About Puerto Vallarta

Offering a unique blend of traditional, "Old Mexico" charm mixed with the modern amenities of a cosmopolitan setting, Puerto Vallarta and the areas surrounding the Bay of Banderas are a study in contrasts - always intriguing and endlessly colorful.

This region finds narrow cobblestone streets and dirt roads featuring handmade adobe-brick houses, family restaurants, and open-air markets nestled against communities with modern homes, up-to-date infrastructure, and modern conveniences.

The sounds of church bells, roosters crowing, and the clatter of donkeys' hooves on the cobblestones can be heard in many neighborhoods - yet just around the corner, you'll find world-class resorts with state-of-the-art golf courses, first-rate marinas, and luxurious amenities of every kind.

The rich cultural diversity of Puerto Vallarta is also reflected in the cuisine that its many restaurants have to offer. Restaurants with internationally-recognized chefs featuring recipes from around the globe peacefully coexist with street side taco stands. Tropical beachfront palapas and upscale rooftop restaurants with panoramic views serve everything from fish tacos to haute cuisine. Puerto Vallarta has literally hundreds of restaurants to experience, no matter what you are hungry for.

The Banderas Bay area is a shopper's paradise with traditional market stalls selling handicrafts from every corner of Mexico as well as designer boutiques, fine art galleries and scores of jewelry, clothing, shoe, furniture, home décor stores and specialty shops.

For those who just want to relax, Puerto Vallarta's many golden sand beaches offer one of the best ways to experience the beauty and magic of the Bay of Banderas. This area is one of the few places on Earth that can boast an "ideal" climate, with 322 days of sunshine annually and an average temperature of 80 degrees F.

Hundreds of foreigners from all over the world arrive in Puerto Vallarta each year and fall under the city's tropical spell. This charming city is home to more than 5,000 expatriates who came to visit, fell in love, and stayed.

In short, whether you prefer a simpler way of life, fashionable luxury, or something in between, the Puerto Vallarta region is a sun-blessed paradise that will keep you entertained for a day - or for a lifetime!