The resort town of Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s west coast is ready to receive the hordes of summer travelers who annually make their way into the region,which is known for its beautiful beaches,warm tropical climate and variety of water sports.
In early 2013 Puerto Vallarta unveiled its newly remodeled historic Los Muertos pier,which has long been a fixture on the city scene but had fallen into disrepair. The original pier was constructed in the early 1960s as a backdrop for the now infamous film,Night of the Iguana,which starred Ava Gardner and Richard Burton. Today,following a three-year,$6.5 million renovation,the modern version resembles a large sail with sweeping line extensions and boasts more than 2,000 square feet of space that extend more than 300 feet out into the warm waters of Banderas Bay.
More recently,the BBC named the Vallarta Botanical Gardens as one of the top “Ten North American Gardens Worth Traveling For.” Located just 25 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta,the Vallarta Botanical Gardens are the only gardens in Mexico to have ever made this exclusive list. Here,visitors will enjoy an orchid and vanilla conservatory,desert and rainforest gardens,as well as stunning views of the surrounding mountains,forests and rivers that make up this diverse tropical wilderness.
Puerto Vallarta is also a favorite destination for travelers from Chicago,which has cold temperatures for most of the year and hasn’t been nicknamed the “Windy City” for nothing. There are plenty of direct flights from Chicago to Puerto Vallarta via airlines like Frontier and AeroMexico,and its sunny temps combined with its long list of available outdoor activities make this beach destination one of the most popular among Chicagoans. As stated in a recent article about Puerto Vallarta that was written by Windy City Media Group,“There are almost too many beaches to explore,” as well as eight golf courses in the area,a weekly art walk and plenty of bars,restaurants and cafes located in the heart of downtown.
Finally,Puerto Vallarta’s Tourism Board,in cooperation with the city’s Municipal Health Counsel,has implemented several measures that will improve accessibility for the more than 13,000 disabled vacationers who come to visit each year. Starting in June of 2013,first aid kiosks that also offer wheel chair rentals,walkers,canes and crutches will be located strategically within the city’s tourist areas,including near the newly renovated Los Muertos pier and Malecon.