Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta
/pwerdd"taw vah yahrdd"tah/
a city in W Mexico. 35,542.

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City (pop., 2000: 151,432), west-central Mexico.

It is situated on Banderas Bay, in the Pacific coastal lowland, south of the mouth of the Ameca River. The major port of Jalisco state, it exports bananas, coconut oil, hides, and fine woods. It is also an international tourist resort, known for aquatic sports, fishing (especially for sharks), and hunting.

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formerly  Las Peñas 

      city and chief port of Jalisco estado (state), west-central Mexico. It lies on the Pacific coastal lowland 6 miles (10 km) south of the mouth of the Ameca River on Banderas Bay.

      In 1644 the Spanish established a rudimentary shipyard on Banderas Bay for expeditions bound for Baja California. The modern town site dates from the mid-1800s and its formal port from 1885. Its name was changed to Puerto Vallarta in 1918. The population grew rapidly after the introduction of banana plantations in the surrounding area in the 1920s, in spite of a destructive hurricane in 1925. The city was damaged by floods in 1971 and 1992 and by an earthquake in 1995.

      Puerto Vallarta became increasingly dependent on tourism and related services following World War II, and it experienced a boom in the 1960s after it was featured in a popular motion picture, The Night of the Iguana (1964). The initial resort development spread along beaches and coves south of the town, but more-recent growth has extended north along Banderas Bay, across the state boundary into Nayarit, where Nuevo Vallarta is developing as a resort enclave and marina. Cruise ships call regularly at Puerto Vallarta. Its attractions include beaches, water sports, sportfishing, and golf.

      Puerto Vallarta also exports bananas, coconut oil, and other products from its hinterland, where pigs, horses, and bees are raised as well. Manufactures include clothing, processed foods, and furniture. Puerto Vallarta can be reached by highway from Guadalajara, the state capital, to the east, and Manzanillo to the south. An international airport serves the city. Pop. (2000) city, 151,432; (2005) urban agglom., 304,107.

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