Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Vacations

Our Opinion of Puerto Vallarta

The classic Mexican resort town, Puerto Vallarta has been welcoming sun worshiping visitors since the 1950s. Bordered by the impressive Sierra Madre Mountains to the east and sweeping of golden sand beaches to the west, Puerto Vallarta provides vacationers with an endless amount of sun, shopping and fun activities. Comprised of the old town, with its historic charm, and the sophisticated marina area, Puerto Vallarta makes a perfect holiday getaway.

Be sure to explore Riviera Nayarit, a resort area in the northern part of Puerto Vallarta that is home to many new and popular all inclusive resorts.

Visitors from around the world are charmed by Puerto Vallarta's old town with its steep cobblestone streets, wrought iron balconies draped with colourful bougainvillea plants, and traditional restaurants. Shops offer the latest in resort wear and traditional Mexican buys such as crafts, silver jewelery and souvenirs. The many art galleries in Puerto Vallarta appeal to the art collector with their original pieces and sculptures.. Colourful outdoor market tempts you to haggle over inexpensive pottery, jewelry and weavings. For a taste of home, head to one of several modern shopping malls where you can find some good bargains.

Join the locals for a stroll along Puerto Vallarta's malecon, or seafront promenade, which provides great people-watching on weekend nights. Stop at one of dozens of cafés for your favourite tropical beverage or a cerveza (beer). There are also many day tours to be found around Puerto Vallarta; head inland on a rollicking jeep tour or head out to sea where sports enthusiasts can enjoy world class deep-sea fishing. If romance is in the air, try the popular and very romantic sunset cruise.

Puerto Vallarta is a destination for all types of travelers and it is by no surprise that it has become one of the most popular Mexico destinations for visitors from western Canada. With its wide selection of all inclusive resorts and economical price point, Puerto Vallarta will continue to be a popular spot for sun seeking travelers.

Things to know about Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Vacations

Activities & Sports
Any water sport you desire is available here: windsurfing, parasailing, yachting, sport fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and kayaking. The tropical forests are an inviting diversion for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Thrilling whale watching takes place from December to March.
Dining & Nightlife
Many restaurants are found along the sea walk and the downtown streets of Puerto Vallarta. There is an extensive selection of gourmet dining in addition to fun downtown restaurants, energized with mariachi music.
Puerto Vallarta nightclubs are diverse and lively. Popular spots include The Zoo, Collage, and Christine.
Visit the colourful downtown market for all kinds of handicrafts and souveniers. Silver, crafts, and pottery are particularly good buys in Puerto Vallarta.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes
Calgary: Approximately 5 hours
Vancouver: Approximately 5 hours
Languages: Spanish
Currency: Mexican Pesos. U.S. currency widely accepted.
Climate: Sub-tropical with average temperatures of 27'C
Electricity: Same as Canada and the U.S.
Canadian citizens require a valid passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID (ie. drivers licenses). All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Mexico consulate.
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Mexico tourist cards are supplied & validated with vacation packages. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when traveling without parents. Contact the Mexico Government Tourist Office toll free at 1-800-446-3942.

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