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About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is a city in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. It is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the country, that is, on the west coast.

  • The city is 3 hours away by plane from Los Angeles, and just over 4:30 from Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Chicago, New York & Toronto.
  • Puerto Vallarta is on the same latitude as Hawaii and enjoys nearly perfect weather all year long.
  • Vallarta is a true Mexican traditional town and offers beaches, jungles and a city full of attractions, international hotels and restaurants plus activities for the whole family.

A city in the middle of the mountain, the sea, the Sun and the sand, whose inhabitants are kind by nature and eager to serve the visitors. Its geographic location is enviable: a huge bay at the Pacific Ocean, with its blue waters of all blue tones on one side, and a mountain, with fresh temperatures, rivers, cascades and steep lands ready to be conquered on the other.

Puerto Vallarta is a wonderful place that amazes and inspires everyday: a beautiful blue sky that frames a spectacular moon as well as a Sun of an incredible orange. A tempered and generous sea that relaxes, but also imposes, and sunsets that deserve a pause in our day, and take our breath away.

What to do in Puerto Vallarta and around?


Right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta is a place you cannot miss. Puerto Vallarta’s Boardwalk or ¨Malecon¨ is a seaside walk of about 875 yd. where traditions modern fun come together to create a magical atmosphere full of culture, art, entertainment and history.

The Boardwalk starts with the historical Hotel Rosita, the oldest in Puerto Vallarta. Originally opened in 1948, its location and typical architecture makes it a must see in town and a relic of Puerto Vallarta. Its rooms hosted Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in several occasions during the film of “The Night of the Iguana”, and many say that they fell in love with the place.

The Boardwalk is, without a doubt, a very pleasant place any time because of the shades of it’s palm trees and the multiple artistic expressions that can be found, such as the Papantla Flyers shows that take place at 18:00 hrs. daily, the paintings of local artists, the incredible sand sculptures, art galleries and the iconic Naval Museum.

Trying a sea food snack or a menu at one of the many restaurants located alongside is almost a tradition. And for party lovers visiting a bar or night club while dancing to the rhythms of disco music, tecno, dance, jazz, live music or karaoke is a must to enjoy the night in a big way!
Whether you take a walk, a bike ride or go jogging, come and enjoy this wonderful area where you’ll always find something new.


Humpback Whales come to visit the coast of Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay, searching for warm, calm waters for their mating ritual and for the birthing of their young. Their visit lasts approximately 4 months (from December through March). They then return to their long journey along the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska in the United States.

If you visit Puerto Vallarta during these months, whale watching is an activity that you certainly will not want to miss. Dare to live a magical experience admiring the majestic creations of nature, and remember not to forget your camera!


Deep in the heart of the steamy tropical rainforest at Las Caletas, near a crumbling pyramid, there is a mystical amphitheater where excitement is waiting for you. As the stars appear in the sky, the spirit world convenes here in a dazzling world-class show that will take your breath away. Conceived of, written and directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-creator of Cirque du Soleil, Rhythms of the Night - SAVIA is a celebration of spectacular acrobatic skill, pulsating rhythms, vibrant dance, amazing costumes and Ste-Croix’s breathtaking interpretation of the Aztec creation story.


Vallarta is actually an important culinary destination in itself. A mix of international chefs, discerning gourmands that have made the city their home town, a long-running gourmet festival, the local Mexican food traditions, that are centuries old plus quality ingredients from sea and land combine into great food, great prices and an ever-expanding list of options.

You can find anything from haute cuisine to a wonderful seafood meal right on the beach or some delicious street tacos. 


You’ve probably seen a photo of this stunning, must-see destination even if you don’t recognize the name. Playa del Amor, the “beach of love” more typically called the Hidden Beach, is a secluded sandy cavern on one of the islands that make up Marietas Islands National Park, an hour northwest of Puerto Vallarta. The journey to the beach from Punta Mita takes just fifteen minutes.