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It is an area of Jalisco that 190,000 people reside in.
The national capital of Mexico City is 400 miles east of Puerto Vallarta, while Nuevo Vallarta lies 7 miles to the northwest.
Of course, the most famed of this city's sights is the Malecon. Head here first and start your trip with a bang!
After somewhere to take the kids? One of the most fun-filled family attractions around town is Aquaventuras park.
Sea Life Park Vallarta is an aquatic wonderland for all members of the family.
Snap a few photos, enjoy the interpretive displays and learn all about our fragile environment at the Vallarta Zoo. If you're pressed for time, stop at the information center and collect a map so you don't miss any of the park's key exhibits.
If you're someone who loves to challenge the odds occasionally, you should consider heading to the Vallarta Casino.
Learn about local and exotic flora at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Don't forget to bring your camera so you can get a few photos of the most impressive specimens.
Look out over the rippling water as it plunges into the bubbling pool below at Yelapa Waterfalls.
Are you looking for some rest and relaxation? Set aside some time to check out the area's scenic stretches of coastline. Las Caletas Beach or Majahuitas Beach should be first on your itinerary. Locals will also recommend you visit Playa Mismaloya and Playa Las Animas.
Get away from the noisy streets with a trip to Ixtapa Island and Marietas Islands.
Lean about the Earth's fragile ecosystem and try spotting some aquatic animals at Los Arcos.
The Museum Rio Cuale provides an enlightening couple of hours for lovers of culture. Delight in the peace and quiet, inquire about any special events and see if there's anything to your taste in the gift shop on your way out.
Want to see some art? You'll discover galleries of all sizes here. Stop by the Galeria Olinala and the Galeria Pacifico to see the best of what this creative enclave has to offer. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left in the tank, wrap up your day at the Galleria Dante and the Ambos Galeria de Arte y Artefactos.
Enjoy the interesting displays and examine the well-preserved artifacts at the Museo del Cuale.
Local historic attractions like the Caballito, La Presidencia and the Casa de la Malinche are good places to spend a few hours at if you take an interest in the events that shaped this region.
The spiritual side of the area can be glimpsed at La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe and Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe. If you want to check out more religious sites, check for guided tours at The Church of Our Lady of the Refuge and Templo de Guadalupe.
Want to kick back and relax like a local? Plaza de las Armas is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.
Pack your camera and plan to visit Los Muertos Pier, a frequently visited landmark in Puerto Vallarta.
El Faro Lighthouse is the ideal place to capture some great photographs and feel the salty wind in your hair.
This area is known as a good place to shop, so make sure you get your bit of retail therapy while you are here. Snap up a sale, indulge in quality fashion pieces or just enjoy a bit of window-shopping at La Cruz Sunday Market and Plaza Lago Real Shopping Center. Galeria Vallarta and La Isla are also a lot of fun to visit.
For a memorable night out, grab some friends and head to the Teatro Vallarta or Los Arcos Amphitheater, two well-frequented theater venues.
Before you pack up your bags and head off home, ensure you see a few of Puerto Vallarta's lesser-known attractions. El Eden and Marina Vallarta are well worth a look. Also, consider a trip to Plaza Principal and Los Arroyos Verdes if time allows.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Vallarta Casino and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Bay of Banderas. Marina Golf Club and Marina Vallarta are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Situated in Puerto Vallarta, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Vallarta Casino and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Bay of Banderas. Marina Golf Club and Marina Vallarta are also within 15 minutes.
Nestled on the beach, this Conchas Chinas hotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Playa de los Muertos and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Malecon. Los Muertos Pier and Galeria Olinala are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Vallarta resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of La Isla, Malecon and Bay of Banderas. Cruise Ship Terminal and La Paloma Plaza de Toros are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Gringo Gulch, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Museum Rio Cuale and Malecon. Plaza Principal and Plaza de las Armas are also within 5 minutes.
Situated on the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Marina Vallarta and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Bay of Banderas. El Faro Lighthouse and Marina Golf Club are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Las Glorias, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from La Isla and within 3 miles (5 km) of Malecon and Bay of Banderas. Cruise Ship Terminal and La Paloma Plaza de Toros are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Puerto Vallarta, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of International Convention Center and Bay of Banderas. Marina Vallarta and Marina Golf Club are also within 10 minutes.