Puerto Vallarta: How this popular Hollywood haunt was a world-class getaway

A stay in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the environment, the culture, the sun and the kitchen.

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Puerto Vallarta, located in the Mexican state of Jalisco, on the Coast of the Pacific ocean, was founded on December 12, 1951, by Guadalupe Sánchez Torres. He originally designated the area as Las Peñas de Santa María de Guadalupe — later known simply as Las Peñas and the area quickly established itself as a port that is being used to transport silver from the nearby mines.

It was renamed Puerto Vallarta in 1918 in honor of the former governor of Jalisco, Ignacio L. Vallarta.

But this famous city was largely unknown to the outside world until 1963, the year in which the movie ‘ the Night of The Iguana,” starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr, was filmed. But while the film depicted Puerto Vallarta’s natural landscapes and beauty, which in essence put it on the card was the highly-publicized drama surrounding the film, the stars, and the relationship between the development of Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, who were both married to other people at the time, after Taylor came down on the set.

A statue in one of the few former district commemorates the field of the history of Hollywood.

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That is not to say that the area’s beauty is underestimated. The historical part of the city, known as Old Vallarta offers a unique architectural style, characterized by the cobbled streets of the city sometimes and go on in the outer walls of houses and bright red roofs, which are located in the domes of different colors, making them a colonial touch.

Just a few meters away from the El Malecon promenade stands the majestic Church of Our lady of Guadalupe, adorned with a beautiful crown, which sits atop the tower, making it the most recognizable and visible a symbol of the city.

Church of Our lady of Guadalupe, in the neighbourhood of the El Malecon promenade, is one of the most recognizable buildings in the city.

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As can be suspected, the promenade is one of the main attractions for tourists and locals alike, allowing visitors to view images, browse in the local shops, and a bite to eat from vendors or nearby restaurants. Perhaps best of all, the promenade offers a beautiful view on the bay, Bahía de Banderas, which also offers sunset views that parallel those in the old Hollywood movies.


On Calle Zaragoza 445 is Casa Kimberly, a house purchased by Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor’s 32nd birthday. At the time that Mr Burton had a house across the street and ordered the construction of a bridge linking the two houses. This bridge can still be found in the city, and is a popular year round tourist attraction.

The bridge between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in houses is a popular tourist attraction.

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For a rich Mexican handcrafts and goods, look no further than the flea market on the sand island, Isla Rio Cuale. This enigmatic island is bound by two arms of the River Cuale, and can be accessed from the North and the South by two bridges, but the tourists thrill in the use of the hanging bridges to visit it. The area offers a pleasant walk between the rubber trees and palm trees, friendly street cats, and a beautiful, tropical birds; and the state where vendors display rustic goods and local crafts.

A stay in Puerto Vallarta is the perfect opportunity to try the different specialities of the Mexican cuisine. Because of the location, fish and seafood includes some of the most typical and delicious dishes of the area.

If you want to enjoy international cuisine, Puerto Vallarta has restaurants with gourmet creations from countries such as France, germany, Greece, Italy, China, Germany, Japan, and much more. Highly recommended is Asador La Vaca Argentina, an Argentine place where they serve an excellent beef tenderloin and the classic empanadas.

Visitors should stop to watch a sunset or two on the Bahía de Banderas, visible from the El Malecon promenade.

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All major tourist destinations have a wide range of accommodations, from boutique hotels around the world known luxury hotels in Puerto Vallarta is no exception. There are also many all-inclusive resorts where meals and drinks are included in the price; the disadvantage, however, is that you may feel like a prisoner in a hotel that doesn’t meet your expectations.


Regardless of what you choose, though, a visit to Puerto Vallarta is not complete without enjoying the beautiful beaches, tasting the excellent cuisine and watch the sunset from the Malecon, preferably with a margarita in hand.

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