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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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".
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
At the south part of the bay you find Conchas Chinas - Mismaloya
corridor with hotels and apartments siding the craggy coastlines
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.
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
Malecón - Board Walk
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.
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
.- 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.
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 .
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
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).
Principal.- The main square of Puerto Vallarta, flanked
by Presidencia Municipal (City Hall) in the heart of El Centro.
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.
.- 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
Resuscitado de El Pitillal .-
Church in El Pitillal village, 20 minutes from Vallarta. Noted
for its five meter cedar wood statue of Jesus.
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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.- A major seaside area of villas and condominium
apartments just south of town.
.- Small cove area
well south of town. Location site of the film "Night of Iguana."
Restaurants and hotels.
Spectacular cove eight miles south of PV, below Mismaloya. Restaurants;
also boats available to Las Animas, Quimixto and Yelapa.
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
.- Small town just
to the north of Puerto Vallarta. Site of new archeological discoveries
of pre-Columbian México.
Sebastian del Oeste .-
Interesting old mining town in the hills beyond Puerto Vallarta.
Most easily accessed by air. Restored hacienda accommodations.
Picturesque town south of San Sebastian and site of an important
annual pilgrimage to the "Walking Virgen of Talpa." Hacienda
.- 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.
of Citizenship - Tip
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
Events in Vallarta:
Pez Vela." Annual
international sailfish tournament in November. 1993 marks the
"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.
Mexican-style rodeos throughout
the Bahia de Banderas on weekends. Lively and fun, especially
in the towns in Valle de las Banderas.
The typical, lively gusty
musical groups of Jalisco. Most evenings about town in various
hotels and restaurants.
Fireworks, dancing and food
de Mayo (May)
with sports contests, music, art shows and parades
Day (September 15th)
Celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December)
fiesta honoring Mexico’s patron saint
Products of Puerto Vallarta
Include hand-made huaraches (sandals of leather),lamps and other
blown glass works, artifacts of the Huichol indians and wood
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
Splash Aqua Park Water slides,
Vidafel Aqua Park
Water slides, family fun
Museo Rio Cuale
A museum housing a small collection of paintings and pre-Columbian
The area’s signature landmark
Club Internacional de Amistad (Friendship
Conducts seasonal tours through some of Puerto Vallarta’s
Take a walk down the malecon (waterfront
promenade) to get a taste Mexican architecture and culture.
- Horseback Riding
- Scuba Diving
- Jet/Water Skiing
Mercado Municipal: An open-air market with clothing, handicrafts,
food and more
the malecon (waterfront promenade)
Juarez and Morelos streets
Café des Artistes
Friday Lopez Sr.
Hard Rock Café
No Name Café
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