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Known as the Pearl of the Pacific, Puerto Vallarta is a paradise for vacationers. Over the years, Puerto Vallarta has become one of Mexico's most popular winter destinations due to its great diversity and almost perfect climate. Along with golden beaches, mountains and jungles, visitors can discover modern amenities and enticing attractions here.

If you love the water, you can swim, snorkel, scuba dive, visit with sea lions and even spot a whale in Puerto Vallarta. If you like your vacations packed full of adventure, rent a sailboat, zipline through the jungle, or go on a mountain hike or jeep safari.

When it comes to romance, Puerto Vallarta delivers. Dazzling sunsets, swaying palms and candlelit beach dinners accompanied by mariachi quartets are sure to fan the flames of passion. Food lovers will also find the dining options here appealing. With all the variety, there's plenty to savour at this city's many fine restaurants.

Just north of Puerto Vallarta, you’ll find Riviera Nayarit spread across nearly 200 miles of Pacific coastline. The region is made up of smaller beach towns with a wide variety of resorts and beach hotels. Surrounding the area is the Bay of Banderas, boasting a spectacular view of the mountains and the sea. Golf on world-class courses, shop, snorkel, kitesurf and much more.

Riviera Nayarit offers everything from breathtaking landscapes to once in a lifetime, luxury vacation opportunities. Enjoy the warm days on land with a hike, bike ride, or canopy tour. Ride on a zip line, go on a jeep safari or golf. The warm waters invite you to scuba dive, snorkel, surf, stand-up paddle board, and kayak.  You can swim with dolphins, fish, and enjoy whale watching from the boat.

Puerto Vallarta is a fantastic destination for:

  • beach
  • culture and history
  • nightlife

Airport served by: PVR

Destination basics

Puerto Vallarta enjoys a tropical climate. During the sunny dry season from November to May, daytime temperatures hover around 27 C to 30 C and there is virtually no rain. At night, the temperature drops to a comfortable 14 C to 18 C. But do pack a light jacket for evenings out. The hotter, more humid season lasts from June to October.

During July, August and September, mornings are typically bright and warm with temperatures around 30 C. Early afternoons tend to be cloudy with short rainy periods. But by late afternoon, the sun returns and there's usually a pleasant, balmy breeze.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Puerto Vallarta

When Spanish conquistador Francisco Cortés de Buenaventura arrived on the Jalisco-Nayarit coast in 1524, he and his men were confronted by an army of 20,000 Aztecs, their bows decorated with colourful banners. Cortés was so impressed by the group of warriors that he called this area around the Rio Ameca (north of present-day Puerto Vallarta) the Valley of the Banners. That's also how the great body of water came to be known as the Bay of Banderas.

By the mid-1800s, the lure of gold and silver drew many to the region and by 1918, the municipality officially became known as Puerto Vallarta. Eventually, the mines petered out and the town became more of a ghost town or sleepy fishing village. However, when John Huston and the cast of his The Night of the Iguana film arrived, they brought with them global attention and the beginning of Puerto Vallarta's tourism industry.

Nowadays, tourism thrives in this resort town that has expanded both north and south of the Cuale River. Locals seem genuinely happy to welcome visitors here and many Canadians who travel here annually during the winter have made it their home away from home. Drawn to the region's ideal climate, many visitors end up investing in real estate and businesses here.

Even though most people here will converse with you in English, try practising a bit of Spanish too.

Puerto Vallarta is second only to Mexico City for its diversity of eateries, ranging from taco stands and beach vendors to glamorous gourmet restaurants tucked in the hills with views of the Bay of Banderas. The service here is excellent as well. In fact, the expression "service with a smile" may just have originated here.

The Mexican peso is the official currency in Puerto Vallarta. Canadian debit cards are also widely accepted but Canadian currency and travellers cheques are not. That said, most stores in Mexico do not accept debit, so using pesos is usually easiest.

To exchange your Canadian cash or travellers cheques, stop by one of the many banks, exchange kiosks or your hotel front desk. Just don't forget your passport—it's required to cash your travellers cheques.

You can also withdraw cash from ATMs found in banks, grocery stores and hotels. Normal banking hours in Puerto Vallarta are Monday to Friday, typically from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with some branches open Saturday. Most exchange kiosks are open late.

Although American money is widely accepted, regulations are now in place to limit the amount of US cash both residents and visitors can exchange in Mexico.

By regulation, the maximum visitors can exchange per month is US$1,500. Many financial institutions have imposed additional rules, limiting this amount further to US$300 per transaction.

As for using American money for purchases, local businesses will only accept a maximum of US$100 per transaction; however, there is no limit on the maximum number of transactions per customer. You should also keep in mind that many businesses in Mexico have chosen to forgo accepting US money altogether. The best way to pay is therefore with Mexican pesos or credit card.

Set on the shimmering waters of the Bahía de Banderas, Puerto Vallarta offers visitors an eclectic mix of the old and new. Original pueblo architecture remains intermingled with modern, luxurious beachfront resorts. Whether you choose to frolic with the crowds or find a secluded hideaway, there is much to see in Puerto Vallarta. Most neighborhoods in Puerto Vallarta, by virtue of its picturesque location, are shore-hugging territories that offer sweeping views of the bay.

Viejo Vallarta

A narrow island in the middle of the Cuale River divides Old Vallarta. Also known as the Romantic Zone, Vallarta's quaint Old Town offers experiences that distinctly stand out from other touristy activities found in the rest of this bayside town. On the island, people can visit quaint outdoor shops, museums and an arboretum. A seaside walkway, El Malecón , is also in this part of town and is considered to be the heart of Puerto Vallarta. The Hotel Rosita, the first hotel built in this city, enjoys this central location and a spectacular beach view. A host of beachside restaurants, bars, local food stands and shops straddle the sides of Morelos, a thoroughfare that cuts through the heart of this neighborhood.

Art lovers will find the works of internationally known Mexican artists featured at the Galeria Pacifico. This gallery is well worth your time to experience a taste of Mexico's cultural best.

Visitors can also enjoy the architecture of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, one of the most recognized landmarks of the town. With the beautiful bay as a backdrop, visitors will also see noted statuary such as Los Arcos (the arches) while strolling along the Malecon. The famous Playa Los Muertos, or the Beach of the Dead, is one of the most beautiful places in town to enjoy glorious sunsets and sultry evenings.

El Centro

The allure of Puerto Vallarta's azure waters and utterly romantic location was a huge draw for the swish expat set through better part of the 1960s and the 70s, when this fabulous town served as a rich, secluded vacation territory for most. Along with the droves of well-heeled international crowds that trickled in, also came in Hollywood's then-Golden couple - Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton - who, with their whirlwind romance immortalized this otherwise hidden Mexican gem as a coveted resort town. They chose Casa Kimberley, now converted into a dreamy hotel, as their love nest, which along with other landmarks, forms one of the main attractions in El Centro.

Also known as 'Gringo Gulch' for the jet setting crowd that continues to purchase seaside villas and vacation in the neighborhood's ritzy hotels, El Centro's proximity to the sea also renders it as the city's cultural, political and commercial epicenter. A wide berth of entertainment and culinary options await one and all at the heart of this vibrant neighborhood. Part of the windswept Malecon rolls into El Centro from Old Town, and the Monumento El Caballito dominates its stretch. Not far away, the Naval Museum and the adobe-shaped Galería Uno are located.

5 De Deciembre

Hemmed by the Hotel Zone and El Centro, the 5 De Deciembre neighborhood enjoys a more laid-back vibe compared to its other more popular counterparts. Those who wish themselves some down time can relax on cabanas and decks at the pebble-beach wonder of Playa Camarones. Surrounding the beach along Avenida Colombia is an assemblage of small taco restaurants, local bars, and motels that offer uninterrupted view of the Bahia de Banderas.

Marina Vallarta

Located to the north of the Hotel Zone, this is one of the more swanky spots in town. A host of five-star resorts and hotels stand almost equidistant to one another on a vast stretch of the sandy beach, with a range of condominiums and expensive vacation rentals looming in the backdrop. It is a also a veritable playground for the rich, with several premier world-class golf courses spanning its picturesque sprawl.The Galerias Vallarta, a superb haven for luxury shopping upholds Marina Vallarta's indulgent personality.

Puerto Vallarta offers visitors a wealth of things to see and do, whether it's shopping, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, golfing, clubbing, visiting ruins or just plain relaxing on the beach. Regardless of what your budget is, or what your interests are, “Vallarta” offers unlimited fun, day or night.

Outdoor Activities

Puerto Vallarta has 41 kilometers (26 miles) of the most beautiful beaches in all Mexico, maybe even the world, and these beaches are one reason that this area has been dubbed, the “Mexican Riviera.” Banderas Bay is the focal point and popular gathering place for visitors, providing easy access to many beaches. Virtually everywhere you turn there's a beach vendor renting everything from boogie boards and water bikes to jet-skis and wind surfing equipment. Thrill seekers might want to try their luck parasailing. The view from aloft is a spectacular panorama of the city and the miles and miles of surrounding coastline and jungle terrain.

Each local beach is unique in its own right and seems to serve a different purpose. Playa Los Muertos is a centrally-located, lively restaurant and vendor-strewn hot spot, regardless of its ominous-sounding name. To the north there is Punta de Mita, which has beautiful white coral beaches, making it extremely popular among sunbathers. Playa Anclote, nestled within a small cove, is perfect for swimming and surfing. Playa Pontoque offers visitors crystal clear waters, making it perfect for snorkeling. To the south (and accessible only by boat) are three beaches worth making the trip to: Playa Las Animas, another cove protected, white-sand beach popular with swimmers and sunbathers and those with small children; Quimixto another beach perfect for snorkelers; and, Vallarta's southernmost beach, Playa Yelapa, located in the well-known, once hippie-inhabited town of Yelapa.

Hop aboard the 116-foot Alegre Cruise ship for a day of fun in the sun or a romantic sunset cruise. Ecological cruises have become increasingly popular in these waters and elsewhere, while humpback whale-watching is a favorite as well. Those with a thirst for adventure may want to try their luck aboard the pirate ship Marigalante, a day-long, round-trip voyage that's guaranteed to make you dream of pieces o' eight.

Art Galleries

Puerto Vallarta's rich art culture dates back centuries to the Aztec culture and much of the artwork you'll find here—from the pottery of its indigenous peoples to gleaming streamline modern sculptures—is steeped in historical significance. One gallery not to be missed is the Galería de Ollas, which is devoted to exhibiting and selling the works of art created by the areas finest Mata Ortiz potters.

More contemporary works can be seen at the Manuel Lepe Museum Gallery, which showcases the work of the area's most renowned artist. Lepe's colorful works of art (dating back to the 60s) allow you to see a more natural side of Puerto Vallarta, a side that only Lepe has been able to bring to life. The Galeria Pacifico is a great starting point for novice art enthusiasts, offering an eclectic array of paintings and sculptures by up and coming local artists.


In Puerto Vallarta, many of the bargains to be had here come directly to you as you relax on the beach. Locals, hawking their wares, offer a wide variety of souvenirs, necessities and local folk art to visitors as they relax in the shade of a palapa—be sure to haggle over the prices, it's expected.

For those who simply must get a little browsing in while on vacation, be sure to stop by the municipal market in the Rio Cuale area. Everything from the mandatory souvenir T-shirt to fine silver jewelry is available there. If you get hungry while shopping up a storm, check out the food market upstairs; it serves some of the best traditional Mexican dishes around. Once fortified, you'll be ready to do the town. Indoor shopping avenues around town include Plaza Caracol, Galerias Vallarta and Los Mercados. Peyote People in El Centro offers a wide range of Mexican handicrafts and souvenirs.


Puerto Vallarta's nightlife used to be pretty tame, but within the last couple of years there has been a surge in the dance party scene. Take the Malecón, for example. This area used to be filled with shops and restaurants, but not anymore. Nowadays it's the place to come dance ‘til dawn.

From the infectious energy of the El Solar bar that sits right on the Playa de los Muertos beach, to bringing in the weekend with Mexican locals and live music at La Ingrata, there is no dearth of nighttime entertainment in Puerto Vallarta. If your idea of chilling in this seaside town involves kicking back with cocktails or beers, then places like Bar Morelos, Bar La Playa and Los Muertos Brewing are right up your alley. Bar Frida, gracing the gay-friendly streets of Zona Romantica, is a popular local cantina.

Puerto Vallarta is a city rich with history and an integral part of that stems from its cuisine. A few hundred years ago, as the city was just beginning, inhabitants didn't have the luxury of dining at four-star restaurants. Residents had to rely on their own knowledge and experience in order to feed their families. Through trial and error, a great number of the recipes that Puerto Vallarta cherishes today were created. Many of those same recipes have been handed down from one relative to the next, for generations. Some families have taken their prized recipes and opened restaurants. Today, many share them with locals and tourists alike.

Today, finding a restaurant in Puerto Vallarta is easy. The only foreseeable problem is which restaurant to choose. There are the typical chains and fast food restaurants such as McDonald's, Subway, Burger King, KFC and Taco Bell, if that's what you're in the mood for. There is also a wide variety of international restaurants and bars in the city—German, Italian, American, Asian, South American and Moroccan are just of few of the types you can expect to find. There are also the more regionalized Mexican restaurants and taverns that seem, logically, to be the biggest draw.

Northern Puerto Vallarta

North of the downtown area and the Cuale River are a number of popular eateries and taverns. If you head a little closer to the downtown area, you're bound to find Chez Elena (on Matamoros); the best time to dine here is in the evening, when the garden is illuminated. On Paseo Diaz Ordaz there are a couple of tasty choices: for burgers and traditional Mexican cuisine in a casual atmosphere, there's Cheeseburger in Paradise; Old-World Italian cuisine can be found at La Dolce Vita. Over on Morelos is Mickey's No Name Café, the areas best BBQ hands down; be prepared for a wait here regardless of when you arrive.

The Downtown Area

In the downtown district choices include hip nouveau eateries and small out of the way places. One of the more trendy places to dine is Café des Artistes (on Guadalupe Sanchez). Its combination of French cuisine and original artwork creates a serene atmosphere that is unmatched anywhere else in town. International fare has become quite the trend amongst Puerto Vallarta's restaurant community, and Cafe Maximilian (on Olas Altas) is no exception. Memo's Casa de Hotcakes or Pancake House (on Basilio Badillo) is where virtually everyone in Puerto Vallarta goes for breakfast, so there's always a wait to get in. For some truly authentic Mexican cuisine there's only one place to go downtown, Café Olla (on Basilio Badillo). Be prepared for a wait, as it does not accept reservations.

Southern Puerto Vallarta

To the south of the downtown area is Olas Altas, also known as “Restaurant Row.” It is the most heavily visited street in south Puerto Vallarta, due mainly to the sheer number of restaurants located there. Some of the eateries in this area include Chianti's, where fresh homemade pasta is always the house specialty. Just down the road, party-goers will find Daiquiri Dick's, renowned for its frozen daiquiris and Sunday brunch. Another popular stop is La Palapa at Los Muertos Beach, a doyen in beachfront dining. Located just a short walk from Olas Atlas is Café Frankfurt (on Basilio Badillo). The German cuisine and open-air dining experience is what customers come here for.

Banderas Bay

Scenic views, spectacular sunsets and an abundance of romantic intentions are what you can expect if dining along the Banderas Bay. Tropical plants and an impressive waterfall surround you at El Palomar (on Aguacuate). International cuisine with a Mediterranean flare is the specialty of the house at Coco's Tropical (on Olas Altas).

Cuale River Area

If you enjoy dining with a view, there are plenty of places to choose from along the Cuale River. Cuiza (on Isla Rio Cuale) is a popular spot for couples.

One last bit of advice—If you're having a hard time deciding, ask the hotel management where you're staying or one of the local store owners. Do not ask the cabdrivers; many of them get paid to recommend specific restaurants.

Puerto Vallarta

State: Jalisco

Country: Mexico

Puerto Vallarta by the Numbers
Population: 255,725 (city); 379,886 (metro)
Elevation: 7 meters / 23 feet
Average Annual Precipitation: 139.2 centimeters / 55 feet
Average January Temperature: 21°C / 71°F
Average July Temperature: 28°C / 83°F

Quick Facts

Electricity: 120 volts, 60Hz standard two-pin plugs

Time Zone: GMT -6 (GMT -5 Daylight Saving Time); Central Standard Time

Country Dialing Code: +52

Area Code: 322

Did You Know?

John Huston's "The Night of the Iguana" was filmed in Puerto Vallarta in 1963.

Puerto Vallarta is the second most visited resort destination in Mexico.


Nestled on the west coast of Mexico's mainland, Puerto Vallarta shares the same latitude as Hawaii. The Banderas Bay (one of the largest in the world) laps ashore from the west while the Sierra Madre Mountains border the town from the south and east. It is 889.96 kilometers (553 miles) northwest of Mexico City, 447.3 kilometers (278 miles) southeast of Mazaltan, and 1931.21 kilometers (1,200 miles) south of Nogales, Arizona.

Puerto Vallarta sits in the middle of the Bay of Banderas, Mexico's largest bay with 68 km of coastline. North of the city, the Ameca River forms a natural boundary between Jalisco and the state of Nayarit, where newer resorts and developments form Riviera Nayarit.

Once you get away from the beach, Puerto Vallarta's hilly cobblestone streets seem to merge into the green foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. The Cuale River that divides Puerto Vallarta in half flows down from the mountains and empties into the Pacific.

From mid-December to the end of March, humpback whales migrate to the Bay of Banderas, where females mate and give birth. Take a whale-watching excursion and see pods of whales close up. Or, catch sight of a pod from the comfort of your lounge chair on the beach. Orcas and various species of dolphins also call these waters home.

A Port in the Storm Since the 16th century, when Spanish soldiers first landed on the shores of the Banderas Bay, it has been known as a safe haven. During that era, the need for ships to find shelter along the Pacific Coast was of vital importance. These safe havens helped to provide ships with shelter if pirates and renegades were to attack. They also provided ships with a place to seek repairs and to stock up on needed supplies such as food, water and firewood.

In the late 16th century, Captain Pedro de Unamuno proposed that a settlement be built on Banderas Bay; however, he was not he first to suggest this. Other navigators such as Gonzalo de Francia, Sebastian Vizcaino and Lopez de Vicuna had proposed ideas that such colonies be constructed, but their requests never received any formal attention. However, in 1644, a shipyard was built in what is now known as Mismaloya. Two of the ships constructed in that shipyard were built for Bernardo Bernal de Pinadero and were used to help colonize the southern region of California.

A City is Created During the 19th century, mining companies from Cuale and San Sebastian used the area to load and unload materials and mining supplies. At that time the area was known as Las Peñas. Halfway through that century, the area was dubbed Las Peñas de Santa Maria de Guadalupe. This formal name was bestowed by Don Guadalupe Sanchez Torres (he delivered salt to the mines, which was needed in order to refine the silver). He named the area this because he arrived there on December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Don Guadalupe Sanchez Torres was so fond of the area that in the latter half of 1851, he brought his entire family there to live. It wasn't long before other families began to arrive and a small village began to emerge. Each family did their part to help the local economy grow. Some brought salt while others devoted themselves to agriculture and raising cattle. It was during this time that the French and Germans began to appear in this area in search of Brazil wood, a strong wood that they processed in order to acquire dyes.

By the year 1880, Las Peñas had a population of 1,500 inhabitants. Families from various places including Cuale and San Sebastian, came to Las Peñas to make lives for themselves. Within a few years the port was officially known as Las Peñas thanks to Admiral George Dewey's report to the U.S. Naval Hydrographic Office, which was used to establish the exact geographical positions of cities along this coast in order to make an accurate map.

In 1885, Las Peñas was open to national maritime traffic and on July 23rd of that same year, a Maritime Customs Office was established. In October of the following year, the town was given its official political and judicial standing by the State Congress. Over the next 20 years, Las Peñas flourished thanks to the collective efforts of Don Guadalupe and the many families who settled there.

Growing pains In Puerta Vallarta The people of Las Peñas also suffered their share of setbacks. In mid-1888, a pot of grease, which was being heated over a fire in local restaurant, burst into flames and set the structure ablaze. The fire spread quickly, destroying more than half of the homes in town. It is said that the fire would not have caused such extensive damage had nearly all the town's male inhabitants population not been at a cockfight. In 1911, a waterspout hit the village, leaving more than 100 inhabitants homeless. In 1922, an outbreak of Yellow Fever spread through the city, causing more than 150 deaths.

In early 1911 Las Peñas' first post office was opened, and later that same year a telegraph was installed. In 1889, the port of Las Peñas was upgraded to a municipality. It was at this time that the settlement's name was changed to Puerto Vallarta, in remembrance of the Governor of Jalisco, Don Ignacio L. Vallarta.

Thirty-five years later, the Montgomery Fruit Company purchased 70,000 acres for banana plantations in the neighboring town of Ixtapa. Because of the surplus job opportunities created by these plantations, Puerto Vallarta began to flourish. Eventually, a railway was built in order to transport the bananas to El Salado and eventually onto the United States. Unfortunately, in 1938, the company was forced to leave the area due to new laws and restrictions that had been put into effect. Other products such as beans, coconuts, corn and tobacco continued to be grown and shipped to national markets.

The World Discovers Its Beauty Unlike some other cities in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta was not created for tourism. However, in the 1930's, the city got its first taste. Those who visited the area loved it so much that they began returning year after year. Word of Puerto Vallarta's beauty quickly spread, and each year the number of tourists grew. By 1950 the city was known internationally, but what really put Puerto Vallarta on the map was the movie Night of the Iguana (filmed in 1963) and the steamy romance between film stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Thousands of tourists flocked to the area, eager to see the location where the movie was made. That exposure helped the city grow quickly. Transportation improved, hotels were built and the city now had a new primary income source, tourism.

Because of that growth, Francisco Medina Ascencio, governor of Jalisco, and Sr. Jose Vasquez Galvan as mayor of Puerto Vallarta, pronounced decree No. 8366, which elevated Puerto Vallerta to the status of a city. Puerto Vallarta has come a long way since 1930. Today, hotels and restaurants line the beaches. Cruise ships come into port on an almost daily basis. Tourism, which was once nonexistent, now draws in more than half a million visitors a year, turning this once a tiny fishing village into a sought-after vacation destination.

Taxis in Puerto Vallarta are inexpensive, easily accessible and the most common way of getting around. But do check with your hotel concierge to inquire about average cost to common points of interest. Even though the Mexican Taxi Syndicate works to regulate the rates of taxis, it is best to know what to expect.

If you're looking for a great way to experience Puerto Vallarta and immerse yourself in Mexican culture, try catching the local bus. To find the nearest bus stop, look for a blue sign with a picture of a bus and the words "parada" (bus stop).

When you see buses around town, you will notice that they all look different from each other. This is because they are all privately owned. Bus destinations are written on the front of buses. "Centro" and "Tunnel" are popular bus routes that take you to downtown Puerto Vallarta and Olas Altas, respectively.

If you're looking to travel to the airport by bus, look for buses will be marked "Ixtapa", "Juntas" or "Las Palmas".


During your flight into Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport, you'll receive two forms to fill in. One is your Customs Declaration Form. The other is your Multiple Migratory Form for Foreigners or FMM for short. One Customs Declaration Form needs to be filled out per family, while each guest must complete an FMM.

In Mexico, there is a tourism tax of US$20 per person. For your convenience, when you fly WestJet, this tax is included in the price of your airfare.

Upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta, you'll be guided to the immigration hall where guests will form a line to meet with a Mexican immigration officer. This officer will ask you for your passport and your FMM and may also ask you a few questions as to the purpose of your trip, how long you will be staying and if this is your first time in Mexico. The officer will then stamp the FMM and return a portion of it to you.

Important: Keep your FMM with you in a safe place at all times during your trip. Mexican authorities can ask you to present this form at any time and you will need this document when you depart the country.

After passing through immigration, you'll pick up your bags and proceed to customs. A customs agent will ask you for your Customs Declaration Form and ask you to press a button on a traffic light-looking device. A green light means you get to pass through without inspection, while a red light means your baggage will be inspected. Should you get the red light, you'll need to open your baggage and the Customs Officer will perform a quick inspection.

After departing the customs area, you will find several representatives from transfer companies, tour operators and timeshare sellers in the corridor soliciting business. If you have purchased transfers to and from your hotel with WestJet Vacations, continue through the corridor until you're outside the airport terminal.

Outside, you will be greeted by a friendly Timon Tours representative holding a WestJet Vacations sign. Timon Tours representatives can be identified by their white shirts with the Timon Tours logo on the front and the WestJet Vacations logo on the back. Please identify yourself as a WestJet Vacations guest.

You'll then hop on the shuttle to take you to your hotel or resort. And with the airport located only 6.5 km away from town, you'll arrive in no time.

In the Puerto Vallarta Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport you will also have access to a bank, currency exchange and cash machines, providing you with many ways to obtain Mexican pesos.


When departing Puerto Vallarta, you'll need to provide officials with your signed FMM card. Lost FMMs can be replaced at the airport or at the immigration office before you check-in for your return flight. However, there is a fee to obtain a replacement card.

Feel free to browse the shops on the ground level of the airport and duty-free shops on the upper level while you wait. Or grab a bite to eat at the café, restaurant and bar on site.


Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, typhoid and tetanus are commonly recommended. The Public Health Agency of Canada also recommends that all travellers to Mexico get vaccinated for the H1N1 flu virus before leaving Canada.

Mexico uses the North American standard plug, however some properties have only two-pronged receptacles in the room rather than three-pronged receptacles.

Puerto Vallarta was recently voted "the friendliest city in the world" by Conde Nast Traveler, "the best place to retire globally" by The American Association of Retired Persons, and "the best Mexican vacation destination" by U.S.News.com.

The Puerto Vallarta region is actually several destinations rolled into one, each with its own character and charm. The Cuale River (Rio Cuale in Spanish) divides the town into north and south. The Romantic Zone on the southern end is where the Playa los Muertos beach attracts sun worshippers to its golden sand and numerous beach bars. Farther south, you'll find the seaside villages of Boca de Tomatlán and Mismaloya (where The Night of the Iguana was filmed).

North of the river, the Old Town meanders uphill to Gringo Gulch. Along the bay, you'll find the Plaza de Armas (the main square) and Los Arcos amphitheatre, where daily free cultural performances of comedy and music draw crowds.

Even farther north, the Hotel Zone continues. You'll find many resorts and restaurants here. Cross the modern bridge from the State of Jalisco into Nayarit and you'll enter the rapidly developing destination of Riviera Nayarit. It features charming towns, such as Bucerias and Sayulita, and a host of resorts.

Puerto Vallarta's renowned seaside promenade, the Malecon, runs from the Romantic Zone to the start of the Hotel Zone. Here, you’ll find a whimsical collection of bronze sculptures – including the town's iconic seahorse.

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