The Mexican Riviera's Premier Resort!
Puerto Vallarta, set on Mexico's most spectacular
bay, combines the charm of old Mexico with every modern amenity under the sun. This popular resort is made
up of three different areas: Puerto Vallarta, with cobblestone streets and chic boutiques; Marina Vallarta, with
pastel-colored villas and a championship golf course; and Nuevo Vallarta, a new resort area that boasts Vallarta's
best beaches, and activities ranging from watersports to horseback riding.
What to Know Before You Go
A U.S. passport valid for at least six months or a birth certificate with a raised seal accompanied by a photo
I.D. is required. Foreign citizens should check with appropriate consulates.
Tourist Information Offices
- New York (212) 606-9012
- Chicago (312) 565-2786
- Houston (713) 880-8772
- Los Angeles (213) 351-6800
- Miami (305) 443-9160
- Washington, D.C. (202) 728-1758
Consulate of Mexico
Laredo, TX (512) 723-0990 or 723-6360.
National Language - Spanish
English is widely spoken and understood.
Currency - Nuevo peso
Dollars may be exchanged for nuevo pesos at the front desk of many hotels, local banks and currency exchange bureaus.
Travelers checks and most major credit cards are accepted.
About six hours when flying from the Northeastern U.S.
Late October to early April: one hour behind EST. Early April to late October: two hours behind EST.
Voltage - Same as U.S. (110
volts, 60 cycles AC).
Taxis are convenient and everywhere around Puerto Vallarta. . Rates are usually published in the hotels. Check
with the bellmen or the front desk for information, and confirm the rate with the taxi driver before leaving. If
you prefer to drive, you can rent a car in Los Cabos for about $60 to $85 per day.
The average yearly temperature is 85 degrees.
Sports and Activities -
There is swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, jet-skiing and parasailing. Deep-sea fishing is also
very popular, as the waters are full with sailfish, marlin, tuna, bonito and more! On land, try horseback riding,
tennis or golf. Two 18-hole golf courses are currently available, one in Marina Vallarta and one in Nuevo Vallarta.
For the truly authentic Mexican sporting experience, take in a round of bullfighting!
Puerto Vallarta offers the best in international shopping. Everything from resort wear, serapes and sandals to
silver, blown glass and pottery can be found in the boutiques and markets all over town. Bargain hunters should
head over to the outdoor market for the best deals on local handicrafts and Mexican jewelry.
At the top of El Faro lighthouse, enjoy a beverage and a 360 degree view -- a perfect spot for watching the sun
set before dining. Afterwards, head to the riverbank for elegant dining, particularly at Le Bistro Jazz Cafe. Or,
spoil yourself at Mogambo, another elegant choice. Mexican specialties can be found at Las Palomas Dorados and
Plaza Mexicana with live mariachi nightly. For an Italian extravaganza choose Porto Bello or La Terraza. Is seafood
your preference? Where else but the Seafare? If you crave pizza with an atmosphere, don't miss Pizza Joe's -- small
and intimate with classical music and tasty pizza, pastas, lasagne and great desserts! The waterfront, along the
Malecon, is home to the Hard Rock Cafe (great burgers and fajitas) and Carlos O'Brian's (popular, noisy and lots
If you are up for a night of disco dancing, Christine's is the place. Other options abound! Check out a cozy piano
bar or a rockin' beach party. Want to discover what traditional Mexican entertainment is all about? Attend a folkloric
show, listen to live mariachi music or take in a Mexican fiesta.
What to wear and bring
Its best to bring shorts, sundresses, lightweight skirts, and slacks. Bathing suits, cover-ups, sandals and sneakers
are a must, as are film, sunscreen and a good hat! Coats and ties are not required in most restaurants and hotels;
however, shorts and sneakers are not usually allowed at discos and other nightspots.
Optional Excursions and Activities
Visit the Guadelupe Cathedral, the residential area Gringo Gulch, and the Gold Coast, passing villas and sights
to Mismaloya, where The Night of the Iguana was filmed. This is a perfect introduction to Puerto Vallarta.
Take a relaxing tour of the lovely Banderas Bay.
A ride on horseback through the countryside will take you past quaint
little villages and bring you close to nature as you discover the plantations, rivers and mountains in this beautiful
Experience a traditional party at an authentic Mexican ranch at the foot of the Sierra Madre. Enjoy a hearty Mexican
buffet, festive music and lots of dancing!
Frommer's Puerto Vallarta Manzanillo & Guadalajara, 1/E
Suzanne Roe Jannetta(Editor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1997
Pacific Mexico Handbook : Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta
Oaxaca, Guadalajara, Mazatlan (3rd Ed)
Bruce Whipperman / Paperback / Published 1997
Pacific Mexico Handbook; Including Acapulco, Puerto
Vallarta, Oaxaca, Guadalajara, and Mazatlan
Bruce Whipperman / Paperback / Published 1999
*Requirements for US Citizens