PUERTO VALLARTA GENERAL INFORMATION

 

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PUERTO VALLARTA

 GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

 

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Welcome To Paradise

     Puerto Vallarta is actually several destinations in one. On the one hand there is the cobblestoned village and its houses with sloping tiled roofs, where one finds typical restaurants and shops that sell the outstanding handicrafts of Mexico. On the other hand there are several hotel areas, with modern infrastructure, all public services, discotheques and golf courses.     Nuevo Vallarta is a recently built tourist complex, while MarinaVallarta, designed for seafarers, which has hotels, condominiums and shopping centers. Additionally there is an isolated area north and south of the town with tropical vegetation and no crowds.

  Situated on the west coast of Mexico, south of the Baja California peninsula, on Banderas Bay and known as the second largest bay in the world, some 25 miles from tip to tip and offering more than 34 miles of incomparable coastline. Banderas Bay, has the seashores of the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit, and is settle on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, having the benefits of a similar atmospheric conditions. The bay, with it's mountainous backdrop forms a natural protection that enables you to enjoy all marine sports.

While tropical, Puerto Vallarta normally enjoys 322 days of sunshine annually with an average temperature of 80 degrees F. The rainy season, when we often receive periodic downpours, is June/July to September/October. These rains usually only last an hour or two and come in the afternoon, otherwise the sun is always shinning. This period of time tends to be humid as well. The flora and fauna includes tropical jungles, rubber trees, palms, bananas trees with numerous iguanas, tropical birds including parrots.

Puerto Vallarta coastline has being developing new beach front luxurious developments, and the government has set strict rules conserving the ecological environment of the region order to preserve its beauty and tropical surroundings. For practical division we can divide Banderas bay in 4 different main areas.

1-"Old town" Puerto Vallarta or "El Centro". While each area offers it's own features, When you stay in the "old town" of Puerto Vallarta one is pleasantly impressed with the native ways and customs, which might be missed to a great degree in other areas. "Old town" also offers much more in the way of traditional Mexican amenities.

2-, Marina Vallarta and Nuevo (new) Vallarta are both relatively new areas, which offer plush hotels, restaurants, and night-clubs. These tend to be more expensive than the less than plush, but adequate hotels, restaurants and night-life of "Old town".

3- At the notrh part of the bay you find La Cruz de Huanacaxtle -Punta Mita corridor with scattered and peaceful luxurious developments surrounded by tropical jungles, sandy beaches and calm ocean waters.

4- At the south part of the bay you find Conchas Chinas - Mismaloya corridor with hotels and apartments siding the craggy coastlines

AIRPORT/AIRLINES: Puerto Vallarta has a modern international Aiport that handles thousands of visitors each year. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, liquor stores and duty free shops, as well as other services.There is no problems with baggage or customs on either our arrival or departures. Puerto Vallarta airport has numerous international airlines serving it daily such as Continental, Delta, Alaska Air Lines, Air Canada, American West ,Mexicana Air Lines and Aeromexico with direct flights to numerous countries and cities in Canada and the United States.

The Magic of Puerto Vallarta

     Puerto Vallarta is... a day at the beach under a palm-friged palapa, fine food in a secluded cortyard restaurant, a tour by jeep into the forested foothills of the Sierra Madre, cobblestoned streets, red tiled roofs and adobe houses, lazing by a hotel pool being served cool drinks, a boat ride on Bahia Banderas watching whales and matas play, shopping for handcrafts and clothes and curious, mariachis in the plaza serenading, moonlight walks, sunset strolls, fiestas, festivals and fireworks, fishing, diving, sailing, traditional and modern, Magic!

     Puerto Vallarta has been on the international tourism map for over 50 year. Many feel it is the one vacation area where a destination in a single locale: the culture and traditions of old, and new, Mexico combined with a sun, sea and sand resort ambience.

Here, in capsule format, are the key elements of Puerto Vallarta’s attraction and appeal:

 

Malecón - Board Walk

Average Temperature  

Month                                        High/Low          
January-March                           81/72
April-June                                  83/61
July-September                          94/73
October-December                    85/70  
 

Time Zone
Puerto Vallarta is on Central Standard Time
 

· Bahia de las Banderas .- The magnificent bay, one of the world’s largest, that runs from Punta de Mita in the State of Nayarit in the north to Cabo Corriente in the State of Jalisco in the south.

· Las Peñas .- The three offshore rocks along the bay’s southern coast, an early landmark for ships and source of the original name of Puerto Vallarta. Also known as Los Arcos.

· A Variety of Villages .- Around the bay and inland are a number of intriguing villages. North in Nayarit : Rincon de Guayabito, San Francisco (San Pancho), Sayulita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, the Valle de Banderas’ three towns and Bucerias. In Jalisco: Las Juntas, Ixtapa, El Pitillal on the north side of PV and Mismalolla and Boca de Tomatlan on the south side. Two major visitor villages behind the mountains : San sebastian del Oeste and talpa de Allende. Most of these see an influx of longer stay winter visitors.

How do I get around? - Tip

     Visitors can choose from many forms of transportation once they are in Puerto Vallarta. Car and jeep rentals offer independence and mobility in sightseeing and beach excursions. Taxis are also a viable option. Remember to negotiate taxi fare up front. For the more adventurous, public buses are available.

· Beaches .- Just too numerous to list, and all around the Bay. The liveliest, perhaps, is Los Muertos in Puerto Vallarta, just south of the Rio Cuale and the most tranquil along the north shore along the road to Punta Mita.

· Jungle Spots .- South of town from Mismaloya: Chino’s Paraiso, Chico’s Paradise and El Edén (food services in all three). Also, via horseback into the hills.

· El Centro .- Old Town, or Viejo Vallarta, popular for its traditional red-tiled roofs, whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets and hillside homes. Center for restaurants, shops, galleries and government . 

Currency - Tip

     The peso is the Mexican form of currency. It is suggested that you exchange small amounts of U.S. dollars for pesos. Major credit cards are also widely accepted. A pocket calculator can also be helpful when you shop to help convert U. S. dollars to pesos. Bartering when shopping outside of the resort areas is practiced. U.S. dollars are accepted in the resort areas but keep in mind any change that is due back will be in pesos. One recommendation is to use a credit card which will present the daily currency exchange on your next billing statement.

     South of the Rio Cuale.- Something of a continuation of El Centro. More shops and restaurants, especially along the "Calle de los Cafes" (Basilio Badillo).

 Plaza Principal.- The main square of Puerto Vallarta, flanked by Presidencia Municipal (City Hall) in the heart of El Centro.

The Malecon .- A sweeping seafront promenade in the very center or town, a preferred spot for strollers. Site of three symbolic statues: Caballito de Mar (seahorse), La Fuente de los Delfines (fountain of the dolphins) and Neptune and Serena (Neptune and the mermaid). Another promenade lies along the inner Marina.

 Los Arcos .- Open air amphitheater at the south end of the Malecon.

Museo Manuel Lepe .- Dedicated to Vallart’s famous whimsical painter. South of the Rio Cuale (ask for directions.)

 Cristo Resuscitado de El Pitillal .- Church in El Pitillal village, 20 minutes from Vallarta. Noted for its five meter cedar wood statue of Jesus.

 Isla del Rio Cuale .- A botanical park along the river separating downtown into north and south sections and dotted with restaurants, shops and galleries

· Mercado Municipal .- Sometimes called the flea Market, a real Mexican market adjacent to the Rio Cuale populated by souvenir and food vendors.

· Museo Rio Cuale .- A small, attractive museum on the Isla de Rio Cuale.

· La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe .- Puerto Vallarta’s unique landmark, the central church in the center of town topped by its one-of-a-kind crown.

· Gringo Gulch .- Colorful name given to an area over looking the River Cuale in the central district. Site of some of the first homes of resident foreigners.

· Casa Kimberly .- Former home of Elizabeth Taylor in Gringo Gulch, purchased during the filming of "Night of the Iguana" Richard Burton’s home just across the street. Now open as a B&B and for home tours.

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Conchas Chinas .- A major seaside area of villas and condominium apartments just south of town.

 Mismaloya .- Small cove area well south of town. Location site of the film "Night of Iguana." Restaurants and hotels.

 Boca de Tomatlan .- Spectacular cove eight miles south of PV, below Mismaloya. Restaurants; also boats available to Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa.

 Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa .- Three delightful isolated beaches accessible only by boat (tours from the PV Port and by boats available at Los Muertos beach and Boca de Tomatlan. Restaurants at all three; overnight accommodations at Yelapa.

 Ixtapa .- Small town just to the north of Puerto Vallarta. Site of new archeological discoveries of pre-Columbian México.

San Sebastian del Oeste .- Interesting old mining town in the hills beyond Puerto Vallarta. Most easily accessed by air. Restored hacienda accommodations.

 Talpa de Allende .- Picturesque town south of San Sebastian and site of an important annual pilgrimage to the "Walking Virgen of Talpa." Hacienda accommodations available.

 Night Life .- After dark in Puerto Vallarta just gets better and better. At the Marine, the major hotels offer fiestas, and discos and a new entertainment complex is something not be missed. Live rock and jazz are featured at over a dozen high-activity pubs and discos in El Centro and South of the Rio Cuale. 

Proof of Citizenship - Tip

     Acceptable forms of proof of citizenship for U.S. citizens traveling between the U.S. and our International Destinations are a valid passport, OR a certified , state issued birth certificate with raised seal AND a valid government photo ID, a naturalization/citizenship certificate, Armed Forces' ID or discharge papers stating place of birth. It is the traveler's responsibility to provide proper documentation. Married women traveling with any documentation in their maiden name must supply a marriage license (a copy is acceptable).

 

Special Events in Vallarta:

"Torneo de Pez Vela."  Annual international sailfish tournament in November. 1993 marks the 38th year.

"San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Annual Regatta", Starts off the yachting season in late fall and heralds the arrival of ocean racers and fancy motor yachts.

"Tributo a la Virgen de Guadalupe" Tribute to the Virgen of Guadalupe the first 12 days of each December. Daily evening processions to the church from various "colonias" or residential sections, of the town.

"Fiesta de Puerto Vallarta" Parades and other events for visitors in December.

 

" Charreadas" Mexican-style rodeos throughout the Bahia de Banderas on weekends. Lively and fun, especially in the towns in Valle de las Banderas.

"Mariachi.: The typical, lively gusty musical groups of Jalisco. Most evenings about town in various hotels and restaurants.

Semana Santa (Easter) Fireworks, dancing and food

Fiesta de Mayo (May)
A celebration with sports contests, music, art shows and parades

Independence Day (September 15th)
Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December)
A fiesta honoring Mexico’s patron saint  

Typical Products of Puerto Vallarta Include hand-made huaraches (sandals of leather),lamps and other blown glass works, artifacts of the Huichol indians and wood carvings.

Other traditional Mexican items readily available include sombreros and other hats; sarapes and carpets; equipale, rustic and colonial furniture; various potteries and ceramics, jewelry - especially silver and clothing ranging from sports and beach wear to creative designs of daily and evening wear.

 

 

Attractions - Tip

  • Splash Aqua Park Water slides, family fun

  • Vidafel Aqua Park
    Water slides, family fun

  • Museo Rio Cuale
    A museum housing a small collection of paintings and pre-Columbian artifacts

  • Los Arcos
    The area’s signature landmark

  • Club Internacional de Amistad (Friendship Club)
    Conducts seasonal tours through some of Puerto Vallarta’s showplace homes

  • Take a walk down the malecon (waterfront promenade) to get a taste Mexican architecture and culture.

Recreation - Tip

  • Bicycling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Parasailing
  • Scuba Diving
 
  • Jet/Water Skiing
  • Bullfighting

 

Shopping - Tip
  • Mercado Municipal: An open-air market with clothing, handicrafts, food and more
  • Pueblo Viejo
  • Cuale River Island
  • Along the malecon (waterfront promenade)
  • The Marina
  • Downtown
  • Along Juarez and Morelos streets
  • Marina Plaza
  • Villa Vallarta
  • Plaza Caracol
  • Paradise Plaza-Nuevo Vallarta
Nightlife - Tip

Discotheques:                     Restaurants
Christine                                Planet Hollywood
Collage                                  Restaurant Café des Artistes 
Cactus                                   El Set
Friday Lopez                         Sr. Chico's 
                                              El Panorama
Bars:                                     Le Bistro
Carlos O’Brian’s                    Bogart's
Zoo
Hard Rock Café                      Show/Bar:
El Torito                                  La Pachanga
Kalhua                                     Mariachis Loco
No Name Café

Emergency Phone Numbers

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22-1-05-50

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CLINICA SAN MIGUEL  

22-4-05-00

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