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About Puerto Vallarta

  • City founded Dec. 12, 1851
  • Population 255,725 (2010 census)
  • Area (Municipality): 1,300.7 km2 (502.19 sq. miles)
  • 7 m (23 ft) over sea level
  • Location: Bahía de Banderas, Jalisco State. Longitude / Latitude: 20°37'19" N / 105°13'42" W
  • More than 4 million tourists in 2016.

Puerto Vallarta (population 255,725 - 2010 census) is located on the Pacific coast in the Mexican State of Jalisco, within the Banderas Bay (Bahía de Banderas), which is considered to be one of the most beautiful bays in the World and happens to also be one of the Mexico’s largest, measuring 26 miles (42 km) from east to west and 20 miles (32 km) from north to south. [Vallarta Map] [Map showing cities close to PV] [Map showing Mexico & USA]

Banderas Bay - Puerto Vallarta - Location points

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish PV

The northern limit of the bay is Punta Mita which is also considered the end of the Sierra de Vallejo mountains and in its southern limit, the bay ends at Cabo Corrientes, the end of the Sierra del Cuale mountain range.

Romantic Sunsets and views of in Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is the second-most visited tourist destination in Mexico, (only Cancun has more tourists), attracting millions of visiting tourists per year (3.7 million in 2012 and 3.9 million in 2013, over 4 million in 2016), and has served as a relaxing change and refuge for people looking for a place that is more than beautiful beaches.

PV is a reliable retirement location too, that's why it was voted the best place to retire in the world by the American Association of Retired Persons in 2010 read more.

Puerto Vallarta View
Downtown PV Views

This may be the reason why there is a considerable number of expatriates mostly from U.S.A., Canada, and some European citizens living permanently in the city, another attractive is Vallarta's great weather.

Intro to Puerto Vallarta video

Tropical-forested mountains and mineral-rich volcanic slopes appear to literally rise from the sea and 100 miles of mountain-ringed golden coastline hugs the stunningly beautiful Banderas Bay.

Puerto Vallarta jungles

Bahía de Banderas is the broadest and deepest natural bay in Mexico, the bay teams with aquatic life and multiple species of dolphins, whales, manta rays and fish of all types and colors, that visitors could enjoy and even touch if they snorkel or scuba dive in the area.

Read more about Puerto Vallarta's Biodiversity.

Puerto Vallarta Activities

The bay and PV offers a cornucopia of amazing options to enjoy during your visit - not only beaches but also sparkling sunshine and clear warm emerald blue waters that are ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming.

Use our webcam for views of the Bay and Puerto Vallarta.

Sayulita Beach

Sleepy fishing villages that emulate Vallarta of old times - Punta Mita, Sayulita, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Bucerías, Mismaloya, Boca de Tomatlán and Yelapa are part of the scenery along the coastline both to the north and to the south of PV. Even though Vallarta no longer is a small town, you can travel back in time when visiting these locations.

Puerto Vallarta Map

Map shows the location of Puerto Vallarta and it's position within the Banderas Bay. Click on image for a full detailed map

Nestled in verdant valleys and green lush mountains overlooking the bay, you can find many idyllic colonial-era villages such as San Sebastián del Oeste, Mascota, Talpa and others, that invite travelers to enjoy yet another facet of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco and Mexico.

The inherent warmth and friendliness of the locals have attracted a growing and active expatriate community from U.S.A., Canada and countries in Europe. These in turn make foreign vacationers feel right at home [Friendship club].

Puerto Vallarta Beaches

Keeping up with the changing times, the city has adapted and improved with time, so now the needs of the demanding modern day tourist are met, these include luxury resorts and hotels, all-inclusive options, spas and retreats, championship golf courses, top-notch shops and gourmet restaurants have opened at rapid pace in recent years.

Streets of Puerto Vallarta

Despite changes, the town still maintains quaint pockets of its original charm. In downtown Vallarta you'll find picturesque colonial and whitewashed buildings, cobblestone streets, red spanish tile roofs, and a lots of lush vegetation, on the balconies, pots, both on the streets, the gardens and parks, which all help make PV a totally different experience when comparing it to any other destination in Mexico and around the world.

Downtown Puerto Vallarta at night

The beauty and charm of Puerto Vallarta is, as always, best represented by the landmark parish: Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Building started at the end of the XIX century, after many starts and stops, changes in style and even a war in between. The main building was finished in 1952 with the current red brick tower (without the crown).

Puerto Vallarta Church Our Lady of Guadalupe

It is located one block from the picturesque main plaza (main square). The church's red brick bell tower was topped with a crown designed by José Esteban Ramírez Guareño upon the tower that was sketched by the priest Rafael Parra Castillo. The cross and sphere on top of the crown were designed by another artist, Esteban Ávalos Haro. Read more about the Parish.

Hundreds of flights per week arrive in Puerto Vallarta's International Airport (PVR) from airports throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. A total of 2,591,035 passengers made their way though the gates of Aeropuerto Internacional Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz during 2013, in 2013 the Vallarta CVB data reports a total of 3.9 million people visited the city. 2016 was a record year with over 4 millon tourists along with the highest hotel occupancy in the last 15 years.

Now it's time for you to visit the town an find out for yourself, whey Puerto Vallarta is one of the most revisited tourist destinations in Mexico and the world.

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