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Puerto Vallarta is completely different from any other destination in Mexico.  It is geographically diverse, boasting mountains, jungles, beaches, rivers, waterfalls, and much more.  Plus, while it is a modern city, Puerto Vallarta still maintains its traditional Mexican roots!

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When you think of the Mexican Riviera, with its palm-fringed beaches, luxuriant jungle vegetation and posh resorts, many places come to mind.  But no resort better typifies the classic Mexican beach vacation than does...

(Pwer-toe Vah-YAR-tah).

Puerto Vallarta has something for everybody.  It is the ideal place for honeymoons, weddings, couples, and families.  It is also wonderfully suited to seniors and eco-adventurers.  Puerto Vallarta offers big-time sport fishing, golf, motorcycling, whale watching, diving, and surfing.  For slower-paced entertainment, Puerto Vallarta features art, hot air balloons, cultural events, and spectacular dining.  Puerto Vallarta's restaurants showcase gourmet food for the upscale diner as well as affordable prices for the budget traveler.  No matter what your interest is, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico your days can be tranquil and relaxing or busy and action packed...

From its sleepy, seaside village roots, it has grown into one of Mexico's most loved destinations!

As you arrive by plane, Puerto Vallarta's romance and beauty begin to take hold: a blanket of lush tropical jungle surrounds the quaint colonial city as it climbs away from the blue Pacific, into the Sierra Cuale mountains.  Nestled on the shores of Bahía de Banderas Mexico's largest natural bay), Vallarta traces its history back to the 1500's when it was first visited by Spanish explorers.  Later it became know as a respite for pirates plying the Pacific coast!
 

Puerto Vallarta remained a small village until 1963.  That is the year that director John Huston decided to film his movie, "Night of the Iguana" starring Ava Gardner & Richard Burton, in Puerto Vallarta.  Elizabeth Taylor flew down to be with Richard Burton in one of the most famous Hollywood affairs of the time.  Both actors purchased homes in Puerto Vallarta, thus beginning its reputation as an international getaway.

Puerto Vallarta now has over 250,000 inhabitants, and welcomes more than 1.5 million annual visitors.  Despite its popularity and the recent flurry of new resort developments, the city retains much of its "Old Mexico" flair.  The city is graced with lovely architecture, cobblestone streets, and white stucco buildings crowned by flower-covered balconies and red-tile roofs.

You'll find all sorts of lodgings available from budget inns to world class beachfront resorts.  Outdoor recreation is limitless.  Every imaginable water sport is available along Puerto Vallarta's sandy shoreline.  Fishing, diving, sailing, jet skiing and parasailing to name a few.
 
Shopping is some of Mexico's finest due to the numerous galleries and shops featuring both international and Mexican wares.  Puerto Vallarta also has many fine restaurants to choose from including traditional Mexican, French, Italian, Asian and American.  The nightlife varies from small piano lounges to sports cafe to all night discos.

Today, Puerto Vallarta is a world class resort, while retaining the charm of a century ago. The stunning backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains and it's 41 km. (24 miles) of coastline provide for the ultimate vacation or living situation.
Puerto Vallarta is like no other in Mexico!

Golfing ~ Puerto Vallarta contains two 18 hole golf courses.  One, Marina Vallarta Club de Golf, is located at Marina Vallarta and the other, Flamingos Golf Club, is located near Nuevo Vallarta, a few miles north of the airport.  Also sitting all alone on the point of Punta de Mita is a brand new Jack Nicklaus creation, that is ready for play  - It will most likely be a private course.

Whale Watching ~ Puerto Vallarta whale watching is fabulous.  This is especially so during the winter months as the great humpback and grey whales migrate down the coast to have their calves in the warmer and protected waters of Bandaras Bay.  Whale watching tours can be arranged through any activity center or hotel.

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