Are you interested in taking a vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico? If so, keep reading to learn more about the beautiful city’s history and things to do. Originally called Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe, the town was named after Guadalupe Sánchez who founded the town on December 12th, 1851.

Originally, Puerto Vallarta was a quaint fishing village that slowly became a popular tourist destination after the film, The Night of the Iguana, with actress Elizabeth Taylor was filmed in the area.


A Brief History

Old picture of Puerto Vallarta

To start with, documentation of Puerto Vallarta’s history starts when indigenous people known as Aztatlan lived in the Ameca River Valley region of Nuevo Vallarta when the Spanish arrived in the 1500’s. However, archaeologist Joseph B. Mountjoy from the University of Carolina conducted a Carbon 14 dating test on a clay pot found in 1991 that estimated that the earliest inhabitants in the region date back to a period between 580 and 320 BC.

Where Puerto Vallarta is Located

Located in Banderas Bay which is the deepest (900 meters) and longest (42 km) bay in Mexico, and the 7th largest bay in the world. Later, the town’s population grew rapidly after the introduction of banana plantations in the 1920’s. On May 31st, 1918, the Jalisco State Congress officially changed the town’s name to Puerto Vallarta.


More About Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is home to beautiful beaches, rivers, waterfalls, and the Sierra Madre jungle. It also has small town charm, modern conveniences, great restaurants, and tons of outdoor activities to enjoy.


Puerto Vallarta Weather


Best Time to Visit

Happy family enjoying a day at the beach together in Puerto Vallarta

The high season occurs during December to March, so you can expect bigger crowds and more expensive plane tickets. During the winter, most days are sunny and temperatures are ideal. In the spring between April and June the weather is still pleasant and flights and hotel costs are more affordable. If you want to go whale watching, make sure to visit between December through April. At that time, the majestic humpback whales migrate through Banderas Bay to mate and birth their young.

Popular Things to Do

  • Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
  • Visit delicius restuarants
  • Walk along the boardwalk
  • Go up to the “Mirador el Cerro de Cruz”
  • Play golf
  • Visit Romantic Zone
  • Relaxing day on the beach
  • Outdoor excursions to the South Beaches
  • Visit the Hidden Beach “Isla Marietas”
  • Visit Farmers Makets (season from November to April)
  • Go to Whale Watching (season from November to March)


Best Places to Stay

Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta

Located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, Purto Vallarta has excellent weather, great beaches, tons of water sports to enjoy, and luxury resorts. If you want a great place to stay, book your accommodations at the Villa del Palmar Puerto Vallarta. They have comfortable beachfront suites and amazing amenities.

In addition to being a luxury resort, Villa del Palmar also offers an exclusive vacation club membership for qualified travelers. Owned and operated by the prestigious Villa Group Resorts, they also have properties in popular destinations in Mexico including Cabo, Cancun, Islands of Loreto, and the Riviera Nayarit. Currently, special all-inclusive travel packages are on sale so make sure to call Villa del Palmar today.

Start planning your dream vacation today!


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