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Puerto Vallarta Malecon/Boardwalk, early morning shot

General | Business & Money | Travel & Location | Well-being | Communication & data | Famous people & Mexico | Quick facts

Blessed with 25 miles of golden beaches within the spectacular Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers limitless possibilities for enjoying the town, jungle, and ocean. Here we try to cover most options, and hopefully, all your doubts regarding this city are answered, if not, feel free to contact us.

General Information

About Puerto Vallarta
Airport Information (PVR)
Banderas Bay
City History
FAQ’s (old version)New FAQ section
General City Information
How to get here
How to move around PV
Is PV a city or a town?
Puerto Vallarta, authentic Mexico
Travel Guide
What’s the current time?
What’s the weather like?
Where is Jalisco, Mexico?
Where is Puerto Vallarta?
Why is Vallarta so popular?

Specific Information

Business, Taxes & Money

ATM’s / Banks
Business hours
Currency & money matters
Duty-free allowances
Real Estate

Travel, Visas & Location

Colonias (Neighborhoods)
Consulates: Canada | USA
Direct (non-stop) flights to Vallarta
Embassies in Mexico
Nuevo Vallarta
Passport & Visa
Time Zone

Health, Safety & Well-being

Camping & RVs
Can I drink the water?
Church services
Crime and Safety
Eating schedules
Emergency Phones
Food prices
Health Section
Hurricane season?
Masonic Lodges
Martial Arts Gyms
Martial Arts Jiu Jutsu
Medical Services
Non-Profit Organizations
Seawater temperature
Sharks in the Bay?
What to wear

Communication & Data

Electricity & plugs
Government offices
Newspapers & Magazines
Phone calls
Spanish & Language
Traveler Reviews
Various articles
Weights & measures
Wi-Fi hotspots in town

Famous People & Mexico

All About Mexico (many articles)
Bernice & Edgar Starr
Charros & Charreria
Day of the Dead
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton
John Huston
John Huston & Las Caletas
Manuel Lepe Macedo
Mexican Folklore and Festivities
Monarch Butterfly Migration
Movies shot in Puerto Vallarta
Richard Burton
The Night of the Iguana
The Night of the Iguana 50th Anniversary

Some quick facts

Currency, Banks & Money Exchange
 The Mexican Peso is the national currency, although USA dollars are widely accepted in businesses throughout town. Major credit cards are also accepted in most establishments (Visa, Mastercard, American Express are standard, some also receive Diners). Hotels also offer currency exchange services, but normally at a lower rate. More at ATM, Banks & Currency.
 Business Hours
 Most shopping malls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., continuously. Many downtown businesses and shops tend to close between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for lunch, but malls and supermarkets are open even longer hours, without the midday rest. Read more.
Puerto Vallarta enjoys a warm, tropical climate all year-round, average daytime temperatures of 80ºF (27ºC), and cooler evenings in the winter. Summer is sunny, warm and humid, with some afternoon rains, enough to cool things a bit. Read more in our Weather section.
Mexico operates on the same 110-volt current as the United States, so electrical current adapters are not needed, not all plugs have 3 prongs, so you may need a plug adapter reducing from 3 to 2 prongs. Read more.
Hundreds of flights per week service Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport (PVR), from gateways throughout the USA, Canada, and Mexico. International carriers include Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, United, and others. More in the Airport information.
 Geography / Location
Located in the heart of Mexico’s Pacific coast, Vallarta is within easy reach of the USA and Canada by air. The city is encircled by the lush jungle-clad Sierra Madre mountains to the east and the Bay of Banderas to the west, one of Mexico’s largest natural bay. To the North is the State of Nayarit and Riviera Nayarit, that includes Nuevo Vallarta. Check out our map.
 Hotel Rooms
Over 22,000, in a wide variety of price ranges and styles. All inclusive (AI) hotels and resorts offer both food, drinks, activities, and tips for one price. EP or European Plan rates only include the room. See more at hotels & resorts
Modern First-World medical facilities of the highest level. There are several private hospitals in Puerto Vallarta, with insured, emergency health care and emergency air-evacuation services also available.
PV is home to 255,725 residents (2010 Census) and attracts more than 5 million visitors annually (2019 CVB data).
This town enjoys a healthy economy and stable political environment. A special tourist police corps is on hand to provide assistance and directions. Vallarta doesn’t have the violence the media informs about in the border towns and cities between USA and Mexico, so the city and surroundings are just as safe (or even safer) than most comparable cities and towns in the US and Canada. More on crime and safety.
 Water Quality
Tap water is of a very high standard, even so, purified water is available in all hotels and restaurants.

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