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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

This once sleepy fishing village became a popular resort after The Night of the Iguana was filmed here in 1964. Nestled on the 28-mile curve of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta has steadfastly held on to its character. Red tile roofs and rows of balconies, spilling over with colourful bougainvillea, still line its cobblestone streets. A pleasure for both the eye and the camera.

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Port of Call

The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Take advantage of a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with our intelligent finned friends at the Dolphin Adventure Centre. You'll be given an introduction to these friendly mammals. Then you'll actually have the chance to swim with them in a specially designed pool.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Explore the Mexican countryside with its tropical vegetation, farmland, mangos, bananas and other tropical fruits.
  • Soak up the sun at one of Puerto Vallarta's beautiful beach resorts.

Sporting Adventures

  • Experience the thrill of abseiling through waterfalls into natural river pools and soaring 60 m (200 ft) above the ground on the Outdoor Adventure Experience.
  • Explore the back roads in an all terrain vehicle.

Shopping for Bargains

Mexican arts and crafts are among the finest in the world, and Puerto Vallarta shops are well stocked with them. While in this exciting port, load up on papier mâché decorations, leather goods and rare skins, embroidered cotton blouses, original ceramics, local art and pre-Columbian replicas, and be sure to take home a bottle of Kahlua, the Mexican coffee liqueur. The bay was originally developed as a port to transport silver from nearby mines, and fine sterling silver jewellery still abounds at bargain prices in Puerto Vallarta. (Caution: Please shop at recommended stores for authentic .925 silver.)  You will also find great prices on gold and jade jewellery.

Local Currency

Mexico's currency is the peso (MXN). The $ sign is used to refer to pesos, so don't be shocked at the price tags. Any prices in US dollars are listed as US$ or USD. Many hotels, restaurants and shops also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.

Weather in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 79° 26.11°
Average Low 51° 10.56°
Mean Temperature N/A N/A
Record High N/A N/A
Record Low N/A N/A
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 0.7 in 1.78 cm

    Before You Visit

    Learn more about this port city with these tourist information guides.