Puerto Vallarta | 5 Top Attractions | Vosilo Review•
Posted on January 27 2022
Visit one of Mexico's Top Destinations
Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its cobblestone center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. El Malecón is a beachside promenade with contemporary sculptures, as well as bars, lounges and nightclubs.
Located on the West Coast
Puerto Vallarta lies on a narrow coastal plain at the foot of the Sierras Cuale and San Sebastián, parts of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The plain widens to the north, reaching its widest point along the Ameca River.
It has a tropical wet and dry climate, with dry winters and rainy summers. The average daily high temperature is 86 °F; average daily low temperature is 70 °F; average daily humidity is 75%. The rainy season extends from mid-June through mid-October, with most of the rain between July and September. August is the city's wettest month, with an average of 14 days with significant precipitation.
The city proper comprises four main areas: the hotel zone along the shore to the north, Olas Altas - Colonia Emiliano Zapata to the south of the Cuale River (recently named Zona Romántica in some tourist brochures), the Centro along the shore between these two areas, and several residential areas to the east of the hotel zone. The oldest section of the town is the area of Col. Centro near the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, especially Hidalgo street.
Puerto Vallarta was once named as La ciudad más amigable del mundo (The Friendliest City in the World), as the sign reads when entering from Nayarit. Today, the presence of numerous sidewalk touts selling time-shares and tequila renders the city's atmosphere more akin to tourist-heavy resorts like Cancun and Acapulco, but overall the city's reputation remains relatively undiminished.
Popular Vacation Destination
Tourism in Puerto Vallarta has increased steadily over the years and makes up for 50% of the city's economic activity. The high season for international tourism in Puerto Vallarta extends from late November through March. The city is especially popular with U.S. residents from the western U.S. because of the sheer number of direct flights between Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, and Chicago. The city is also popular with tourists from western Canada with many direct scheduled and charter flights from western Canadian cities.
Top Attractions in Puerto Vallarta
1. Malecón Boardwalk
Piers & Boardwalks
El Malecon winds along the coast to Zona Romantica (The Romantic Zone), basically the town center, gets wider with even more sculptures. Note there are almost always performances as you go along, and most nights in the open amphitheater downhill from Plaza de Armas (the open space) in front of Presidencia Municipal (City Hall) and Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (The Cathedral).
2. Zona Romántica
Historic Walking Areas
This is an old, colonial neighborhood in the city that features traditional Spanish/Mexican charm, including meandering cobblestone streets and old-style architecture. We loved it there. You have the Malecon seaside boardwalk, the Los Muertos beach and pier, and many fine restaurants, fun bars, and coffee shops.
3. Centro Histórico
Historic Walking Areas
Commonly referred to as “Old Town”, this area is the heart of Puerto Vallarta. It has some of the better restaurants in the city, with plenty of great activities. It is best to visit this area during the late morning on one day, then again in the evening on another day to get a flavor of Centro Histórico.
4. Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Churches & Cathedrals
A continuous stream of bands, floats, processions come to the church to receive their blessings and celebrate. The church is a work of art and a source of pride for the people of Puerto Vallarta. As you approach the church, sit on the old benches and view what is truly Puerto Vallarta.
5. Marina Vallarta
Points of Interest & Landmarks
It overlooks a vibrant marina with smaller 24' boats to 100'+ yachts. It is always a pleasure to enjoy the marina and to see small boats to large ocean cruise ships. The historic lighthouse safely guides boats into the harbor. This area has great restaurants, shopping and is a great place for an afternoon margarita.
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Great Place for Retirement
Puerto Vallarta has become a popular retirement destination for U.S. and Canadian retirees. This has created a number of neighborhoods within the Puerto Vallarta region that cater primarily to real estate tourism, such as the Hotel Zone, which stretches from downtown Vallarta to the airport and Marina Vallarta (near the airport), and Amapas and Conchas Chinas, which are built into the mountain slightly south and behind Puerto Vallarta, and overlook the city and bay.
The Puerto Vallarta tourism real estate tourism market is made up of both full-time retirees and second-home owners, primarily from the United States. On average about 40% of buyers are American, with nationals consisting of 30% and Canadians and other foreign buyers making up the remaining 20%. Mexicans favor destinations such as Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos and Cancun not just for the sun and beach, but also as real estate investment to hedge their pesos as real estate in these regions is priced in USD, rather than in pesos like the rest of the country.
Time to make Reservations
Puerto Vallarta’s natural beauty seems to have no end, and this diversity is precisely the host to an infinite variety of adventures. Whether you want to enjoy the beautiful beaches, snorkel and dive in the region’s reefs, sail the bay till dawn to admire the stunning sunsets, or discover the local culture and the vibrant nightlife at the Malecon, one thing’s for sure: fun will know no limits.
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