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Where is Puerto Vallarta?

Where is Puerto Vallarta?
Where is Puerto Vallarta?
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Ever asked yourself the question: where is Puerto Vallarta? You probably know that it is in Mexico; you most surely know that it is by the beach, but where is Puerto Vallarta exactly?

Where is Puerto Vallarta?

Puerto Vallarta is a fantastic beach town situated on the western coast of Mexico on the Pacific Ocean. It is in the state of Jalisco, just south of San Blas and some 185 miles (300 kilometres) west of the state capital, Guadalajara. The city also borders with the state of Nayarit, which is home to sister destination Nuevo Vallarta on the Riviera Nayarit, sharing the same international airport on the edge of Puerto Vallarta. Its geographical coordinates are 20° 37′ 0″ North, 105° 15′ 0″ West, and it is on the same latitude as Hawaii.

Flanked between golden sands and ancient mountains

Flanked between golden sands and ancient mountains

Puerto Vallarta is affectionately known as “PV” by its English speaking visitors, and “Vallarta” by its Spanish speaking residents. It holds a prime position on the coast situated between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the golden sandy beaches and clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. It was once just a small fishing village on Banderas Bay called Las Peñas, only claiming its city status in 1968. Hollywood actors, lovebirds and legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton launched Puerto Vallarta into the limelight in the 1960’s while Burton was filming in Mismaloya for John Huston’s movie adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play, “The Night of the Iguana.”  

Where is Puerto Vallarta and what to expect

Where is Puerto Vallarta and what to expect

Puerto Vallarta is an ideal destination for a perfect vacation. Along the coastline in the downtown area runs the Malecon, which is a lovely boardwalk just over a mile long, renovated in 2011. This is where a lot of Puerto Vallarta’s vacation nightlife is situated. Puerto Vallarta boasts all sorts of vibrant activities. From adventures, churches, cafes, art galleries, bars, restaurants, and five star hotels to just sipping a margarita in a lively restaurant or bar whilst watching the sun go down. Puerto Vallarta has it all.

Puerto Vallarta Weather

Puerto Vallarta Weather

One of the reasons that you might have arrived to this article: “Where is Puerto Vallarta” is because you wanted to see what the weather will be like on your vacations. The climate in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay is generally warm and sunny throughout the year. Some vacationers prefer the cooler climate between November through to April as opposed to the hot summer period, when the rain storms keep the vegetation green and you can catch sight of amazing lightning storms on the horizon at night. Even in the rainy season, the sunshine is not interrupted by the rain for more than a couple of hours each day.

Puerto Vallarta’s International Airport

Banderas Bay, including Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Punta Mita, Sayulita and the smaller villages nearby are all served by the Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport. There are daily international flights in from the United States and Canada, and now direct charter flights are also available from the UK and Europe.

Puerto Vallarta has everything you could wish for as a vacation destination. With its many water sports, sandy beaches and crystal waters together with its perfect weather, culture, art and lively nightlife, you should make a visit as soon as possible. Imagine yourself walking along the picturesque cobble-paved streets or sipping a cocktail on the beach under the stars. That’s what you get in Puerto Vallarta.