Puerto Vallarta


Cabo San Lucas
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Puerto Vallarta



Puerto Vallarta was a thriving Mexican village with an economy of fishing, agriculture and mining. Tourism is now its main industry due to its climate, beaches, scenery and cultural history. (Coolcaesar, Wikimedia Commons.)

The Bay of Banderas, with PV as its center, has a 100 kilometer coastline around which tourist resorts and activities are located.

Puerto Vallarta boomed as a tourist destination in the 1970s and 80s with development of transportation infrastructure and global-brand accommodations.

Marina Vallarta is a modern planned development with upmarket resorts, shops, restaurants, a luxury marina and a golf course.

The Muelle de Cruceros serves as a pier for water taxis and fishing boats. Adventure tours and vendors are active in this area.

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe with its iconic crown anchors the central plaza and downtown core. It celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.


The Cuale River divides the downtown area and the romantic zone. Three pedestrian bridges offer views of local homes lining the river, an island with a cultural center and museum, and children enjoying the water. 

The cobblestone streets of PV are lined with interesting shops and restaurants.


The waterfront esplanade, the Malecon, runs along  a 1.6 kilometer stretch of Los Muertos beach. Locals and tourists gather to sample street food and view street performances.

The pleasant walk on the Malecon affords views of the beach, the architecture and the numerous sculptures, such as this Nature as Mother.

The arches on the Malecon were brought from a hacienda in Guadalajara. They serve as a backdrop to an open air theater.


 The Friendship Fountain (1987)

        Vallarta Dancers (2006)

The Boy on the Seahorse (1976)

Since the 1970s Vallarta has added at least 30 sculptural creations along the Malecon and throughout the city.

A lot of street art adorns the walls and store fronts, many with themes about natural beauty, human diversity and indigenous wisdom.

In the  Parque de los Azuelos, mosaic-tiled pillars and benches commemorate people, places and events.

Papantla flyers perform acrobatics while rotating on ropes down from a high pole.

Indigenous dancers and drummers perform on the beach.

During the Day of the Dead holiday on November 2, family and friends gather to remember and pray for those who have died and to support their spiritual journey.

Our Lady of Guadalupe (a vision of Mary appearing in 1531) is an important religious and national symbol.

Devotion is shown by pilgrimages and processions during the Lady of Guadalupe Festival from December 1 to 12.

Sand sculptures on the beach attest to the growing concern about the environmental impacts and challenges of tourism in the region.


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This site was last updated 09/19/21