If you're from the USA or Canada, a valid passport is all that's needed to fly into Puerto Vallarta as long as your stay is shorter than 180 days. If your stay will be longer than that - don't forget about taking care of an additional form, talk to your local authorities to make sure what else you need. Visitors should have accurate information when going through customs so they know what documents are required for entry in order not to exceed their visa limit.
The current (Oct. 13, 2021) USA -based airlines that travel to Puerto Vallarta are: Alaska Airlines American Airlines American Eagle Delta Air Lines Frontier Airlines JetBlue Southwest Airlines Spirit Airlines Sun Country Airlines United Airlines United Express
No, there's only one airport serving the Banderas Bay area. Both Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta are served by Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (sometimes abbreviated as Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport) (IATA: PVR, ICAO: MMPR)
The International Airport in Puerto Vallarta is called: Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (sometimes abbreviated as Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport) (IATA: PVR) (ICAO: MMPR) It is an international airport in the city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. The airport is named after the Mexican President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz (1964–70). More information on the PVR Airport
Ava Gardner and Richard Burton starred in the movie "The Night of the Iguana" (1964) that was directed by the famous John Huston. However, when Elizabeth Taylor traveled with Richard Burton (both being married to other people at the time) the "Iguana" saga attracted paparazzi, made international headlines, and transformed Puerto Vallarta the area into a world-famous tourist destination. So, no, Elizabeth Taylor was not part of the movie but was part of the reason why there was so much publicity surrounding the movie at the time.
Liz Taylor and her husband lived in Casa Kimberley, located in downtown Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in an area called Gringo Gulch a few blocks uphill from the famous crowned church, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. The exact address is Zaragoza 445, Centro, 48300 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico. This Legendary Love Nest has recently been remodeled and changed its name to Casa Kimberly – a luxurious boutique hotel that combines the former homes of both Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor connected by the "Puente Del Amor" (Bridge of Love).
First off the Hidden Beach is located in the northwestern part of Banderas Bay. There are a number of tour operators that take you to the Marietas Islands, most do not take you to Hidden Beach and visit other very impressive areas around the main islands. So do take this into account. Tours that go to the Hidden Beach (AKA Lover's Beach or Crater Beach) start off very early in the morning in high-speed motorboats. These are operated by authorized Tour Operators, we recommend Ecotours Vallarta and Vallarta Adventures. These tours will start off from either the API (Area Portuaria Integral), Puerto Vallarta's harbor area or Marina Vallarta. The ride there takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 60 minutes. You'll get a total of 30 minutes from the moment you jump into the water to go to the Beach and back.
How long the trip is will depend on two variables: Is the boat trip actually going to the Hidden Beach? Are you going to stop or try to find dolphins & whales along the way? If the trip is going to the crater beach, it'll be a 40-45 minute full-speed ride in a high-speed motorboat from the Puerto Vallarta API (harbour area) or Marina Vallarta with some 10-12 other passengers. If your trip isn't going to the beach, it'll take around an hour or an hour and a half, time will vary depending on how many marine creatures you encounter along the way (November to March you will encounter Humpback Whales and those are very hard to skip).
When the authorities detected growing destruction of the ecosystem at the Marietas Islands, they limited access to the Hidden Beach to a maximum of 116 people per day and the boats going there cannot carry more than 15 passengers at a time. The entrance to the beach is strictly controlled by National Park personnel and entry is granted strictly in order of arrival. Entrance is done in groups. Once 116 passes are reached, no one else enters. From the moment you enter the water, you have 30 minutes to get to and back from the beach. Access is delimited by a line of buoys. Both the tourist providers and you must pay a special entry permit (the money is reinvested in the park and access control). You get a special wrist strap and you are provided with an official helmet that identifies you as authorized. You must also wear a life jacket and no snorkels or fins are allowed. So there is actually a sort of race to get as soon as possible every morning on the days that access is allowed (some of the days of the week). To really know if your tour is going to Hidden Beach it will start off very early and only with a small group on a speedboat plus it will be significantly more expensive than the other Marietas Islands day cruises. If that is not the case, do not expect to visit Lover's Beach at Las Marietas, instead, you will get lame ...
Nowadays, the only way to get to the islands and hidden beach at the Marietas Islands from Puerto Vallarta is by boat with a recognized and authorized tour company, we recommend Ecotours de México y Vallarta Adventures. You may also find options from Punta de Mita, but you'll need to figure out a way to get to Punta de Mita Embarcadero. Not all tours to the Marietas are created equal, first, because there are environmental concerns, secondly, local environmental authorities must approve those who travel there, especially tour operators, thirdly, they must know the area well, tides, and other important aspects. There are tours that only take you to the islands and do not include a swim into Lover's Beach (Hidden Beach), few more expensive options include the swim into the crater beach swimming through an impressive and breathtaking sea cave.