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Located on the western coast of Mexico, and tucked into the beautiful Banderas Bay, the city of Puerto Vallarta has long been a major tourist destination. The city is a rarity with its sheltered waters and easy access to the Pacific Ocean just beyond, and this has all played a role in its ongoing development as a world-class choice for discerning travelers.

Unlike many Mexican destinations, accessible by bus, car or air, the city of Puerto Vallarta allows travelers to also arrive via the sea as well, and even has one of the finest and largest marinas capable of accommodating small vessels as well as the many massive cruise ships that port frequently.

Arriving in Puerto Vallarta

The majority of travelers heading to Puerto Vallarta will arrive via air, and the Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport sits just a short distance north of the city. It serves most of the major North American carriers and even some European airlines too. However, most of the European firms will tend to land in Mexico City where travelers can then make a connection on Copa, VivaAerobus or Aeromexico to reach Puerto Vallarta. Such connections are frequent and easily arranged.

 The airport itself is well designed, but it is often extremely busy just past the customs area, making it difficult for those without pre-arranged ground transportation. Fortunately, clients of Isle Blue can make arrangements for an airport greeting and transportation to their villa or resort property.

Another option for some travelers is to arrive via the sea. This can be on private vessels, cruise ships, or ferries that depart from areas such as Baja, California. Any international arrivals will make their way to the Terminal Maritimo which is a well-developed area made specifically for nautical tourism. There are three docking areas for ships up to 965 feet in length, and there are smaller berths for private vessels.

The Puerto Vallarta harbor does have rental car and taxi stations, but visitors to Isle Blue may also make arrangements for transportation from town as well.

 Additionally, the marina in the city is a common point of departure for day trips that will take travelers to certain beaches or even adventures into the jungle areas south of the city.

Getting Around

While in Puerto Vallarta you will have the option of traveling by car, which is essential when your villa is outside of the downtown area or waterfront. Of course, those who are interested in unusual forms of transportation can also head to the Los Muertos Pier, the Marina area or the Boca de Tomatlan and book a water taxi that can take them to the different beaches along the southern cost of the bay.

It is easy to reach Puerto Vallarta in the style of your choice. The Marina is a must see, and the airport is a very convenient and simple place to plan your arrival. Guests of Isle Blue villas will never have to struggle with exiting these busy spots because there is always the option to book a greeter and driver who can handle all of the difficulties for you, allowing you to start your holiday the moment you land.


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