The cruise industry will continue to grow in Puerto Vallarta in 2018, 159 cruises are expected to arrive this year, bringing approximately 172,000 people.
In the first week of the year there was eight cruises in the maritime terminal including a triple arrival, and according to the arrival calendar this year, there will be seven triples, 24 double arrivals and two overnight stays, reflecting the confidence and preference of cruises to Puerto Vallarta.
In 2017 144 cruise ships arrived, in 2016 there were 143 and in 2015 134 arrived, showing a steady increase, which this year would grow between 10% and 15% according to industry experts.
In a statement, it was announced that the joint efforts of the tourism sector, the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust (Fidetur) together with sales agents specialized in cruise tourism, have managed to transmit security, confidence and travel expectations to know this port on the Mexican Pacific.
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Source: Vallarta Daily
The annual parade celebrating Mardi Gras, or Carnaval, will begin on February 13th at 8 pm in the hotel zone and proceed on the world-famous malecón on the way to Los Muertos Pier.
Incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, street performers and dancers are all part of the festivities in Puerto Vallarta, and of course get your hands ready to catch some beads.
Last year’s event brought over 30,000 cheering residents and tourists from all walks of life together on the city street curbs to be wowed by floats and parade participants celebrating the diversity of our city. This year’s city-sponsored event is sure to bring even more people and wowing to Puerto Vallarta.
Read more about the events in Vallarta.
Source: Vallarta Daily
The 2nd Luminia Fest Pyrotechnics Festival was inaugurated on the eve of December 31st and offered a celebration to mark the ending of 2017, which Mayor Arturo Dávalos called 'the best year of tourism in the history of Puerto Vallarta.'
The Festival offered thousands of Vallartenses and tourists a party of lights, music and color on the Malecón in Puerto Vallarta to bid farewell to 2017.
At midnight, after the final countdown was made by Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, the pyrotechnic show began to the rhythm of the music, which provoked the applause of the locals and tourists, national and foreign, who stood along the Malecon, on the beach, along Morelos Street and in Plaza de Armas.
Read about the many awards Puerto Vallarta has received these last years.
Source: Vallarta Daily
RoseAnna Schick mentions that Puerto Vallarta is a great tourist destination:
The first time I recall hearing of Puerto Vallarta was as a kid, watching the television series The Price Is Right. They often gave away trips to this exotic locale, and it seemed like a whole different world, far removed from my tiny prairie town of Marquette.
Puerto Vallarta was a thriving Mexican village with a beach-landing port long before it became an international tourist destination. It’s proximity to an agricultural valley and mining region, while being situated on the ocean, makes for a diverse and fascinating cultural and economic history.
Read more about Puerto Vallarta's colorful history.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press
by Peter Wells Scott
If you are sitting in a hot stuffy office in the middle of Manhattan or Washington, D.C., and someone says, "Let's go to the beach," it's just not that easy. The Hamptons are at least two hours away, and Rehobeth, Del. and Ocean City, Maryland, are more like three or four from the nation's capital. Getting back is even worse. Folks have to get back to work on Monday morning, so if you are making a weekend excursion, the backup of traffic can be hours of agonizing sitting in traffic.
Not so in Puerto Vallarta or around the Bay of Banderas. A short ten-minute drive from almost anywhere can land you at the beach of your choice:
All beaches are federally owned or belong to the public, however, you want to look at it. Every hotel has its own beach, and most have security to protect their pools.
Whether you are looking for a secluded stretch of sand or a day of palapa hopping, the Bay of Banderas offers a complete smorgasbord. The most romantic has to be the beaches at Hyatt Ziva, Punta Negra, and Sayulita. The best for walking is Bucerias, the best for action is Los Muertos or Mismaloya, the best for sightseeing is Yelapa or Quimixto.
Whatever the selection, one need not suffer the commute from New York or Washington, D.C.