerto Vallarta has you covered. With shops, clubs, luxury resorts, rustic ranch towns and beautiful natural sites, Puerto Vallarta is an ideal destination for people of all ages.

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Mapping Out Mexico

Why is Mexico everything to everyone? A quick visit to the east coast sums it up. Cancun’s got nightlife and a party scene while Cozumel offers outdoor adventure like diving and snorkeling. The west coast has even more to boast. Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta both offer beaches, world-class hotels and great golf courses, making them perfect family vacation spots. However, adventure-minded travelers will want to head to either Mazatlan to explore historic ruins or Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, which has a similar vibe, but with the feel of an upscale city. And for the escapist, Huatulco and Manzanillo boast virtually untouched natural beauty. While each destination is uniquely different, they all have their own special way of showing you the magic of Mexico.

Saturday Night Fever Puerto Vallarta Style

During the day, the "Malecon" or boardwalk, is filled with plenty of activity, vendors, and the charm of fresh sea breezes flowing through the palms. If you are looking for a relaxing venture that takes you into the heart of the city, then this is the place to be.

 

However, the Sunday Night Festival offers more than a gentle stroll through this seaside village – it’s one of the hottest places to be in Puerto Vallarta. Every week, “El Malecon” comes alive with a sea of locals and tourists alike who participate in the festivities along with street performers, vendors, music and much more! If you're looking for a thrilling experience, you should spend your Saturday evening at El Malecon! 

El Malecon offers great shopping in Puerto Vallarta.
Seahorse statue in Puerto Vallarta

Hollywood Nights

The Puerto Vallarta you see to today owes much of its roots to Hollywood. Why you ask? Before the excitement, thrills and lavish resorts, Puerto Vallarta was originally just a small fishing village. Not unlike many of its contemporaries of the day, Puerto Vallarta didn’t offer much as a tourist destination, but it did provide a unique presence on screen.

 

During the filming of the famous 1951 Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton movie, “Night of the Iguana,” Puerto Vallarta rose to fame and quickly became a prime destination for tourists who wanted to get the feel of a unique Mexican vacation that appealed even to the glamor of Hollywood stars. 

The Nectar of the Gods

Before the national beverage of Mexico became a party favorite for rowdy Spring Breakers, the rich heritage of tequila could be traced back to the ancient Mayans. Back then, tequila’s milky-like predecessor was used to fuel their most sacred of ceremonies.

 

Due to the fact that Puerto Vallarta has the ideal climate for the blue agave plant, the region is considered to be the birth place of tequila. With such a rich, tequila-drenched heritage, Puerto Vallarta attracts visitors who are excited to tour the farms, distilleries and bars from which the sacred drink of Mexico derives from. 

Agave plants in Puerto Vallarta
Shopping in Puerto Vallarta

Shop ‘til you Drop

Playa Los Muertos (Beach of the Dead) received its name from the many ancient battles between pirates and the native tribes. While it certainly sounds ominous, it’s not that scary anymore. 

 

Today, Playa Los Muertos is one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta and it has a little something for everyone. Whether you want to have your hair braided, buy cheap jewelry, pick up local art or take home local seafood and produce, set your sights on Playa Los Muertos.

Have a Hawaiian Vacation

Is it possible to have a Hawaiian vacation in Mexico? Well, you can get pretty close to the real deal when you stay in Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta’s sub-tropical climate is often compared to Hawaii’s. And it’s not just an urban legend. You see, Puerto Vallarta is located on the exact same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, so it’s safe to say their climates are like sisters. 

 

With over 300 sunny days a year, Puerto Vallarta is a safe bet for those who don’t want to get rained out on their next vacation and prefer to stay a little closer to home. 

Weather in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta Quick Facts

 

Language

The main language in Puerto Vallarta is Spanish, but many in the tourism industry speak English.

 

Currency

The official currency is the peso, but USD is also accepted.

 

Electricity

The standard electricity supply is 110 volts with two-prong outlets

 

Passport/Immigration

All U.S. citizens must have a valid passport when traveling to and from Puerto Vallarta.  

 

Drinking Water

To be safe, it is recommended to drink and brush your teeth with bottled water ONLY.

 

Time Zone

Central Standard Time (UTC/GMT -5 hours)

 

Peak Season

The peak travel season for the Puerto Vallarta runs from December to April. 

 

Climate

High* Low* Precip.*
January 80°F 62°F 0.7 in.
February 80°F 62°F 0.25 in.
March 81°F 63°F 0.03 in.
April 82°F 65°F 0.03 in.
May 85°F 70°F 0.11 in.
June 88°F 76°F 2.61 in.
July 89°F 76°F 6.15 in.
August 90°F 76°F 6.15 in.
September 90°F 76°F 5.64 in.
October 89°F 74°F 4.22 in.
November 85°F 68°F 0.28 in.
December 81°F 65°F 0.27 in.

*Historical averages.