Puerto Vallarta City Guide (Downtown area)

So you are thinking Puerto Vallarta could be a great place to visit during your vacations, but you aren’t completely sure it will have what you need. Finding the information on a site can be complicated, this guide intends to make it all easier to find and make an informed decision.

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How to get here

Airport & Flights There is only one important airport in the area, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (Gustavo Díaz Ordaz; code: PVR) There are direct flights from and the airlines: Direct flights from, among others Some of the Airlines CANADA Calgary Edmonton Montreal Regina Saskatoon Toronto Vancouver Victoria Winnipeg USA Atlanta Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas-Fort Worth Denver Detroit Houston Kansas City Lansing Los Angeles Memphis Minneapolis/St. Paul New York (Newark/Liberty) New York Phoenix Portland Rockford Saint Louis, MO Salt Lake City San Diego San Francisco Seattle MEXICO Cabo San Lucas Guadalajara La Paz Mazatlán Mexico City Monterrey Tijuana Toluca AEREOCALAFIA (CFV) AEROVIAS DE MEXICO (AMX) AIR CANADA (ACA) AIR TRANSAT (TSC) ALASKA AIRLINES (ASA) AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL) DELTA AIR LINES (DAL) FRONTIER AIRLINES INC. (FFT) INTERJET (AIJ) SUN COUNTRY AIRLINES (SCX) SUNWING AIRLINES INC. (SWG) UNITED AIRLINES INC. (UAL) US AIRWAYS (USA) VIVA AEROBUS (VIV) VOLARIS (VOI) WEST JET AIRLINES (WJA) Read the most up-to-date info in our main section: getting here by air. Cruise Ships Puerto Vallarta is a very popular port of call for cruise ships sailing down the Mexican Pacific coast. PV's cruise port can now accommodate 3 full-size cruisers up to 1,020 feet (311 meters) long at the same time. More info at www.apivta.com. By sea: Carnival Cruises Celebrity Cruises Crystal Cruises Cunard Disney Cruises Holland America Norwegian Cruise Oceania Cruises Princess Cruises Royal Caribbean Read more on cruises to PV. Other options car and bus.

Why choose Puerto Vallarta?

Why choose Puerto Vallarta? If you research a bit, you'll see PV has many devoted fans, though their opinions must be taken with a grain of salt, you might ask yourself what did that to them... Many call it PV'itis, an "incurable" sickness that makes you come back once and again to this place and if you ever retire, to move down and establish yourself here, among the already considerable number of expats in the area. List of the main attractions What it is exactly, depends on each person, but looking at things logically we could point to the following as defining virtues of the area: Kind and welcoming locals. The city has it's own personality and style, this is because the place has grown organically and was not a prefab tourist destination as Cabo San Lucas, Cancun, Huatulco and others in the country. The surroundings, the sunsets, bay, jungles, and nature in general. It's actually more of a city with a town attitude. You get the best of both worlds. Lots and lots to do, cruises in the bay, zoo, beaches, bungee jumping, scuba, snorkel, botanical gardens, spas, canopy tours, ATVs, sports fishing, mountain biking, hiking, the list goes on. The place is safe. You can get more out of your money here. If you want to splurge, the town is full of great restaurants, clubs, bars and for every budget. A fun and active expat community. Top level hospitals and clinics, no need to save on that! It's ...

General City Information

Panorama downtown Puerto Vallarta from the roof of Hotel Suites La Siesta (El Panorama Restaurant) Puerto Vallarta is on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico: 200 miles (339 km) west of Guadalajara in the State of Jalisco 549 miles (885 km) NW of Mexico City 177 miles (285 km) NW of Manzanillo 277 miles (447 km) SE of Mazatlan. If nothing rings a bell, then use the map for a better idea. Read much more in the "Where is Puerto Vallarta located?" section or use this map: The city is found in a large bay, called Banderas Bay, which is Mexico's largest natural bay and the second largest in America. The population is around 250 thousand inhabitants with over 4 million visitors each year. The city is 3 hours by from Los Angeles by plane, and just over 4.5 from Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, Chicago, New York & Toronto. More air flight distances. Puerto Vallarta is on the same latitude as Hawaii and enjoys nearly perfect weather all year long. Situated on the West coast of the state of Jalisco, between latitudes 20°27’00”N and 20°59’00”N & between longitudes 104°55’00”W and 105°33’00”W, 2m (6ft) above sea level. More detailed information on Puerto Vallarta.

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