Blessed with 25 miles of golden beaches within spectacular Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers limitless possibilities for enjoying the town, jungle, and ocean. Here we try to cover most, and hopefully all your doubts regarding this city.
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.
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, America West, Continental and others, more on 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 rugged, tropical Sierra Madre mountains to the east and the Bay of Banderas to the west, Mexico's largest natural bay. To the North is the State of Nayarit and Riviera Nayarit, that includes Nuevo Vallarta. Use our map.
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 are available through 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 4.5 million visitors annually (2017 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 has been spared from 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.
Tap water is of a very high standard, even so, purified water is available in all hotels and restaurants.