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.
The turtle is a symbol of Puerto Vallarta as it beaches are breeding areas for the Olive Ridley turtle.
Puerto Vallarta's other symbol is the seahorse, and this seahorse sculpture is located on the waterfront.
Condos and hotels line the edges of Mexico's Bay of Banderas, and the entrance into the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
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.
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.
A typical hilly street in Puerto Vallarta; note the climb required to reach the top street level
Bright colors are common across the city, and this little corner (photographed in HDR resolution) is a great example.
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.
Across Mexican resorts souvenirs are readily available, and most are reasonably priced.
Puerto Vallarta is a happy place to relax and have some fun; even the dogs will have a good time.