I bet this is something you didn´t know about Puerto Vallarta. Archeological evidence suggests continual human habitation of the area for almost 3,000 years. In the 16th through 19th centuries, Banderas Bay was a busy seaport, complete with pirates and smugglers. A few battles were fought on the very beaches of this incredible town. In the 18th century, the now sleepy sierra towns in the mountains above Puerto Vallarta grew relatively large and wealthy with gold and silver mining and these mountain village residents were apparently the first tourists to the beaches of Banderas bay.
During the 20th century, the Puerto Vallarta area emerged as its current popular resort destination. American director John Huston filmed his 1963 film The Night of the Iguana in Mismaloya, a small town on the southern edge of Puerto Vallarta. During the filming, the US media gave extensive coverage to Elizabeth Taylor’s extramarital affair with Richard Burton. The subsequent publicity helped put Puerto Vallarta on the map for US tourists. It has since grown into one of the most popular and important tourist zones for the Country.
These days, the bay is busy with sailors, sport-fishers and snorkel / scuba dive boats. Each winter, the bay is a migration destination for the fabulous Humpback Whales and it is easy to sit in a beachfront restaurant and catch them at play in the water near shore. There are various marinas in the bay, regularly accommodating yachts up to 250 feet in length. There is a large expat population living aboard sailboats and motor yachts in the bay. Many people have found the peace, mobility, relative economy and the magical allure of the sounds and sensations of living in the water to be an attractive alternative to a beach front condo or villa. Be assured, there’s a lifestyle here for every taste and every budget.
Please contact us to explore Puerto Vallarta and enjoy the wide variety of tours and activities available in the area.