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Puerto Vallarta
Travel Planning
Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta at a Glance

Imagine standing at the top of a lighthouse observation tower in downtown Puerto Vallarta. A warm breeze hits your cheek and the Pacific Ocean stretches out in front of you until it is swallowed by the horizon. Directly below you are the terracotta roofed buildings flat, sloped and domed. Church spires rise up to your height and below you, the crowds mill around the waterfront like little ants.

There is a reason that Puerto Vallarta has been able to market itself as a premier tourist destination. With a quaint old town dating back to the Spanish period, wonderful restaurants and a strong arts scene, it offers fun on and off the beach. Pick up a beach towel and close your eyes as the hot sun hits you in the middle of January. Alternatively, stop to admire a street performance or view contemporary art at the Teatro Vallara. Whether relaxing or activity fits your mood at the moment, you'll be charmed by this Pacific beach city. 

What to Expect
High Season
November - May
Low Season
June - October
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Regional Airport Gustavo Díaz Ordaz Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American tourists and residents of Schengen countries usually do not need a visa to visit Mexico if tourism is the purpose of their trip. However, the Mexican authorities issue you a tourist card when you enter the country and it is important that you hold on to it. The cost of the tourist card varies with the exchange rate and is somewhere around $22. If your trip includes work, humanitarian aid or studies, you will need a visa. Contact a Mexican Consulate for more information. American citizens can also research Mexican travel at the U.S State Department website.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Puerto Vallarta receives tropical storms and hurricanes off the Pacific Ocean. Stay tuned to local weather in the event of a storm watch or warning. Earthquakes do occur in this area.

      Safety Concerns Puerto Vallarta is a tourist area and works hard to keep travelers safe. Watch out for petty theft and never leave your belongings unattended on the beach or elsewhere.

      Health Concerns Use bottled water in Puerto Vallarta just to be on the safe side. Tourists would also do well to check the level of water pollution on the beaches. At certain times of year, bacteria and pollution can be at unacceptable levels.