Puerto Vallarta Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico)

Coastal view showing hotelsA great way to learn more about life in Puerto Vallarta and what is going on is to pick up a copy of 'Vallarta Today', a popular English-language newspaper, which is free of charge. Other useful publications in Puerto Vallarta include the PV Tribune newspaper and both the Vallarta Voice and Vallarta Lifestyles magazines.

Gay travellers visiting Puerto Vallarta should look out for the useful Gay Guide Vallarta booklet, which is bursting with travel tips, information and a helpful map showing the main gay businesses. The Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitor's Bureau offers in-depth information about how to travel around the city and staff here can also help with finding accommodation and will happily post out pamphlets and brochures if requested.

Picture of resort complex in the sunshine

Useful Contact Details

Puerto Vallarta's Municipal Tourist Office features a range of multilingual literature, numerous free city maps and plenty of English-speaking staff. Club Paco Paco is widely considered to be Puerto Vallarta's informal tourist office for gay visitors and features a useful printed booklet of the city's main gay businesses and attractions.

For pre-arrival information about the city's gay community, visit the Gay Guide to Vallarta website: www.gayguidevallarta.com.

Puerto Vallarta Municipal Tourist Office
Address: Juárez, Municipal Building, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 322 223 2500
Website: www.puertovallarta.net
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 16:00

Puerto Vallarta Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Address: Local 18 Planta Baja, Puerto Vallarta, 48310, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 322 4 1175
Fax: +52 322 4 0915

Club Paco Paco
Address: Vallarta 278, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, MX
Tel: +52 322 222 1899

Photograph of the shoreline and beachfront

Language and Dialect

A Mexican version of Spanish is the national language in Puerto Vallarta and spoken by virtually everyone. It is not normally difficult to find someone speaking English and in fact, English is widely spoken all around the resort of Puerto Vallarta. However, it is always extremely courteous to learn a few Spanish phrases and bring a Spanish phrasebook. Some Spanish phrases are shown here:

Image of the Marriott hotel complex

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