Mexican Cruise Puerto Vallarta

Find out all about the port of Puerto Vallarta when deciding on your Mexican cruise. Read our guide for more facts and information…

Puerto Vallarta is a popular tourist destination as well as an important port which is a part of many Mexican cruise trips. The port has a rich history and offers something for everyone.


Puerto Vallarta is home to a small fishing community whose streets lead to a jungle behind it. The city was recognized in 1918 but become a tourist destination in 1963 after the filming of the famous ‘Night of the Iguana’.

Puerto Vallarta is the second most visited resort which garners three million visitors every year. The city is situated on the Bay of Banderas which is one of world’s largest bays. It is dotted by 25 miles of beaches, Sierra Madre Mountains in the background and an exciting day and night city life.

Places to visit

The town is a favourite among tourists, photographers, shoppers and history buffs. The areas of Marina llarta and Nuevo Vallarta are located north of the city and are places where visitors can swim with dolphins or go kayaking.

They attract boaters who are on the search for reasonably priced resorts. The areas located on the south are Las Animas Quimixto, Mismaloya and Yelapa are known for snorkelling and the scenic views. You can reach both these locations via a boat ride only.

You will find many resorts hotels close to town which are accessible and pleasant. They come with varying standards of rooms, bars and restaurants.

Marine Life

Those on their Mexican cruises can see Pacific dolphins from the bow wake throughout the year. The Bay of Banderas is a breeding ground for the whales during the winters. Keeping the marine life in purview photo safaris and eco tours are offered by many tour operators. Other excursions include jungle tours, visits to tequila factories and horse back trekking. It is also a perfect place for nature lovers who wish to wander around the city.

El Centro

El Centro is the downtown area of the city which is consists of a main square known as the Plaza de Armas close to the Malecon. The downtown area of the city is crowded with human traffic due to shops and restaurants.  The area is filled with colonial architecture including a church built over 12 years which reflects the architectural detailing.


The Malecon is the main street in the downtown area. It is a restored walkway near the bay which is why at times waves come crashing against the rocks. It is known for the sculptures created by famous artists. Be sure to find the nine foot bronze sea horse there.


Puerto Vallarta is also a great place for tourists to shop. There is a lot of variety for shoppers which sell jewelry, pottery and glassware. You will find most of the shops in the town’s main plaza. You can also purchase traditional Mexican furnishings, hand painted crafts and décor items and sculptures to take home.

You will come across the Rio Cuale Flea Market in El Centro. It is a two story market with vendor’s stalls. Here you can purchase leather goods, silver, pottery, woven goods. This is an excellent place to make use of your bargaining skills.

There is a lot to see and experience in Puerto Vallarta and so is a great place to be included in your itinerary.

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