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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

January 20th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments


Puerto Vallarta is nestled among the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico with more than 40 miles of coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Before it became an international vacation destination, Puerto Vallarta was a thriving Mexican Village. The first advertisement for a Puerto Vallarta vacation appeared in 1942 in the New York based magazine Modern Mexico. The Air Transport Company of Jalisco was landing DC-3s in Puerto Vallarta in 1945. The DC-3 was carrying 21 passengers. Puerto Vallarta started to attract American writers and artists in 1950. They were in search of a retreat from the United States of America of the era of Eisenhower and McCarthy. In 1962, a new airport arrived connecting Peutro Vallarta with Los Angles. Tourism accounts for approximately 50% of the economic activity.

Puerto Vallarta is known as the most welcoming and gay-friendly destination in the country. It has the nickname of the San Francisco of Mexico. The gay scene is centered in Zona Romantica. This area has many hotels, resorts, bars, nightclubs, and a gay beach on the main shore. It has been cited as the number one gay beach destination in Latin America.

The climate of Puerto Vallarta is tropical wet and dry. It is marked by a dry season in the winter. From July through September, it is barely intolerable due to the variations in humidity and high temperatures. In addition, during this time Puerto Vallarta has wet and dry seasonal variation plus sudden monsoon-like rains. The average temperature during the day is 86 degrees with an average night temperature of 700 degrees with an average humidity of 75 degrees.


The hotel zone is located along the shore to the North Olas Atlas. Most of the hotels offer European, Continental, and All-inclusive plans. The hotels are categorized as family, spa, romance, luxury, and all-inclusive. The room rates for two adults range from $100 and up per night.

Some of the attractions in Puerto Vallarta include scuba diving, swimming in the ocean, snorkeling, take a parasail ride, deep sea fishing, visit the El Centro Mercado Municipal (flea market). You can also swim with the dolphins at Dolphin Adventure, visit a pre- Hispanic museum, play golf, take a horseback ride, hike through the jungle to see Yelapa’s waterfall, and much more. You can take specialized tours from jungle tours, fishing tours, shopping tours, and sightseeing tours. You can take a canopy or zip lines tour, which allow you to fly through the trees like a bird. There are also jeep, dune buggy, and AVT tours. In addition, there is the nightlife that you do not want to miss. There is so much to see and do in Puerto Vallarta that a week’s vacation is not long enough.

While there enjoy Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, French, and international food. There are many restaurants to choose in which you can find seafood, Angus steaks, and international cuisine. There is something there for everyone.

When you want to visit Puerto Vallarta, Mexico you can make that one of your stops on your cruise, or you can take a plane. While there, you can walk to many of the attractions, take a taxi, or rent a scooter or ATV to get around.

One thing that you must make sure of is to have proof of citizenship with you when you cross over to Mexico. When you arrive at the airport, you are given a Tourist card, which must be turned in when you leave. At that time, you are charged a departure tax.

We are sure, your will enjoy your stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Do not forget to share you travel experience of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in the comment section below.

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  1. Daniel
    January 24th, 2011 at 10:16 | #1

    I stay at Puerto Vallarta Hotels, last summer. It’s the most romantic place I’ve ever known. Sunsets, should be legendary. I recommend it to anyone who wants to keep a great memory of a special holiday

  2. January 29th, 2011 at 09:07 | #2

    Vallarta is gorgeous, and the waves are great for surfers too. One of the things about Vallarta that I most liked was the color of the water. Cristal clear. I can’t explain it, you have to see it for yourself. I had a great time there, and hopefully will return this year to practice some surfing. The waves are quite big and riding them is a lot of fun!