Puerto Vallarta has become an international tourist destination. Around 50,000 tourists arrive every month by air, and thousands more by cruise ship, cars, and buses. Development is rapidly expanding north and south of the city, allowing the main downtown area to maintain its village atmosphere. It is a picturesque city with cobblestone streets, and whitewashed buildings. North of Puerto Vallarta can be found Marina Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit, Bucerias and Punta Mita, all becoming major development areas.
Further north are several small beach front towns with many winter and permanent residents from Canada and the USA.
Puerto Vallarta is a city squeezed between palm covered mountains and the sea. This has restricted development to a north-south strip along the water. The mountains generate cooler breezes at night, so the summer climate is more bearable than further south. Puerto Vallarta's weather is gorgeous in the Winter, and that is why it is a popular winter resort and 'snow bird' retiree location. The population of Puerto Vallarta is estimated at 350,000. There are more than 33,000 hotel rooms to accommodate the many tourists. One favorite activity is to stroll along the Malecon in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
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