Puerto Vallarta, also known as the pearl of the Pacific, is a paradise for travelers. Over the years, the area has become Mexico’s most popular winter destination, thanks to its great diversity and almost perfect climate. In addition to its golden beaches, mountains and tropical forests, you will find modern facilities and interesting attractions.
Puerto Vallarta has a beautiful blue sky that frames spectacular moons as well as suns sets with an incredible orange color. You will also be able to relax or live adventures in a temperate and generous sea.
In 1524, when the conquistador Francisco Cortés de Buenaventura landed on the coast of Jalisco-Nayarit, he faced an army of 20,000 Aztecs warriors and their arches decorated with colorful banners.
The adventurer was so impressed by these men that he named the area around Rio Ameca, north of the present-day city of Puerto Vallarta, Valle de Banderas (the Valley of the Banners). That is also why this vast body of water became Banderas Bay.
By the 1850s, the attraction of gold and silver in the region attracted a large number of people and in 1918, the municipality officially became Puerto Vallarta. Over time, the mines depleted and Puerto Vallarta started to look more like a ghost town or a sleepy fishing village.
However, when John Huston and his horde of stars from ‘The Night of the Iguana’ arrived, the world’s spotlights turned to the small town and marked the beginning of Puerto Vallarta’s tourist vocation.
In Puerto Vallarta you can find all types of restaurants, ranging from small tacos places to fancy restaurants. Prices will obviously vary but everybody is going to serve you with a big smile.
Budget: Alexandross Hostel B&B – Lovely hostel featuring double private bedrooms located in the old town. A great base to visit and enjoy the city.
Mid-range: Hotel Porto Allegro Puerto Vallarta – Comfortable hotel with a friendly staff, located close to the main attractions of Puerto Vallarta. You will be able to enjoy your breakfast on the terrace with a great view over the city.
Splurge: Holiday Inn Express Puerto Vallarta – Quality hotel offering spacious bedrooms, an outdoor swimming pool as well as a jacuzzi. Located close to Puerto Vallarta International Airport.
Puerto Vallarta has a tropical climate. During the dry and sunny season, from November to May, the temperature varies between 27°C (80°F) and 30ºC (86°F) during the day and rain is very rare. In the evening, the temperature drops to a comfortable level, from 14°C (57°F) to 18ºC (64°F). The hottest and wettest period lasts from June to October.
July, August and September mornings are generally sunny and warm, with temperatures around 30ºC (86°F). Early in the afternoon, the weather can be cloudy with short rains. But towards the end of the day, the sun is back and it generally blows a gentle and pleasant breeze.
A first great thing to do would be to visit the historical centre of the city. It is known as the heart of Puerto Vallarta and declared cultural heritage of the State of Jalisco. In its surroundings you can find places to visit like the ‘malecón’, the municipal palace, the ‘plaza de armas’. A place full of history and tradition.
If you like water, you can swim, scuba dive, snorkel, go spot sea lions and you could even see a whale in Puerto Vallarta. If you’re looking for an adventure you can rent a sailboat, discover the rainforest by zip line and take a mountain hike or even a jeep safari.
Puerto Vallarta is synonymous with romance. Beautiful sunsets, dancing palm trees and candlelit dinners on the beach to the music of a mariachi quartet. Gourmets will not be left out, as the options are equally attractive with many fancy restaurants.
North of Puerto Vallarta, you can discover Riviera Nayarit which stretches 200 miles (360 km) along the Pacific coast. This region is made up of several small seaside towns offering a wide variety of hotels near the beaches.
You can also admire Banderas Bay and its spectacular mountain and sea views, play golf on world-class courses, visit shops, dive or surf kite and much more.
Keteka grants access to authentic activities run by local tour operators and guides. You can book and secure your place in advance, and we will take care of everything else. We’ll let you know where to go or where you will be picked up and at what time.
Land – Puerto Vallarta is connected by bus lines to many major Mexican cities. A journey on a bus coming from Guadalajara should take 4 hours, 7 hours from Querétaro and 8 hours from Mexico City. The ticket prices range from $26 from Guadalajara to $50 from Mexico City.
Air – You can find both domestic and international flights to Puerto Vallarta, from the main Mexican cities like Mexico City and Monterrey or from the U.S. or Canada. A flight from Mexico to Puerto Vallarta takes around 1:30hrs.
Sea – Cruises lines such as Carnival Cruises or Holland America often stop at Puerto Vallarta, allowing you to visit the city for a day.