About Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta is situated in the state of Jalisco on one of the Pacific
Ocean’s largest and deepest bays. The Bay of Banderas, that is said
to be an ancient crater, is at the edge of a lush jungle, a rich fertile
valley and the majestic Sierra Madres mountain range.
Vallarta, a city with a population of about 300,000, was originally a tiny
fishing village always known for its friendly natives. In the 60’s,
Director John Huston chose Vallarta to film the play “Night of the
Iguana” using the remote beach, Mismaloya. During the filming
Richard Burton was having an affair with Elizabeth Taylor who was
then married to Eddie Fischer. Burton built Taylor a hideaway villa
overlooking the Bay that was attached to his villa by a walking bridge.
The two villas and the bridge still stand and have become a tourist
The years following, Vallarta was the playground for the rich and
famous. Eventually, the mystique, beauty and friendliness of Puerto
Vallarta became a must do for the rest of the world.
Within Puerto Vallarta there are four main sections, the Marina area,
Hotel Zone, Centro (downtown) and the Romantic Zone. Each area
has its own distinct characteristics.
The Marina area includes the private marine pier that has everything
from fabulous yachts to small fishing boats sailing in and out. The
area is also home of the cruise ship dock as well as condominiums
and the Marina resort area.
The Hotel Zone area includes many beautiful white sand beaches that
are lined with moderate to very high end hotels and resorts.
Centro is just as it is called, the center of town. The Malecón, a
boardwalk that runs the full length of the main district, is the place to
be in the evenings where tourists and locals alike enjoy the
excitement and fun of downtown. The Los Arcos Amphitheater,
Municipal Plaza and Our Lady of Guadeloupe Cathedral are all
located within a block of the Malecón.
The Romantic Zone, also known as "Old Vallarta", is where you will
find a unique mix of hotels, condos, villas, restaurants and Vallarta's
most famous beach, Los Muertos.
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