How to Plan a Vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – West Coast Mexico

Surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Puerto Vallarta provides an exotic blend of cosmopolitan culture, old world colonial charm and nature at her best. Watch whales up close in Banderas Bay from December through April. Puerto Vallarta’s sunny weather is ideal with average temperatures in the mid-eighties. Puerto Vallarta is comprised of two major resort areas – Puerto Vallarta to the south and Riviera Nayarit to the north. Within each, you’ll find a unique destination with its very own personality and charm.


Map of Puerto Vallarta Puerto Vallarta Open-air cafes, chic boutiques and modern art galleries line the vibrant seafront Malecon. Mountains tower above the glistening sea and golden beaches, while lush jungles surround the quaint village. When the sun goes down, the fun continues. Puerto Vallarta’s vast array of nightclubs is unsurpassed along Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Puerto Vallarta’s various resort areas including Marina Vallarta, Downtown/Viejo Vallarta, the action-packed Hotel Zone (between the Marina and Downtown)and Mismaloya.

Riviera NayaritRiviera Nayarit is privileged for its natural beauty, ideal climate, white coral beaches and one of the most exuberant ecosystems in Mexico. The area’s facilities include a modern marina with 200 slips, shopping mall, quality international restaurants, three golf courses, a water park, two dolphin centers and miles of glistening white beaches. Riviera Nayarit’s resort areas include Punta Mita, Nuevo Vallarta, Flamingos and Bucerias.

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Puerto Vallarta enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round. January through April – high 86°F, low 63°F; May through Dec. – high 92°F, low 70°F.

Advice and Insight from Some of Our Puerto Vallarta Vacation Travel Specialists

I visited Riviera Nayarit area this past year and had the chance to tour 6 resorts in the region. This is a great value area for families and groups. I also highly recommend the the Wild ATV tour if you’re looking for a memorable excursions.

Cindy Brill, Travel Specialist

Experience one of the best views in Puerto Vallarta at El Panorama, from table side flambe to the margaritas you won’t be disappointed!

Sue Mischler, Travel Specialist

My favorite snorkeling tour in Puerto Vallarta goes to the Marietas Islands- it is a wildlife sanctuary with fantastic snorkeling- it is known as the Mexican Galapagos.

Tricia Newlands, Travel Specialist

Visit the markets downtown Puerto Vallarta for some great shopping deals and also visit a tequila plant and learn about the simplicity of the agave plant.  After tasting this tequila, you will never want Jose Cuervo again!

-Jody Piotter, Travel Specialist

When staying in Nuevo Vallarta don’t miss a trip into Bucerias from the cobblestone streets, oceanside restaurants, thatched roof beach bars… the quaintness is hard to beat.

Sue Mischler, Travel Specialist

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Discover Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Amstar dmc Mexico, Puerto Vallarta General Info General Information
Located in the state of Jalisco, the cradle of Tequila, Mariachi and the Charro cowboy, Puerto Vallarta has become a hugely popular international vacation destination. Much more than a mere resort, however, this destination combines all that is wonderful about Mexico; its people, its diverse cultures and architecture, its sheer beauty and its food and drink! From the bustling old village to the plush resorts of Riviera Nayarit, this is a must on the map of Mexico!
Amstar dmc Mexico, Puerto Vallarta Restaurants Restaurants
With a rich history of migration from many parts of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta boasts a kaleidoscope of flavorful culinary specialties.  Local favorites include marlin, dogfish and shrimp dishes and for the more adventurous, octopus or mojarra ceviche.  Exotic local beverages such as Jamaica & tamarind flavored waters or coconut juice…
Amstar dmc Mexico, Puerto Vallarta Nightlife Nightlife
When the sun sets on Puerto Vallarta the sounds of the night begin to reverberate around the town.  Mariachis strolling through small cantinas along cobble-stoned streets, casual bars with live local bands and chic clubs with pulsating reggae, rock and salsa offer something for everyone.  You can even take your party out onto…
Amstar dmc Mexico, Puerto Vallarta Shopping Shopping
Shopping is big in Vallarta!  There are upscale malls, designer boutiques, jewelry shops, crafts markets, cigar shops, local artist galleries, even a glass-blowing shop crafting beautiful pieces right before your eyes.  Take some time to stroll along the Malecon (ocean front boardwalk) or down the small streets of the city to discover hidden-away…

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