Puerto Vallarta Travel Overview

A quaint fishing village has come of age, yet remains remarkably untouched by time. In the heart of the Mexican Riviera, Puerto Vallarta has blossomed from a tiny fishing village to a world-class destination for vacations, without losing its soul on the way. Only here can you experience supreme resort luxury mixed with Old Mexico's legendary charm. Majestic seaside views. Colorful open-air markets. The ring of church bells in the distance.

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Puerto Vallarta at a Glance Location: Heart of the Mexican Pacific, emerging from Banderas Bay Size: 500 square miles Climate: Averages 80° daily, with 300 sun-soaked days Language: Spanish, with English spoken in most areas Currency: Mexican peso, with major U.S. credit cards accepted most everywhere

Passport Information For information about entry requirements for Puerto Vallarta, visit http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.

Beaches Located between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa is the perfect spot for variety. From exciting party spots to secluded coves, the broad range of beaches on Puerto Vallarta stretch over 26 miles. The easiest beach to reach is Playa Los Muertos, just south of the Rio Cuale. This beach is popular for its restaurants and parasailing, but if you're looking for peace and quiet, be sure to check out some of the most secluded beaches south of town - Las Animas, Quimixto or Yelapa. And if you're looking to witness one of nature's miracles, you can watch sea turtle hatchlings take their first steps toward the ocean at the annual turtle release in June.


With over 250 restaurants, the dining scene is as diverse as the city, but be sure to pair delicious tequila with your food. A variety of cuisines are available, including French, Italian, German and Asian. Walk along downtown Vallarta and taste fresh fish, locally raised meat, and ingredients that make any meal exceptionally delicious.


Spa treatments inspired by indigenous cultures are available at Ohtli Spa located at Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa. Many use local ingredients like the signature exfoliation treatment containing agave, cornmeal and sea salt. The modern d├ęcor includes Huichol art but maintains a nature-oriented mood with interior gardens.


Puerto Vallarta is full of professionally designed golf courses that are waiting to be explored. The Marina Vallarta Golf is a par-71 course that offers beautiful ocean views from the Marina Vallarta peninsula. Lush jungle vegetation surrounds the course Club and Los Flamingos Club de Golf, located north of town. Or, if you are looking for a challenge, try El Tigre, designed by Robert von Hagge, with water features, bunkers and rolling fairways.

Art Walk Puerto Vallarta's most captivating art is found in the galleries and bronze sculptures along Malecon's boardwalk. Insider Gary Thompson gives you a more intimate glimpse at the art. Turtle Preservation From June to September, you can participate in our program to renew the island's sea turtle population. Insider Oscar Aranda previews your inspiring experience. Ceviche Chef In addition to the azure skies and golden sand, Puerto Vallarta offers some of the finest cuisine this side of the Pacific coast. The Executive Chef Fred Ruiz cooks up a delicious citrus marinated seafood salad.