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How to get to Puerto Vallarta

  • 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 of Mexico
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  • By Train
    No trains travel to Puerto Vallarta.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Mismaloya beach

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Newbie City Guide

All about Vallarta

List of things to do

Top 10 Free trips

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