With its colorful cobbled streets, colonial buildings, wonderful climate, world renowned cuisine, and energetic Mexican culture, Puerto Vallarta has been inspiring visitors from across the world for decades. It is a Mecca for beach lovers, a true paradise for beach-goers, and a great destination for adventure-seekers. From a wide variety of ancient traditions to thrilling ecological experiences, this tourist hot spot offers to create extraordinary moments and unbelievable memories while vacationing here on your yacht rental Puerto Vallarta excursion. Just one look and you will fall in love with this Mexican destination, but there are many things that most visitors don’t know about Puerto Vallarta.
Fact #1 - What's in the Name?
The “Friendliest City in the World” which is the name given by both tourist and locals alike. The original Mexican beach village was called Las Penas. The ancient village was full of crocodiles and iguanas as its main inhabitants. The present name, Vallarta, was granted by Congress in 1918. Puerto Vallarta became a municipality in honor of Jaliscos Governor of State.
Fact #2 - History is Rich and so is its Surrounding Bay
The Bahía de Banderas Bay was formed from a volcano and is believed to be so deep that no instruments have been able to accurately detect its depth. This is considered one of the deepest bays in the world which extends for 26 miles. The bay not only boasts a variety of flora and fauna but also hosts the Los Arcos National Park and the Islas Marietas ecological reserve. In addition, it hosts an array of colorful marine species, stingrays, tropical fish and garishly colored corals. The Bahía de Banderas joined the “Most Beautiful Bay in the World” club in 1997.
Fact #3 - Food for Thought
Your yacht rental vacation is incomplete without indulging in the gourmet cuisine of this destination. Mexican food is known for its mouthwatering flavors and rich ingredients that will surely impress your taste buds. Puerto Vallarta's culinary scene is energetic and diverse. Pescado Embarazado (Pregnant Shrimp or Fish) is the characteristic dish of Puerto Vallarta. It consists of five/six shrimps marinated with lemon and grilled over charcoal. It is usually enjoyed with huichol salsa. Some of the other popular dishes of Vallarta include octopus or bream ceviche, Chiles en Nogada, Marisma fish tacos, pozole, and tamales to name a few.
Fact #4 – Puerto Vallarta has a Gift from the Gods
Tequila is part of the Mexican heritage and is hugely popular among locals & tourists alike. The history of Tequila goes back a long way. A legend said that when lightning struck Maguey cacti, it caused the plant to gush out aromatic, sweet juice. When this juice was fermented, it resulted in the formation of rich tasting tequila. For the Aztec people, the Maguey cacti was a divine creation, representing the Mayahuel goddess. So, tequila is considered a gift from the Gods. Come to Puerto Vallarta to discover the making of tequila and also taste this amazing Mexican drink for yourself.
Fact #5 – Vallarta is part of the Mariachi Music Heritage
Vallarta is a top choice among filmmakers when it comes to cinematography. Puerto Vallarta was relatively unknown until the movie “The Night of the Iguana” was filmed here. If Vallarta gained in popularity after this movie, then it is equally popular for its mariachi music. The Mexican state of Jalisco gave birth to Mariachi music, but is now the most sought after live entertainment in Puerto region. You simply cannot miss this unique experience on your visit to Vallarta.
Blessed with 25 miles of golden sand beaches, Puerto Vallarta is a spectacular destination that offers you limitless opportunities to enjoy sun, sand, forest, and have unlimited fun. These fascinating facts will help you to learn about this magnificent Mexican city before planning your yacht rental Puerto Vallarta vacation.
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