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Sightseeing in Puerto Vallarta - what to see. Complete travel guide

A few decades ago Puerto Vallarta was a small fishing village; today it is one of the most popular Mexican resorts, which accepts visitors all year round. Beaches of amazing beauty, wonderful countryside and mountains that rise up proudly - this view quickly turns on positive mood and sets up holiday mood.
A restaurant of international cuisine named Teatro Limon is among the most prestigious eating establishments of the city. The eating house serves clients till late at night and apart from … Open
The city is simply soaked in the atmosphere of antiquity. On the small streets of Puerto Vallarta you will see small white houses with red tiled roofs, cozy restaurants and shopping pavilions. There are no large and noisy streets filled with traffic and crowds of citizens. Harmony and peace are felt throughout the city. The best season for tourists starts from November and lasts till April. At this time of the year here prevails clear sunny weather. The season of rains starts in May, so your rest on the beach will be spoiled by constant rains.
The majority of hotels are located along the coast. Almost all hotels have several restaurants and chain stores, as well as swimming pools and recreational facilities for children. Playa Mismaloya is considered the most popular and fashionable beach of this city. This place has become famous due to the "The night of the Iguana" movie. Several scenes in this movie were filmed in this location. Puerto Vallarta will become a true finding for sportsmen and fans of active rest. The choice of rides and water attractions here is really wide. The resort will also please fans of scuba diving. The coastal area is very picturesque; here divers can see magnificent underwater mountains and sand waterfalls. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The Roman Catholic church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is an icon and the most popular sport of tourist interest in the city of Puerto Vallarta. Though the church is quite a new building it has … Open
The resort has also prepared many surprises for fans of shopping. You will find many open markets and shopping centers here. The most popular local souvenirs are considered the items made of silver, elegant leather sandals, sculptures and paintings by local craftsmen, as well as shawls and tapestries made of beads. Your visit to one of the local restaurants, the majority of which are located on open terraces, will become the best end of day.
The Church of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe is located near the city center. It is considered the most recognizable sight of the resort. The construction of the church began in 1918, and was completed only in 1965. Its main feature is a unique dome, made in the form of a crown. The dome is visible from many city streets. The church has luxurious interior. It retains an old marble altar and elements carved from wood in the beginning of the 20th century.
One of the ways to spend time in Puerto Vallarta is to go sightseeing and explore the architecture and cultural landmarks of the destination. The resort offers a great variety of … Open
Lovers of nature always come to the Botanical Garden. Its area is 8 hectares. This garden is one of the most beautiful in the country. Its territory is divided into several thematic zones. One of them has a chic rose garden, and another one contains unique kinds of palms and ferns. Its orangery with dozens of species of orchids is just fabulous.
Puerto Vallarta Amateurs of exciting guided tours will surely appreciate the Archaeological Museum, opened in 1978. It occupies a renovated building since 2004. Nowadays, its exposition includes the most valuable exhibits found in various regions of the country. The age of some artifacts is more than 7000 years. Of particular interest are the most ancient art objects, ceramics and tools used by ancient people for hunting. An excellent collection of ancient ornaments made of precious metals, obsidian and jade is available to visitors, as well.
1. The Puerto Vallarta resort welcomes tourists all the year round. The heat of the tourist season falls within November and April. The period features mild and serene weather with scarce … Open
One of the most attractive places to walk around the city is Gringo Gorge area. This district is literally covered in greenery. Stone houses of local residents are its main attraction. There are very nice modest houses with tiled roofs, as well, and really luxurious mansions. The historic district has preserved buildings of different eras.
Puerto Vallarta Night Swim - Velas Vallarta Picturesque Armas Square is located in the very center of the historic district. It is really good for a stroll on a sunny day. The main decoration of the square is the Municipal Palace. Here, you can see many symbolic monuments and sculptures. The diversity of branchy trees and ornamental plants complements the architectural splendor
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Map of all parks
National and city parks around Puerto Vallarta
♥   National Park 'Arrecifes de Xcalak' , 3.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Instituto Tec. Agropecuario No 7' , 102.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Municipal Park 'Piedras Bola' , 121.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Alameda Poniente San José de la Pila' , 127.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   City Park 'Cerrito de la Independencia' , 133.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Puerto Vallarta from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Playa del Amor

From the series “Most Fabulous and Magic Beaches”
The uniqueness and the beauty of these places were first appreciated by Jacques Cousteau. He managed to convince the authorities to stop the military experiments on the island. Today, this picturesque place houses a national park. It is famous not only for its unique beach, but also because of amazing nature. The island is home to rare species of birds. At the coast, you can see rare exotic fish and other marine life. Playa del Amor is very popular among fans of snorkeling. Its crystal clear water make it very convenient to enjoy the beauty of the underwater world. … Read further

Playa de Amor

From the series “The Hidden and Hard-To-Reach Beautiful Beaches”
Playa de Amor (love beach) is one of the hottest on the planet. In the summer the air temperature in the cave is often heated to 40 degrees. An important feature of the Marietas Archipelago is the variety of the caves and the tunnel through which one can get to the hidden beach. Remarkable that many hidden tunnels and the underground lakes remain unknown even after long years of research of the archipelago. After a rest on the beach you can participate in an exciting excursion through the island, which will also give a lot of unforgettable impressions. … Read further
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