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Puerto Vallarta Expects Record-Breaking Visitor Numbers By Year’s End

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Puerto Vallarta is set to break records this winter season.  

The Jalisco Ministry of Tourism projects an influx of more flights and a surge in both national and international visitors via air travel.  

Vanessa Pérez Lamas, the Secretary of Tourism for Jalisco, recently shared the exciting news. Let’s take a look at the details. 

sunny beach in puerto vallarta

A Record-Breaking Year-End 

Currently, the international airport shared by Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit is seamlessly connected to 37 foreign destinations and operates 13 domestic routes.  

As the winter high season kicks in, these numbers are expected to climb even higher. 

The anticipation can be felt as Puerto Vallarta positions itself for a record-breaking year-end, with travelers looking at the region for the perfect year-end getaway.  

Vanessa Pérez Lamas expressed confidence that the vibrant destination will continue to charm visitors from around the world. 

puerto vallarta airport

The Details Are In The Numbers 

As of the close of October this year, the Puerto Vallarta region has witnessed an impressive surge in air travel, accumulating a remarkable 9,932,632 passenger arrivals

The Puerto Vallarta International Airport experienced a surge, hosting 2,700,472 passengers from January to October, reflecting a notable 9.2% increase compared to the corresponding period in 2022, according to data from the Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP).  

busy airport in puerto vallarta

Increased Flights and Connectivity  

Pérez Lamas stated that the current 37 international and 13 national routes are merely the starting point.  

The upcoming winter season, renowned for attracting travelers seeking warmth and adventure, is expected to bring an expansion in both the number of flights and passengers.  

This optimistic outlook reflects the ongoing efforts to enhance connectivity, strengthen partnerships with airlines, and cement Puerto Vallarta’s status as a premier travel destination. 

an alaskan airlines plane taking off from nevada

What To Expect As Travel Peaks 

The charming city, known for its natural beauty and vibrant cultural scene, has become the go-to destination for those looking for a tropical getaway.  

The anticipated surge in flights and visitor numbers cements Puerto Vallarta’s position in the tourism industry, showing how the destination has continued to grow.  

Visitors can expect a variety of experiences, from sandy beaches and turquoise waters to the bustling energy of the Malecón boardwalk.  

As the year draws to a close, Puerto Vallarta is gearing up to offer not just a vacation but an immersive journey into its rich culture, outdoor adventures, and natural beauty.  

travelers boarding airplace at puerto vallarta airport

Plan Your Tropical Getaway 

As you plan your year-end getaway, keep an eye on Puerto Vallarta—where each day is an opportunity to explore, relax, and create lasting memories. 

So, how can you make the most of your Puerto Vallarta year-end getaway? Let’s take a look 

1. Embrace the Local Culture  

Puerto Vallarta is not just a beach destination; it is a hub of rich and vibrant culture. Take a stroll through the cobblestone streets of the Old Town (Zona Romántica), visit local art galleries, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere. Do not miss the iconic Malecón, where art and street performances highlight the city’s spirit. 

colorful buildings in old town puerto vallarta

2. Explore the Culinary Delights 

Venture beyond the familiar and dive into Puerto Vallarta’s culinary scene. From the best street tacos to fine dining, the city is a food lover’s paradise. Try local specialties like aguachiles, salsas, and fresh seafood.  

3. Discover Hidden Beaches 

While the main beaches are popular for a reason, consider exploring some of the lesser-known, hidden gems. Playa Colomitos and Playa Las Gemelas offer a more secluded experience. These spots provide a tranquil escape and a chance to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf away from the crowds. 

los colomitos secluded beach

4. Engage in Outdoor Adventures 

Beyond the beaches, Puerto Vallarta offers a range of outdoor activities. Whether it is hiking in the Sierra Madre mountains, zip-lining through the jungle, or taking a boat tour to the Marietas Islands, there is an adventure for every thrill-seeker.  

5. Attend Festivals and Events 

Check the local events calendar for any festivals or events happening during your visit. Puerto Vallarta hosts various cultural and music festivals throughout the year. Attending one of these events provides a unique insight into the local arts and entertainment scene and there is no better way to immerse yourself in a destination than to do it as a local.  

snorkeling in puerto vallarta arcos

6. Stay Flexible in Your Plans 

While it is great to have an itinerary, be open to spontaneity. Embrace travel delays, and you never know what you might discover.

Some of the best experiences in Puerto Vallarta may come from unplanned moments and discoveries. Allow yourself the freedom to wander and explore. 

sunny day with boats at el malecon

Remember, the beauty of Puerto Vallarta goes beyond its scenic landscapes; it lies in the richness of its culture, the warmth of its people, and the diversity of experiences it offers. 

The magic of this tropical destination awaits you. Get ready to embrace the warmth of both its climate and its people. Happy travels!  

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