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HISTORY OF PUERTO VALLARTA

Nestled on the Bahia de Banderas (Bay of Flags), Puerto Vallarta is the second largest natural bay on the American continent and surrounded by sandy beaches and the majestic Sierra Madre Mountains. The town of Puerto Vallarta is approximately 550 miles west of Mexico City and is located in Jalisco State, Its closest major airport is Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport aka Puerto Vallarta International (PVR).

Puerto Vallarta is a world class resort, while retaining the charm of a century ago.  The stunning backdrop of the Sierra Madre Mountains and its 41 Km (24 miles) of coastline provide for the ultimate luxury vacation or living situation.  Puerto Vallarta is like no other place in Mexico…and most who come, yearn to return.

The city offers 25 miles of golden beaches on the Mexican Pacific and is characterized by its impressive colonial and modern buildings, deluxe hotels, shopping and golf courses. These attractions have made the city a favorite among vacationers and retirees who now call the city home. It has a population of 180,000.

Situated on the same latitude as Hawaii, Puerto Vallarta enjoys a similar sun-drenched and tropical climate.  Puerto Vallarta is on the Central Standard Time Zone.

Puerto Vallarta became world famous in 1964 when director John Houston decided to film Tennessee Williams “The Night of the Iguana” starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr.  The movie put Puerto Vallarta on the map.  Originally the movie starred Elizabeth Taylor as Maxine Faulk oppopsite Richard Burton as Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon. The real attraction was behind the scenes passionate love affair of Richard Burton and Liz Taylor.  However controversy quickly arose on the set and it became too complicated for Houston to handle, so he fired Taylor and replaced her with Ava Gardner.

Ms. Taylor and Richard Burton’s love affair continued and they lived in Vallarta’s Gringo Gulch in a villa called Casa Kimberly.  Liz wanted a pool, which Casa Kimberly did not have so Burton bought the villa across the street for its huge pool and surrounding bungalows.  The press was so bad at the time of the filming Burton had a bridge built between the two houses to walk over the press.  To this day you will find the now famouse Love Bridge painted pink Liz’s favorite color.

Each fall, Angelica Houston and her brother host the tradition with the Puerto Vallarta Film Festival. Many famous stars continue the tradition to vacation in Puerto Vallarta as the legend lives on.

Reporters and photographers came and began writing about the beauty and charm of the region and what followed is history as an increasingly large number of visitors came to Puerto Vallarta to vacation and many made Vallarta their home.

There is so much of the Mexican culture and history to explore in Puerto Vallarta. native crafts abound and historical buildings and sites are a treat to explore.  Come and enjoy the Magic of Puerto Vallarta.


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