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Puerto Vallarta Mexico Photos


Puerto Vallarta is a Mexican resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean's Bay of Banderas.

Tourism in Puerto Vallarta has increased steadily over the years and makes up for 50% of the city's economic activity. The high season for international tourism extends from late November through March.

Puerto Vallarta has become a popular retirement destination for US and Canadian retirees. This trend has spawned a condominium development boom in the city. Rapid growth in tourist volume in Puerto Vallarta has also given rise to rapid growth in hotel and rental apartment construction.

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The turtle is a symbol of Puerto Vallarta as it beaches are breeding areas for the Olive Ridley turtle.

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Puerto Vallarta's other symbol is the seahorse, and this seahorse sculpture is located on the waterfront.

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Condos and hotels line the edges of Mexico's Bay of Banderas, and the entrance into the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
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In places the city's shoreline is somewhat rugged, but the sand is soft and the waters are warm; it's a nice place to visit.
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Standing proudly over the city's skyline is Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, with its famous crown. It's a symbol of Puerto Vallarta known throughout the world. It is also the focal point for the famous Festival of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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A typical hilly street in Puerto Vallarta; note the climb required to reach the top street level
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Bright colors are common across the city, and this little corner (photographed in HDR resolution) is a great example.

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Day of the Dead celebrations in Puerto Callarta represent a mixture of pre-Hispanic customs and beliefs. According to ancient history, when a person dies their spirit lives on in Mictlan, a place where they rest peacefully until the day Day of the Dead, when they return to their former homes to visit their relatives. This is a plaster skull used during the festival.
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Across Mexican resorts souvenirs are readily available, and most are reasonably priced.

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Puerto Vallarta is a happy place to relax and have some fun; even the dogs will have a good time.

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This page was last updated on July 12, 2016.