Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Ever since Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton had a torrid extramarital affair there, Puerto Vallarta has captured the attention of the American tourist market. In the 1970s, the federal government of Mexico subsidized and oversaw the development of a significant tourist industry and since then has continued to develop newer and better accommodations, attractions and transportation facilities.

These days, Puerto Vallarta it is a widely visited international tourist destination. There are significant port facilities for the thriving cruise industry and Ordaz International Airport is just a few minutes away and is served by many U.S. airlines.

Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta, MexicoThere is plenty to see and do in Puerto Vallarta. Its beaches are world famous and its nightlife along the Malecon is second to none. In addition, the Zona Romantica brings the flavor of old time Mexico to life.

The climate of Puerto Vallarta is typically tropical with a wet and dry season. The wet season runs from June through October with rain falling in concentrated bursts that leave the air clean and refreshed. The dry season sees almost continual sunshine and little cloud cover. Year round, temperatures range from an average of 70 °F to 86 °F.

Puerto Vallarta sits nestled in the Bahia de Banderas protected from the storms of the Pacific Ocean by Cabo Corriente. The occasional thunderstorm will strike but Puerto Vallarta is spared from all but the most violent rainstorms.

The city is blessed with beaches, some accessible only by boat. Playa Camarones, Playa Olas Altas and Playa Los Muertos can all be reached on foot. To the south, a short cab ride away are the more tourist friendly beaches of Playa Mismaloya and Playa Gemelas. For the more intrepid traveler, small boats leave from the Los Muertos pier and drop visitors on the more secluded beaches of Playa Las Animas, Playa Quimixto and Playa Las Caletas with its natural reef that makes it popular with snorkelers.

Downtown Puerto Vallartahas a vibrant nightlife to suit any taste with piano bars, discotheques and rock clubs. The ambiance runs from college chic to sophisticated elegance. The Malencon, a broad beautiful esplanade, is situated along the coast in Puerto Vallarta. During the day, a quiet walk visiting with local artists is the norm. At night, however, the Malencon is alive with restaurants bars and clubs. Many international favorites like the Hard Rock can be found here.


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