Puerto Vallarta was made famous with the film The Night of the Iguana entirely produced on location in 1963. For the first time, Puerto Vallarta received big Hollywood stars, national celebrities and American intellectuals. Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Sue Lyon and Richard Burton led the cast. Tennessee Williams, author of The Night of the Iguana, visited the set frequently. Elizabeth Taylor's romance with Richard Burton was unveiled in Puerto Vallarta during this time. Charmed by Vallarta's magic, Richard and Elizabeth purchased a house, Casa Kimberley. John Huston built a house in the small cove of Caletas where he lived until his death.
The international media followed the stars and Puerto Vallarta was no longer a secret, waiting to be discovered. Recognizing this new opportunity, visionary leaders such as Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, then president of Mexico, along with Francisco Medina Ascencio, then governor of the state of Jalisco, shared the vision to make of Puerto Vallarta a model tourist destination and initiated projects that provided the town with appropriate infrastructure.
Puerto Vallarta has grown ever since to become one of the most favorite vacation destinations of North American travelers. Puerto Vallarta presently offers first rate infrastructure to accommodate the most discriminating travelers.
The number one authority on international travel - Conde Nast Traveller rates Puerto Vallarta as the world's friendliest international city. And with top restaurants & shopping, and the modern conveniences you'd expect from an American resort, Puerto Vallarta is the ideal choice for your Mexican vacation. Charming neighborhoods and beautiful beaches are nestled beneath the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Madre mountains. And the friendliness and hospitality of the locals means you can be sure your vacation will be relaxing and fun.
With direct flights from most North American and European cities offered by Aeromexico, America West, Alaska and Continental Airlines, Puerto Vallarta has been a fixture on the international tourism map for over 50 years. Set on the western coast of Mexico, situated between the jungle-covered Sierra Madre Mountains and the sheltered waters of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers a perfect tropical climate in one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.
Puerto Vallarta, sister city to California's Santa Barbara, is several destinations in one. Just reference our Bandera Bay Area Maps to find an abundance of places to visit in the states of Jalisco and Nayarit. Seek out remote traditional villages with cobblestone streets, quintessential restaurants and charming shops. Or for a change of pace, visit modern resorts with state of the art design and amenities, world-class hotels and championship golf courses. The pairing of traditional culture and modern conveniences set Puerto Vallarta apart from other Mexican coastal destinations.
Whether you want pampering, hard-core adventure or a bit of both - this región is a sun-kissed paradise that will entertain and inspire you throughout your entire vacation. As one of the Pacific Coast's most popular beach resorts, there's an abundance of great things to see and do both on the beaches and around town.
Throughout the year, Puerto Vallarta proudly plays host to a variety of important events - Culture and arts festivals cover everything from Mariachi, International Film to Gourmet Food and there are endless tennis, golf and fishing tournaments.
Puerto Vallarta is the perfect romantic getaway for weddings and honeymoons and also ideally suited for families, seniors and eco-adventurers. A vibrant nightlife, great shopping, outstanding cuisine, amazing adventures and thrilling eco-tours are set in one of the most stunning and naturally beautiful settings in the world.
No matter what you're looking for, Puerto Vallarta will capture your imagination and Vallarta Adventures' wide variety of tours and activities will keep everyone inspired and entertained for the vacation of a lifetime.
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