- By Air
Hundreds of flights arriving weekly, airport, airlines, etc.
- By Bus
Departures to different destinations from Puerto Vallarta.
- By Ship
A magnificent way to arrive to PV.
- By Car
Highway distances from Pto. Vallarta to selected cities
in Mexico and USA
- Road map and cities
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No trains travel to
Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay, which both
the France-based organization, the Most Beautiful Bays
in the World Club and UNESCO consider to be one of the
most beautiful bays in the world. It finds itself in
select company, along with San Francisco in California,
Quebec City in Canada and Santander Bay in Spain. It
is also one of the world’s largest bays, measuring
42 km from east to west and 32 km from north to south.
At one time, Puerto Vallarta was known as Las Peñitas.
It was founded in the Independence era, on December
12th, 1851, and received its present name in 1918, in
honor of Ignacio L. Vallarta, a distinguished Jalisco
lawyer and judge. Read more about Puerto Vallarta's history.
Years later, with the arrival of
the first airplanes in the 1930s, there was a trickle
of visitors who admired the gorgeous, uninhabited scenery. John Huston, with the North American movie, “The Night of the Iguana”,
filmed at Mismaloya, Vallarta’s
natural beauty was showcased for the entire world.
This movie, plus the famous actors and Elizabeth Taylor, were really what initiated its popularity as a
beach resort that presently welcomes more than 3.5 million
tourist every year (2011 PV CVB data). Many arrive
on board immense cruise ships. Others come through the Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport and
by highway from Guadalajara and the surrounding area.