|Discover Puerto Vallarta Mexico!|
One of Mexico's most famous beach resort cities, Puerto Vallarta embodies the best of everything! With the Pacific Ocean at her feet and the Sierra Madres as a backdrop, Puerto Vallarta's small town atmosphere, friendly local people, simple lifestyle, and lower cost of living attract foreign residents who enjoy the good life.
Mexican history and tradition are revealed in Puerto Vallarta's vibrant commercial and residential areas. White adobe houses with red-tiled roofs and flower-covered balconies add a distinctive cultural flair, while the clatter of donkeys' hooves on the cobblestone streets accentuate the town's traditional spirit and its unique Old Mexico charm despite the addition of every imaginable modern convenience.
Mexico's penchant for modernization and fascination with all things American is absorbed, sifted, and shaped in a unique Vallartense manner. Fine dining restaurants, art galleries, upscale shopping centers, internet cafes and nightclubs peacefully coexist alongside taco stands, street-side vendors selling Mexican handcrafts, traditional open air markets and strolling mariachi bands.
Puerto Vallarta boasts a modern infrastructure that includes the best water treatment facilities in all of Latin America, reliable electrical and communication services, U.S. accredited schools offering K-12 bilingual/bicultural educations, and modern hospitals that use the most advanced medical technologies - and accept U.S. issued health insurance.
Offering an unrivaled combination of simple pleasures and sophisticated charms, this captivating city is home to a lively community of more than 5,000 expatriates who came to visit, fell under the town's tropical spell, and stayed. There are many residential areas from Conchas Chinas to Punta Mita that offer real estate options for every taste and budget.
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BANDERAS BAY ACTIVITIES
Nestled between the jungle vegetation of the Sierra Madre mountains and the crystal clear waters of Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta offers many fabulous natural attractions and a wealth of outdoor activities and excursions to keep you entertained.
The Bay of Banderas is home to a wide variety of aquatic life that attracts snorkelers, scuba divers and sports fishermen. The 25-mile-wide bay is the perfect place to catch sailfish, mahi-mahi, dorado, marlin, tuna, roostertail and red snapper. Humpback whales can be seen every year from December to March, sea turtles nest on the beaches from May to October, and an amazing kaleidoscope of tropical fish, schools of dolphins and giant manta rays inhabit Banderas Bay year-round.
But your exploring does not have to be limited to just the bay. There are, of course, many beautiful beaches where you can relax in the sun - some secluded, others crowded and lively. For those looking for more active outings, the lush tropical jungle is waiting to be explored while hiking, biking, horseback riding, or on an exciting jeep safari that takes you deep into the heart of the Sierra Madres.
Traditional sports like golf and tennis, are unforgettable in this picturesque setting. This region is fast becoming Mexico's leading golf destination with seven golf courses designed by some of the world's greatest golf course architects; including Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf and Robert von Hagge. Vallarta is also a major tennis destination with a growing number of tennis clubs, classes, workshops and tournaments each year.
Boaters will enjoy Marina Vallarta, Mexico's most sophisticated marina and one of the most attractive and well planned developments in the country. With over 500 full service slips, 1/2 miles of beachfront, a variety of hotels and residential accommodations, the American School, and a water park, Marina Vallarta is a favorite of residents as well as tourists.
ART & CULTURE
Puerto Vallarta has seen a major growth in its exciting cultural life within the last few years. Hailed by critics as Mexico's Art Mecca, Vallarta is a major international art center with over 30 art galleries and museums featuring art in all mediums - paintings, sculptures, pottery and folk art - by internationally famous painters, young emerging artists, and Mexico's most celebrated masters.
Vallarta has a unique international ambience where foreign residents and Mexican locals have developed a very special and seldom-found cultural acceptance. Traditional Mexican festivals and holidays blend in with Saint Patrick's Day celebrations, Canada Day and 4th of July picnics, and a wide variety of international events designed for cosmopolitan visitors.
Mariachi and World Jazz Festivals, International Film, Fine Arts, and Gourmet Festivals, and Fishing and Golf Tournaments are yearly events in Puerto Vallarta. Residents also enjoy Mexico's International Boat Show, seasonal Art Walks, live music and dance presentations at Los Arcos Amphitheater, and workshop in art, music, etching, sculpting, clay, theater, painting or drawing on the Isla Rio Cuale.
An unhurried refuge for people seeking more than just a beautiful beach, Puerto Vallarta's friendly people, modern amenities, and cultural and ecological attractions offer a comfortable and relaxed lifestyle in a sun-blessed paradise that will keep you entertained for a day - or for a lifetime!