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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 settlement 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). Sierras mountains kept the town fairly isolated. In 1954 started a regularly scheduled 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 to 1/2 of the local 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 sand 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 - cobbled streets running up and down among the 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. In 2018, the cruise port handled 134 ship calls. For season 2019 were booked 180 visits. In 2019 summer, Puerto Vallarta inaugurates a new cruise terminal (read more in the terminal section below).
Puerto Vallarta cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Puerto Vallarta dock at "Muelle de Cruceros Puerto Vallarta" cruise terminal. The facility has berthing capacity 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. 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. Project's Phase 1 had scheduled completion in Fall 2018, with official opening scheduled for summer 2019.
For new terminal's construction works was contracted the local company Puerto Magico. The facility is located on Pier 1, that currently handles ~80% of all cruise ship calls to Puerto Vallarta. The new terminal features a large welcome hall (sized over 30,000 ft2 / 2790 m2), several shops (selling local products), an aquarium.
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.
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