Destination Overview: Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Are you interested in learning about Puerto Vallarta? This article will help you get a big picture overview of this a popular vacation destination in Mexico!
Puerto Vallarta is a city located on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in the State of Jalisco. It is situated between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay. The popular resort region of Riviera Nayarit lies just to the North of Puerto Vallarta.
The seaside resort town of Puerto Vallarta is located on Mexico’s glamorous Pacific Riviera. Travelers will find this destination tucked away between the beautiful Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean along the Bay of Banderas. Puerto Vallarta is quite popular and is known for its old-world Mexican charm, its beaches, water sports, and nightlife.
Since Puerto Vallarta is on the same latitude as Hawaii, the weather is nearly perfect all year long. Visitors can explore the palm-covered mountains, play a round of golf, go sailing or scuba diving, or stroll along the cobblestone streets of old town. In old town, discover white-washed houses with red-tiled roofs as well as an enticing selection of shops, cozy cafes, and lively night spots. The town has preserved its history and architecture quite well, so most of the cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings, including churches, statues, and the main plaza, are in fantastic shape.
There are several different neighborhoods to explore in Puerto Vallarta and each one is unique. El Centro is in downtown near the heart of Banderas Bay and the Hotel Zone, where most of the tourists stay, is just a few minutes south of the airport. The upscale tourist community of Marina Vallarta is a short distance from the airport and is near the city’s yacht marina, which is filled with shops and delicious dining options. Approximately fifteen minutes north of the airport is Nuevo Vallarta and this is in the state of Nayarit. This neighborhood is often viewed as an extension of Puerto Vallarta; however, it can take about 30-35 minutes to reach the South side of Puerto Vallarta and Malecon by car. Nuevo Vallarta is the perfect place for people who love new things and there are numerous all-inclusive resorts found here. The Romantic Zone is also known as South Side and Old Town, and there are quite a few quirky boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants that line the winding cobblestone streets. People can spend hours gazing at the traditional Mexican architecture in this neighborhood while venturing through one of the hippest areas in Puerto Vallarta.
The beachside promenade of El Malecón is where people can view contemporary sculptures while taking a sunset stroll. Visitors can stop into one of the many shops, restaurants, bars, lounges, or nightclubs before or after their stroll to experience the lively nightlife.
Riviera Nayarit is a popular resort area that is north of Puerto Vallarta in the state of Nayarit. The entire resort area stretches along 200 miles of the Pacific coastline and is framed with picturesque mountains. In Riviera Nayarit, people will find authentic Mexican beach towns, all-inclusive resorts, quaint fishing villages, natural pools, and colonial history. There are also scores of stellar restaurants and lively nightclubs.
Sayulita is in the state of Nayarit as well, and it is a colorful and popular beach village with a fantastic surf break. In addition to surfing, people can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, snorkeling, fishing, and jungle tours.
Puerto Vallarta has a huge variety of sporting activities that includes ATV and Dune Buggy Tours, Canopy Tours, and Day Cruises. Animal and nature lovers can go bird watching, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, sailing, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and turtle and whale watching. Anyone looking for a little more adventure will want to try skydiving or spending time in the water with the dolphins. Many of the all-inclusive resorts have golf courses, so anyone who loves to play will want to see if they can keep their score at par when playing at these popular courses.
Travelers should choose Puerto Vallarta as their vacation destination if they want to stay at an all-inclusive resort that is surrounded by both the mountains and the sea. Visitors can spend time on a beautiful beach during the day and experience the active nightlife during the evening hours. Come here if you want a large variety of things to do since you will be able to find almost every activity imaginable. At the end of the day, enjoy the best sunset in all of Mexico while strolling along El Malecón.
When to go:
Peak season for Puerto Vallarta is December through April and the resorts are the most crowded and the most expensive during this time. If you are not bothered by occasional rain and some heat and humidity, then late June through October is a great time to visit because hotel rates drop by as much as 40% and there aren't as many crowds. Overall, the most ideal time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June when the weather is pleasant, crowds have thinned out and the room rates are affordable. If you are interested in diving, snorkeling, and surfing, the best time to visit is the summer. If you're interested in whale watching, the best time to visit is from January to March.
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