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April 16, 2021
You know you’ve arrived to the oldest area of Puerto Vallarta because there is a certain magic that embraces the area, known as Old Town Vallarta. You can immediately feel the essence of a former fishing town, a unique and secret place nestled between the Pacific and the Sierra Madre mountains, accessible years ago to those few that had the privilege – and the means – to make the journey and arrive at its coasts.
Since then – beginning of the 20th Century – there was friendly people that greeted in their own homes, bungalows and hammocks, all those travellers that did whatever it took just to admire the sunset in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
It wasn’t until 1954 that the first commercial airline would travel from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta, and the first international flight was on 1962, placing this port in the eye of foreign visitors.
There was something in this place that made more come every time to visit its beaches. Can you guess what it is?
Its charm! The one that is still preserved in its architecture crowned with domes and roof tiles, in its sunsets, and in its people.
Over the years a modern touch has been integrated to create the vibrant destination that you can enjoy today.
An urban legend says that those who have been to Old Town Vallarta are destined to return one day. Here, the essence that is engraved in all those who visit concentrates: streets with dozens of steps that lead up into the mountains; alleyways that hold from old houses to modern bars; bridges that cross both rivers and streets, local markets, areas that were inhabited by big Hollywood stars; museums with the port’s naval history, and the so natural hospitality offered by its inhabitants.
This area starts at the beginning of the Malecon with its famous boardwalk peppered with sculptures and art expression, bars and restaurants, shops and cafes. It continues all the way downtown to the Main Square and gazebo where couples get together to move to the rhythm of danzón, Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, and Los Arcos Amphitheater. It crosses the Cuale River Island, with its cultural center, restaurants, and market, and extends all the way to the Romantic Zone, known for its small cafes, gastronomic offer, parks, and galleries.
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