Over the last six years, Puerto Vallarta has managed to remain one of the safest cities in the country, as a result of the teamwork of the municipal government, led by Jorge Quintero Alvarado, and the coordination that prevails with different local, state and federal authorities.
Despite the damaging effects Hurricane Nora had on parts of the city, tourism has not stopped in Puerto Vallarta, where last weekend's hotel occupancy registered 56% on Friday, 58% on Saturday and 46% on Sunday, according to data from the Puerto Vallarta Tourism Promotion and Advertising Trust.
On Friday, Jalisco State Governor Enrique Alfaro Ramírez sent a declaration of emergency to Mexico's Ministry of the Interior, citing 18 municipalities in the state that suffered damages caused by Hurricane Nora. The damages are estimated to exceed 350 million pesos, at least 150 million of which are in Puerto Vallarta.
According to local news reports, reconstruction of the Insurgentes street bridge, which connects El Centro with the Romantic Zone, and collapsed after the passing of Hurricane Nora caused the Rio Cuale to overflow, will take between 3 and 4 months to complete.
Hurricane Nora passed by Puerto Vallarta Saturday night without much affect, but the heavy rains that followed caused the Rio Cuale to overflow early Sunday morning. In the downtown area, streets, houses and businesses were flooded, a bridge collapsed and vehicles were swept away by the strong current.
A strengthening tropical storm nearing the southwestern coast of Mexico is threatening to become the next hurricane in the eastern Pacific. While landfall is not currently expected along southwest mainland Mexico, Nora will be close enough to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall from southwestern Oaxaca to coastal Jalisco through Sunday.
Mara Magdalena Avelar Mondragón, president of the Emiliano Zapata Neighborhood Association, reports that the city government continues to work on the first stage of repairs to Los Muertos Pier, the iconic landmark on one of the most popular beaches in Puerto Vallarta.
The season's first cruise ship with tourists aboard is scheduled to arrive in Puerto Vallarta on Tuesday, August 24. The Carnival Panorama will be docked in our port from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm - but only fully-vaccinated passengers who undergo a rapid Covid-19 test will be allowed to disembark in this tourist destination.
As part of its expansion plans to cover the northwestern United States, JetBlue airline recently announced that as of February 19, 2022 it will begin operating its new daily flights from New York to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, which is great news for this popular winter vacation destination.
Sayulita, the Riviera Nayarit's surf capital, has been included in the Top 10 of the Travel Hacker's Guide by Kayak - considered the world's leading travel search engine - which provides travelers with tips and valuable information on trending destinations.