Puerto Vallarta is a well-known travel destination and an irresistible attraction for millions of tourists from all over the world. They find in this seaside resort surrounded by mountains the ideal place for a beach holiday. That’s why we bring you the top places to visit in Puerto Vallarta:
Of course, there is much more to discover in Vallarta and many things to do. The oldest part of the old town is called Vallarta Vieja. Is on the left bank of the Rio Cuale, which descends from the mountains into two parts. The old area located north of the river, while in the middle of the stream, near the mouth, there is a small island reached by some bridges and walkways, where they also live several species of birds.
To the delight of photographers, the entire city center has eliminated in recent years the presence of electric cables along the roads opting for an underground wiring, while favoring the glance on the sober but elegant architecture of the houses adorned with colored spots of plants of bougainvillea. A municipal ordinance prohibits neon signs and imposes white color on the walls of homes. As well as other architectural details such as red tiles or cobbled streets. The effort to preserve as much as possible the discreet charm of the city is evident. Today the city has about 1,70000 inhabitants, many of whom are foreigners.
Church of Nuestra Señora Guadalupe
In the center dominates the church of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, located in Calle Independencia. The Church with its particular top of the bell-shaped bell tower decorated with angels has become one of the symbols of the city.
Not far from the church is the main square, or Plaza de Armas, also commonly known as Zócalo. It leads to the seafront (malecón) where Los Arcos located, a series of arches adjacent to a small open-air amphitheater.
The amphitheater, known as the Teatro Aquiles Serdán. It is a meeting place where we often attend the shows or parties that are organized in the evening and on holidays.
In the Zócalo you can find the tourist office and the Town Hall, where you can take a look at the Manuel Lepe mural along a staircase inside. The old city is the area of the promenade, shops, and restaurants. While walking along Calle Zaragoza in the direction of the hills you reach a neighborhood known as Gringo Gulch, where many wealthy Americans live and where some Hollywood stars have lived for some time.
The northern part of the city, which stretches as far as the Ameca River, is full of hotels. Some of which are of excellent quality such as Canto del Sol, Hotel Plaza Pelicanos and Villa Palmar. Further north is Marina Vallarta, the port area where cruise ships dock and, from here, beyond the mouth of the Rio Ameca, Nuevo Vallarta begins, which curiously belongs to the state of Nayarit, rather than that of Jalisco.
Sea & Beaches
Tourists definitely come to the city because of the sea and the beaches. The easiest to reach are Playa Olas Altas and Playa de Los Muertos, both south of the River Cuale.
Puerto Vallarta is a meeting point for Mexican and international LGBT tourism. There are many clubs, hotels, and gay-friendly beaches. One of the most famous bars is the Blue Chair, in the south of Playa de Los Muertos.
In the north of the city, Playa Camarones, Playa Los Tules, Playa Las Palmas, and Playa Las Glorias are the busiest. But the most beautiful beaches are sure to the south, where the mountains approach the sea and look more varied to the coast.
One of the most popular excursions among those visiting Puerto Vallarta is undoubtedly that which leads to the Islas Marietas. A small archipelago located at the entrance of the Bahía de Banderas. Protected as a National Park and as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2008.
How to get there
Puerto Vallarta Aiport (Aeropuerto Internacional Gustavo Díaz Ordaz). Located about 10 km north of the city connected to major US cities (Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, and many others). Also many Mexican capitals: Guadalajara, Morelia, Tijuana between others and, of course, the capital city of Mexico. To those who, instead, find themselves in Mexico, prefer to travel by road, remember that the central bus station is not far from the airport and connects Puerto Vallarta to major national destinations.
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