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Puerto Vallarta Holidays tells you the best places to visit in this beautiful region of mexico with maps, pictures and resort reviews. Find out which Puerto Vallarta resorts to stay at for your holiday and day tours to visit the best scenic attractions in Mexico.
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This Mexican resort city on the Pacific Ocean, otherwise known as the Mexican Riviera has been a popular tourist destination, not only for international tourists but also for domestic tourists. It is also a popular place for American and Canadian retirees seeking that retirement home.

Puerto Vallarta has an old town which features a number of visitor friendly venues. The cobblestone streets are full of delightful little shops and shady trees. Twenty minutes away from Puerto Vallarta is Nuevo Vallarta, a new development meant to capitalize on the growing population of international retiree residents, and also a popular area for new resorts. Nuevo Vallarta is just a sign of the growth of tourism in the area in and around Puerto Vallarta.

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The city of Puerto Vallarta is picturesque, particularly Viejo Vallarta, or Old Town, with its colonial buildings and adobe building style. The shade of the many trees is particularly welcome on a hot day. The city is at the mouth of the Cuale River, and you can cross a suspension bridge on to Isla Rio Cuale, an island in the river which offers some respite on a hot day, markets to stroll through, and the Rio Cuale Cultural Center. The Historic Centre of Puerto Vallarta hosts the Art Walk which showcases local and international art works for passers-by from October to May.

The Malecon is a promenade near Viejo Vallarta, it is a walk that proceeds for several miles along the beach from the Zona Romantica to the beginning of the hotel zone. It passes through an area rich with restaurants, performers, musicians, and art installations. Every night fireworks are set off nearby at a Spanish galleon just offshore. You may even catch a performance of the Voladores de Papantla, this performance has its origins in a pre-Hispanic ritual involving acrobatics performed with a thirty foot pole. Throughout the area are great club venues and bars, no matter what era or genre of music you prefer; many offering live music.

Puerto Vallarta's main industry is tourism, and there are a lot of amenities here for the tourist population. For the tourists visiting for a week or two from other parts of Mexico or abroad, there is the charm of Old Town and its Zona Romantica, while for international retirees with a hankering for the amenities of home, there are more upscale and glitzy venues like Costco and modern air-conditioned malls.

Around Puerto Vallarta, you may want to arrange for a tour of the jungle with its rich plant and animal life, including crocodiles, iguanas, ocelots, and deer. Perhaps you may opt instead to try scuba diving or snorkelling in and around Banderas Bay, or at Marieta Island, a thirty minute boat ride from Puerto Vallarta harbour.

Around Puerto Vallarta, you may want to visit San Sebastian del Oeste at the top of the Sierra Madre Mountains, here you can escape the hustle and bustle of Puerto Vallarta's entertainment-oriented district and experience the silence of the countryside, but you may want to pack a sweater. You may instead want to take a water taxi to Yelapa, a traditional beach village with a heavy reliance on fishing where you can wade in rivers, and during the rainy season can see a 50 metre waterfall.

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This resort town offers plenty of ways for travellers to pack their day with out-of-the-ordinary events. Whether it's deep sea fishing, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, or simply lounging on the beach, you will never find yourself short of choices for how to spend your day in this picturesque city.


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