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Puerto Vallarta

Country
Mexico
State
Jalisco
City
Puerto Vallarta
Type of Location
Multiple
About Location

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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (IATA: PVR) is located just to the North of Puerto Vallarta proper, and just south of Nuevo Vallarta. Most major US airlines serve the airport along with Aeromexico. It has been recently remodeled, though waits can still occur when more than two flights have landed. Note that the arrival area is plagued by timeshare hucksters. They will offer to arrange a cab for you and try to rope you into a timeshare sales presentation. After you clear customs, walk quickly through the next room - the one housing the hucksters - continue walking past the rope-line. Now look for the official taxi kiosk out in the main airport atrium. You purchase your taxi trip here. All other offers of cab rides you will receive between customs and the kiosk will be from timeshare hucksters. Ignore every one of them. The bad experience of those taken in can ruin one's first hours in PVR, and that would be a shame. Or hire private transportation.

By boat

There are many party boats that leave the coast from the Marina for day trips. Some stop at various beaches. You are even able to go horseback riding up to a waterfall at one beach south of Puerto Vallarta. Major cruise ships loaded with thousands of tourists from the states as well as Europe dock in the city's main port typically spending there an entire day.

By bus

The main bus station is north of town, past the airport.
Luxury line Primera Plus runs many buses from Guadalajara (also stopping at the western Zapopin terminal). If you are traveling in a peak holiday period booking ahead is not essential the bus companies will schedule extra buses.
Second class buses run from coastal towns throughout the riviera Nayarit such as San Blas.

By car

There are modern, well maintained toll roads all the way from the border, other roads are not as well maintained, but are still suitable for the drive. See also driving in Mexico for further tips regarding driving in Mexico

Key places to visit
Vallarta Botanical Gardens, Boca de Tomatlan Beach, Playa de Oro Beach, Las Animas Beach


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Places to Visit

Vallarta Botanical Gardens

The Vallarta Botanical Gardens is a 20 acre botanical garden at 1,300 ft (400 m) above sea level in Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco, Mexico .The garden was founded in 2004 and has been open to the public since 2005. The collections showcase plants of the Tropical Dry Forest Biome, in which the gardens are located, as well as exotics from around the world. Orchid conservation and propagation is a major focus of the garden's mission. These can be found on trees throughout the grounds and in the Holstein Orchid and Vanilla House. Other notable collections include bromeliads, agaves, and wild palms.The Vallarta Botanical Gardens actively participates in public environmental education through tours and classes.

Boca de Tomatlan Beach

Between jutting hills, trees and palms, where the sweet waters of a river crash into the sea, lies the small fishing village of Boca de Tomatlán, the last beach accessible by land before the highway turns inland. On its shores stand several restaurants, and from here you can hire the famous pangas, or water taxis, to take you to the island beaches of Yelapa and Quimixto. Now is the time to get on board and discover more of the Pacific. From Boca de Tomatlán onwards, you will need to take a water taxi to see the rest of Vallarta’s beaches.

Playa de Oro Beach

Located to the north of the city, Playa de Oro (or Gold Beach) is ample, safe and sandy, bordered by rocky configurations that lend the tiny bay its peculiar and welcoming touch.
Surrounded by an arch of grand hotels, you’ll be able to enjoy a number of recreational activities and aquatic sports, such as parasailing, waterskiing and swimming. This is one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta among locals and visitors alike.

Las Animas Beach

Las Animas is a beach that is distinguished by its golden sand; to the right of its division by a line of rocks is the tourist section; to the left is a much more private beach called El Caballito (Little Horse). Behind it stand imposing mountains and before it the Pacific, colored a light blue due to its shallow depths, which make it perfect for swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and kayaking. Or if you only want to relax here, you can sunbathe on any of the reclining sun chairs in front of its many restaurants after you have enjoyed a delicious meal of fresh seafood. The are several houses here for rent.

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