Puerto Vallarta

What is Puerto Vallarta known for?


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directions phone tollfree fax hours price content Cheapest place to buy most groceries. Huge produce dept. Good variety of Mexican & some US products. Good place to buy smokes or liquor before flying home. Can be inconvenient to bring back groceries via local bus. * WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


numerous sculptures

, are available. The beach front has been recently undergoing additional improvements to the Malecon, a long promenade along the beach with numerous sculptures, restaurants, night clubs, access to boat pulled paragliding over the bay, and various other tourist specific activities and markets. Bus station and regional buses National bus lines connect Puerto Vallarta (via the Central Camionera near the Modelo building north of town near the airport) with Guadalajara, Mazatlán, Manzanillo and points


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. They, and the locals, understand the value of visitors and make life very difficult for those who may consider preying on visitors. Avoid confrontations with the police. In the event you do have a disagreement with them, expect to be treated poorly and expect to pay many a peso to regain your freedom. Respect and co-operation goes a long way with them, disrespect usually will not be tolerated. For digestive issues, use Immodium. It is sold over the counter & works for most issues. Beach


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;Montezuma's Revenge (Traveler's diarrhea#Montezuma's revenge)" and was not feeling well. They played two concerts on March 7 and announced they were going to start work on their new album in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In January 2008 the band played concerts in the Northern Norwegian cities of Tromsø, Svolvær and Bodø, and Swedish city Umeå along with a concert in August in Stockholm. Personal life Prinze was involved in a long term relationship with Kimberly McCullough


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, Mexico she was commissioned on 19 June 1998 in Bath, Maine with the ceremony taking place 29 August 1998, at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. The guided-missile destroyer arrived at her new home port of San Diego on 4 September. She spent the remainder of the year conducting acoustic trials and combat system evaluations. ''Decatur'' then spent three months in a post-shakedown availability in the Southwest Marine Yard. '''Alaska Airlines Flight 261


historic life

in occidental Mexican archeology have limited the current knowledge about pre-historic life in the area. An example of this neglect is the City of Puerto Vallarta's destruction of the active excavation in the area of Calle Costa Rica and the Libramiento in 1995 to create a soccer field. See the website of the archeologist who led the dig for details. Spanish missionary and conquistador documents chronicle skirmishes between the Spanish colonizers and the local peoples. In 1524, for example, a large battle between Hernán Cortés and an army of 10,000 to 20,000 Indians resulted in Cortés taking control of much of the Ameca valley. The valley was then named Banderas (flags) after the colorful standards carried by the natives. Also the area appears on maps and in sailing logs as a bay of refuge for the Manila Galleon trade as well as for other coastal seafarers. As such it figures in some accounts of pirate operations and smuggling and pirate contravention efforts by the viceregal government. During the 17th and 18th centuries the Banderas Valley and its beaches along the Bay of Banderas served as supply points for ships seeking refuge in the bay. The area also served as a point where smuggled goods could be sent on to the Sierra towns near Mascota, evading the customs operations at San Blas, Nayarit. El Carrizal and Las Peñas - 19th century During the 19th century the history of Puerto Vallarta, then called El Carrizal or Las Peñas, was linked to the history of the Sierra towns of San Sebastian del Oeste, Talpa de Allende and Mascota. While today these towns are considered quaint tourist destinations, during much of the 18th century, Mascota was Jalisco's second largest town, after Guadalajara. Mascota and its neighboring towns located in the high plateaus of the Sierra, developed as agricultural towns to support the growing mining operations in the Sierra. During the 18th century, as Mascota grew, Puerto Vallarta grew with it, transforming itself from a small fishing and pearl-diving village into a small beach-landing port serving the Sierra towns. At the time the main port serving Jalisco was located at San Blas (San Blas, Nayarit), but the inconvenient overland route from San Blas to the Sierra towns made Puerto Vallarta a more convenient alternative for smaller shipments, not to mention smuggling operations which evaded the tax collectors at San Blas. Puerto Vallarta also became a vacation destination for residents of the Sierra Towns, and by the mid 19th century, the town already had its regularly returning population of vacationers. Most of the early settlers in Puerto Vallarta were families who had left the Sierra towns for one reason or another. 1859 saw an important turning point for the small village, then known as Las Peñas. That year the Union en Cuale mining company took possession of land extending from Los Arcos to the Pitillal river and extending back up into the Sierra for miles. The Union en Cuale company was owned in part by the Camarena brothers of Guadalajara who had developed a small trade in oil palm in Las Peñas. The purpose of the government's sale of the land to the company was to provide for shipping, fishing and agricultural support for the mining operations which were growing quite quickly in the Sierra. The official founding story of Las Peñas and thus of Puerto Vallarta is that it was founded by Guadalupe Sánchez Torres, on December 12, 1851, as Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe. Unfortunately the record of Sr. Sanchez's purchase of property in Las Peñas dates the sale to 1859. Munguia Fregoso - ''Panorámica'' p. 66 Also even as early as 1850 the area was already peopled by fisherman, pearl divers, smugglers and foragers, all of whom had something of a permanent existence in the area. Given the existing historical documents it is simply impossible to date the first permanent settlement in the area, There is however no doubt the development of Las Peñas into a self-sustaining village of any significant size happened in the 1860s as the mouth of the Cuale area was exploited to support the operations of the newly enfranchised Union en Cuale company. As such 1859 marks the beginning of Puerto Vallarta as a village. Twenty years later, by 1885, the village comprised about 250 homes and about 800 residents. Munguia Fregoso - ''Panorámica'' p. 68 The early municipality - early 20th century thumb Sunset on Los Muertos beach in Olas Altas, Col Zapata. (File:pvlosmuertossunset.jpg) In 1918, the village was elevated to municipality status and renamed after former state governor (Governor of Jalisco) Ignacio Vallarta. During the early years of the 20th century, most of Puerto Vallarta was owned by the Union en Cuale company controlled by the American Alfred Geist. Geist sold land only in large plots at prices that were quite high for the time and otherwise leased the land on short term leases. To remedy this situation and to enable the new municipality to develop, the citizens petitioned the government for a land grant based on the new constitution's provisions. In 1921, the Local Agrarian Commission approved a grant of some WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


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phone (562) 904 70 50 tollfree fax (562) 904 09 22 hours price checkin checkout content Offers an activities pool, water park with pirate ship, a castle and 9 water slides, playground area, outdoor family game area, and fine dining & bars. * WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


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drives in Walker's Lotus Elan and the use of LSD made for a classic Cassady performance – "like a trained bear," Carolyn Cassady once said. WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


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and Colima.) *''Herbie Goes Bananas'' (1980) is the fourth of a series of films made by Walt Disney Productions starring Herbie, a white, anthropomorphic 1963 Volkswagen Beetle race car. The film stars Cloris Leachman and Harvey Korman. *''Predator (Predator (film))'' (1987) features jungle scenes which were filmed in the hills behind Mismaloya. The film starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and was directed by John McTiernan. McTiernan lost quite a bit of weight during the filming because he was afraid to eat the local food. The cast also endured dangerous obstacles in the jungles such as changing weather, cold water and wildlife. *''Perfect Target'' (1997) action film starring Daniel Bernhardt is filmed also in the city. *''Puerto Vallarta Squeeze'' (2004), a filmed version of the Robert James Waller novel of the same name (Puerto Vallarta Squeeze), was shot on location in and around Puerto Vallarta. It stars Scott Glenn and Harvey Keitel. *''Limitless (Limitless (film))'' (2011) features a car scene driving through downtown Malecon. *Puerto Vallarta is ''The Love Boat'''s (1977-1986) final port of call. * The low-budget monster flicks, Dinoshark and Sharktopus, have their respective creatures primarily attacking in Puerto Vallarta. Landmarks, sights, activities Landmarks in Puerto Vallarta thumb 300px Playa Conchas Chinas (File:Playa Conchas Chinas.jpg) *Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Puerto Vallarta)) - Col. Centro *Púlpito and Pilitas (Pulpit and Baptismal Font) - Col. Emilio Zapata - two rock formations at the South end of Los Muertos Beach. ''El Púlpito'' is the tall headland and ''Las Pilitas'' are the formation of rocks beneath it. ''Las Pilitas'' was the original location of the Boy on a Seahorse sculpture (''El Caballito'') now located on the Malecón (Malecón, Puerto Vallarta), an identical sculpture is also located on Los Muertos Beach. There are two streets in the Olas Altas area named after the rock formations. *Playa Conchas Chinas (Curly Shells Beach) - Fracc. Amapas - the city's most secluded beach, located to the South of the headland which forms the boundary of Los Muertos beach. *The Malecón (Malecón, Puerto Vallarta) - paved walkway along the seashore in Col. Centro - especially popular during the Sunday evening ''paseo''. It features a collection of contemporary sculptures by Sergio Bustamante (Sergio Bustamante (artist)), Alejandro Colunga, Ramiz Barquet and others. The Malecon was extensively rebuilt in 2002-2003 following damage from hurricane Kenna. It was also greatly renovated, having new walkways and iconic sculptures in 2010 *Mercado Isle Cuale and Mercado Municipal Cuale - there are two large public markets in the Centro along the banks of the Cuale selling a variety of artisanal and souvenir goods, and the Isla Cuale has a number of souvenir vendor shops as well. The Isla Cuale was also famous for its cat population. The Island was a lower class suburb until flooding during Hurricane Lily (1971) forced residents to be relocated. They were moved to Palo Seco (which means "dry stick") and the Island was converted into a site for restaurants, shops and a cultural center. *Cuale Archaeological Museum - on the West side of the ''Isla Cuale'', the museum presents a significant collection of local and regional pre-Hispanic art in a number of informative displays. The museum also houses a small gallery for showing contemporary art. *John Huston statue on ''Isla Cuale'' - dedicated on the 25th anniversary of the film's release and honoring Huston's contributions to the city. John's son Danny was married in a ceremony that took place at the statue in 2002. *Plaza de Armas (Plaza de Armas (Puerto Vallarta)) (Ignacio Vallarta) Aquiles Serdan Amphitheater (Los Arcos) - the city's main plaza - site of public concerts both at the bandstand in the Plaza de Armas and on the stage in front of the arches across the street. *City Hall - a modern city hall laid out using a traditional courtyard plan. There is a tourist office in the SW corner, and on the landing of the main (West off the courtyard) stairwell there is a modest naive style mural by local artist Manuel Lepe. *Saucedo Theatre Building (Juarez at Iturbide) - Built in 1922 in a Belle Epoque style reminiscent of architecture of the Porfirato. The theater presented live shows and films on its first floor, and the second floor housed a ballroom. The building has been converted to retail use. Landmarks south of Puerto Vallarta *Los Arcos Marine Natural Area - offshore of Mismaloya 12 km south of Puerto Vallarta. The area has been a National Marine Park since 1984. The area is protected as a breeding ground for pelicans, boobies and other sea birds. The park is a popular snorkeling destination both for the rocks themselves and for the fossilized coral beds that surround them. *Vallarta Botanical Gardens Vallartabotanicalgardensac.org - A popular showcase of orchids, agaves, cactus, palms, and other native plants. A restaurant and river swimming is also available to visitors. The gardens are located WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta


recurring theme

reports and a recurring theme is that while sewage facilities are available many buildings still discharge untreated sewage directly into to the bay and rivers. For the linkage between nutrient runoff and jellyfish blooms see the section on jellyfish blooms in the Wikipedia article about jellyfish. Recently (as of 2006) beaches in Jalisco were ranked as the worst in the country in a government study. The beaches at Boca de Tomatlan and at the mouth of the Cuale in the heart of Puerto Vallarta tested repeatedly at rates three to four times internationally accepted standards for human fecal bacteria. "''Las playas de Jalisco están entre las más sucias del país''", ''El Informador'' de Guadalajara, July 4, 2007 Even the beaches at seemingly idyllic Yelapa and Mismaloya tested at the same high levels on several occasions. During the rainy months of June and July the situation becomes worse. For example, in July 2007, Los Muertos beach tested at 12 times the limit that the US EPA considers safe for swimming. "''Boca de Tomatlán, una de las playas más contaminada de Jalisco''", ''El Informador'' de Guadalajara, July 24, 2007 - the test results were 329 org dl at Conchas Chinas and 259 org dl at Los Muertos, both are measures of enteroccocal bacteria, and the US EPA's limit is 35 org dl. Recent government tests (May 2012), however, indicate that harmful bacterial levels have dropped on most of the beaches in Puerto Vallarta, including Playa Los Muertos, and pose no threat to tourists. http: www.semarnat.gob.mx playas playas_prioritarias Documents Resultados%20acumulados%20may29%202012.pdf Poverty Poverty remains a problem in Puerto Vallarta, fueled by the constant influx of persons seeking employment. Many areas of the city are still poorly served by roads and sewers. For example, Colonia Ramblases is served by roads in generally poor condition only 10% of which are paved, and Ramblases has been a populated neighborhood since the 1940s. Mantilla ''Barrios Pobres'' p 16 The Municipality of Puerto Vallarta comprises about 45,000 regular dwellings. Of those, 10% do not have a potable water supply (carrying their water from a public tap), 8% do not have connections to a sewer system or septic system (using instead crude septic pits or dumping sewage directly into waterways), and 4% do not have electricity. Cuaderno Estadistico Municipal 2000 One reason for this is the difficulty the city has enforcing building regulations. Many of the jobs available in Puerto Vallarta are classed as inferior by the Secretariat for Social Development, and even jobs that are generally well paying tend to be seasonal, so for example, waiters depend heavily on tips to supplement incomes that can be as low as 47 pesos a day - the applicable minimum wage (list of minimum wages by country) in Jalisco. MexicanLaws.com There have recently (2005 to 2007) been improvements like the new IMSS facilities in Col. Versalles, improvements to several recreation facilities, improved communal beach access policies, etc. Still efforts seem to aim more at quick and visible infrastructure improvements than at solving the more pressing and enduring problem of insufficient infrastructure for basic services. This is a simple observed fact: high profile projects like those mentioned succeed while year after year little changes in the poorer ''colonias'' where basic services continue to be lacking. One positive result of recent growth has been that in relative terms a smaller percentage of the population lives in older and poorly served neighborhoods. A growing number of residents live in housing projects and low income housing developments which provide at least adequate basic services. So perhaps having stemmed the growth of the problem with the new developments, the city will eventually be able to devote its resources to improving existing neighborhoods. Compare a map of the city in 1990 to one from 2006 and you will see dozens of new ''fraccionamientos'' (housing projects) developed to help absorb the influx of workers. Transportation Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport thumb right Airport's exterior in 2015 (File:Puerto Vallarta Airport.jpg) The Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport comprises a commercial international section and a general aviation section. Airport information comes from the website of the Díaz Ordaz Airport The commercial section has a single runway, WikiPedia:Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Jalisco Localities Puerto Vallarta commons:Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta

'''Puerto Vallarta''' ( ) is a Mexican (Mexico) beach resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bahía de Banderas. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta's population as 255,725 Census data is available from the website of the Mexican National Statistical Institute making it the second largest city in the state (States of Mexico) of Jalisco. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border (the Ameca River).

The city is located at . To the north it borders the southwest part of the state of Nayarit. To the east it borders the municipality of Mascota and San Sebastián del Oeste, and to the south it borders the municipalities of Talpa de Allende and Cabo Corriente. Guia Roji - ''Ciudad de Puerto Vallarta'' (map)

Puerto Vallarta is named after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco. In Spanish (spanish language), ''Puerto Vallarta'' is frequently shortened to "Vallarta", while English speakers call the city '''P.V.''' for short. In internet shorthand the city is often referred to as PVR, after the International Air Transport Association airport code for its Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport).

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