Puerto Vallarta: Travel Tips

Combining the romance of the tropics, the ease of modern resorts, and the charm of a Mexican village, Vallarta offers something for every visitor. Just north of the well-known resort town of Puerto Vallarta lies the “new town” of Nuevo Vallarta.

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Getting To Puerto Vallarta

Situated on the Pacific Coast, Puerto Vallarta enjoys warm tropical weather year-round, with daily rain showers and warm temperatures from June through October. High season runs from mid-December through Easter week.

Flight times

  • 3 hours from Los Angeles, 4 hours from Seattle, 4.5 hours from Chicago

Staying In Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta is known for its gorgeous ceramics, which range from affordable souvenir trinkets to world-class artistic pieces. Several boats leave Puerto Vallarta each morning for a 2-hour trip to Yelapa, a bohemian village beloved by American retirees and other beach bums.
Vallarta cuisine is famous for its pico de gallo—a fruit-and-vegetable salad sprinkled with lime and chile de arbol—and signature sweets like nut paste and fruit rolls.

Must-see sights

  • Take a boat tour to the Marietas Islands nature sanctuary, or visit an unspoiled beach like Caletas or Playa las Animas.
  • Visit the sights of Old Vallarta: Stroll the malecón (seaside promenade), peek into Our Lady of Guadalupe cathedral, and wind up at the Mercado Municipal craft stalls.
  • Eco-tour through the local mountain ranges, or kayak through Banderas Bay, where you’ll see exotic wildlife and verdant vegetation.
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Traveling In Puerto Vallarta

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options in order to make your Mexico vacation truly spectacular. Shuttle transfers, taxis and rental cars are available in all the major destinations in Mexico.

While traveling in Puerto Vallarta we recommend:

  • Rent a car - We offer vehicles to suit every taste, including sporty convertibles, roomy minivans, and luxury sedans. And our red-carpet transfers can let you start relaxing without a hitch.

Things to Know


  • The national currency of Mexico is the peso, but in tourist areas, U.S. dollars are accepted just as readily as pesos.
  • Money and traveler's checks can be exchanged in banks.
  • ATMs are very common in Puerto Vallarta and are the easiest source for cash.

Time Difference

  • Puerto Vallarta is in the Central Time Zone and observes daylight savings time.

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