All About Puerto Vallarta

Do you love visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and want to learn more about its history? It is well known that Puerto Vallarta is a top Mexican tourist destination. There are many factors that have contributed to its status as a tourist hotspot over the years. Today Puerto Vallarta is a booming tourist destination, but did you know that Sierra Madre mountain mining centers and Ameca River agriculture played a big role in PV’s history, too? When you are able to vacation to Puerto Vallarta again, reserve your room at Garza Blanca Resorts. They offer spacious accommodations, luxury amenities and top services. In addition, the resort is located on a pristine and private beach with amazing Banderas Bay views. In addition, if you want to enjoy regular vacations to Mexico, ask if you qualify to join their exclusive vacation club.  Read more on how Puerto Vallarta evolved into the popular vacation locale it is today. Plus, don’t forget to book your next vacation at Garza Blanca Resorts when travel is once again possible. 

Puerto Vallarta’s History

Did you know that evidence from archaeological studies have shown that Aztaltan humans lived in the area up to 580 BC? Centuries later in 1524, the Spanish invaded and started a battle with the local people. Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez fought against 10,000 to 20,000 native people who lived in the region. Ultimately, the Spanish won the battle and took over control of the Ameca Valley. Later, the area was renamed as Banderas, which means flags in Spanish. The name Banderas was inspired by the native inhabitants of the region who carried vibrantly colorful flags during the battle. Later, Banderas Bay served as an important supply stopping point for cargo ships and other vessels in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Fishing Village into Resort Town

During the 1950’s, Puerto Vallarta was still a quiet fishing town. However, in the late 50’s and early 60’s, Puerto Vallarta underwent a major transformation. The Mexican government made an important decision to resolve property disputes that had deterred development in the area.  As a result, some communal lands were turned into private lands for sale which contributed to more properties being built in the area. Also, the sales revenue from the trusts of the lands were used to assist in Puerto Vallarta’s growth over the following years. Later in 1968, Puerto Vallarta was officially given status as a city.

“The Night of the Iguana” Movie Put PV on the Map

“The Night of the Iguana”  was filmed in Puerto Vallarta in 1964 and put Puerto Vallarta on the mpa. Actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton starred together in the classic movie. During filming, the two fell in love and had a steamy love affair despite being married to other people. American director John Huston filmed the majority of the movie in Mismaloya, which is a small beach village south of downtown Puerto Vallarta. The media in the U.S. covered the scandalous love affair which attracted attention to PV. As a result, Puerto Vallarta was transformed into a popular vacation destination for American tourists and other visitors from around the world. 

Air and Ground Transportation Improvements

In the late 1960’s, changes to air and ground transportation were seen in Puerto Vallarta. At that time, the Mexican government decided to invest money in improvements in air and ground transportation. As a result, the Puerto Vallarta International Airport was built which currently receives millions of visitors annually. In addition, new highways were built and renovations were taken to improve existing roads. The result allowed more traffic to flow into Puerto Vallarta. On June 1st, 1970, the El Salado wharf was inaugurated which made Puerto Vallarta Mexico’s first harbor city. In addition, hotel and resort development saw sharp increases. Today, there are more than fifty resorts and hotels in Puerto Vallarta. 

Modern Day Puerto Vallarta 

Another significant impact on Puerto Vallarta occurred in the 1980’s when the peso was dramatically devalued. As a result, Puerto Vallarta became a desirable bargain vacation destination for Americans. Later,  in the early 1990’s a federal Agrarian Law was changed in order to allow foreigners to purchase ejido lands by creating a Fideicomiso or bank trust. The law encouraged more developments and more properties were bought and sold. Over the years, private residences, apartment buildings, condos, and resorts began popping up all around Banderas Bay. In 2020, Puerto Vallarta is now a thriving tourist destination. The majority of the city’s revenue comes from tourism. The area’s excellent weather, natural beauty, beautiful beaches, and rich history continue to attract visitors today. 

Are you dreaming of a Puerto Vallarta vacation after the coronavirus and COVID-19 crisis is a thing of the past? If you want a place to stay, remember to check out Garza Blanca Resorts. They currently have specials online so check their website to see which vacation packages are available right now.  Also, if you want the best timeshare ownership investment in Mexico, Garza Blanca Resorts is the solution. Are you ready to start planning your next vacation to Mexico? If so, plan to visit Puerto Vallarta, a top tourist destination with an interesting history and stay at Garza Blanca Resorts.  

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