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Puerto Vallarta is a fantastic Beach Towns 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.
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 town 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.”
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.
The most common way to get to Puerto Vallarta is by air, arriving at Puerto Vallarta’s Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (airport code PVR). There are also many visitors who arrive on cruise ships, as Puerto Vallarta is a popular port of call for cruises of the Mexican Riviera. Cruise ships dock at the Marina Vallarta Maritime Terminal, which can accommodate three full-size cruise ships. If coming by land, travelers can get to Puerto Vallarta from Guadalajara by bus in under five hours. The bus line Vallarta Plus offers first-class service.
If you heard horror stories from “someone who heard from someone else that…” take it with a grain of salt. They probably have never been here and they just like to spread some urban legends or possibly are just jealous you are going to Puerto Vallarta and they are not.
In 2017, Puerto Vallarta became our first Gay Travel Approved® city in Mexico and Zona Romantica was crowned as the 2016 Gay Travel Awards Gayborhood of the Year. was the inaugural year for the award which recognizes global travel and hospitality providers that exemplify the spirit of inclusiveness, as well as innovators that constantly improve their amenities and service levels for the LGBT community.
Central Standard Time (CST) is the second eastern most time zone in the United States and is also used in Canada.
It covers all or parts of 20 states in the US and three provinces or territories in Canada. It is also used in Mexico and Central America.
Puerto Vallarta’s time zone is Central Time Zone which includes the state of Jalisco, Chicago, and Dallas.
The best time to visit Puerto Vallarta is between April and June when the weather is pleasant and the room rates are affordable. During these months, rain is scarce and there are fewer tourists compared to the winter high season. If you’re interested in whale watching, however, visit from December to March.
While rainy season usually sticks around from July to October, there is never a bad time to visit Puerto Vallarta. Rainfall may have increased, but there are several myths about rainy season that need to be cleared away.
The best area to stay for our community is Zona Romantica (old town) is where all the restaurants,beaches and bars are located.
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