Puerto Vallarta, the second largest city in Jalisco State, is a Mexican city located on the Bahia de Banderas in the Pacific Ocean. Bordered to the North by Nayarit, to the south by the municipalities of Cabo Corriente and Tapla de Allende and with Mascota to the east, Puerto Vallarta is more popularly known as Vallarta or PV, and is one of the top beach destinations this side of the Pacific Ocean. Named after the former Jalisco governor, Ignacio Vallarta, it is one of the top choices for tourists and vacationers looking for activities under the sun, amazing beach getaways and fun, fun, fun!
Puerto Vallarta has only once experienced a hurricane in the past 35 years. The breathtaking Bay of Banderas, considered one of the deepest and largest in the world, typically drags the storms out to sea and acts as a natural barrier, making this world-class resort destination virtually immune from hurricanes. It also makes this paradise all the more appealing to those who would like to escape from the grind of day to day living and enjoy endless sunshine, wonderful sand and surf and the ultimate vacation experience.
Puerto Vallarta, sitting proudly in one of the shores bordering the vast Pacific Ocean, slowly transformed itself to being one of the leading beach destinations in the world, capitalizing on its warm and dry tropical climate. This idyllic beach escape features a typical tropical wet and dry climate, with the rainy season extending from mid June until October, with the month of August getting the most amount of rain. While there is a good amount of rain during rainy season, this is comparably less than other areas dotting the Mexican Pacific coast. The climate is also noticeably dry during the winter season of February to April, making the place all the more ideal to explore its numerous beaches and take advantage of seemingly limited hours to bask under the sun and enjoy the great outdoors.
Once hailed as the Friendliest City in the World, Puerto Vallarta, accessible to nearby tourists and those from different continents through Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport, prides itself with world class beaches, crystal clear waterfalls, as well as verdant jungles that offer a multitude of activities for families and adventure seeking foreign or local tourists, as well as for those who would rather kick off their flip flops and rest and relax the day or night away. The good weather persisting all year round also gives plenty of opportunities to shop around, try out one of the many gourmet restaurants found in the area, making this vacation spot a top choice among the most practical or sophisticated travelers.
With plenty of all year sunshine to enjoy, local and foreign tourists have more time to take pleasure under the sunshine and get a tan, head to the recently refurbished Malecon boardwalk and explore one of the many shops along the ocean that you will pass by. The tourist friendly and English speaking locals, always ready to help any tourist in need, are also one of the reasons why tourists flock to this Pacific Ocean island all year long.
Puerto Vallarta’s clear year long weather, along with its almost constant humidity and temperature and very low chance of precipitation, is also one of the primary reasons why it has been a leading retirement destination for US Marines. This means the island’s economy is booming with lots of condominiums and housing projects under way, not to mention the hotels, resorts and time share facilities that have also been constructed in the area in the past years to cater to the growing number of local and foreign travelers flocking this beautiful Mexican town.