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Puerto Vallarta is nestled along the shores of the second largest bay on the North American continent, Bahia de Banderas. It enjoys more than 300 days of sunny weather each year, offering visitors an array of activities along its 100 miles of coastline and around the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. The romance of Puerto Vallarta is realized with a stroll down The Malecón, a mile-long oceanfront boardwalk—it begins near the first hotel built in the 1940s and ends at “Los Arcos,” an open-air theater.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Unlike many other ports with long, rich histories, Puerto Vallarta’s recorded history goes back only as far as 1850 when Guadalupe Sanchez began farming here. It was known as “Puerto las Peñas” until 1918 when it was officially designated as a municipality and named after Don Ignacio Vallarta, a state governor. For the next 30 years, it remained a sleepy little fishing village without any inroads—the only access was by boat or air. After World War II, American G.I.s relocated to the area, setting up businesses or retiring. But it was Hollywood that put Puerto Vallarta on the map when John Huston filmed “The Night of the Iguana” with Ava Gardner and Richard Burton in nearby Mismaloya Beach in 1963. After the movie, tourism dollars poured in and first-class hotels were constructed. Today, the city sees more than two millions tourists each year.
Top Photo Slice: The Marietas Islands in Banderas Bay, Puerto Vallarta (℗ 7972) Photo contributed by © sueh818
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