As elegantly described in Lonely Planet’s 2010 Mexico Guidebook, “Puerto Vallarta—referred to simply as ‘Vallarta’ by its many aficionados— is one of Mexico’s liveliest and most sophisticated resort destinations. Stretching around the sparkling blue Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags) and backed by lush palm-covered mountains, one couldn’t ask for a better way to while away a cosmopolitan vacation.” Whether shopping for Huichol trinkets in the mercados along the Rio Cuale, sipping tangy margaritas during sunset at the Malecon, or dancing the night away in one of the city’s hippest beachside nightclubs, visitors to Puerto Vallarta certainly won’t encounter a lack of exciting activities.

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About Banderas Bay:

Also called the ‘Bay of Banderas’ or ‘Bahía de Banderas’ (Spanish for ‘Bay of Flags’), Banderas Bay is one of the world’s largest bays. It is a sanctuary for many species, including manta rays, dolphins, sea turtles and the humpback whales that arrive every year to breed. Situated along the Pacific ocean and framed by the Sierra Madre mountains, this natural paradise extends into two Mexican states: Jalisco to the south, Nayarit to the north. The local economy is based primarily on tourism and fishing, though agriculture of crops like corn, rice, watermelon, coconut, and mango is also common further inland.

While Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, is Banderas Bay’s most famous attraction, many other worthwhile destinations dot this 42-mile stretch of coastline. In Jalisco, some must-sees are: Conchas Chinas, Yelapa, Boca de Tomatlán, Quimixto, Las Animas, and Amapas. In Nayarit, visit: Bucerias, La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, Punta de Mita, Higuera Blanca, and Sayulita. The Nayaritense portion of Banderas Bay is part of the Riviera Nayarit, Mexico’s brand new tourist destination.

Puerto Vallarta Weather:

If you’re looking for warmth and sunshine, you will love the weather in Puerto Vallarta any month of the year. The region enjoys a tropical climate, meaning the temperatures stay constant between 70 and 85 degrees most of the year. The least recommendable months to travel to Puerto Vallarta are July, August, and September, as the temperatures and humidity are at their highest. The rainy season is also in these summer months. During the rainy season, brief but heavy downpours turn Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding mountains into a lush, green paradise.


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