Are you a fan of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and you are wanting to learn more about its history? Puerto Vallarta is located in Banderas Bay and is a popular destination in Mexico because of many factors. Today, Puerto Vallarta is a successful tourist destination that receives thousands of visitors each year. However, did you know that mining centers in the Sierra Madre mountains and the Ameca River agricultural valley were major influences in the origins of Puerto Vallarta? It’s true! While travel plans are on hold right now due to the coronavirus and COVID-19 epidemic, before you know it you could be vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. If you would like to know where to stay, then you should stay at Garza Blanca Resorts. They provide luxurious amenities, comfortable accommodations, and the finest services. Continue to read below to learn all about the origins of PV. 

Puerto Vallarta’s Heritage and History

Up to 580 BC, Aztaltan humans lived in the Banderas Bay area as studies have shown based on archaeological sites. Centuries later in 1524, the Spanish invaded this area, then started fighting with the native people. Hernan Cortez fought up to 20,000 native people who were living in the area during vicious battles.  In the end, the Spanish won the fight and took over the Ameca Valley. Banderas was the name that they gave to the area, which in Spanish means flags. The Banderas name was perfect, because the native people of this area were known to carry beautiful vibrant flags when they were in a battle. Later, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries,  Banderas Bay was a major port for cargo ships and vessels. 

Puerto Vallarta Major Transformation

During the 1950’s – 1960’s, Puerto Vallarta went through a major transformation. At that time it was a small, charming fishing village. During that time, property disputes needed to be resolved, and the Mexican government refrained from letting any new developments be constructed. However, the government decided to allow communal lands to be converted into private land available to sell. By doing so, the revenue from land sales was used to help Puerto Vallarta grow. Later, Puerto Vallarta was awarded city status in 1968. 

“The Night of the Iguana” Movie Turned PV Into a Vacation Destination

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the stars of “The Night of the Iguana” classic movie filmed in Puerto Vallarta in 1964. While the two were filming the movie in Mismaloya, a small village south of PV, they started a steamy love affair. The media and news outlets from the United States came to Puerto Vallarta to cover the steamy love affair scandal. The resulting news coverage and public interest helped convert PV into a popular vacation destination for visitors worldwide. 

Air & Ground Transportation Investments

During the late 1960’s, the Mexican government decided to invest money into local air and ground transportation improvements. The Puerto Vallarta International Airport was built, and today the airport receives millions of people each year. Also, old roads were renovated and new highways were constructed to improve traffic flow into the region. In addition, the El Salado wharf was inaugurated on June 1st, 1970. As a result, Puerto Vallarta became the first harbor city in Mexico. Lastly, many new hotels and resorts were developed as well. Currently, there are more than fifty 4 star and 5 star resorts and hotels in Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay. 

Modern Day Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta became an affordable vacation destination as the peso was drastically devalued in the early 1980’s. In the 1990’s, a federal Agrarian Law allowed foreigners to buy ejido lands if they used a Fideicomiso or a bank trust. As a result, new construction and properties were developed. A real estate boom occured as more properties were being bought and sold than ever before. Today, Puerto Vallarta is a tourist destination that is thriving, and most of its money comes from tourism. 


After the coronavirus and COVID-19 epidemic is defeated, do you hope to plan a vacation to Puerto Vallarta? If so, check out Garza Blanca Resorts as they have affordable travel packages available for incredible vacations at their luxury resort. Garza Blanca Resort is located on a private beach where you will have amazing views of Banderas Bay. After one stay at Garza Blanca Resorts, you will want to make vacationing in Mexico a regular thing. While on your vacation to Mexico, ask if you can join their vacation club membership. If you want to invest in the best timeshare ownership in Mexico, then Garza Blanca is an excellent option. 


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