Cobblestone streets, red tile roofs, white-washed walls, bougainvillea's peeking out from balconies, steep and winding roads speak of the beauty of imperfection, and above all, the deep rooted tradition of this Mexican and multi-cultural town made famous by the romance of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton on the set of “The Night of the Iguana.”
Puerto Vallarta lies on the same latitude as the Hawaiian Islands, sitting in the middle of the largest bay in Mexico named Banderas Bay- 26 miles from tip to tip. This idyllic tourist destination offers similar climate to Hawaii with more then 300 days of sun and an average temperature of 77 ºF. During the sunny dry season, from November to May, daytime temperatures average 80˚ to 85 ºF and there is virtually no rain. At night, the temperature drops 55˚ to 65 ºF, which is ideal for sleeping, but you may want to pack a shawl or light jacket. The hotter, humid rainy season lasts from June to October.
Puerto Vallarta area is actually several destinations rolled into one, each with its own unique signature and charm. The River Cuale divides the town into north and south. On the southern end is the quaint Romantic Zone where the Playa los Muertos attracts sun worshippers to its golden sand and countless beach bars. Further south the seaside villages of Boca de Tomatlan and Mismaloya where The Night of the Iguana was filmed beckon. North of the river, the Old Town meanders uphill to Gringo Gulch and along the bay where you’ll find the main square and Los Arcos amphitheatre where daily free performances draw crowds.
Puerto Vallarta’s renowned Malecón (promenade) runs from the Romantic Zone to the start of the Hotel Zone. Here you’ll find a quaint collection of bronze sculptures, including the town’s iconic seahorse. Here in downtown you'll find Puerto Vallarta's parish Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, a city icon, it dominates Vallarta's downtown skyline and is one of the favorite symbols and landmarks of the city, topped with an elaborate crown.
Further north are the Hotel Zone and Marina where many resorts and restaurants are located. Nearby you'll also find Riviera Nayarit with charming towns such as Bucerias and Sayulita and many first class resorts.
Once you get away from the beach, Puerto Vallarta’s hilly cobblestone streets seem to merge into the green foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. The Cuale River, which divides Puerto Vallarta in half, flows down from the mountains and empties into the Pacific.
Today, Puerto Vallarta reigns as one of Mexico’s most popular winter destinations because of its great diversity and almost perfect climate. Along with golden beaches, mountains and jungles you’ll discover modern amenities and creature comforts. In short, Puerto Vallarta is the ideal vacation for families and destination wedding destination, and affordable paradise that will appeal to just about everyone.
What to visit nearby; Riviera Nayarit and Punta Mita.
About the nightlife, Puerto Vallarta is a city that never sleeps, and for many it comes alive as the sun sets!
Puerto Vallarta is located on the Western coast of the State of Jalisco, where the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains and the Bay of Banderas in the Pacific Ocean meet. The International airport is only 5 minutes from Puerto Vallarta's Hotel Zone.