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About Puerto Vallarta

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Puerto Vallarta is located on Banderas Bay, about midway along Mexico's Pacific Coast in the state of Jalisco. It is known as a port of call for cruise ships, U.S. Navy frigates, and as a base for the Mexican Navy. Mexican citizens consider it a local destination to get away from everyday activities. The attraction of the city is the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful landscapes.

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Unlike some other leading Mexican tourist destinations, Puerto Vallarta was a traditional village before gaining worldwide recognition as a travel destination. Today, Puerto Vallarta offers a wide variety of hotels, spa resorts, vacation rental homes, and luxury resorts.


Visitors to Puerto Vallarta can choose from numerous activities available in the area, from excursions to quiet secluded beaches, floating parties, scuba diving expeditions and romantic dinner cruises to hiking in the nearby jungle. Biking, eco-tours, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, archaeological digs and 4-wheeling is also available.

Semana Santa - Holy Week The biggest holiday of the year in Mexico, the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ begins Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Sunday. Perigrinations for the Virgin of Guadalupe include numerous processions that take place to the Church of our Lady of Guadalupe. Businesses, hotels, restaurants, neighborhood and civic associations make up the processions that include floats, singing, fireworks and dancing. Puerto Vallarta also hosts the annual International Sail-Fish Fishing tournament in mid- to late November.


Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area offer a variety of 18 hole golf courses golfers, including an 18 hole Championship Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus and the course that hosted the EMC World Cup Golf Championship in 2002.


The village of Puerto Vallarta was originally founded in 1851, by Don Guadalupe Sánchez Torres, who named it "Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe" ("the rocks of Saint Mary of Guadalupe"). The name was gradually shortened to "Puerto Las Peñas", or "Rocky Port." The original reason for the port was to enable the transshipment of silver from nearby mines.

In 1918, the village was renamed after former state governor Ignacio L. Vallarta and attracted foreign investment after director John Huston made a movie version of Night of the Iguana in 1963. The jungle areas outside Puerto Vallarta were the scene for shooting Predator, staring Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Passport Requirement

passport Please be advised that the Passport requirements for U.S. Citizens to re-enter the country from Mexico and Central America is changing. Effective December 31, 2006 all U.S citizens traveling into the United States from Mexico and Central America must have a valid U.S. passport. U.S. Birth certificates will no longer be acceptable as a travel document. On December 31, 2007, a passport or other accepted documentation is required for all air, sea, and land border crossings.
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