Information & Facts
Boasting more holiday activities than anyone has time for,
Puerto Vallarta offers an array of watersports, including wind
surfing, sailing, kayaking, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and
water-skiing. In addition there are opportunities for swimming with
dolphins and whale watching. Many hotels also organise excursions
to secluded beaches, hiking and biking tours, canopy tours and
horse riding. Other activities include golf, deep-sea fishing and
Spanish is the official language in Mexico. Some English
is spoken in tourist regions.
Mexican currency is the New Peso (MXN) divided into 100
centavos. Credit cards are widely accepted, particularly Visa,
MasterCard and American Express. Travellers cheques are generally
accepted, but cannot be cashed on Sundays. ATMs are available in
most cities and towns and are the most convenient way to get money,
but for safety reasons they should only be used during business
hours. Although most businesses will accept foreign currency it is
best to use pesos. Foreign currency can be exchanged at one of many
casas de cambio(exchange houses), which have longer hours
and offer a quicker service than the banks.
During the warmer months of May to August insects and mosquitoes
can become a problem in Puerto Vallarta so be sure to bring plenty
of repellent with you.
The nightlife in Puerto Vallarta offers something for everyone.
There are nightclubs and all night discos, strip bars, live music
clubs, bars serving up sundowner cocktails, restaurants that bring
on bands after the food has been cleared away, folkloric dancing
and Mexican fiestas, and hotel bars where visitors and locals alike
gather over a drink for a chat at the end of the day. The centre of
the nightlife is the Malecon strip where the atmosphere is for the
young and the young at heart. The South Side features a variety of
alternative entertainment, including gay bars and strip shows.
As the culinary capital of Mexico, and host to the annual
Gourmet Dining Festival every November, foodies will be in paradise
while on holiday in Puerto Vallarta. It is home to some of the best
restaurants in Mexico, and offers thousands of places to dine
ranging from award-winning venues and family-run restaurants to
coffee houses and beachside cafes. A wide range of international
cuisine is available, from Italian to Japanese and French, with the
eclectic Daiquiri Dick's coming out tops and La Ola Rica serving
popular pizzas and coconut shrimp. For traditional local Mexican
fare, visit El Arrayán in the centre of town.
Even serious shoppers won't be disappointed by the variety of
shops in Puerto Vallarta, which line almost every downtown street
and range from speciality stores and shopping centres to outdoor
markets and art galleries. No other holiday resort destination in
Mexico can offer the same shopping experience as Puerto Vallarta.
It has developed a reputation as an art centre and there is an
abundance of local arts and crafts, such as pottery, ceramics and
hand blown glass. Boutiques stock an array of shoes, traditional
Mexican sandals and clothing, while the main flea market will be
the place to bargain for inexpensive handicrafts, clothes and