Puerto Vallarta or PVR as it is known by the many who return here every year is rimmed by dreamy mountains and set on the shores of the largest bay in Mexico. Its natural beauty is the setting for world-class resorts on fine Pacific beaches bathed in tropical sunshine, a favourite of travellers looking for an authentic taste of Mexico.
Wind your way down cobble stone streets past cathedrals, craft stores, markets and restaurants for an unforgettable cultural experience, day or night.
Here, almost thirty years ago, the passion of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton fueled the legend of romantic Puerto Vallarta during the filming of "Night of the Iguana". Since then, its fame has spread around the world – yet its colourful character has remained. The streets of the town are still paved with cobblestones. Open-air markets are filled with handicrafts, and quaint white-washed homes with red tiled roofs and iron balconies still tumble down the steep, palm-covered hills as they have for decades.
Today there are really five areas that comprise the destination of Puerto Vallarta. Immediately north of the airport is the newest beachfront resort area called Nuevo Vallarta. Moving south from the airport is Marina Vallarta with its golf course and upscale condos and hotels.
Further south is the traditional hotel zone along the Boulevard Francisco Medina Ascensio, a palm-lined boulevard to town with a string of beachfront hotels. Next is El Centro, downtown, with its cobblestone streets that wind past red tiled roofed houses. There are exclusive little boutiques, souvenir shops, fun restaurants energized with mariachi music and little old hotels with cozy bars.
Finally, just south of town and away from the action is the "conchas chinas" upscale area. Beyond the lure of sun and surf, adventures abound for those who seek even more. From sport fishing to para-sailing, snorkelling to horseback riding...whatever your desire, you'll find it in the mountains, jungles and seas that surround the Puerto Vallarta coastline.
Flying time from Edmonton: Approximately 4.5 hours.
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency recommended.
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Documents: Check with your Newwest travel agent. Mexican tourist cards supplied and validated by your travel agent. some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without a parent.