Puerto Vallarta is a world-renowned holiday destination on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It is the fifth largest city in the state of Jalisco. According to the 2005 census, the city had a population of about 177,800. The city borders the southwestern part of the state of Nayarit to the North. It borders the municipalities of San Sebastián and Mascota to the east, and the municipalities of Cabo Corriente and Talpa de Allende to the south.
The name Puerto Vallarta is derived from a former governor of Jalisco, Ignacio Vallarta. In Spanish, it usually shortened to “Vallarta”, while many English speakers simply call it P.V. for short. It is also often spelled as Porto Vallarta. Following conventions in the Spanish language, Vallarta is often pronounced not as “val-arta” but “vie-arta”.
Puerto Vallarta’s lush jungles, sparkling waterfalls, and beautiful beaches offer many opportunities for travelers with adventurous spirits, while five-star resorts, gourmet restaurants, and world-class shopping please even the most stylish visitor.
Your eyes can also feast on intricate textiles, impressive beadwork made by the Huichol Indians, or the original artworks from local artists. Moreover, you can enjoy the beach with its pristine white sand and glasslike waters.
Locals are very warm and friendly and are generally happy to help visitors with directions and other requests. With plenty of opportunities for activities at every turn, the adventurous side of every visitor will be satisfied. Puerto Vallarta is the perfect destination for a magnificent and sun-soaked holiday.