Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

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A steamy Hollywood love affair put this Mexican paradise on the map!

Puerto Vallarta was a sleepy little fishing village until Richard Burton showed up in 1954 to film “The Night of The Iguana” with voluptuous Ava Gardner. Well, Richard’s lover at the time, one sultry Elizabeth Taylor, came along to keep an eye on her man and their Mexican love affair became legendary.

Puerto Vallarta was thrust into the limelight and it never looked back. Today, this romantic paradise is a VIVA Travel favorite! Especially when you take advantage of our exclusive VIVA Travel 0% financing opportunities. Be sure to ask how!

Puerto Vallarta is filled with history, attractions and picture-perfect beaches. The town’s famed Hotel Zone is lined with oceanfront resorts, gourmet restaurants and fabulous shopping opportunities. This Latin American paradise truly has something for everyone.

Some of our VIVA Travel must-dos in Puerto Vallarta include:

  • “The Romantic Zone,” where the golden sands and lively beach bars of Playa los Muertos beckon sun worshipers.
  • The charming seaside villages of Boca de Tomatlan and Mismaloya, where the “Night of the Iguana” was filmed.
  • Stroll through Puerto Vallarta’s historic Old Town with its hilly cobblestone streets, bustling Plaza de Armas, and the Los Arcos amphitheater, which hosts free concerts just about every day.
  • Take a walk along the Malacón seaside promenade to see its famous bronze statues, including Puerto Vallarta’s iconic bronze seahorse.

Nearby Riviera Nayarit

Just north of Puerto Vallarta lies a more recent Mexican vacation paradise worth considering, Riviera Nayarit. Here, you’ll find luxurious all-inclusive resorts lining the beaches. There are also plenty of cozy little towns nearby worth exploring, like Bucerias and Sayulita.
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Climate: 

Temperatures range from 62ºF (16ºC) to 92ºF (33ºC). 

Time Zone: 

Eastern Standard Time, EST, in Cancun; Central Standard Time, CST, in Puerto Vallarta.

Language: 

Spanish is the official language of Mexico. However, many locals are fluent in English. 

Currency: 

Mexican Peso (MXP) and US Dollars (USD) Denominations of $10 USD or less are more convenient.

Electricity: 

110 volts. Most hotels offer converters for 220-volt devices. Many sockets will not accept polarized or three-prong plugs; packing an adapter is recommended. 

Tipping Customs: 

Always check your bill before tipping, as a gratuity is often included. The average restaurant tip is 10-15%. Tip baggage handlers a few dollars per suitcase.

Safety: 

The hotel zone and city tourist destinations are relatively safe. Be sure to monitor inspections of your luggage at the airport. Still, we recommend exercising caution when traveling off of resort property.

Communication & Technology: 

Wi-Fi is available at many hotels and there are numerous hotspots for all your electronic devices. If you wish to use your personal cell phone in Mexico, contact your provider before departing. The cheapest way to call home is with a prepaid card; direct calls from a hotel room are costly.

Smoking: 

Smoking indoors, including in hotel rooms, is prohibited. Smoking in open-air restaurants is sometimes tolerated.

Travel Documentation: 

Visitors from the US do not need a passport to enter Mexico. You may use a birth certificate, voter registration card, citizenship card, or certificate of naturalization. A valid-official photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or identification Issued by a state or official agency) is also required.

Canadian citizens, including those with dual nationality, will be required to present a valid passport in order to enter Mexico. 

Airport: 

Cancun Aeropuerto Internacional (CUN); Ordaz Airport (PVR)

Car Rental: 

Car rental is available at the airports.  Parking is scarce in Puerto Vallarta.  Roads outside the city are often unpaved.

Public Transportation: 

Buses are the easiest and cheapest way to get around. A bus leaves every hour from Cancun Airport to downtown. From the downtown Cancun Bus Terminal, you’ll find regular service to all parts of Mexico.

Taxi service is also available. However, make sure you check the fare before you get in the cab. A list of common fares can usually be found in hotel lobbies. If not, ask the hotel concierge.