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10 Facts to Celebrate 100 Years

May 30, 2018

Photo By: Puerto Vallarta Board of Tourism
Photo By Puerto Vallarta Board of Tourism 

It’s a special year in Puerto Vallarta...we’re honoring the 100th anniversary of its promulgation as a municipality and its 50th anniversary as a city!  To celebrate these momentous milestones, Puerto Vallarta has organized several fun experiences throughout the year -- from music and art to food and entertainment. And, while Puerto Vallarta is officially “old,” there may still be some things visitors don’t know about this dreamy destination. So, here are 10 fun facts about Puerto Vallarta:


1. May 31, 1918 is the official date Puerto Vallarta became a municipality.

2. Puerto Vallarta was first established in 1851, by the need to have trade routes along the Banderas Bay that favored the mountain mining towns.

3. Puerto Vallarta was originally known as “Las Peñas” (which means rocks). In the 1900s it came to be called Puerto Vallarta after former state governor, Ignacio Vallarta, who was in office from 1872-1876

Photo By Puerto Vallarta Board of Tourism

4. Puerto Vallarta is characterized by its mountainous landscape. Its hillside terrain is so important to the community that advertising that affects or invades its facilities and infrastructure is banned.

5. “La Noche de la Iguana” or “The Night of the Iguana” was filmed in Puerto Vallarta in 1964, helping put the destination on the global map.  The film’s actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and the director, John Huston, are often associated with the increase in Puerto Vallarta’s tourism.

6. Puerto Vallarta started as a quaint fishing village before it became a popular commercial trade town.  

7. Puerto Vallarta’s waterfront, Banderas Bay, is one of the largest and deepest bays in the world. The bay is 42 kilometers across and 900 meters deep, making it an ideal breeding ground for humpback whales and dolphins.

8. Puerto Vallarta has seen rapid population growth. In 1880 the estimated total population was around 1,500 people. Today, it’s estimated there are over 300,000 people living in the city.

9. Puerto Vallarta is located in the state of Jalisco, which is the capital of Mariachi music (some say it all began here) and Tequila.

10. Puerto Vallarta’s average daily high temperature is 86 °F (30 °C). The average daily low temperature is 70 °F (21 °C).