In 1964, when John Huston shot a film named ‘The Night of the Iguana’ in Puerto Vallarta, there were not even regular flights to reach to the sleepy beach village. However, after the commercial success of this film and some other scandals, the city has become among the best tourist destinations in Mexico. This city lies in the western part of the state of Jalisco that lies in central Mexico, and offers magnificent views to every tourist by overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Puerto Vallarta is the second most visited resort in Mexico and attracts more than two million tourists every year.
At Puerto Vallarta
You will get great beaches to spend some beautiful time, many bars, pubs, and restaurants along the bay. This resort city has developed rapidly to fulfill every needs and desires of tourists who throng here from all over the world. Luxurious hotels, wide-ranging resorts, new golf courses, high-tech meeting facilities, upscale shops and others increase the glory of the city. Auspiciously, Puerto Vallarta has managed to preserve its charm to offer the picturesque colonial and whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets, red Spanish tile roofs that distinguish this resort city from other seaside resorts.
The major sight of Puerto Vallarta is the Church of Guadalupe, which is located on the picturesque main plaza. Well, this resort town has many other attractions to offer to its visitors. The real fascination is its red brick bell tower, which is topped by a crown representing the 18th century Empress Carlota of Mexico who worn it. The area is very diverse with tropical forested mountains and mineral rich volcanic slopes that appear like rising from the sea. Tourists enjoy every attractions of this place right from the rugged Sierra Vallejo towards the northern direction, Sierra Cuale towards the south, to the rich lush green slopes that overlooks the bay.
As it is also called as the sleepy fishing village, Puerto Vallarta offers a glimpse to every visitor through some of its villages like the Punta gorda, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerias, Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlan and Yelapa. These villages’ makes an array of coastline towards the north and south of Puerto Vallarta, giving a chance to people know this town as it was earlier. Located into the lush valleys and rough mountains, the town not only invites travellers, but also attracts them to the peaceful colonial era villages of San Sebastian, Mascota and Talpa.
Best time to visit:
Puerto Vallarta lies on the Pacific Ocean. Therefore, it enjoys warm tropical climate for the entire year. The months of June through October, you will experience daily rain showers and temperate climate. High season could be found from mid-December through Easter week.
Must see Puerto Vallarta Sights:
- Do miss to take a boat tour towards Marietas Island’s nature sanctuary. Otherwise, you can even visit a perfect beach such as Caletas or Playa las Animas.
- Stroll at the Old Vallarta’s malecon, which is seaside promenade. Take a glance into the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral. Your trip will complete only after visiting the Mercado Municipal craft stalls.
- To see the amazing wildlife and green vegetation, you should make an eco-tour through the local mountain ranges. Or else you can also try kayaking through Banderas Bay.
Puerto Vallarta Mexico Tourist Attractions / Puerto Vallarta Activities:
Puerto Vallarta covers more than 40 miles of area, so you can explore the town via local taxi. You can take maps or pamphlets from downtown restaurants or from the official tourism Web Site, which is visitpuertovallarta.com. At the north of the river Rio Cuale, you will get lot of packed Hotel Zone. Try to walk along the bay to get magnificent views of the picturesque Malecon. Morelos is a shopping paradise for every tourist who rush to buy some good products. Shopping could be experienced in a better way at this site that lies between Aldama and Corona. Here you will find eminent Mexican jewelry designer, aromatic tobacco shop cum bar with vast range of Latin American cigars.
Puerto Vallarta is renowned as an art town. Therefore, you should also manage some time at the best galleries in EI Centro where you will get the most extensive compilation of works made by contemporary Mexican artists. Stroll down the streets as much you can to get some fantastic views of the town. The backdrop of Bay of Banderas is filled with lush tropical rain forest. Hence, the best way to explore the terrain is through canopy tours. If you are a kind of adventurous then try the sailboats and fishing boats that leave from Marina Vallarta from the north of Puerto Vallarta. Many visitors enjoy these activities and get the sights what they wanted to.
Puerto Vallarta Cuisine:
Puerto Vallarta has some stylish restaurants where you can try great cuisines. Remember, during the month of September, many restaurants remain closed. At the second floor of Municipal Market, close to Rio Cuale, you will get some of the best traditional food of the city. Seafood is greatly available here.
Puerto Vallarta Lodging:
To get the best lodging facilities, head to the glamorous Punta Mita located at a distance of 45 minutes north of downtown. The Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is the best and top of the list option for almost every visitor. Hotels and other options are widely available to rest and stay, as it is a well-known travel destination.
So plan a vacation to Puerto Vallarta in Mexico and make a lifetime memorable experience with your loved ones. It offers a perfect harmony between the natural beauty and genuine traditions of a Mexican typical town. So enter the province of beautiful, attractive site and start discovering your greatest vacation.