Known as a celebrity playground, Puerto Vallarta's prime setting between mountains and sea has made it a perennial Mexico vacation favorite.
Puerto Vallarta is a popular vacation resort on the Western Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Jalisco and is filled with attractions and fun things to do. Along with its cobblestone streets, stunning beaches, plentiful marine life, lush Sierra Madre Mountains, exceptional restaurants, fine Gourmet Festival, new golf courses, and vibrant culture, Puerto Vallarta is a vacationer’s paradise, with an average year-round temperature of 80º F, that has maintained its unique Old Mexico charm despite the addition of these modern conveniences.
Visitors to the Villas Vallarta Hotel & Suites flock to the area’s thriving nightlife, restaurants, and hotel and resort scene.
Around Banderas Bay, the second-largest bay in the western hemisphere, beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and sparkling waterfalls offer many opportunities for the adventurous, while five-star resorts, world-class shopping, and gourmet restaurants satisfy even the most sophisticated traveler.
Stretching from the south end of Old Town to central downtown, a newly extended and refurbished boardwalk along the ocean, called the Malecon, often plays host to mimes, break dancers, clowns, and artists among other Puerto Vallarta tourist attractions.
The area around the Villas Vallarta seaside resort is very diverse. Tropical-forested mountains and mineral-rich volcanic slopes appear to literally rise from the sea.
From the rugged Sierra Vallejo to the north and Sierra Cuale to the south, rich lush green slopes overlook Banderas Bay.
There are many Puerto Vallarta activities and excursions to keep you entertained. The adventurous can hike or mountain bike in the hills, explore the jungle and hidden trails on horseback, take a jeep safari, snorkel, scuba dive, charter a yacht or sailboat, or take a cruise on one of the many party boats.
Puerto Vallarta began as a village in Mexico devoted to processing silver. Its original name was, “Port Las Penas,” meaning “Port the Rocks”, but the village gained international attention in 1963 when the crew of, Night of the Iguana filmed on Puerto Vallartan shores.
The U.S. crew included John Huston, Ava Gardner, and Richard Burton, with Elizabeth Taylor tagging along to continue her scandalous affair with Burton. United States media couldn’t stay away from the high-profile affair, and filled Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco with constant cameras and attention, soon making it one of the most popular Mexican destinations for US travelers, and eventually the world.
Today, Puerto Vallarta tours and Puerto Vallarta vacations are among the most popular in the world. From Puerto Vallarta tours, to whale watching, to scuba diving, Puerto Vallarta, MX offers all of the trappings of the perfect Mexican vacation. Along with all it has to offer, Puerto Vallarta also offers some of the best shopping, dining, and cultural traditions in Mexico.
Sightseeing in Puerto Vallarta. Mexico can take many forms. Boat tours are among the most popular, with many options for whale watching trips, snorkeling, and scuba diving excursions. There are a range of dinner cruises, which allow travelers to eat above deck, while sailing into the sunset and under the stars. Tourists searching for a little relaxation at the end of their boat trip will enjoy a day trip to Caletas.
Formerly the home of John Huston, the restored mansion hides back inside a beautiful cove. Yoga classes, massage, snorkeling, kayaking, and many other activities are available at Caletas, and make this a unique way to travel Puerto Vallarta.
Dining in Puerto Vallarta is also an exceptional treat. Chefs from around the world tour Puerto Vallarta and the town even hosts a dining festival for two weeks in November. Travelers who travel Puerto Vallarta will find an incredibly diverse array of locally owned cafes, flavorful restaurants, and even a few franchise restaurants from up north, to fit any budget. Many family-owned restaurants offer buffet style menus, which often offers the best value and usually the best flavor.
If shopping is more to your taste, you’ll find an excellent group of small, local shops just out the door from the Villas Vallarta Hotel & Suites. Art, clothing, home accessories and, of course, silver are all available at the market. If you tour Puerto Vallarta beaches, merchants will likely find you. Many locals sell their goods up and down the beach during the day.
Whether you choose to tour Puerto Vallarta by hopping on a boat, diving among the exotic reefs, enjoying the beach, or exploring the town, a Puerto Vallarta vacation offers a glimpse into true Mexican life.