Blessed with 25 miles of golden beaches within spectacular Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers limitless possibilities for enjoying the town, jungle and ocean. Here we try to cover most, and hopefully all your doubts regarding this city.
Currency, Banks & Money Exchange The Mexican Peso is the national currency, although USA dollars
are widely accepted in businesses throughout town. Major
credit cards are also accepted in most establishments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express are standard, some also receive Diners). Hotels also offer currency
exchange services, but normally at a lower rate. More at ATM, Banks & Currency.
Business Hours Most shopping malls
are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., continuously.
Many downtown businesses and shops tend to close between
2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for lunch, but malls and supermarkets are open even longer hours, without the midday rest. Read more.
Climate Puerto Vallarta enjoys a warm, tropical
climate all year-round, average daytime temperatures
of 80ºF (27ºC), and cooler evenings
in the winter.
Summer is sunny, warm and humid, with some afternoon rains, enough
to cool things a bit. Read more in our Weather section.
Electricity Mexico operates on the
same 110-volt current as the United States, so electrical
current adapters are not needed, not all plugs have 3 prongs, so you may need a plug adapter reducing from 3 to 2 prongs. Read more.
Flights/Gateways Hundreds of flights per week service Puerto Vallarta's International
Airport (PVR), from gateways throughout USA, Canada and
Mexico. International carriers include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines,
American Airlines, America West, Continental and others, more on Airport information.
Geography / Location Located in the
heart of Mexico's Pacific coast, Vallarta is within
easy reach of the USA and Canada by air. The city is encircled by
the rugged, tropical Sierra Madre mountains to the east
and the Bay of Banderas to the west, Mexico's largest
natural bay. To the North is the State of Nayarit and Riviera Nayarit, that includes Nuevo Vallarta. Use our map.
Population PV is home to 255,725
residents (2010 Census) and attracts more than 3.9 million visitors annually (2013 CVB data).
Safety This town enjoys a healthy
economy and stable political environment. A special
tourist police corps is on hand to provide assistance
and directions. Vallarta has been spared from the violence the media informs about in the border towns and cities between USA and Mexico, so the city and surroundings are just as safe (or even safer) that most comparable cities and towns in the US and Canada. More on crime and safety.
Water Quality Tap water is of a very
high standard, even so, purified water is available in
all hotels and restaurants.