In the 1500s Puerto Vallarta quickly became a haven for pirates who worked the Pacific Coast. It became inhabited by 1851 and was officially made a municipality in 1918. In 1963, John Huston filmed "Night of the Iguana" in Puerto Vallarta and suddenly it had an international reputation. It is grown since then and is now a bustling city of 300,000.
of Mexico's best-known beach resorts, Puerto Vallarta
charms visitors with its quaint cobblestone streets, white
adobe homes topped with red roofs, and the deep-blue waters
of Bahia de las Banderas lapping its powdery beaches. Situated
on a beautiful bay, Puerto Vallarta offers
the charm of a traditional Mexican village and the warmth
of friendly people. Visitors enjoy the town's sunny beaches,
excellent shopping and world-class golf and tennis. Go on
a Dolphin Encounter at the Dolphin Adventure Center and get
up close and personal with the dolphins.