Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta, formerly known as Las Penas, is among the world’s premiere travel destinations.  In 1918, Las Penas was renamed Puerto Vallarta after Ignacio Vallarta, a former governor of Jalisco.  It is rich in history – with human habitation dating back to 580 BC, and fighting between the Spanish and local peoples in the early 1500’s.  In 1524, the valley was named Banderas (flags) by Hernan Cortes after defeating over 10,000 native defenders.  Few details are known about the area prior to the 19th century, but in the 18th century it began to grow from a small fishing village to a beach landing port for the Sierra towns.

The town has been the scene of mining, smuggling, pearl-diving, fishing, and commerce for the last several centuries.  In the early 20th century, Puerto Vallarta became an area of settlement for families from the Sierra towns.  The first road connected Puerto Vallarta to the outside world in 1942, and not long after, the first ad for a tourist vacation appeared in the magazine Modern Mexico sponsored by the Air Transport Company of Jalisco.  By 1945, passenger air service to Puerto Vallarta was in full swing. Airplanes were ready to bring people to the area.

The city and it’s tourism industry has continued to grow and evolve ever since.  Today there are over 260,000 inhabitants, hundreds of hotels and resorts, thousands of businesses, and an international airport, bringing over a half million visitors to the region every year.  Spectacular beaches, friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and comfortable temperatures year round offer visitors and residents a perfect place to live, work and play. Join pvtourist.com as we introduce you to Puerto Vallarta, and the entire Bahia de Banderas region. You are sure to find sometime amazing in charm and appeal of Puerto Vallarta.

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