Puerto Vallarta is a major Mexican cruise port city located on Bahia de Banderas (Mexico's biggest natural bay), featuring over 100 ml (160 km) of mountains-encircled coastline. The city has population of around 260,000 (metro 390,000).
- The first settlement here was established in 1851 under the name Las Penas. In 1918, the agricultural town was renamed Puerto Vallarta to honor a former governor (Ignacio L.Vallarta). The formidable Sierras mountains kept the town fairly isolated. In 1954 started a regularly operated air service. The road from Tepic was paved in 1970, opening the way for tourism.
- City's tourism has steadily increased over the years and currently makes up for about 50% of the economic activity. International travel tourism's peak season runs from late November through March.
- Puerto Vallarta beaches are among best known tourist attractions. Long stretches of beaches are located to the north, and a series of coves - to the south. The city itself is relatively big, but has never lost its colonial charm and Mexican flavour, featuring cobbled streets running up and down among the warren of red tile roofed houses.
Puerto Vallarta cruise port receives ships on a regular basis during tourist season. In 2015, the port was ranked one of Carnival Cruise Line's Top 5 ports in the world.
Highlights: Beaches, Shops
Puerto Vallarta cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Puerto Vallarta dock at "Muelle de Cruceros Puerto Vallarta" cruise terminal. The facility can accommodate up to 3 liners simultaneously.
Bus tours to El Centro (old town, beach front and markets) are available.The beach front has undergone additional improvements to Malecon - long promenade along the beach, featuring numerous sculptures, night clubs, restaurants, markets, water activities (like boat pulled paragliding over the bay) and various other tourist activities.
(new) Puerto Vallarta Cruise Terminal
In 2015 was announced a 3-phase (USD 36 million) project for building a new cruise terminal. The building's exterior was designed as Mexican hacienda.
- The facility is sized 15,500 m2 (167,000 ft2).
- There is a dedicated 2-teared parking (capacity 400 cars), as well as Latin America's largest aquarium.
- The project (phase one) is currently under construction, with scheduled completion in Fall 2018.
Port Puerto Vallarta cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Riviera. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Puerto Vallarta cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico Riviera.
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